Fixing a nursery room ECONOMICALLY with a few items!

I was contacted to finish decorating a nursery that had already been furnished and painted blue, but was still felt incomplete.  It had artwork spread throughout the room, shelves filled with toys and books (all organized!), but my clients felt that it was still incomplete. And they were right. So my mission, add a few something somethings (economically) to make it feel warm, cozy, and so the blue walls don’t smack them in the face when they walk into the room. The before photo: 

FIRST STEP: Fix what was currently “off”.
* the artwork looked too scattered, and un-cohesive
*furniture too close to the wall

SECOND STEP: Add items to balance the room + “tame” the blue walls
* added tree decal with monkeys (client – baby Jacob loves Curious George, so I added adorable monkeys) to give visual height to dark furniture and distract from the
* add clouds (same reason above, balance the top with the bottom)
* add soft FUN pillows (to the plain loveseat)
* add artwork that POP with color (tame the blue walls!)
* add 3D butterflies (visual POP of color!)

Below’s a highlight (more photos yaaay!) of all the items we added. One of my design tricks in saving money is buying a huge tree decal with monkeys and spreading the design throughout the room (NOT JUST IN ONE WALL). Tsst, other walls wanna party too! I had the tree branches extend to the ceiling, and adjacent walls, even placed some leaves on the radiator, light switch.  I also “trimmed” a branch from the tree decal and added it to the bookshelves – for a dab of ADORABLENESS!

The palm tree artpieces were scattered, so we aligned them for a sleek look. In a room that already has lots of toys scattered, it is MEGA IMPORTANT to have artwork feel more calm and not add more visual clutterness … hence the straight line mounting of the artwork .. plus .. the artwork mounted side to side ‘tell a story’. Do we want story telling in a nursery room. Heck yeaaaahh!

Ada Gonzalez_Nursery_monkey decal and shelves Ada Gonzalez_Nursery_monkey tree decal

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The blue chair that my client has in the room seemed to disappear against the blue walls, so we added an oooh sooo cute pillow of a little boy holding a truck. Did you see how the yellow/blonde hair of the boy matched the yellow color of the LOVE art … yep, all ‘designed that way’ my friends!

To see the monkey-ing around decal installation mosey on over to ->  here for more pics of that fun installation

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13 Responses to Fixing a nursery room ECONOMICALLY with a few items!

  1. homestilo says:

    Ada there are so many sweet touches in this room. I especially like the loveseat pillows and little monkey details throughout.

  2. ada, it is so fun to see your work! your additions make a big difference. i love the love and apple pillows, and how you made the art a straight line. thanks for sharing!

    • Ada says:

      How sweet of u to say so Noreen … thanks!!! I get so focusedin the design intstallations (details! details! sooo many details!) that I tend to forget to take pictures some times :)

  3. The poster is so cute!! Makes a great addition to this room! And how fun are those decals? You’ve created a beautiful fun space!

  4. Nina says:

    Very cute! We all can use more love in our lives. All the monkeys are super cute too.

  5. Michelle says:

    Very sweet space. I just love the little leaves on the ends of the shelves. And I have always had a soft spot for monkeys.

    • Ada says:

      Me too Michelle. I hope tp travel to Costa Rica mainly to see all the monkeys!!! I may want to bring one back with me :) ….. or still with Monkey decals (less loud!!).

  6. Theresa says:

    Sometimes all a room needs is that final touch to pull it all together. Good thing you were available because the room does look cozier and more pulled together. Another job well done.

  7. Mike says:

    Thanks Ada. Jacob loves his new nursery. You did a great job! He got really big since the last time you saw him. He’s walking all over the place. Thanks for sharing my nursery.

    • Ada says:

      Hi Mike, you are very welcome! I LOVE hearing that he loves his new nursery especially now that he is walking … yeah!!!

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