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Dramatic ‘Before & After’ Renovation: A Baby Boy’s Nursery


Our baby boy is here! We have had a blast dreaming up this room for him and wanted it to contain little details that are significant in our lives throughout his nursery. One major season of my husband's life was that he spent a couple of years living in the UK, Oxford to be more specific. Several years later, we he moved back to the states and met one another while living in Washington, DC. You'll notice little elements throughout the nursery that represent these beloved places. The color palette itself reflects the classic design throughout these cities that we hold dear.

I sat down a few months ago in the midst of a "nesting" phase of my pregnancy and started putting ideas together, and asked myself a series of questions. What are elements that make this room capable of transitioning from a nursery, to a toddler's room, and eventually to a boy's room? What are details that make us smile? What will make him smile? Are there ways to encourage learning and creativity for him through the design of a space? These are just a few of the questions I pondered.

This room once had bright turquoise, semi-gloss paint on the walls and an old ceiling fan on the ceiling. My husband and his friend graciously took on a DIY project: board & batten wall paneling. Boy, did it change the space all together! We painted the walls a deep navy and the paneling a soft white. This alone added so much value to the space.

We slowly started filling it with hints of "whimsy": a midcentury chair, a colorful play gym, and a patterned rug to name a few. Then, we added pieces that were sentimental to us: pictures of my husband's grandmother's historic home in Virginia, stuffed animals from my great grandmother, handmade quilts, and some classic books we both read growing up.

It's still a work in progress, but I hope you enjoy the transformation!





Saturday 13th of February 2021

This is lovely! Can you tell me how high up your board and batten goes? Thanks!

Rachael Johnson

Sunday 15th of July 2018

Wow, what a transformation! It's like the room grew up!

Laurin White

Sunday 10th of June 2018

Thank you so much, Beth!


Wednesday 6th of June 2018

Wow, what a difference! Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing!