Nursery Times: Local designer transforms a room with affordable design and unique DIY projects
Mix birds and crystals, mix in harlequin-patterned drapes and a grand chandelier, paint the walls pink, sprinkle a few do-it-yourself projects throughout the room, and you have yourself an elegant vintage nursery.
Using large pieces of furniture already owned by homeowners David and Brooke Ide, a remodeling project handled by Hidden Line Design in Scottsdale took a vintage approach to designing the nursery. And by taking an affordable design route, the owners were able to save between 30 and 40 percent off the total cost.
Julie Swagar, an interior designer with Hidden Line Design, scoured close-out stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx and The Rack; online retailers, including eBay; local antique shops; and even Target and Michael’s for discounted finds and deals. She also implemented a few DIY projects of her own.
“Affordable design isn’t just about finding ‘cheap’ things,” Swagar says. “It’s also about ‘transforming’ affordable pieces.”
“It is old, tells a story and will be a piece in our family for a very long time,” she adds. “Hopefully one day one of the girls will have it in her children’s nursery.”
But it’s the inspiration behind the projects and nursery as a whole that’s so unique — the girls’ middle names.
“The girls’ middle names are Wren & Jewels, so I used their names to complete the concept with the vinyl monograms and accents of ‘birds and bling’ throughout the room,” Swagar says.
Stick-on crystals were added to the monograms above the cribs and mirrors dangling atop the pink walls, and birds were added to the shadow-box table.
Due to the high ceilings and open floor plan, the high-mounted, harlequin drapes became the focal point, making the space feel grander but “offering a soft warmth,” Swagar says.
|“We wanted to create a room that they could grow into, a design that was timeless,” Swagar says. “The harlequin pattern was a perfect fit, as it exudes a traditional European flair while still being fun.”|
Swagar stresses that it’s important not to under-value the size of furnishings, accessories, lighting and window coverings.
As for the drapes and chandelier, she says, “they made such a big impact and changed the room. The chandelier is the perfect scale and brought a sense of elegance to the room.”
So what will happen to the nursery as the children get older? Swagar has it covered. The cribs will turn into day beds until they move up to twin beds; and with a detachable table top on the vintage table, the owners have the option to replace the baby items with artwork or recent photos of the girls as they get older.
But the time spent on the room was well worth it.
“Take time to make a room special,” Ide says. “We decorated this nursery over four months, taking our time to find things that were affordable, went with our theme and had special meaning to our family.”
For more information about how you can transform one of your rooms with affordable design, visit hiddenlinedesign.com.
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Decorating a room with a high ceiling?
Swagar offers the following tips to create a balanced look:
1. Mount drapes as high as possible; this helps to make a space feel grander, but also offer warmth.