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CupcakeMAG Small Space Revamp & Giveaway!

You may have seen this sweet girls’ room in our current Room of the Month Finalists group. Today we are chatting with Casi Densmore-Koon, editor and founder of CupcakeMAG, to get tips on how she mixed and matched patterns and built a big design in a small space. Don’t forget to the check out the giveaway at the end for a chance to win a virtual design revamp of your own!

1. How do you like to begin your design process?

You have to think of it as a blank canvas. We started with the small spaces trend in mind and wanted to make the most of a small space. We wanted to create big things even though the space was small. We immediately knew we wanted to include the Emily Bed in Raspberry from Newport Cottages, and we built the color palette around it. From that point on, it just came alive! We searched for the perfect treasures to fill the room.

2. How did you choose the color scheme?

After looking at Annette Tatum’s paint collection, I knew right away we wanted something bold and bright. We went with the orange and pink combo because it was cheerful, fresh and fun. Perfect for little girls!

3. Mixing patterns is a big trend right now. How do you recommend getting this look without overwhelming the space or making it look cluttered?

It’s huge, and I love it! It’s important not to have it everywhere! I suggest picking one main pattern and mixing it in small amounts throughout the space. We kept focus on the ikat print from the Annette Tatum bedding and built around it. Instead of having ikat everywhere, we found a complementing pattern like chevron to use for the curtains and a small-scale pattern for the rug. You wouldn’t want to do ikat everywhere in the room because it would be overwhelming, so it’s important to find a good contrasting pattern. You can really make most patterns work well together, as long as you mix them well and don’t overdo it.

4. Best tip or trick when designing for a small space?

You have to think outside of the box. We created the exposed closet so it would both fill up an empty wall and create a great focal point. We took a bookshelf and laid it down to use it as a bench that can also be used to store toys in. You have to figure out ways to make the space work for you, and just because it’s small, doesn’t mean you can’t create something great!

5. What was the biggest challenge you faced with the room?

The radiator covers were the biggest challenge because they really just need to come out. However, with a time crunch we decided to make them work for us and painted them in pink so they almost look like molding but aren’t. It’s a great way to make things work—just add paint!

6. Do you have a favorite piece in the room?

It has to be the Emily Bed from Newport Cottages. It was the true inspiration behind the design—creating something with big style in a small space. To create bigger impact, we made a higher bed by adding a box spring with the Serta mattress even though this bed frame doesn’t need one. Your little one is sure to feel like a princess! The bed truly does it for me. It’s a beautiful piece! I also adore the vintage trunk because of its multiple uses. It’s a great find! And I love the look of the exposed closet—I want one in my room! It’s a great way to show your pretties!

Images taken by Kim Flores of Whimsy Baby Photo;
for more pictures of the room, check out the gallery!


WIN IT! One lucky Project Nursery reader will win a CupcakeMAG Oh-So-Stylish Places, Virtual Home Re-Vamp (valued at $600). You set the budget, and they provide everything from a detailed layout plan for your furniture to the color choices for your wall to a list of accessories that will make the room pop. They will create the space of your dreams with a design layout, inspiration boards and links to shop!

PERK ALERT! CupcakeMAG is offering Project Nursery readers 50% off ANY style package if you can’t wait to win—just mention Project Nursery to get the discount (discount good through June 5, 2012).

HOW TO ENTER: Let us know which room you would like revamped in a comment below. Contest ends Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 11:59 PDT. Winner chosen by random number generator.


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  1. The design of the room is fit for my daughter :) Love it!

  2. avatar Kristin says:

    Congrats to Christina (comment #86) for being the winner of this fabulous prize!

  3. avatar Julie says:

    I would revamp my bedroom!

  4. avatar Karen Shannon says:

    Already subscribe to newsletter

  5. avatar Karen Shannon says:

    Already like project nursery

  6. avatar Karen Shannon says:

    The playroom. Formerly known as the formal living room/dining room!!

  7. avatar nicole says:

    already subscriber to newsletter

  8. avatar nicole says:

    already following project nursery on pintrest

  9. avatar nicole says:

    already liked project nursery and cupcake mag

  10. avatar nicole says:


  11. avatar Christina says:

    Im a newsletter subscriber! My little girl is gunna be here soon we really need help with her room!

  12. avatar Grace D says:

    I like Project Nursery and Cupcake MAG on Facebook!

