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Before & After: A Bedroom Dormer Becomes An Extraordinary Nursery

by Erin Austen Abbott

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

Photography by Lea Hartman / @leahartmanphoto

Image above: Such a sweet and bright area of the main bedroom in the Blake home. Cheyenne’s room, complete with Inky by La Maison Pierre Frey wallpaper and a Hudson crib from Babyletto.

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The whimsical swan on the wall is a fun contrast against the “Arty” wallpaper.

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Stacey Blake and baby Cheyenne in the dormer of the nursery.

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Before, the dormer was light blue with a bit of color from the curtains, bookcase, and chair.

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The nursery is transformed from blue walls to an array of colors in the wallpaper from La Maison Pierre Frey.

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With sun streaming in, this dormer nursery is so cheerful and certainly a happy place to wake up in.

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Before, the thrifted chair was a nice mustard color, but in a scratchy fabric.

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The thrifted chair has been reupholstered in a lovely orange fabric, but hasn’t lost its comfort.

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The chair is now a cozy spot for late-night feedings, bedtime stories, and the like.

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The view from the double bed, around the corner from the crib.

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Before, the room was painted blue and was the bedroom of one of the Blake family’s two sons.

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The transition from the son’s bedroom to a space perfect for their tiny new addition, Cheyenne.

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“I found the rocker pictured next to the dresser at a thrift store. It had the name Jasmine hand carved in it with a heart shape and I thought it was meant to be as not only was I looking for a small rocker, but Cheyenne’s middle name is also Jasmine,” Stacey shares.

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The dresser has been passed down through all three children, adding to all the special touches of the nursery.

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The black and white mobile contrasts so beautifully with the yellow lamp next to the changing pad.

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Cheyenne, enjoying her mobile, with Stacey nearby. Yellow is used throughout the room as an accent color.

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A little peek at some of Cheyenne’s toys in the nursery.

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“Despite the fact that the bed takes up quite a bit of space, it has been very convenient. I can readily sleep in the room with the baby,” Stacey shares.

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When the nursery was a bedroom for Ian, Stacey’s middle son, it had a two-tone paint job of tangerine and blue.

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From tangerine and blue to a calming white, Stacey now draws out the bright colors she’s known for in the bedding, the bassinet, and plant life.

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“White walls are not usually in my design repertoire, but I surprised myself with this design,” Stacey admits.

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A happy room makes for a happy baby! It’s all smiles from Cheyenne.

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