Stellan's Stellar Space

Stellan's Stellar Space

Alejandra Valera
Nov 19, 2010

Name: Courtney and Jonathan Zielinski
Children: Stellan, 7 months and Ava, 4 years
Location: Chicago, Illinois

The line between masculine and austere may often be a difficult one to distinguish -- especially when dealing with a nursery. Graphic and Web designer, Courtney Zielinski, has managed to pull together a look for her son's room that is both masculine yet warm and inviting.

Working with repurposed furniture, a neutral -- yet boyishly fun -- color palette and great wall decals create a stellar space for baby Stellan. This is what Courtney had to say about the room...

Modern, masculine, yet cozy.

Favorite Element:
The wall decals.

Biggest Challenge:
Repurposing my daughter's white sleigh crib for a boy's room without it looking too feminine.

What Friends Say:
Everyone comments on the wall decals and on how cozy the room feels.

Favorite DIY:
Yep, the decals again, if you can call that a DIY... I put them up, however I didn't make them.

Biggest Indulgence:
Definitely the bedding.

Best advice for those approaching the nursery decorating process:
Take another look at furniture you already have that can be worked in to the nursery so it doesn't look too cutesy and match-y. I love how more "grown-up" pieces (in our case, the lamp, posters and tree wall panels over the crib that were previously part of the room's earlier incarnations as a guest room and then as an office) can make the room look more unique and also can help to transition the room to a more mature look as the child gets older.

Dream Source:
Fawn and Forest or Design Public... they have the most amazing modern kids/baby/grownup stuff.

• The bed is from Land of Nod
• The dresser is from IKEA
• The shelves were found on Craigslist
• The glider is from Target
• The lamp is from West Elm
• The curtains are from Restoration Hardware
• The wall decals, bedding and owl print are from Fawn & Forest
• The bedding is Egg by Ollie & Lime
• The tree wall panels are from West Elm

Thanks for sharing with us, Courtney, Jonathan and Stellan!

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