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Design Reveal: Nothing Square About It

Meet attorney by day/blogger by night, Dee Devine, who is also the founder of sproutstyle, an online lifestyle resource for the modern sprout. It’s only fitting that Mrs. Devine, along with her photographer husband Robert, created a clean and modern nursery for their baby boy Carter. Dee took inspiration from colors and designs she was in love with and tweaked them for Carter’s nursery.

Bright blue and green squares take center stage with dramatic pop on the accent wall.  Her first move was choosing the right colors for the blue and green squares. This proved to be quite an arduous task and after a mere 28 samples, Dee finally choose the perfect three blue shades to compliment an additional three green shades. Picking the right brown proved to be an even bigger challenge. Dee found what many do when finding a darker brown: many look too gray. The brown that was chosen was Cliveden Virginia Soil, which funny enough looked purple on the paint card. Thank goodness for those little sample tubs.

For the actual planning and execution of the squares, Robert really stepped up. He was able to map out the the pattern in a computer program (Auto Cad) to ensure precision and then he taped off the grid with paint tape. (DIY TIP: Make sure you use a high quality tape so that when removed it does not peel any paint off the wall and can be removed easily).

Dee loves the quirkiness of Ugly Dolls and used a collection of them along with a few BlaBla dolls to line the top shelf of the changing hutch. With extra touches like two bowls from Anthropologie and the elephant and giraffe banks this nursery has a warm and cozy feel with a mid-century modern vibe.  Besides the accent wall, Dee’s favorite piece in the nursery is the art she hand-made with a favorite piece of vintage wallpaper. She says, “I didn’t want it to be permanently on the wall, so I bought a large canvas from a craft store and painted a tree in the same color as the wall.” Thank you Dee for sharing Carter’s beautiful nursery with us. It’s a special room and all your hard work has really paid off!

Nursery Rescources

Paint: Lowes –  (Blues – Sea Wave, Seafarer and Beach Sparkle; Greens – Green Gecko, Meadow Twilight and Parsley Sprig, Brown – Cliveden Virginia Soil)

Crib and changing hutch:  Urban Collection by Munire Furniture.

Rocker: Sleepytime Rocker by Nurseryworks

Bedding:  Area Baby White Mini Organic Crib Bedding

White elephant and giraffe: Pottery Barn Kids

Blanket: Dwell

Vintage Wallpaper used for art: Inke Heiland Silhouette


Tuesday 21st of September 2010

love this room! and love those colors! I was wondering though if you could tell me what kind of texture the walls had, because your lines on those squares are so clean and even with really good quality painters tape i still find that if im working on a textured wall i get bumpy edges on my lines. Just wondering if you have any tips for that or if those squares were painted on a flat wall. thanks. and fantastic work!


Friday 23rd of April 2010

I am IN LOVE with this nursery... i was Google'n painted square walls for a nursery and this came up and my heart skipped a beat!!! you are amazing and i am so incredibly thankful for the paint names (lowe's) i have painted the main wall turquoise and want stripes or squares on the opposite wall and just wanted a little inspiration. well i GOT IT!!! ;)and by the way i HAVE the giraffe and elephant and i got it @ PBK when i had my daughter... now i am having my son this august and they will be going in his room.


Friday 8th of May 2009

Great colours - it's a lovely room for a little boy.


Friday 24th of April 2009

I love the room! Where did you find the ceramic elephant/giraffe? I tried PBKids but they were not there. Thanks!!!


Friday 27th of March 2009

Wow, they make a great team. I'll be checking out her work. Thanks