We know how you love bold floral accent walls, so you are going to love this gorgeous nursery featuring a large format black and white floral mural decal behind the crib. Going black and white keeps the mural from taking over the space in this modern glam nursery, but it still makes a huge design impact. The nursery is from Oksana Radionova of Foxy Oxie. A formally trained graphic artist, Oksana has taken on so much more and features her many DIYs and home renovation projects on her blog along with her travel adventures and life as a mom. Thank you, Oksana, for sharing your daughter’s nursery with us today.
Design inspiration can come from anywhere—what inspired your nursery design?
Like any normal (and totally sane, might I add) woman, I have spent a solid portion of my adult life pinning photos of babies and nurseries. But when time came to choose a style for our own babe, I couldn’t commit! I wanted the nursery to fit the overall style of our bungalow. Yet it’s not every day I get to design a space for a little girl, and I definitely didn’t want to lose out on the fun and frills of that experience! But, I reasoned, the square footage of the room is quite small—no bigger than 8 x 10.5 feet. Mixing too many colors would feel too chaotic, so instead I chose a neutral palette of gray, black and white with plans of adding personality with pattern and texture.
In the two years that we’ve spent renovating our abandoned little bungalow, I had talked ad nauseam about wallpapering this wall or that, but that never progressed beyond daydreaming. Once we found out we were expecting a little girl, however, I had my answer. The nursery is a perfect place to experiment with more playful motifs, so I was ecstatic to secure a partnership with Walls Need Love to help me do just that. Once I chose the “Clara” floral wallpaper mural, the rest of the room design fell into place around it.
Did you have any unexpected obstacles when creating this room? How did you overcome them or spin them to your advantage?
Oftentimes, the biggest design challenge in any room—not just a nursery—is a lack of storage. As much as I would’ve loved to fit a daybed, play area, bookcase, so on and so forth in the nursery, it was simply out of the question in a small room. So, I narrowed down the essentials and focused on proportional, multipurpose furniture. For example, instead of a standard size dresser, I purchased a small chest of drawers with just enough space to fit a changing pad on top. The tray can easily be removed to function as a stunning chest of drawers when our little one gets older.
To further maximize storage space, we worked with ClosetMaid to design and install a custom built-in closet that took advantage of every inch of closet space available. We also ended up completely removing the closet doors for easier access.
Now that the room is complete, what was your favorite part of the process? And what do you love the most about the finished design?
Mila is our first child, so every part of the process was special and sentimental. I would imagine finally using the space that I was creating and the perfect little babe—our sweet daughter—that would one day soon call it her own.
What is that one thing that everyone mentions when they step into this space?
The wallpaper mural and the closet are two of the most asked-about items. I receive daily emails from readers inquiring where both are from and how to recreate the look in their own home.
If you had to choose one aspect of the design that is uniquely you, what would it be?
I tried to add a personal touch to every design element—just a little something that would distinguish the room from the millions of other pretty nurseries on the internet. One easy way to personalize a room is to add custom details to the furniture. Custom furniture isn’t always an option with tight budgets and all that jazz, but a quick change in drawer knobs does wonders in making a piece look a million times better.
Another way to add personality to a nursery (or any room, for that matter!) is with DIY projects. I planned far more DIY projects than I could complete in time, but one that I made sure to cross off my list was a pom pom garland. With the help of this nifty little tool, I was able to create something special and unique that can only be recreated by hand. Plus, they make the cutest props for the monthly baby photos. You can recreate this darling piece with my step-by-step DIY tutorial.
The item that is most unique to Mila, however, is the Russian alphabet print that I designed specifically for this space. It’s such a simple but adorable way to add a personal touch to the shelves and highlight her heritage. Plus, it’s educational, too!
Photography by Oksana Radionova
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