Olympia House Nursery - Before

Dreams of Color and Whimsy

When Elizabeth (of the blog and Instagram elizadiaries) was expecting her baby girl, Emma, she asked me to help her out with the room they planned to use as her nursery. Working with Elizabeth was an absolute blast because her style is so bright, eclectic, happy and fun and she has the personality to match. What a wonderful environment for a baby girl to be surrounded with!

The room that would be the nursery was being used as a sort of office slash catch-all for things she didn't want in the other rooms of the house. It's not huge, but it's plenty big for a baby. However, there is also only one little window, so one of the main goals was to make the space seem a bit bigger and brighter.

This is what the room looked like before:




Elizabeth's friend passed along an iron daybed that she then had painted in a sort of periwinkle color to pull in more color (and add another seating area for the inevitable guests that will be coming to visit).



Our inspiration came from a few sources and it quickly became clear that Elizabeth wanted a lot of color and patterns. She said at some point "Your eye should flit about the room!"


The strongest colors in the room were going be concentrated in a full wall mural on the far wall (with the desk) and in the pillows on the daybed. We briefly thought of painting the bookshelf, but decided against it. We both agreed that the mural should be the star of the show. We painted the walls a brighter white and added a large round mirror above the changing table to bounce light through the room. Bonus: it reflects the mural. She chose a fun coral color for the dresser that she planned to use for the changing table, and I think it's going to look amazing.


If you're interested in the mural process, we basically sketched out the design first to get the composition right. Second, we assigned colors to each part of the drawing and treated it like a paint by number. Then we just transferred it to a projector and copied it straight onto the wall. Then we (mostly my sister) made it happen!


Stay tuned for the full reveal!

*Inspiration Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
Product Sources: Floor Lamp // Crib - similar // Glider - similar // Sheets // Coral Pillows // Mirror // Flush Mount
Sherwin Williams Paint Colors: Pale Yellow // Pale Pink - similar // Lavender - similar // Pale Blue - similar // Turquoise - similar // Coral // Medium Blue // Green // Darker Coral // Royal Blue // Dark Green