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Erica Dagley, a marketing manager here at Martha Stewart Living, recently welcomed a little bundle of joy into her life, and with it came the need for a total room makeover. Read on to see how she transformed an uninhabitable storage room into an adorable nursery fit for a precious new baby.
Before the Baby
Before the room makeover, Erica was using this guest bedroom primarily as a storage space. Anyone who lives in a city apartment can understand the need for a little extra storage...
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The first order of business was to clear out the room. All the items that had been collecting were either donated, sold, or put into storage.
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Then they decided to paint the walls a crisp white to brighten up the overall space. Erica said she and her husband felt very lucky to have the help of her father-in-law, who helped tackle the heavy-duty projects like spackling, painting, and adding a dimmer switch.
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Next they put down small area rugs that fit perfectly together in three sections -- an inexpensive alternative to wall-to-wall carpeting that's also easy to install. Bonus: If any part gets stained, it can be easily replaced. A small dresser and fabric drawers completed the closet.
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Here's the closet filled with adorably tiny baby clothes!
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A fabric curtain is baby-safe and hides the closet from view. A natural light-wood crib (complete with wall-mounted baby monitor) and fun, colorful prints bring life into the space.
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Then came the fun part ... decorating!
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Her inspiration: Technicolor! Erica was inspired by a Technicolor birthday party she saw on one of her favorite blogs, Emphasis Added. "When I started planning my nursery, I loved the idea of fresh white walls with natural furniture, which would let the toys and books provide pops of bold colors," Erica adds.
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A must-have for new moms: a cozy rocking chair complete with plush friends.
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With the final addition of a changing table, the room was complete!
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Her favorite thing about the way it turned out: "It's a room that will still be functional as my daughter grows up. The decor is fun and playful but doesn't feel 'baby.' The crib expands to a toddler bed, and the changing table can transform into a desk." Now that's planning ahead!