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Big City Nursery


  • When I¬†first¬†met Grace Kang¬†Gavric to go over the details of what she might want painted in¬†Adrian's nursery, the final bedding choice had not been made.¬† Grace was down to two options and her husband, Nenad, helped weigh in with the final choice¬†which was the Skyline bedding from Dwell.¬† They wanted something boyish, fun and¬†modern.¬† ¬†I have to admit I was totally inspired by the choice they made.¬† I tried to create a really fun, interactive room that Adrian can grow and learn in for years.¬† I have to thank my friend and Atlanta designer, Sommer Saracevic' for referring me to Grace and Nenad Gavric.¬† Adrian's room was a joy to paint.

Design Inspiration

The bedding from Dwell that Atlanta dentist Grace Gavric picked out for the crib.  It was the launch pad for the direction of the room which is always a great place to start your design process.  I used color combinations that I thought would really engage Adrian as he grows and begins to take in his surroundings as the months and years go by.  The contrasting colors and especially the windows can provide a very stimulating visual for developing minds.

Decorating Style

  • Fun, whimsical.¬† Love to paint something that children can grow with whether is's just a few touches around the room or a more complete mural.

Project Details

I wanted to make it kind of modern and fun and totally interactive for Adrian as he grows into toddler stage.  Dwell was the choice for several items in the room including the window treatments.  I painted each building and then used tape grids to complete the windows.  Tedius work to be sure with all the measuring and taping but so worth it in the end.  The glider was from Babies-R-Us and the furniture was from All Modern, website.

Favorite Items

  • I love the Hotel Adrian building.¬† The clock is set to 8:00 which represents¬†his birth time. ¬†Under the clock states when the building was established which is Adrian's birthday.¬† The little water tower on top of another building has an A on it representing his birth city, Atlanta.¬† I surprised the family with these little details and they loved it all.¬†¬† Grace said the buildings look cool at night because the little white¬†windows look "on".


Patience and lots of measuring, taping and leveling...lost my mind a few times but all is well now. :-)  I truly believe there are so many  learning opportunities in a mural like this such as shapes, colors, counting games. ... The crib is in front of the mural now but later the parents plan on putting the crib directly across from the mural as he begins to sit  and stand up to really take it all in and be stimulated by everything going on in the room.   If you feel you would like a mural like this but aren't up for the challenge let me know.  I travel...

Anita Roll

Wednesday 31st of August 2011

Victoria Hart,

Thank you very much Victoria!

Anita Roll

Wednesday 31st of August 2011

Avery Hardman,

Good Luck with your nursery Avery!

Anita Roll

Wednesday 31st of August 2011

Angela Hogan,

Thank you Angela!! I appreciate your support. You are an amazing designer!! Will see you in Atlanta soon!

Anita Roll

Wednesday 31st of August 2011

Actor Cordell,

Hi Actor!! So glad you stopped by and voted!! Thank you very much. I hope you are doing well!

Anita Roll

Wednesday 31st of August 2011

Mary Ann ODaniel,

Yes Mary Ann, I never watch the clock when I'm working but raid the pantry instead...nibble nbble...think think...paint ...nibble....