Striped Nurseries.

February 2, 2012  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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Chris and I have been working on a secret project.  And when I say “secret” I mean, it isn’t our business to share all the details and photos.  Chris’s brother, Brandon and his wife, Stephanie just closed on a house 5 minutes from us–in the same little town!!!– last week.  We are thrilled.  Their house is huge and newer, but still needs a little work.  Unlike us, they are tackling most of it before they move in.  Painting 3000 square feet.  Replacing all the floors.  Putting up wall treatments.  It is a LOT of work–like a year’s worth of blogging squished into 10 days.  Chris and I have been over there almost every night helping out and the whole process is exciting and fresh.  I can’t wait to do a little house crashing over there and show you their gorgeous house.  They have so many great ideas.

Because we have been in the fixing up phase for a while now in our own casa, or maybe they just know I have an opinion about everything decor, house and design related–they have been asking me so many questions.  I’m flattered. From paint colors, to brushes to advice on striping a nursery and I am loving every minute.  It has been fun to go over and paint a new color and a new space.  I am trying to balance the act of giving my opinion and lending advice without making any decisions for them.  So Brandon and Stephanie and anyone else looking for some inspiration, just in case you were wondering–here’s a few of my favorite striped nurseries (hehe):

1.  Found here, this is one of my favorite striped nurseries of all time.  Although the stripes make such a great statement, they don’t hit you in the face. It’s gender neutral and bright.  It’s soothing, but the pops of color are so stimulating.  I love all the different textures and patterns.  Well done!  And I can’t not talk about how I wish I had that chair and ottoman to prop my feet up when Greta was still a baby.  Next time.  Next time.

2.  Packed full of inspiration (hello built in bookcases–must remember you), this is such a preppy little boy’s room.  I love how the soft blue stripes coordinate with the dark gray paneling without being so matchy.  The whole room is a confident, modern mix of “baby cool”.  More pics here.

3.  Polar opposite of clean-lined preppy number 2, this nursery is eclectic and a little vintage looking.  The stripes are vertical and multi-colored and bunched together.  A great option when you want to add a punch of color without totally overwhelming the little tyke’s room…or your eyes.

4.  Vertical stripes done a different way can be less eclectic and more contemporary and sophisticated.  Have you ever seen such sophisticated stripes? I love that they aren’t all the same width (yet all on the narrow side).  They are crisp and subtle and soothing.  Oh, and they happen to be done by the royal couple of DIY, John and Sherry.  See more of this nursery here.

5.  I am gearing myself up to paint a ceiling.  If you have neutral walls, striping a ceiling would be a total home run in my opinion.  Love this.  And, yeah, love those book shelves too.  This Elizabeth Sullivan space just seems like such a happy room.  

6.  Last, but not least…and not even a nursery, but more of an idea.  This striped rugs from West Elm come in 4 different colors and 6 different sizes and I can think of about 7 different rooms I want one in my home.  Definitely not excluding a nursery.  

I hope this round up gives you some great ideas!  Anyone else have/love a striped nursery?  Anyone else drooling over the West Elm rug?  Anyone else have baby fever bad-style now…yeeesh.

What do you think?

  1. Katelyn Kelly says:

    Love the stripes, what color paints did you use? I’m looking for colors for my nursery.

  2. From the souce (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/charlies-eclectic-mix-my-room-165075) we learn she painted it! Maybe try it out for yourself?

  3. Ckeds5 says:

    Any idea where the print in room 3 is from or how I can buy it? The one with the multi colored bubbles?

  4. Wow! The striped stair runner is GORGEOUS!

  5. Kate says:

    I’m a total sucker for stripes. Kelly at Bungalow Blue Interiors recently did a round up of striped spaces. I love em all: http://www.bungalowblueinteriors.com/home/2012/1/30/striped-goodness.html

  6. dreaming en francais says:

    LOVE #2 and #5! These are all such great inspiration! xo


  7. That West Elm rug. Oh my. Totally gorgeous. I can’t wait to see pictures of Brandon & Stephanie’s home. Spanish Fork is sure growing! Very exciting to see.

  8. Erica says:

    Would it be ok to have a nursery for a grand-baby? So unfair that all the really cute and classic stuff happened AFTER my nursery days… (Jordan! Are you reading this??!)

  9. I think that will be perfect for little jack.

  10. Yes! Baby fever in full effect over here.

  11. You know…I think I have some extra paint around here ;)

  12. Nicole says:

    I LOVE striped nurseries…I’ve been dying to do Ryder’s with grey and white but jeff keeps saying ‘when we move’. I think by the time we move and I get my stripes, we’ll have no more babies in nurseries. :(
    Can’t wait to see your fam’s house. :)

  13. Greta definitely needs a big girl room before the year is over. I can’t wait!!!

  14. Emily says:

    I LOVE #2 and #4 (and I’ve pinned the nursery with the bookshelves/striped ceiling before)! I don’t have a baby, I’m not pregnant, and we aren’t even close to trying, but this post gave me baby fever! I saved the pictures to refer to in 3 or 4 years though. :) Sigh…so cute! Congrats to your family on their new house/baby

  15. meaganbriggs3 says:

    I am dying to redo brinleys room. Ahhhhh I am getting tired of it.

    Those striped alls are so beautiful. And those book shelves!!!????? To. Die. For.

    I’m checking out some rugs right now for brins room!

  16. I love striped walls. If we weren’t renting, I would definitely do this.

  17. Steph says:

    Jules this is awesome. Thank you! I love the first one (of course because it’s gray and white!) and now seeing it in a picture makes me really like the horizontal lines. You ARE inspiring! And very helpful. We are so excited to reveal this house.

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