My Room: Aleena

San Francisco, CA

Aleena's closet-turned-nursery just goes to show that small IS cool and one clever feature like these fluttering butterflies can totally make the room. Mom Neila describes the space: I wanted her nursery to be girly, modern, FUN... and most importantly for her room to feel bigger than it actually was. I didn’t want to create a claustrophobic child!

My biggest challenge was the small space. We didn’t have a spare bedroom for Aleena, so we transformed our walk-in closet into a nursery. Luckily it was big enough for the crib (barely!) and it had an existing built-in cabinet which worked perfectly as a changing table/dresser.

I picked a simple almost monochromatic palette, white with hot pink accents. Fuchsia butterfly decals go on the walls and ceiling. I love the butterflies because they look like they are buzzing all around the room, which makes the room feel larger. The only other wall decoration is a mirror placed just above the changing pad. I let her toys and clothing accessories the room. DwellStudio’s crib for Target was the perfect choice for her bed. It has the modern furniture look without the modern furniture price tag. Another plus is that it includes much needed storage. The mobile was a lucky find at a local children’s shop, which adds a nice whimsical girlie touch. I kept all other touches white (bins, shade, shelf.)

We made smart choices and kept it simple. The end result is a hip nursery that everyone loves to step into, babies and adults alike.

Resources:
Paint color: Benjamin Moore ‘Simply White’
Crib: Target ($212 on sale)
Mirror: Target ($5)
Carpet Tile: Flor (pre-owned)
Crib Sheet: ABC Baby
Crib Skirt: Carousel from Baby Bedding.com
Shelf: Ikea (pre-owned)
Butterfly Decals: Popwall on Etsy 3 sets. ($20 per set.)
Mobile: Lambs & Ivy ($43)
Dresser/Changing Table: existing built-in dresser
White Bins: Container Store ($11 each)
Light: exisiting
Blind: Black out Home Depot ($19)

Thanks Neila and Aleena! You can see more of Neila's interior design work at Hutt Design.

(Images: Brett Christiansen)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.