Before & After: An Art Studio Transformed into a Dreamy Nursery

Before & After: An Art Studio Transformed into a Dreamy Nursery

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Carmen Chavarri
Dec 13, 2015
(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

Name: Catherine Cachia
Location: East Danforth — Toronto, Ontario

When we moved into our house two years ago, I was really excited to have a dedicated workspace for the first time in my life. This room gets the best light in the house, which made it a great place to draw, make stuff, and practice my calligraphy and photography.

(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

From Catherine:

"When we moved into our house two years ago, I was really excited to have a dedicated workspace for the first time in my life. This room gets the best light in the house, which made it a great place to draw, make stuff, and practice my calligraphy and photography."

(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

"I tried to make it a mix of practical and pretty. The workstation had a huge kitchen table that gave me lots of space to spread out my papers, and the long shelves gave me enough storage for all my supplies. On the opposite side of the room, though, I tried to simply create an inspiring space to hang out in and have a coffee or read. I scored the vintage peacock chair at a garage sale for $10, and my dad repaired and painted it for me in a vibrant and cheery shade of turquoise."

(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

"And then we found out we were expecting our first baby, so it was bye-bye studio, hello nursery!"

(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

"I had so much fun re-imagining this room and transforming it to serve a completely different purpose. I approached it in the same way I had the studio, aiming to make it a combination of both pretty and practical as well as vintage and eclectic."

(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

"Our friends and family handed down all the natural wood furniture, which we freshened up with a coat of paint. In keeping with the rest of the house, I kept the walls white and added lots of color through furniture and decor. I am in love with the green dresser which we painted with BEHR's Winter Shamrock."

(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

"The hanging clothing rack/shelf and book ledges are DIY projects that allow us to display my husband’s baby sneaker collection, my vintage baby dress collection, and all the wonderful treasures that were given to baby Winnie."

(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)
(Image credit: Catherine Cachia)

"My favorite element in the room is definitely the rusty, salvaged letters that spell out our girl’s name, which I found at the St. Lawrence Antique Market. The "N"s are actually upside down "U"s because the vendor didn’t have any capital “N”s, but hopefully you didn’t even notice that!"

Thanks, Catherine!

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