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Nora’s Dark Pink Dream


To guest room or not, that is the question! For many of you space is a challenge and adding a baby to the family can often mean losing the coveted guest room. Project Nursery reader Stephanie had another idea for her guest room. She chose to make the room a combo nursery for her daughter Nora and a working guest room. When the room is needed for guests, baby Nora bunks up with mom and dad and guests enjoy a lovely custom bed which matches the nursery’s dark pink, brown and tan color scheme. Here is how Stephanie created this bold and contemporary room for Nora and her fans who come to visit.

Design Inspiration

I knew I wanted to do something a little outside of the ordinary – and by that I mean, no pastels! So, my inspiration started with the dark pink bedding set I found at a discount store and expanded into the now color scheme of dark pink, brown, tan and white.

Decorating Style

Contemporary yet comfortable and practical.

Project Details

Because we live in a small 2 bedroom condo, we had to combine our guest room and our nursery spaces. So in an effort to keep things fun and nursery-like, but still somewhat neutral we chose two colors of tan for the walls. After that the pieces all started falling together. My parents bought us the crib and we found a dresser at Target that matched perfectly. Our rocker/glider came from Babies R Us and is a perfect fit for the room. Lastly, I did a few DIY projects that made our space just perfect for our little one. A Butterfly Shadowbox. A Guest Bed Headboard and lastly, the Round Circle Artwork above the crib.

Favorite Items

The rocker is so comfy.

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    phillipsfam says:

    November 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Fantastic!!! I love that this room serves as two functions and looks great either way as a guest room or baby room! She is gonna love it too when she grows into a teen. Just incredibly functional and smart!

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    GaBbErS09 says:

    September 16, 2009 at 9:38 pm  

    that is gorgeous!! i love the colors and the way it is set up!!!

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    Stephanie says:

    September 1, 2009 at 9:10 am 

    Kim – in response to your question about our rocker.
    Yes – we do like it a lot. It’s quite comforable and we’ve had no trouble with the material holding up (so far that is – Nora is only 7 weeks old now). However, I will say, that it doesn’t have the best back support so we’ve had to use a pillow to give me a little more support. In the store, pre-baby, it was so comfy and really is a great lounging chair; however, when you spend a ton of time in it feeding it just isn’t the most supportive.

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    Kim says:

    August 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the response! I also wanted to ask if you have liked your rocker from Babies R us and if the material is holding up well. I saw it in person at the store and the material looked really worn where you sit and put your feet, but it could be because so many people sit in it at the store. Let me know if you get the chance. Thanks!

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    Stephanie says:

    August 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to the above questions.
    First – the paint colors are from Sherwin Williams and are Canvas Tan and Khaki Shade.
    And secondly – the bedding I actually got at Marshall’s (similar to TJ Max). I also had a terrible time finding bedding I liked that was contemporary-ish and not a fortune. I believe the brand was something like Kids Line.

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    Kim says:

    August 18, 2009 at 1:23 pm 

    Beautiful! I love the bedding…where is it from?? That is a huge thing I am having trouble deciding on! :)

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    The Savannah Room says:

    August 14, 2009 at 4:03 am 

    This is honestly the BEST nursery set up I’ve seen so far !
    So stylish, functional yet unique .. I love every inch of it ..
    I shall have to put a post on my Facebook, Twitter & blog :-D

    Katherine x

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    Morgan says:

    August 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    LOVE this! Dark pink is my favourite colour and it looks so sophisticated and dramatic with the brown.

    Love the shadowbox butterflies too! I would love to create something like that with some die-cut birds I found on etsy. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Beth says:

    August 13, 2009 at 7:24 am  

    What a terrific use of space! Your artwork is terrifc…the butterfly shadowbox is my favorite and so original.

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    Little Apple Design LA says:

    August 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I LOVE that shadowbox art! I think I may copy it and do some little trains for my son’s room. What an inspiring idea. Thanks and great job!

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    Nikki says:

    August 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm 

    Love the room! Can you share what paint colors you used? I am looking to do something similar color scheme wise forour nursery.