If you think the words “charming” and “rental home nursery” just don’t go together, think again. Becky of Preparing for Peanut put together a charming birch tree nursery for her little boy in their home in St. Louis and then created a “remix” when they had to move into a rental in Virginia. Becky says, “I thought at first the white would bother me. There were no white walls in our St. Louis house—I LOVE to paint. But there is something about the old wood floors, exposed beams, and details of the new place that make the white walls seem OK (there is paint in their future though…). Therefore I was challenged to add the robin’s egg blue and rich orange colors to Ethan’s nursery without paint.”
Becky says, “I decided before we moved here that even though we were renting, I was going to treat the house like it was ours. So while we act with discretion when it comes to permanent changes (like paint, even though we were given the OK by our landlords) we’re gonna need the big bucket of spackle to fix all the holes in these walls.”
Vinyl decals bring color and life to the walls with minimal impact. They are relatively easy to put up and come down without damaging the walls.
Becky made custom cornices for the room to tie into her color palette. She says, “In the old house I was going to make them with orange pattern fabric since the walls were blue. But in the new house, I found we needed more blue, hence the lovely blue and gray dot fabric.”
Want to see the original nursery back in St. Louis?
Becky fell in love with the wall color, Benjamin Moore’s Robin’s Nest 618.
While Becky will certainly be spending some quality time filling nail holes when the time comes to move, she has managed to create a lovely nursery that will not upset her landlord. No…the room is not identical to the original. But she managed to capture the feel of the original and the rental room is lovely.
To read more about this room, check Becky’s blog, Preparing for Peanut.