A Room With A View

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A Project For

Matteo

Age

8 months

Location

San Francisco

Description

Charlene and Chris began fixing up the nursery before their first son Matteo was born. They painted the walls a light shade of gray, refinished the original hardwood floors, and purchased the basic furniture as well as a glider and ottoman. They also brought in their old full-sized bed for Grandma who stays occasionally to help with the baby. But after their baby was born, the room remained half finished with no theme, bare walls, and baby stuff piled in the corners and on top of furniture. Eight months later I was brought on to reorganize and bring much-needed style to the room they first envisioned for their nursery.

Design Inspiration

They wanted a nursery that was as personal as it was stylish. Charlene and Chris are both avid Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors fans, but wanted to avoid a full-on sports theme. Instead I opted to use just the colors of both teams - green with yellow and navy with yellow, as a accent colors. They also wanted to include their love of their hometown San Francisco.

Decorating Style

They wanted a nursery that was modern and clean, yet comfortable for the baby as well as adults. I kept the room simple by just using pops of color to contrast the existing gray walls and white furniture and included boldgraphics on the walls.

Project Details

Using a level and many rolls of vinyl tape, the San Francisco skyline was created along one wall to brings focus down the length of the small room. Decals of San Francisco street names were placed in a crosshatch pattern to create a focal point above the crib. A flow was created throughout the room by simply rearranging their existing furniture and adding a few more storage pieces. A wool chevron rug was centered in the room to soften the hardwood floors and adds a graphic punch.

 

Resources:

Crib – Ikea Gulliver $99.99

Crib bed set – Dwell Studio for Target Space Crib Set

Dresser – Ikea Aneboda $69.99

Shelving units – Ikea Expedit $39.99 each

Glider and ottoman – Craigslist, reupholstered by Grandma

Shelves and brackets – Ikea

Paint chip artwork – DIY, frame from Ikea

Frames – Ikea

Skyline graphic - DIY

Street name graphics - DIY

Rug - Overstock.com Handmade Alexa Chevron Wool Rug http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Handmade-Alexa-Chevron-Wool-Rug-5-x-8/6237730/product.html?rcmndsrc=2

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the room has to be the skyline graphic on the wall. It is truly unique and pops against the otherwise boring gray walls, and was super cheap and easy to do.

Advice

The nursery should be comfortable for both the baby as well as the adults that use the space. The flow of the room is key!

7 Comments

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    Chris and I love this room! We especially love the custom, inexpensive, San Francisco-inspired DIY art work, like the skyline, street names, and Golden Gate Bridge paintchip piece. You can’t see it in the pictures, but the fourth wall of the room includes a collage of colorful Ikea frames containing family pictures and a couple more custom art pieces – my collection of colorful Muni bus passes and a stencil piece spelling out “San Francisco” cut from a BART map … very San Francisco Bay Area.

    We also really love the functionality and flow of the room. It’s a place for baby and grandparents with plenty of storage to grow into (as our collection of toys grows). I can also see this room transitioning as Matteo gets older – replacing the crib with a desk and the full-sized bed is already in place!

    Awesome work. Thank you RAMdesigns!

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    The brilliant DYI vinyl graphics of the San Francisco skyline & street names on the walls really makes for the wow factor.

    Kudos … Thank you RAMdesigns for a great nursery our grandson can grow with!

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    Lovely modern-style room!

    Wait, are Matteo’s parents from the Philippines? My husband is half-Filipino and I know RIZAL and LAPU-LAPU are Filipino heroes. Or are these just streets in San Francisco?

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    MarissaS,

    Yes and yes. We are Filipino and chose our favorite streets in San Francisco. Lapu-Lapu St. intersects Rizal St. If the fourth wall of the room was pictured, you’d see all our photos and the cross Lola (Grandma) hung over the doorway. Thanks for commenting!

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    I love this room! I’m born and raised in SF but now live in Australia. Can you help with you how you created the DIY skyline graphics? I would love to bring a bit of my “home” here!

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