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A Soothing Bedroom Just in Time for Baby

Natural fabrics, relaxing hues and stylish furniture make for a breezy oasis for newlyweds.

After: a soothing sanctuary for two.

Before: Dingy and Disheveled

When newlyweds Jeff and Tamara bought their home a year ago, they started a massive renovation project. But their work stopped abruptly when life presented them with some unexpected ups and downs. While they got the great news that they were expecting their first child, they also found out two months later that Tamara had cancer. Needless to say, they quickly shelved plans to finish the house and began what seemed like an endless stream of medical appointments.

Fast-forward a year and things are on the upswing. Baby Jasmine has been welcomed into the world, and Tamara has been given a clean bill of health. But since the couple's bedroom was left unfinished during their renovation, it was important to Jeff that it be completed and transformed into an oasis in which Tamara could relax with their daughter. So after receiving his letter asking for help, I grabbed my crew and geared up to give the family a bedroom sanctuary that would help them unwind after a tough year.

The existing bedroom was bland, boring and very blue. It needed more light, more storage and an airier, more contemporary look. To give it the soothing, peaceful vibe I wanted, I looked to nature for my colors, fabrics and finishes.

After: Breezy Oasis

Taking inspiration from a fabric with a cherry-blossom pattern, I decided to fill the room with soothing shades of cream, green and bark, and I started things off by painting the room in a fresh coat of celery green.

I made a fantastic bed the focal point of the room. I used a sustainable-wood frame and an organic rubber mattress, and I topped it off with natural cotton and linen bedding in meadow-inspired shades. But the big story here is the headboard?it's made of a blown-up floral pattern put on canvas and then on Masonite.

Flanking the bed are two dark walnut bedside tables with storage drawers that are backed with mirrors and sconces above it. At the foot of the bed, I put a wooden bench with a soft, buttery green vinyl top.

Opposite the bed is an oddly angled area, which I filled with a mix of open and closed, custom and store-bought storage features. I also put in a small chair and a gorgeous wood table to sit below the room's windows. On the windows I put up the cherry-blossom-patterned fabric for a light, airy feel. For privacy, I also installed some green and bark woven blinds.

To lighten and brighten the room, I put in some well-placed monopoint lighting, in addition to a centerpiece fixture on the ceiling comprising a simple, modern linen shade with a diffuser on the bottom to create a relaxing glow.

After adding accents and accessories, including a beautiful and colorful composition of carved blocks on the wall, I called this relaxing space complete.

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