Before & After: A Snug as a Bug in a Rug Closet Nursery

Before & After: A Snug as a Bug in a Rug Closet Nursery

Nora Taylor
Jun 24, 2016
(Image credit: Submitted by Kelsey)

While preparing for their first baby, Kelsey and Matt found themselves getting creative with their closet space. One armoire, a few DIY projects and four months later, they have an adorable and cozy nursery all set for their daughter.

(Image credit: Submitted by Kelsey)

From Kelsey: With the upcoming arrival of our first baby, my husband Matt and I wanted to create a special nursery in our one bedroom rental home in Topanga Canyon, California. The closet was our only available space so we cleared out all of our clutter and discovered we had a 4' x 8' space to work with and a blue glass window that never before saw the light of day. We repaired the cracks in the walls and removed the eye sore shelving and opened the room up. Next I installed the Tweek Studio Lunette clip on shades to the ceiling mounted bare bulb lights. We wanted to soften the tile flooring so after three iterations we found a plush nuLOOM wool rug on Overstock that echoed the diamond window.


My husband hand made the "mini" crib and the shelf for the space with wood sourced from the House of Hardwood in Culver City, CA. We found the fun Hawaiian spear fishing and ocean prints at the Rose Bowl Flea market in Pasadena CA, and Matt handmade the frames. We added a hand painted owl mobile by Holly Zucker from my childhood bedroom and a beautiful needlepoint forest scene that our close friends gave to the baby (not visible in the photo). The mirror was sourced from Salvare in Los Angeles. With a lot of DIY action and by keeping it simple, we were able to create the special space for her for about $600.00, with accessories like books and blankets from our registry. The whole project took us about four months, working on it when we could. I should also mention we moved our clothes to an armoire and donated a lot of things as well. It felt great to pare down to the essentials. We really enjoyed creating the space together and every detail feels special to us.

Thanks, Kelsey!

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