Finn's Fabulous City Skyline Suite

Finn's Fabulous City Skyline Suite

Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 26, 2010

Name: Finn
Age: 4 months
Location: Ohio

This home office turned nursery is the perfect new home for new Finn who was born at the first of the year. Mother Kari aimed to assemble a science and technology inspired bedroom and we think the results are out of sight. It's cool, calming and boasts a hand-painted city skyline by Dad!

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Transforming a home office into a new space for your child is no easy task. Somehow, it always seems like a larger effort to make it as "non-officey" as possible. This room started off right with a pretty paint treatment and the rest was history. There are all sorts of small touches in this room that really make it a comfortable place to grow up and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Inspiration: "Industry, Science and Technology". After seeing all of the amazing nursery tours on Ohdeedoh, I wanted to do a themed room. The color scheme (gray and orange) was picked as soon as we found out we were pregnant but once we knew it was a boy, we wanted something more masculine than birds and a tree. My husband came up with the city skyline idea and it evolved from there. (Yes, we are both engineers.)

Favorite Element: The city skyline. It turned out really well and the dark contrast makes it easy for Finn to see it. I named the room "Finn City". Finn's favorite element is the robot poster above the rocker. My sister actually made the poster for Finn and he stares at it every night during his night-time bottle.

Biggest Challenge: Lighting. During the day, there is plenty of light but at night, it is so dark in that room since there is no overhead light. It took a combination of multiple lamps to get the different light settings that we wanted.

What Friends Say: "This is the coolest nursery;" and "The skyline looks so good. I can't believe you did that by hand."

Proudest DIY: Personally my favorite DIY is the recovered rocking chair from Craigslist. I ended up finishing it two weeks before I gave birth. My husband learned not to leave a pregnant woman alone with a staple gun in a closed room.

Everyone else loves the city skyline that my husband painted. He based it on a reference drawing I made and used painter's tape to outline the shape of the buildings.

Biggest Indulgence: The crib bedding - especially since we aren't using the crib bumpers right now. It matched so perfectly I just had to get it.

Best advice: Kids rooms let you have the freedom to be a little more over the top with the design. I found it helpful to pick a color scheme and use that to tie everything together. But most importantly is to have fun with it and let it evolve over time. Also, have plenty of room for storage. It is amazing how much stuff such a small baby has!

Dream source:, or the Seattle store Tottini


Dresser, nightstand and white bookcase : had from when the nursery was a spare bedroom
Space Prints: Lunastrella series from John W Golden
Clock: Bicycle Clock from 1 by Liz
Science Print: Science is Awesome by Pam Wishbow
Robot Poster: Poster 18 by Lauren Deger
Crib: GULLIVER crib from IKEA
Crib Bedding: Dwell Studio Transportation Crib Bedding
Silver 3 tier lamp: from Target
White "bubble" lamp: FILLSTA from IKEA
Curtains: RIVTA from IKEA
Rocking Chair: craigslist and the fabric is MAJKEN from IKEA
Paper lamp: RUTBO from IKEA
Bookcase: BILLY from IKEA

(Thanks, Kari & Finn!)

Images: Degerkas via Flickr

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