I could not be more excited to share Dayton’s adorable, lovely, lively, colorful baby boy nursery with you today!
The before/after photos astound me. I mean, SHOCKED. It’s crazy how Cathryn took this little room and transformed it into a completely different space, and she did it through a virtual design service. She’s amazing.
If you remember back to last fall, I shared Milo’s toddler room. The funny thing about these two rooms is that they’re the exact same paint color, but the designs are TOTALLY different.
For Milo’s room, I requested an earthy, cozy, natural space with a few fun toddler things, like his little reading chair, a lion run, and the cutest canopy in the corner where he likes to hunker down in the evening for a few nighttime books. For Dayton’s room, I requested a bright, colorful, rainbow room with BIG personality.
By the way, Cathryn runs a completely virtual design service! She’s based here in Austin, and she offers packages to clients who live here where she’ll come to your home and style the space for you (which is what she did for me!), but she has clients all over the country. I shared more details about the process on this post, so reference here for more info about the process. Fill out the form on her website to request more info.
Enough chitchatting…here are the pics!
For starters, here’s what the room looked like when we bought the house in 2020:
^ Ok, and I couldn’t find an exact picture of Dayton’s room…so this is a picture of the guest room. It’s basically the same size/shape as Dayton’s room, but it’s on the other side of the house. When we moved in, this was the wall color, carpet, and light fixture style in baby Dayton’s room.
^ I mean, the carpet had to go…obviously.
So we replaced the carpet, put on a fresh coat of calming blue paint in his room, and THIS ^ is the starting point that Cathryn had when designing the room. I basically said “we don’t want to change the floors, the wall color, or the ceiling color, and we want to keep the three main furniture pieces (dresser, chair, and crib) but everything else can change.”
And y’all, this is what she came up with:
Gah!! Can you believe how adorable this is?! We had our painter (We use Coyt’s Painting here in Austin and they always do a wonderful job) remove the old broken shutters and repair the drywall around the window. And our electricians (DeNucci Electric – again, highly recommend!) took down the old ceiling fan and replaced it with this iconic Herman Miller bubble lamp, which was actually repurposed from Nate’s very first house that he bought before we even started dating. I took down the corner shelf (not quite sure why it was there/why it was so high…I’m sure it had some sort of a purpose for one of the previous owners of our house!) and Nate fixed the drywall and I repaired it. And then after that, I got to fill the room with all of the lovely items that Cathryn told me to get.
^ Here’s a BEFORE of this wall..
^ And the AFTER! This fun rainbow wall of prints is the highlight of the room. I’m in love with it. Cathryn hand-selected every single print from Etsy (there are NINETEEN of them!), told me which size to order them in, and told me exactly how many/what size white frames to get to make it all look perfect.
This is possibly the sweetest thing: she combed through my blog and found a bunch of cities/places that are meaningful to me, and she found prints to represent them. For instance, there’s a tiny blue print (top right corner of the photo above) of San Francisco, which is where Nate proposed to me. There’s a British telephone booth, because London was our first international trip to take together. And (obviously) there’s a print of Dayton, OH for baby Dayton’s nursery!
I love how the prints gradually fade through the rainbow colors and add a bright pop of color in this white and clean room. Cathryn put so much work and detail into this feature, and I’m absolutely in love with how it turned out.
^ Here’s a BEFORE picture of this little corner. (See the tape holding those shutters together? I was so happy when they came down.)
^ And the AFTER.
^ And one final BEFORE. I’m so amazed that Cathryn can just see an image of something like this and her brain comes up with a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind design. Seriously. Hire that woman to design your home. She’s incredible.
^ AFTER. I’m so happy we took down that random bookshelf in the corner.
Here are a bunch more photos of this cute and colorful baby boy nursery. Enjoy!
^ I snapped one final pic of Cathryn styling this sweet space! It’s so amazing to work with people who are really passionate (and skilled!) at what they do. I’ve said this before, but I am so not good at design. I appreciate a beautiful room, but I don’t know how to get there. I typically end up ordering a bunch of random pieces, returning half of them, and giving up on the project 3 months later. And so I can confidently say that working with Cathryn was the easiest, most worthwhile experience in home design I have ever done and I can’t imagine decorating a room without her help! (Next on my list are my primary room and my breakfast nook…)