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  • Nursery Update

    My son, Zano (pronounced like “on” not “an”, more about his name here), is technically a toddler now. 14 months old. I can hardly believe it! He is officially saying words now. His vocabulary consists of “shoe” and “cheese”, which sound like “choo” and “chee”. I die.

    I think the denial I’ve carried over him growing up so fast spilled over into his nursery. If I didn’t finish it, he wouldn’t grow up, right? Do you recall the mood board I created? I was all about the neutrals, keeping things light and airy and serene in hopes to counteract the loud colors of baby toys.

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    First, I painted his walls a nice shade of gray (Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore), brought in the decor and started hanging art and mirrors that I had on hand. I bought a white rug (which I loved but was two sizes too small, ugh!) and told myself “be happy about this, it’s exactly what you wanted!”

    DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

    For some reason the space really bummed me out. It was OK, but it wasn’t jiving well. The walls looked dingy, the art and mirrors weren’t purposeful, the rug was too small, the rocker wasn’t working with the space.  I happened to be researching something about light and color, and learned about directional light its impact on the color your walls. Zano’s room receives Northern facing light, and the colors you don’t want to paint in a northern facing room are: gray, white, blue. Basically anything with cool undertones are a no-go. The trick to dealing with a northern facing room is to embrace it’s drama and intimacy, and go dark!

    Dark & Moody Nursery with navy walls & a vintage rug // brittanyMakesHere’s what happened. I sold the rug to a cute, expecting couple, and went on the hunt for something vintage. I wasn’t looking for red, but this rug had me at hello!  Then, I painted the walls a dark blue, Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. This wall color is everything!

    Dark & Moody Nursery with navy walls & a vintage rug // brittanyMakes


    Then, my good friend Shavonda hooked me up with these stellar chairs, for a deal that was basically free! They are in such good condition, I feel terrible even thinking about reupholstering them. I let them hang in our living room for about a month, but I knew they were destined to be set against those walls. Tell me you agree! Mustard + Navy 4eva!

    Dark & Moody Nursery with navy walls & a vintage rug // brittanyMakesI would say I’m about 85% happy with the room so far. A larger rug would be preferable, but I love the energy this one brings to the space. I also need to figure out the blank space above the crib as well as the blank space below the wall sconce. I’ll get there soon!

    Sources: rug (vintage) / crib (discontinued, similar here) / crib sheets (target, past season) / himmeli mobile / hamper / brass floor lamp (vintage) / side table (Target, past season) / curtains / sconce / wildebeest bust (West Elm, no longer available) / hare print / chairs (vintage) / mongolian fur pillow / flokati / fox / wolf / hedgehog  LoveB



    1. I have the same North facing bedroom problem. I may have to try going bold. It’s only paint! But I can never get it right! How does the room “feel”? Cozy? Does your kiddo hang out in it a lot to play? or just for bedtime? Sorry for all the questions? I have never thought about going so dramatic for a North facing room. Bravo Brittany!

      1. Thanks!!! You know, he plays 50% of his time in his room and the other in our living room, which I think is a good ratio! It feels cozy but not small, I really love it! We have dark floors so the only tough part was making sure to keep lighter furniture (white dresser, not pictured). I would say try it out! It’s only paint and you will be surprised how much you like it.

      1. I’ve thought of it! but haven’t moved past that haha. I think that’s the direction I’m leaning towards though. Thanks!!!

    2. Um…your timing is impeccable…for ME! I just added a few of your links to my registry. That crib! It’s basically just what I was looking for but couldn’t find. And love the new look! Kind of reminds me of my living room. :)

      1. I love the crib too! Perfect price point, I couldn’t justify $900 for a crib lol! I’m ecstatic for you! I hope you share with us what you do!

    3. I love the color on those walls Brittany, and you are 100% right, it works so well with the mustard. The color you chose is more or less what we wanted for our hallway, but in the end we decided on green ( I love it, but I don’t love it as much as the gorgeous teal we had in our previous home, but it felt a bit blah to go for something similar, and with a huge art work we have in our living room, we thought green would work better than a steely deep blue. You did an amazing job, and oh, that rug again :) x

    4. I believe on instagram it shows the lucent light shop 5 orb chandelier in your sons room, but it is a close up shot. I am deciding between that chandelier and one from schoolhouse electric and I would love to see the 5 orb in a full room shot to get the overall feel. Do you have a wider shot anywhere? Thank you so much in advance!!!

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