A few months before my due date last year, my friends at Target said "Hey, what do you think about having Emily Henderson design the nursery for your new baby?" Since I'm a designer at Target and she's their style expert, it was a fun way for us to work together show people how you can design a nursery at a reasonable price and not have to go crazy on super fancy purchases. Plus, Emily and I have a loooong history of working together. She designed our living room for her show (and then again when we needed to baby proof). She designed our studio, and she has signed-on to design every single house I will live in for the rest of my life (just kidding, but not kidding because I will pay her in Ryan Gosling kisses). So it only made sense for us to work together again on Coco's room. She gets me, I get her, and we just have fun hanging out together.
However, the one thing about this whole "Let's design a new nursery" thing is that I didn't actually have an extra room dedicated to our 2nd baby. As is the case with the many second children (sorry, second kids), we weren't planning to do anything special with Coco's room. I figured we'd put a bassinet in our only extra room (our home office) until our new baby was sleeping through the night and then have her share a room with Ruby. So I proposed that we do an office/nursery-in-one because the reality is that not everyone has enough space for every kid to have their own dedicated room.
Since my home office was no longer my main office, we were able to scale back on the needs of that room and give Coco a special area just for her while she's little and getting her sleep skills mastered (more on that whole newborn sleep thing soon…).
Here is the space before…sorry it looks like an explosion went off in there. It was once my home office for Oh Joy but had since turned into an office/storage/extra junk room.
And here it is now…
Since I already had the usual Oh Joy "pops of color and gold" in Ruby's room, Emily convinced me to go a different direction with this nursery and made it more gender neutral, graphic, and fun. The main pieces (crib, changing table, pouf, rug, lamps, book shelf, office chairs, baby bedding) were all from Target and so well-priced. And everything else was a combination of pieces I already had (like the glider which used to be in Ruby's room), vintage finds (like that cool credenza with gold accents she found on Craig's List for $200), and other affordable sources like the Ikea desks which had custom legs and lucite tops added to them.
Here's a look at the "office" part of the room… (click below to see more)
By changing the orientation of our desks and by getting rid of some of our much needed junk, Emily was able to miraculously make this room work for a dual purpose. It's amazing to think that the spot where I once spent late nights working and designing for clients is now the spot where my newest babe slumbers. It feels like a completely different room and a fresh start for a fresh baby. While it can be tricky getting to actually work in the office, I am so glad we did this to give Coco a space of her own for now. And this room is right off our bedroom, so it's become super convenient for the middle of the night when I am stumbling around in the dark trying to nurse while half-asleep.
Thank to Emily for our newest "Emily Henderson for Oh Joy" room! I am concocting my masterplan to find Ryan G. for you. For real. And thanks to Target for giving us a chance to show that a making a space for baby can be fun AND affordable. Coco was born 10 days after these photos were taken, and it's fun to look back and think about how much has changed since then, how I kinda miss having that baby belly, and how much fuller my life is now with our amazing new addition.
You can read more about the mood boards and design plans on Emily's blog right here, see the process behind the mountain mural right here, and see her interpretation of the room and get all sources on where to buy stuff right here!