Before & After: A Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal

 

When I posted little Miss K's "big girl" room reveal last month, I mentioned that she had a baby brother on the way and that I had the honor of designing his nursery. I'm happy to say that baby Dex has arrived and has settled quite nicely into his new room, and today I am excited to show it to you! Oh, and did I mention we only had about 6 weeks to pull the room together?!

Here is the room before the transformation:

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The mommy to be wanted to keep a queen sized be in the nursery so that she could comfortably sleep in there with the baby when needed.

Her only other request was to have a cool, calming color palette so that the room would feel peaceful and serene.

And here is baby Dex's new nursery...

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1 AWDH Dex's Nursery

I chose to do a fun khaki and white stripe on the main wall and to paint the other three walls in a sea foam.

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3 AWDH Dex's Nursery

We had the headboard custom made to match the wall color and we used the same fabric on the crib bumper to keep everything cohesive.

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2 AWDH Dex's Nursery
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4 AWDH Dex's Nursery
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5 AWDH Dex's Nursery

I'm in love with the white owl garden stool...it was actually a HomeGoods find!

A great big thanks to my client for trusting me with her baby boy's nursery! This was a fun project!

**Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share any sources for the designs. Thank you for your understanding**

*Photos by Jay of Jay Davis Photography*

 

Online Design Board: Baby Boy Nursery

 

I have 22 Online Design Boards booked for the next 2 months, so get ready, because I plan to post a lot of them! This particular design board is for a return client, Carrie, who is expecting a Baby Boy in October. She had already selected her furniture, so she just needed help with bedding, drapes and accessories.

Her desire was to have a nursery with cool blues and tans, but all of her inspiration pictures had a bold punch of pattern. So here is how I incorporated the two...

Baby Hoppes Nursery Design Board
Baby Hoppes Nursery Design Board

*Out of respect to my paying clients, I decline to share specific sources for my designs*

 

2012! Bring. It. On.

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Unfortunately, I have not had the energy to blog as regularly as I'm used to...my morning sickness has just been too much to handle. But luckily I feel that the nausea might be coming to an end, and it's a good thing because I have SO many projects that I need to hammer out before these babies come! My first project, which I've been thinking about for months, is the twin's nursery. We found out the sex of the babies right before Thanksgiving... Can you guess? One BOY and one GIRL! We are very excited to have one of each! Since then, I have been collecting fabrics, ideas, etc for a gender neutral nursery, and I'd really love to hear your opinions!

My initial idea was to do a vintage-esque, shabby chic-esque, beach cottage-esque design. In my mind, that consists of aquas, linens, and a touch of natural elements. Oh, and a touch of gold to glam it up a bit! So here is a snap shot of option #1...

Nursery Option 1
Nursery Option 1

But after living with the samples for a few weeks, I started to get tired of the "bird" fabric. I thought it might be too vintage, and my husband pointed out that it was very similar to the pillows that we already had in our living room. So in option #2, I replaced the bird fabric with a solid aqua fabric.

Option 2
Option 2

The paint sample on the right is the existing paint color, which I had planned on changing, but I feel like it works with the fabrics. And while I love the subtlety of the colors and fabrics, I felt like this combination might not be bold enough... So...here is what I came up with for option #3...

Option 3
Option 3

I love the charcoal zebra print! To me it's a bit more glamorous than the zebra print in option #2. And again, the paint sample is of the existing paint. I also incorporated a tone on tone houndstooth to add a bit more pattern to the room. BUT...is this color combo too masculine??I figured I could add a feminine touch with mercury glass, crystals, mirrors, etc. Even a touch of pink in an accessory on her side of the room might work. And remember, my interior doors are painted black, so that will add to the sophistication factor.

Oh, and here are a few items that I plan on possibly using in the nursery as well...

French Empire Chandelier
Mirror Find
Mirror Find

So what are your thoughts?? I have GOT to get this nursery nailed down so that I can stop stressing about it!

Another project that I will be focusing on in 2012 is the "forever home" of one of my very first clients! I am soooooo excited about this project as I am working with them on selecting all of the finishes for the home as it is being built from the ground up. Construction starts in March and we have already selected most of the flooring, counter tops, plumbing, etc. When the house is finished in the Fall, I will then help them with soft furnishings. To give you an idea of the style of this home, check out a few of our inspiration pictures... Oh, and try not to fall out of your chair...

EXTERIOR: Gray Stucco, and yes, we plan on incorporating that stunning oval window!

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exterior gray w oval window

INTERIOR: I mean, really? Can it get more beautiful than this?!

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staircase

I will be sure to keep you all updated on this project as we make progress...It's sure to be a jaw dropper!

In the mean time, I'm also working on a nursery for girl twins as well as a handful of online design boards. So I guess you could say that my resolution for 2012 is to kick it into high gear so that I can successfully complete these projects before the babies get here! Wish me luck!

 

Frugal Find of the Week! Sunburst Mirror

 

As mentioned in yesterday's post, I love mirrors and I literally can't stop buying them! They are just so versatile! I have used this mirror, from Z Gallerie, in a couple of my recent projects...

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I used the gold mirror pictured above in a recent master bedroom makeover (pictures coming soon)......and the white one below in a baby boy's nursery...

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Several weeks ago I was on the prowl for some great accessories for a Bachelor Pad Makeover when I came across this sunburst mirror at Garden Ridge for only $39.99!

sunburst frugal find
sunburst frugal find

Now let's be honest....the finish is terribly unattractive.....but the shape is perfect! And you could easily sand down the frame and paint it in any color you desire! At $39.99 it's certainly worth a shot!!

Here are some inspiring ways to use a sunburst mirror in your own home....

This bedroom is TO-DIE-FOR!!! Love the sunburst over the fireplace!!

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I am loving this bedroom as well! The color palette is perfection!

Now this is unique! I love that it is slightly more rustic that most other sunbursts you see...

Ummmm.....can you say drama!!! What a great space!

Thanks for stopping by...and happy Friday!

 

A Baby Boy's Nursery...

 

A few weeks ago (6 to be exact!) I got an email from a Mommy-to-be who asked me if I would help her with her soon to be baby boy's nursery. I was thrilled as I had not yet had the opportunity to style a nursery! However her and her husband were due to move into their new home, settle in, and have their first baby all in less than 6 weeks! I was excited and nervous all at the same time, but I couldn't help but wonder, ummm, what happens if she goes into early labor?!?! What if this baby has to come home to an insufficient nursery?!?! Well, I am happy to announce that the nursery is complete (with the exception of a few empty picture frames) just in time! The proud parents welcomed their baby boy last Thursday!

Nursery After
Nursery After

DIY: I constructed a series of 3 of these elephants out of polka dotted craft paper and hung with a chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon...

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Nursery After 10

This stylish mirror from Z Gallerie is versatile enough to be used for years to come...

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Nursery After 9
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Nursery After 8
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Nursery After 7

Grommet top drapes.....very appropriate for a baby boy!

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Nursery After 6

Welcome home baby Luke!!!