Design

Home Makeover: The Nursery

Thanks for your comments about the living room makeover yesterday! We were also really grateful to work with Emily on the boys’ bedroom. Here are the before-and-after photos, if you’d like to see…

Here’s the before photo when we first moved in.
And here’s the after! How amazing is Emily? We are totally in love with this room. The boys will be sharing a bedroom, and I LOVE how cozy and soft and welcoming it is! Toby’s old nursery was soooooo tiny and grimy, so it has been an incredible treat to have such a clean bright space for him to play.
Side note: I’m really excited for the boys to share a room. Right now, however, Anton is still sleeping in our bedroom because we are wusses and can’t figure out a way to have the boys sleep in the same room. Any advice on how bedtime works? Do you put the baby to bed first and then read bedtime stories to your toddler in the living room, and then sneak him into bed later? For some reason, we are taking forever to pull the trigger:)
Anyway! The plan is to move Anton into the crib (which right now Toby is sleeping in), and then Toby will move straight into the double bed. My friend Samantha had a brilliant idea to put pool noodles underneath the flat sheet on both sides of the bed to make sure Toby doesn’t roll out. So we’re going to try it! I think it will work! Once we man up! :)
We have many of the same things we had in Toby’s old nursery, but they look SO different in this new, clean space. My sister and brother gave us the beautiful sailboat mobile back when I was pregnant with Toby, and we got the sweet baby deer print from our friend Sharon Montrose when he was born. Toby even says goodnight to it.
One thing that was really important to us was having low bookshelves that the boys could reach themselves. So we were thrilled to get this beautiful bookcase for their books, toys and instruments. The good thing about this bookcase is that it will also look great in a teenager or adult room in the future, so we can keep it forever.
The striped fabric headboard for the bed was made by our friend Jenny Komenda for our old apartment, and she had also found the vintage dresser years ago and just brightened it up by painting it red and white and adding baby blue knobs.
When Emily asked me to send her inspiration images for the nursery, I sent her a bunch of photos, including this shot of a grid of airplane artwork, so when she was in New York, she found some paper soldiers and decided to frame them in a similar grid!
Here are some close-ups…what a fantastic idea, right?!
I also love how she hung this paper airplane. So sweet and playful. We’ll see how long it lasts haha.
One other thing that we were hoping for was a super soft rug where the boys could play and lie around. So we went with a flokati rug, which is incredibly deep and plush. It makes you feel like you’re wearing fluffy slippers. It’s instantly relaxing. (I know everyone likes hardwood floors these days, but I secretly love carpet—we had wall-to-wall carpet growing up in Michigan and it just feels so good and cozy!!)
Toby is just ecstatic over the new room, and I know Anton adores it, too, with all his kicks and squeals. Thank you again, Emily!!

FURNITURE: Elephant crib from Oeuf with the sweetest rounded legs, bookcase from Oeuf, flokati rug from Serena & Lily, white floor lamp from IKEA, blue pouf from Design Within Reach, black-out shades from Decorview. CRIB: Crab sheet from Serena & Lily, striped pillow in crib from Anthropologie, sailboat mobile from Ark Toys, which was a gift from my sister and brother when Toby was born. BED: Galaxy duvet set from DwellStudio, knitted garland bunting from Oeuf, star pillow from Happy Habitat, white and silver pillow from Anthropologie, yellow striped blanket West Elm, vintage soldier paper dolls from John Derian in A.I. Friedman frames, wooden plane from ABC, handmade fabric sailboat from Tamar Mogendorf, changing pad cover from Carousel Designs. BOOKCASE: Bookcase from Oeuf, vintage blue lamp from etsy, plush Eiffel Tower from Oeuf which was a gift from a friend, baby deer print from Animal Print Shop, wooden camera from Acorn, hippo bookend from Serena & Lily, mini red piano from Land of Nod.

Tomorrow we’ll share the master bedroom, and then we’re done! Thanks so much for reading.

(Photos by the wonderful Ryan Liebe for Cup of Jo. Also huge thanks to Emily’s senior designer Samantha Gluck and two awesome interns, Will and Alex)

  1. Fun room! Don’t forget about childproofing doors with finger protectors for young children.

  2. Nina says...

    Hi Joanna,
    I’m working on my baby’s nursery and was just wondering if you’re still happy with your flokati rug? I’d love to purchase one but have read that they can be pretty high-maintenance, i.e. every little thing will get stuck in the hairs and be tough to comb out. Is this true? Thank you so much!!

    • we have a faux fur rug from ikea and it’s NEVER clean!! i don’t know how to clean it – dust buster maybe? but we don’t have one.

  3. Hi Joanna,
    My son is ready to transition of out of his crib but we too live in NYC and have a queen sized bed in his room. Wondering – did the pool noodle idea work? Any other tips or tricks for skipping a toddler bed?
    Thank you, Bailey

  4. Mommy makeover is what I desperately need! I just had my 3rd kid and it’s done a number on my body. Don’t get me wrong. I love my children, but I also love my body. Has anyone here had a mommy makeover done in Dallas or DFW area? I am search for a board certified plastic surgeon who comes highly recommended.
    thanks
    Smita sharma

  5. where is the wooden bus (2 pieces) from?

  6. This room is so amazing! I was wondering where you bought your son’s bed/headboard?