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Nest Tour: Guest Room to Baby’s Room

Guest Room to Baby’s Room

This room went from Moody Glam to Baby Sweet. I’ll show you the After and the After the After.

First, this room got a Moody Glam makeover, using nearly all the same elements from before and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy paint. The brass lamp you can barely see peeking out from the far side of the bed came from a thrift store and I gave it a new black barrel shade. I butted up 2 smaller matching oriental rugs to make one bigger area rug.

We stripped the Jenny Lind bedframe down to the raw wood, gave it a coat of wax and called it a day… six weeks later.


I bought a small table to use as a nightstand and painted it Martha Stewart’s Vermilion. I liked how it was spindle-y too. This art piece and the elephant piece over the bed are by the one and only Taylor Crawford.

 I also made the roman shades using the plastic mini-blinds that were already there

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And I searched the world over for a white horse named Leeroy Jenkins.

This room was featured as a Before & After on Design*Sponge. How ’bout that?

THEN, when we found out we were expecting Townes, we switched up a few things.

Full Room

The navy walls stayed. I used the fabric on the chair pillow (Waverly Santa Maria Desert) as a jumping off point and added white furniture and yellow, turquoise and red accents.

Navy Nursery Rocker Crib

Santa Maria Desert Pillow

We needed to keep a bed in here for Sadie and other guests, so we made it work with sconces and a built-in nightstand shelf.

Bed and sconces

Side table Full

The red spindle table stuck around.

Red Side Table

As did the dresser, but with a new paint job.

Dresser and Mirror

We bought a shallow bookshelf from Pottery Barn kids that fits perfectly in the otherwise unused space behind the door. The print is by Emily McDowell.

Bookshelf McDowell Print

And I did a few sewing projects, like the pillows on the chair and the bed, the ottoman slip cover and the adjustable crib skirt panels.

Rocker and ottoman

Crib and Skirt

You can see the original moodboard for the nursery here and more pics of the finished product here.

Well, this is the REAL finished product:


Continue the tour:

Kitchen  / Family Room

Master Bedroom

Boys’ Room

Dining Room

Living Room




18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2012 6:57 am

    LOVELY! Saw this on Better After and I immediately had to hop over for more info on your “custom windows treatments”. Typically when I see the word “custom” paired with with “window” it involves mauve/flower/ heavy tapestry. Now I’m off to read the linked post about those gorgeous blinds! Kudos!

  2. April 27, 2012 3:31 pm

    Too cute…no words…except for BOOM…..

  3. May 3, 2012 10:47 pm

    This room is perfect. The bed is wonderful.

  4. March 4, 2013 12:06 am

    What a great gallery wall of mirrors. We’re definitely inspired by it:

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 4, 2013 9:31 pm

      Thank you for including me!

  5. July 26, 2013 11:21 am

    I’m not sure how old this post is, but I love this room! I’ve been looking for a Jenny Lind bed, but they are all too small for my full size mattress! Did you have to have this one fitted or altered at all?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      July 26, 2013 11:45 pm

      It was a full-sized bed from the get-go that I bought off of Craigslist. But you’re right–most I see are twin or 3/4. Not sure what you do with that!

  6. Karen permalink
    July 24, 2014 10:15 pm

    Hi, Can you tell me what the art is above the bed in the very first picture? Thanks!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      July 28, 2014 1:30 pm

      It is a drawing of an elephant that my husband did.

  7. Caroline permalink
    January 21, 2015 3:04 pm

    Where did you find all your art, I love it. Or any other ideas on some prints/art that fit with the Hale Navy and pillow color scheme? Love your style!!!!!!!!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 21, 2015 3:21 pm

      Thanks, Caroline! Some of the art was done by my husband. Paint-by-numbers were done by my great-grandfather. I have an art print from Emily McDowell (love her!). And the star is from an antiques shop (though I believe it is new – not an antique.) I will say that I love how the white frames look against the navy walls. It’s a great backdrop! Thanks for the nice compliments.


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