I love everything about Stacey Blake’s aesthetic. From the moment you walk into her Fayetteville, NC home, there’s color everywhere you look, with bright hues flowing perfectly from one room to the next. She’s not afraid to take design risks — something I’m working on in my own home — and I think her bold choices are so awesome. When Stacey and her husband began decorating their soon-to-be daughter’s nursery, it’s no surprise that it, too, would have lots of color. However, Stacey also found the design left her a bit pleasantly surprised when she settled on white walls for part of the room, to balance it out.
It all started with the wallpaper from La Maison Pierre Frey. “I don’t do thematic rooms, and this wallpaper design makes it easy to transition the room from nursery to big girl’s room,” Stacey says. “The pattern is fun and brings in an element of color and whimsy, which is perfect for a nursery.” Since the wallpaper is a bold pattern, she placed it only in the room’s dormer where the crib would be and repainted the rest of the space a warm white, to temper the pattern of the wallpaper. “I could easily choose any color to highlight in the space because the wallpaper has a myriad of colors, but I went with yellow to use around the room mostly because I already had those mustard draperies and it made sense to just continue with that color,” Stacey shares. “I am also really loving the color mustard right now.”
The room is very angular, with no crown molding, so Stacey chose the wall color to match as closely as possible to the ceiling color, which helped with the flow of the nursery. Designing around an existing queen-size bed, from when the room belonged to her middle son, meant being creative with the placement of furniture. For example, the green shelving unit from the “before” pictures is now housed in the closet instead of the room, allowing enough space for their growing baby to play. Many handcrafted pieces were carefully selected for the nursery as well, like the gallery wall of art and the bassinet. Thank you for inspiring us, Stacey, and for sharing such a wonderful before and after transformation with us. —Erin
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