  13. avatar Grace D says:

    I subscribe to the weekly newsletter!

  14. avatar Grace D says:

    I would revamp the office into a nursery for our soon to be baby : )

  15. avatar Christina P says:

    I’m a current email subscriber

  16. avatar Christina P says:

    I follow you both on FB!

  17. avatar Christina P says:

    I would choose either our master bedroom our our babies room.

  18. avatar Jourdan says:

    i would love to use this to finish up our nursery!!!

  19. avatar Jourdan says:

    i subscribe to the weekly newsletter!

  20. avatar Mia L says:

    need some bright colors in our nursery!

  21. avatar sarah buki says:

    im an email subscriber!

  22. avatar sarah buki says:

    Our playroom is in dire need!

  23. avatar Abbey says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

  24. avatar Abbey says:

    We have a sun-room that’s in need of some love

  25. avatar Nedaa Almier says:

    I would love to revamp the play room, it’s full of toys & needs organization.

  26. avatar Nedaa Almier says:

    I already subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter.

  27. avatar Nedaa Almier says:

    I “Liked” Project Nursery and CupcakeMAG on Facebook & gave you a shout out on your facebook wall. my facebook name: ニタ アルミルー

  28. avatar Karina Lee says:

    i want my daughter’s room revamped

  29. avatar Karina Lee says:

    i LIKE both pages on facebook

  30. avatar Bree says:

    i subscribe you your weekly newsletter – gracias! :)

  31. avatar Bree says:

    our little bedroom into a nursery pleeeeeease! :)

  32. avatar Ceilidh Gray says:

    Our small office needs to be turned into a sweet nursery in time for our baby’s arrivals in October.

  33. Baby nursery! Please help!!
    – Just liked cupcake mag on FB
    – Followed CM on twitter
    – Already liked PN on FB
    -Already followed PN on Twitter. Thanks!! :)

  34. avatar kymberly ramirez says:

    i like cupcake mag on fb and your as well and followed on pinterest

  35. Subscribed to Newsletter kasey at allthingsmamma dot com

  36. I would make-over my nursery! Baby will be here in 5 weeks!

  37. avatar Mary D. says:

    I am currently looking to redo our kids room since we will be adding a crib for our baby girl due next month. Making a room look appropriate for one five year old girl, one five year old boy and a newborn is quite challenging. Good luck to all!

  38. avatar margo B. says:

    Weekly newsletter subscriber

  39. avatar margo B. says:

    I follow you on Pinterest. Here is the link

  40. avatar margo B. says:

    My two children share a room for now- we would love a makeover- kids room def. needs it

  41. avatar Jessica says:

    Just pinned an image and started following you on pinterest –

  42. avatar Jessica says:

    I “like” cupcakeMAG on FB and just “liked” yours on FB as well!

  43. avatar Jessica says:

    My girls share a bedroom and I’ve been dying to change it up – I’d love to re-do their room for them! :)

  44. avatar Kelly Dunbar says:

    I “liked” both Project Nursery and CupcakeMAG on facebook

  45. avatar Kelly Dunbar says:

    I would like to revamp a nursery for the lil sprout in my belly (sex unknown).

  46. avatar Lara says:



    Actually, the playroom could use some revamping too! I can’t quite figure out how I want to layout the space, and I want lots of color and inspiration for the kiddos!

  47. avatar Lara says:

    I am following Project Nursery and just pinned an image!

  48. avatar Lara says:

    My whole house needs revamping! Actually, our master bedroom is probably the worst. We could definitely use some freshening up and some COLOR!

  49. avatar Becky says:

    My two girls’ room needs revamp so bad! I don’t even know where to start so this will be awesome to win!

  50. avatar Miranda says:

    I get the Weekly Newsletter

  51. avatar Miranda says:

    Follow both pages on Twitter and tweeted.!/MamaHatch

  52. avatar Miranda says:

    Liked both FB pages and wrote on both FB walls.

  53. avatar Miranda says:

    I would love to Revamp my middle son’s bedroom.

  54. avatar Jill Stauff says:

    I already signed up for the newsletter and liked the FB page. I would love to win this- we are moving to a new house and it would be perfect timing for my little girls’s room.

