Small Urban Nursery Makeover

A home office in a modern urban high rise gets a major makeover into a cozy nursery fit for a newborn.
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November 25, 2014

Mother & Child

First-time mom Tara Trompeter, a TV writer and producer specializing in lifestyle media, turned husband Steven's masculine home office into a white, grey and lavender nursery for her daughter Lily.


In order to keep Lily's nursery feeling cozy and homey, Tara chose transitional style decor to offset the home's overall modern style architecture.

White Graphic Furniture

When Tara first started sourcing changing tables, she found herself less drawn to those with overly youth-specific styles, instead leaning towards classic pieces with adult appeal. She opted for an ultra-white changing table/dresser as well as a graphic, round geometric mirror. Once Lily gets older, the pair of pieces can be used for many different purposes in different areas of the home.

Add Ribbons to Letters

Above Lily's crib hangs her name made from basic white letters dressed up with ballet slipper pink ribbon. This is an excellent way to personalize a nursery with affordable, easy-to-find materials. A similar look can be achieved with metallic house letters or numbers found at leading home improvement stores.

Transitional Storage

Although the changing table serves as the nursery's main source of storage for folded clothing, down the road the transitional piece can be used in several different rooms for several different purposes.

Sleek Video Monitor

Although hesitant to bring in contemporary touches, Tara decided to go modern for Lily's video monitor, a sleek touch of technology which almost fades away into the dove grey walls.

Personalized Block Letter

Although wooden block letters are a common accessory found in nurseries, Lily's has special meaning. The block is personalized not only with her first initial, but also her birth date and time, plus her size, weight and parents’ names.

Reflective Surfaces

After producing segments on sophisticated nurseries, Tara was drawn to the idea of classic touches which make the space as appealing to parents as babies, especially the use of mirror and metallics. By choosing a mirrored side table next to the rocker, not only does the overall transitional nursery stick with classic appeal, it reflects all of the light pouring in from the window in a beautiful, dreamy manner. The mirrored top is accessorized with gifts given to Lily from friends and family members, each with its own story the young mom can share with her first born.

Sweet Color Scheme

From the start, both Tara and Steven agreed on a color scheme of dove grey, white and lavender. After Lily's arrival, Tara decided to stick with small pops of pink as the room's accent color, incorporating accessories as well as a framed photo of Lily's older cousin wearing her own pink tutu.

Grey Microvelvet Rocker

Tara chose a grey rocker upholstered in microsuede not only for the softness of the fabric, but also for its durability. The upholstery is treated with Teflon, making it stain-resistant and easy to care for.

Personalized Blanket

Determined to rely on baby shower gifts as well as those from friends and family upon Lily's arrival, Tara and Steven filled the room with one-of-a-kind pieces packed with stories. A baby blanket from dear friends is embroidered with Lily's birth details.

Vintage Books

To incorporate some of her own favorite childhood items into Lily's nursery, Tara held on to a trio of British books from the 1980s: "Going to School," "My Garden" and "Going Shopping."

Dreamy Draperies

Instead of covering the 6-foot by 5-foot modern window with roller shades, Tara decided to juxtapose them with something more traditional: custom draperies installed on a white wooden rod with white wooden rings.

Traditional Chandelier

A few classic, traditional design elements were brought into the overall transitional nursery, including this white and crystal chandelier. The juxtaposition of the classic fixture with the industrial, modern look of the cement ceiling strikes the perfect balance between the styles of yesterday and today.

Wicker Hamper

It was important to introduce organic materials into Lily's nursery wherever possible. A white wicker hamper adorned with ballet slipper pink grosgrain ribbon keeps her laundry concealed. Down the road, the hamper can be repurposed as toy storage.

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