Nursery Makeover: A Dreamy Nursery for a Baby Girl

Chris Loves Julia
  • 01 of 07

    Make Room for Baby

    After photo vs. Modsy 3D rendering - Almost identical. Chris Loves Julia & Modsy

    When Chris Marcum and his wife Julia discovered that baby girl number three was on the way, they began the process of making over one of the rooms in their Rexburg, Idaho home. It had previously served as three-year-old Faye’s room. Chris, one half of the blogging duo Chris Loves Julia, says that there wasn’t anything wrong with the room, but the space had been used by their three-year-old and could use some sprucing up. The new baby will join Faye and her other big sister, seven-year-old Greta.

    Chris, who has a background in marketing and is now focusing on cultivating Chris Loves Julia into a home design brand, attributes the vision for the makeover solely to Julia. A stay-at-home mom who has extensively studied art, Julia gained her hands-on design experience through refreshing an apartment, their first home and now, their current home.

    The couple did find a great deal of assistance and inspiration through a web-based modeling service called Modsy which helped the couple visualize and style the space. They create a 3D rendering of your space that is pretty impressive, in which the renderings and the actual pictures look almost identical (As seen here).

    “We’re pretty sure this is going to be our last child, so we decided we really wanted to do something special for her,” says Chris.

    Baby girl Marcum will soon have a sweet, comforting space to call her very own.

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  • 02 of 07

    Before: Room for Improvement

    Chris says that the room looked “original” to the home, “like when we moved in." It was a standard room, with bright-blue walls and dingy carpet. The couple turned that into a light, cozy nursery for their daughter, Faye, and squeezed every bit of use out of it over her first three years.

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  • 03 of 07

    After: A Clean Slate

    In a neutral color palette—whites, subtle shades, a hardwood floor—the Marcums set the stage for whimsical décor details and pops of soft colors. Chris explains that “nothing was done structurally,” but the walls did receive a wainscot treatment, chosen from Metrie’s Fashion-Forward line. The walls were given a fresh look thanks to a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Super White paint and Cole and Son Nuvolette wallpaper in a billowy, cloud-like pattern.

    Chris says, “The biggest improvement is the walls. The mix of the playful, sweet wallpaper and the clean, structured wainscoting is so calming and really creates an enjoyable atmosphere.”

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  • 04 of 07

    After: Sweet Dreams

    Chris and Julia sought out a peaceful and calming place for their soon-to-be-born daughter. And calming it most certainly is, in delicate textures and pastels. A modern touch is found in the geometric mobile. The sumptuous blanket is adorably accented with pom-poms, with an additional shade of blue drawn in through the patterned throw pillow. Baby-girl pink is woven in with a striped pillow and an extra dose of “Awww…” is added through a kitty stuffed animal. Pretty meets practical through the crib sheetstasseled skirt and mattress, all placed in a classic white crib.

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  • 05 of 07

    After: A Cozy Nook

     When guests visit the new nursery, Chris notes that they often call the room “calm” and often just sit and rock in the chair.

    “There’s a lot of natural light, and everything feels so open. It’s a room that invites and is a true pleasure to be in,” he shares.

    The couple created a corner perfect for feeding, reading and dreaming, with a cushioned wingback chair, a pillow with pink tassels and a textured pouf for resting tired feet. The modern floor lamp illuminates the corner, and a basket is filled with books for bedtime reading. A side table rests nearby to hold small items. An area rug in a traditional blue pattern anchors the room.

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  • 06 of 07

    After: Stylish Spot

    Although the original space was simple, the couple's style has changed over time, and their abilities in taking on these projects has improved. They made it a goal to keep the cost around $5,000, using pieces they already had and doing the work themselves.

    “We ended up pretty close to that,” says Chris, adding that the largest expense was the furniture items.

    Here, a changing table sits atop a dark-hued dresser, bringing together form and function. A striped changing pad cover sits underneath a chic-yet-simple round mirror. A table lamp with clean lines brightens the area, sitting alongside a watercolor-inspired vase. The finishing touch is a custom ultrasound print, serving as artwork and framed in acrylic.

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  • 07 of 07

    Ready for Baby

    Chris and Julia can’t wait to meet their little girl and welcome her into the new room. The process of creating the space, the new design, and the new feeling, all helped turned the room from something normal and routine, into something new! Chris shares that one day, when their little girl has outgrown the nursery, they intend to move their downstairs office into this room. With a freshened-up, warm and inviting space, the couple hopes that this new nursery is the first step in that new dynamic as a family of five.