  55. avatar jennifer mantilla says:

    Im subscribed to the newsletter. I would revamp my daughter’s nursery that will soon be her and her baby brother or sisters room in a few months :)

  56. avatar Jessica Connell says:

    I think I pinned the wrong thing so here is my new pin

  57. avatar Jessica Connell says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter

  58. avatar Jessica Connell says:

    I pinned it on pinterest

  59. avatar Jessica Connell says:

    I Would love to revamp my daughters nursery

  60. avatar Jessica Connell says:

    I followed them on twitter and tweeted about it..

  61. avatar Jessica Connell says:

    I liked them on fb

  62. avatar Kandie Walker says:

    I subscribe to the newsletter!

  63. avatar Kandie Walker says:

    I would like to revamp my spare bedroom/nursery. I would like to go ahead and start on the nursery part even though we are still ttc.

  64. avatar Nicole Biddle says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter

  65. avatar Nicole Biddle says:

    Following and tweeted about the giveaway

  66. avatar Nicole Biddle says:

    liked and commented on facebook

  67. avatar Nicole Biddle says:

    My daughter’s and toddler’s shared room needs revamped!

  68. avatar larisa says:

    love the ideas, and i would love to win the giveaway! We recently moved into a new house, and my son is turning 1 soon, and his room is still white walls and a crib…i need help!

  69. avatar Kellie O says:

    I Subscribe to your Weekly Newsletter

  70. avatar Kellie O says:

    I Follow Project Nursery on Pinterest and pinned at

  71. avatar Kellie O says:

    I Follow Project Nursery and CupcakeMAG on Twitter and tweeted at

  72. avatar Kellie O says:

    I Like” Project Nursery and CupcakeMAG on Facebook and gave shout outs!!!

  73. avatar Kellie O says:

    I would revamp my girls playroom! It is a mess and so unorganized. They need a fun and cute playroom!

  74. avatar KR says:

    Already subscribe to newsletter.

  75. avatar KR says:

    Already like PN on FB.

  76. avatar KR says:

    Nursery!! We are waiting until my in-laws visit from Europe to tear down the guest bed. Then we design a space for our little girl (due in June).

  77. avatar Melanie Adie says:

    I liked both on Facebook..following both on twitter and subscribed to newsletter.

  78. avatar Serena Adkins says:

    Already Subscribed to your Weekly Newsletter

  79. avatar Serena Adkins says:

    Here is my link for pinterest: and following project nursery on pinterst

  80. avatar Serena Adkins says:

    Follow Project Nursery and CupcakeMAG on Twitter, tweet about it

  81. avatar Serena Adkins says:

    Like” Project Nursery and CupcakeMAG on Facebook

  82. avatar Serena Adkins says:

    My toddler’s room. The room hasn’t been decorated since birth.

  83. avatar Msilba says:

    I Subscribe to your newsletter

  84. avatar Msilba says:

    My bedroom, I just have no idea where to start!!

  85. avatar Tiffany A. says:

    We are changing our guest room into a nursery and I definitley need some help!

  86. avatar Suzanne says:

    I would love to revamp my DD’s room.

  87. avatar Harmony says:

    I would love to have my toddler room/ playroom for my 3yr old and my 15m old re vamped!! Its my sons room but its a large room which we made also into the main playroom, I would love to find a way to be more organized with their toys and make it still appear as “his” bedroom!

  88. avatar Katja Gagnon says:

    I am a subscriber to the newsletter!

  89. avatar Katja Gagnon says:

    I would love to have my stepdaughters room re-vamped. We are expecting a new child and it would be awesome for her to get a new room seeing that most of the new things are for the baby right now.

  90. avatar Debbie V says:

    I would love to have my daughter’s room turn into a big girl room! She is turning 2 in July and would love to make it special! :)

  91. avatar teresa brownlee says:

    My first is due in September. We were trying to adopt before this for two years, so our nursery is gender-neutral. It would be great to have a revamp to put a feminine look to it, since we are having a girl.

  92. avatar Debbie V says:

    Like the pages on FB!

  93. avatar Jessica Michael says:

    We’re having our first little one in September and would love to revamp his room before he gets here!! We want to redo the room in a “sailing” theme.

  94. avatar Winsy says:

    My Toddler Room for my 2 year old boy!! I’m sure he is getting sick and tired of his sweet little nursery!

  95. avatar Kristy says:

    Please consider me to win the room re-vamp to do my newest daughters nursery she will arrive in the world in August. Thank you I love both of your sites and will continue to follow.