In NYC, you make do with what you have and honestly, I love finding creative ways to make small spaces work. Most people would never combine an office and nursery but if it’s properly executed, it can be done. Our nursery and office combo are finally complete, in time to relax a bit before the baby arrives. Here’s the progress and how it all came to life.
First the before shots. We had a large desk that both my husband and I tried sharing (might I say that it is a very bad idea to share a desk with a creative person). It was far too deep and just taking up space that could be utilized better. The office was also very dark because it only had ONE recessed can light, which is why you see that lovely hanging bulb.
To the right of the old desk was a catch-all space for my design “stuff” (inspiration boards, drafting and office supplies, files etc) housed on the wall and in cheap plastic containers.
Behind the door is a funky little space that I filled with old wine crates to use as book shelves.
The only window in the room. The apartment had come with these dark grayish-purple heavy cotton drapes. I had the fun remnant piece of fabric so created a little window seat with hanging candles because it worked; not because I loved it.
And here’s the transformation! Overall the room is eclectic and whimsical without screaming baby. I used gold, white and pops of red against the soothing gray backdrop. Several items are custom made by myself for the space including the desks on the right, storage unit on back wall and mobile above the crib. The focal point of the room is the art wall that consists of some purchased art, framed art paper and paintings that my husband and I made. The custom storage piece on the back wall hides office supplies, files, baby clothing & bedding and a changing area. A rug from West Elm help soften all the wood and brighten the space.
Those wine crates behind the door served their purpose but they had to go. I was tired of the temporary college furniture feel and it would not be safe for a child’s room. We instead replaced it with a red lacquered book shelf that could be secured to the wall. This holds both baby and our books, a nightlight and art. I disliked the heaviness of the drapery so replaced it with a light, airy sheer. To add a pop of red in that area, I added a pom pom trim to the leading edge. This helped lighten the space further. I changed the cushion to a solid gray eliminating a pattern that did not relate to the room.
Below is the “office side” of the room with the custom desks. I actually enjoy working in here now that we have light. This is probably the cleanest my desk will ever be and I’m sure eventually the right wall will slowly become filled with more inspirational photos but for now, I’m enjoying the cleanliness of this area. I just need to find a great piece of art for above the desks.