Nursery Design 2.0

You’re probably thinking, that looks nothing like a nursery and you are right because this was/is our family room/Archie’s playroom. We have a two bedroom house (i.e. small) and sleep is VERY important to me so I am not into the toddler sharing a room with a baby thing so we are planning to convert this “bonus room” into a nursery.

family room to nursery // sarah sherman samuel


If you follow me on instagram you might have seen some of the work already being done through my stories. So far we wallpapered a wall, sold that sofa, and the nursery furniture has started rolling in. I am planning to make the space where the TV is into a changing table, use the storage beneath for clothes and diapers and things, add a daybed, black out curtains and a crib and rocker. This room also opens up into the living room with a 6 foot open passageway so we are planning to add some sliding barn doors so that we can close the space off into it’s own room.

And now for the fun part, the design board of what will be going into the space…

sarah sherman samuel nursery // neutral girl nursery // With the flow of our house, this nursery will be front and center and with the barn doors open it will still feel very much like part of the main living space so I want to keep it neutral and both kid and parent friendly (which I would plan to do either way but now it feels even more important). Basically I don’t want it to look too far off of the rest of the house. The wallpaper from Lulu & Georgia is a big statement that has such a pretty color palette, I will be keeping the rest of the space neutral.

I knew I wanted to find a rattan daybed so that we can tag team sleeping in there while baby girl is a newbie (like we did for Archie) because a daybed still feels like a piece of furniture that can go in a living room and not scream bedroom. The one pictures above was from Urban Outfitters and there is also a great one from Anthropolgie but I found mine, a vintage French daybed, from a go-to vintage shop, Elsie Green. She has some unique stunning options that are always coming in like this one.

I also knew I wanted a green rocker and how beautiful is this color green velvet from West Elm (“forest” in worn velvet)? Those two pieces were my starting points and I built the rest of the room from there.

Wayfair, as usual, was a big help to rounding out the room with the crib, pillows & accessories, foot stool and blankets etc. I also found an outdoor playhouse on Wayfair (I have been IG storying the process of building it over the last couple days), which I will be posting about in a separate post, to give Archie a place to play since we are turning his current playroom into baby girl’s room.

I can’t wait to see how this will all come together in the end and here is hoping baby girl will grow to love it too.

Shop the post:
NURSERY: Crib from Wayfair // Pillow from Wayfair // Foot Stool from Wayfair // Blanket from Wayfair // Swan by Tamar Mogendorff // Wallpaper by Lulu & Georgia // Vintage Daybed from Elsie Green // Unicorn // Wood Rattle  // Rug from Esalerugs  // Velvet Rocking Chair from West Elm 

Side Table from Lulu & Georgia // Gold Urchins from Lulu & Georgia // Ceramic Stool from Lulu & Georgia // Shaggy Patterned Pillow from Lulu & Georgia // White Fur Pillows from Lulu & Georgia // Floor Pillows from Lulu & Georgia // Chairs are vintage (newly reupholstered) // Rug // Coffee Table is Vintage // Sofa // Lamp // Hanging images are family photos framed by Framebridge // Wall hanging is a DIY (see it here) // Paint Color is Snowfall by Behr // Sofa from West Elm

  • Ashley R

    This room is going to be so gorgeous and such a smart use of space! I can’t wait to see the finished product. You have the best style. Congrats on another precious baby!

  • Do you mind sharing where the green glider is from?

  • Love the nursery ideas! Side note- We have the same side chairs in an offwhite yellow. What kind of fabric did you use to reupholster and do you like the outcome?

  • Hi Sarah,
    I’m planning my nursery now and this inspiration is right up my alley! Only problem: we’re in a brownstone so the nursery has a window but zero natural light. At the moment it’s painted white, which looks drab. Do you think going black or dark green would be cozy and bold, or just close off the space even worse?

  • Jennette F

    I love your style so much, so many times I see things in these posts that I have or things I have wanted. I have that same daybed I bought for my daughter, but we instead decided she would go in the oeuf toddler bed for now, so it’s in my front room. It’s so cute, this post makes me want to decorate with hunter green, thanks for sharing!

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  • Rebecca wexler

    This looks absolutely beautiful! Love all the tones! I love the fact that you, as a designer, are willing to share where you got all your stuff. I truly appreciate and love that. You rock!

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