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cupcakeMAG home: Small Spaces Re-Vamp


For the last few months we have been working with the amazing Newport CottagesThe Land of NodSertaSerena & LilyAnnette TatumBelle PatriDrawstring StudioName Your DesignThe TomKat Studio Shop and lots more amazing companies to create the perfect space for our latest cupcakeMAG home makeover project! You may recall our last one here, which created quite the buzz here, on Project Nursery.  It is all about focusing on the small spaces trend – creating a wow factor in a small space with big things. Our canvas is a blank 10 x 8 room which we created for 2 sisters. 


Design Inspiration

We wanted to mix and match bold patterns like Chevron and Ikat to create a fresh and bright space with colors little girls love. 

Project Details

We painted the walls with coordinating Annette Tatum paint in Sorbet + Corneliam makes them really pop. To achieve the white stripe in between, we just peeled off the painters tape. We placed an Expedit Ikea Bookshelf on it's side  under the exposed closet to have a place for storage and to be used as a bench. Instead of having a fish in your typical aquarium we placed a Betta fish in a pretty apothecary jar from HomeGoods. For only $10 - it was much cheaper. We found lots of frames at yard sales, thrift stores and Michaels and sprayed painted them in Valspar's Spray Paint for our liking. We created a reading nook inside the closet which will be shown off exclusively on cupcakeMAG. We bunched together paper lanterns from  The TomKat Studio Shop and pom poms to create a little something pretty over the bed which brought in even more color! We included lots of little prettiest like the Clairebella Personalized Zebra Tray from Layla Grayce to add little touches of flair. When sharing space, don't put everything out for display. Only a few special things like a pretty doll - we love this one, which just so happens to match the room perfectly from Blabla Kids.

We have to give big thanks to our contractor, electrician and painter, Andrew Koon - the husband of cupcakeMAG Editor, Casi as well as our amazing photographer, Kim Flores of Whimsy Baby Photography. This project wouldn't have been complete without them! 

Shop the Shoot: 

Bedding + Pillows: Annette Tatum 

Both Twin Mattress + Box Spring Sets: Serta

Emily Bed in Raspberry: Newport Cottages Pottery Barn Teen: Bubble Up Lamp Base

Custom Curtains: Drawstring Studio

Zig Zag Orange Rug, White Bookcase, Owl Nightlight: The Land of Nod

Zebra Lamp: Pottery Barn Teen

White Trunk + Vanity Stool: Belle Patri

Personalized Wall Art, Bike + Bubblegum Machine, B is for Books Canvas: Name Your Design

I Love You To Paris, She's Got The Whole World in her Hands, Custom Name Prints: Hop Skip Jump Paper

The TomKat Studio Shop, Paper Lanterns

Pink Moroccan Leather Pouf, Saffron/Putty Diamond Lumbar Pillow on Trundle, Serena + Lily

Clairebella Personalized Zebra Tray from Layla Grayce

Ivy Doll, American Girl {}

Favorite Items

Vintage Trunk, Chevron curtains, custom wall prints, Blabla Kids Doll, Newport Cottages Emily Bed in Raspberry with Annette Tatum Bedding.


Don't be afraid to mix and match. Look for things you can re-vamp and give second life too. Shop thrift stores, yard sales and look for Craigslist freebies to make your own. To create a higher bed, add a box spring with the mattress even though this bed doesn't need one like we did with the Serta Mattresses.  


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I love this! Do you know the paint color of the non-accent wall?


Tuesday 14th of May 2013

I was wondering if you can still get this bedding at anette tatum because I can't find it on the website?!