How I transformed a “builder-basic” room into our baby’s nursery:

This past year has been an exciting whirlwind of events… starting with becoming pregnant with our first child!

It’s been an incredible experience so far and I am extremely excited to bring our little guy into the world.

I had really never designed a nursery before but knew I wanted a space that was going to be relaxing and calming, since it was going to be my second home pretty soon!

Here’s the Before:

I pretty much had a blank shell to work with. The room is fairly small, 11’x11’, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t pack a punch with the design!

When thinking about a “theme” for the room, I didn’t want to do anything that I would get tired of easily, because (believe it or not) designing my own home has always been a challenge… I love too many different things!!! I also wanted it to be gender neutral in case we ever wanted to have another child (but let’s be real – I will probably want to remodel it before then LOL!)

What really set off the total vibe was my love affair with this particular wall mural from Rebel Walls:

I just loved the pattern and all of the colors. I looked around a bit more but kept coming back to this pattern.

Soooo…. The creative juices began to flow!

With the wall mural as the main focal point, I wanted to add some drama to the room without taking away from it… so, I paid attention to the “5th wall” AKA the ceiling and wanted to panel it!

This step was a messy one, but so worth it. We first had to sand all of the walls and the ceiling since the mural required a smooth wall and so did the paneling. You wouldn’t want to see any of that yucky orange peel drywall texture peeking through. Then, we got the paneling on the ceiling. Already feeling a lot better in there!

But I wanted to level it up. So, we painted the ceiling Sherwin Williams – Roycroft Bottle Green. It is one my favorite greens! Such a beautiful, deep and rich color.

The room is starting to transform…

Next comes the wall mural and the transformation truly begins:

I know what you’re wondering… OK what about the furniture?!? Here’s our selections!

I did some research on nursery furniture and found a great vendor, DucDuc out of NYC. I not only loved the aesthetic of their products, I also loved that they used 100% baltic birch, TSCA Title VI compliant wood, made in the USA, water based finishes and non toxic glue. Plus, it was SUPER easy to assemble. The crib and the changing table are from them.

The other item that was super important to me was the glider! I wanted one that had a power recliner as well. I found the Babyletto Kiwi Glider and was hooked! It is super comfortable and I love the power recline feature.

Here are links to all of the products listed in the moodboards:



Changing Table:

Ceiling Flush mount:

Window Coverings:




End Table:

Table Lamp:

And of course, we had to do a rendering to show the final concept as well!!

Are you ready to see the full reveal?

Our home was originally built in the 60s and had already been through a remodel in the 80s. It had good bones but they were hard to see under the later revisions. Ariana’s team went straight to the elements that needed to be preserved and highlighted them. The kitchen/dining room has been opened up amazingly and we’re very happy with it. In addition to the design efforts, we really value the 3-D renderings. It makes it much easier to talk with tradespeople about what we want to be done and how, and prevents miscommunications. Five stars for the Honeycomb team!


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