From Dark to Light: A Nursery Transformation

Rebecca, jewelry designer and Etsy shop owner, wanted to make a nursery for her son, Emmett. But she had some major design challenges to tackle in order to make it happen.

-- The future nursery was dark. Dark as in color and dark as in not enough light.

-- The floor was covered with very old and depressing carpet.  

-- There was an odd sort of vestibule/cupola in the ceiling. The cupola included little transom windows -- which would have been lovely if they looked outside. But instead, they looked at insulation in the attic.  

-- Storage was non-existent.

Keep reading to see before pics and find out how they made the transformation happen.


First, they pulled up the carpet and painted everything white (and I mean everything) to brighten it all up. It's fantastic what a difference a couple coats of paint make.

Since the floors underneath were wood, but not in great shape, they painted them with fun yellow stripes.

To solve the tricky ceiling situation, Jessica made fabric panels, then block-printed them with a pretty pattern. She used the panels to cover the insulation windows. Then she hung a giant white paper lantern in place of the '70s era brass fixture that was there before. 

For storage, they found a good-looking vintage armoire (which was luckily already yellow -- score!) and a bookcase from Land of Nod. They added bins to store things like diapers and baby blankets.  

For furniture they wanted a mix of vintage and homemade details, and some new pieces to fit the more utilitarian and practical needs. One new piece is an upholstered rocking chair from Pottery Barn Kids. Rebecca says it's the perfect place for nursing and story time.

Some details are homemade. Like like the roman shade on the window and the ceramic mobile. Rebecca says nesting is a great motivator for getting crafty. : )

Other details came from Dwell Studio for Target and Etsy. The lighting came from IKEA

What a transformation! Thank you so much for opening your home to us, Rebecca. I'm sure Emmett loves his sunny room.

What do you think, Dear Readers? Do you like the stripey floors? They're my favorite part!

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