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Chase’s Black, White & Yellow Nursery


Introducing a bold, black and white nursery with punches of primary colors. When it came to my second child, I could no longer pull off that dreamy, soft and serene nursery. Instead, I worked with lots of primary colored toys, hand me downs and his big brother's nursery furniture. We also happen to be moving to an NYC apt in just a few months so it was also important for me not so spend a lot of time or money on this project.

Design Inspiration

I knew I wanted a simple monogram-the yellow C above the crib and I went from there!

Decorating Style

My style changes weekly! I am typically a fan of a little glam but since this is a boy's room, I went with bright pops of color to complete it's transitional look.

Project Details

Here are a few highlights of the space: 1. My $14, formerly damaged roller shade redo hangs behind a $400 Jonathan Adler giraffe lamp—talk about a high/low. 2. A contemporary and personalized print created by PN friend Stacy of Name Your Design. 3. Canary yellow closet with no doors—that’s my trick for saving floor space. The room is only 10×10; besides, I have a boy, so I don’t need to hang much in his room. 4. Uber-cheap lampshade-turned-hanging pendant—my first choice from DWR went out the window as soon as we learned we were going to move. Shelving and bookrack is from Pottery Barn Kids circa 2006. 5. With so much boldness, it was important that I did not overload the room with accessories but of course I have my favorites to include Skip Hop’s zoo pack, Sarah + Abraham’s olliegraphic pillow and Wee Gallery wall graphics

Favorite Items

It has to be the painted black stripe behind the crib. It just works so nicely with the angled ceiling. I have to admit that I felt a little nervous about this design idea because after all, it is black! I mean talk about bold.  However, I used my favorite chalk board paint and was planning to write good night messages above my son's toddler bed when it's transition time.


Use what you already have when you can and use your imagination. After all, it's only paint! For more information, check out the feature in American Baby Magazine.

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Wednesday 9th of November 2011

Love the room!! I was wondering if you could tell me where the chair and the pouf are from? The whole room (especially the stripe) is AMAZING!