Articles in: nursery

Whimsical Oversized DIY Picture Frame

Posted by: on February 12th, 2015 | 3 Comments

Whimsical Oversized DIY Picture Frame

Natalie from The Creative Mom created this giant DIY picture frame for her husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. But this would be a terrific gift for just about any occasion: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday, or it could be a fun way to display a large photo at a wedding reception.

Natalie says it took her only one afternoon to put this together. You can whip this up for your home or as a gift in no time. Just follow Natalie’s step-by-step instructions. 

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Room Makeover: Space-Saving Baby’s Room and Craft Room Combo

Posted by: on January 28th, 2015 | 2 Comments

Room Makeover: Space-Saving Baby's Room and Craft Room Combo

Making the most of a small space is important if you live in a condominium or apartment. We’ve seen how Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love turned her tiny balcony into a versatile, comfortable outdoor space. Now she shows us her craft room, which she needed to turn into a combination craft room and baby’s room (for little Markus).

Wait. A craft room AND a baby’s room?

Yep. This room makeover creates a combo space for a baby and for crafting. As you’ll see Amber makes it work beautifully. Along the way she shares mini tutorials on how to hang a gallery wall, a super clever way to add the appeal of wall paper without actually hanging wall paper and a cute art project made from paint brushes.


When we moved into our current condo, my one request was to have a craft room. For two years it was my office and allowed me to be productive and grow my blog. When I found out there was a baby on the way, I wasn’t quite ready to give up my workspace, but I knew it had to change. Big time.

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How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting (for an Adorable Baby’s Room)

Posted by: on January 26th, 2015 | Make A Comment

How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting (for an Adorable Baby's Room)

Beadboard was one of the magic ingredients Alix Adams used to create an adorable nursery for her soon-to-be-arriving baby girl Charlotte. Alix writes the DIY and craft blog A Ruffled Life. She is such a dedicated DIYer that she installed the beadboard in question when she was approximately seven months pregnant. But that just goes to show that this is definitely a very doable project for anyone who’s keen to take it on. 

Here’s Alix’s tutorial showing how to install beadboard wainscoting… and create an adorable baby’s room, too.

How to Install Beadboard Wainscoting (for an Adorable Baby's Room)

Incorporating woodwork into your home sometimes seems like an overwhelming or difficult task. The first time I stared at a pile of beadboard stacked in my garage I thought to myself, what have I gotten myself into? But like many house projects, after measuring twice and making a couple of careful cuts you become more comfortable channeling that inner carpenter. Installing beadboard details throughout your home is easier than you think! Come on, I will show you how to install beadboard wainscoting, with a few tips and tricks I learned along the way…

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How to Build the Best Kids Reading Nook Ever

Posted by: on September 26th, 2014 | 18 Comments

How to Build the Best Kids Reading Nook Ever

This kids reading nook is the cozy, quiet space we probably all wished we had when we were kids. Heck, a small, enclosed mini-sanctuary like this would be pretty nice even for adults.

This cool little bedroom reading corner was created by Charlotte Smith, the DIY blogger behind Ciburbanity. It’s part of our DIY Challenge series in which we challenge some of our favorite decor and DIY bloggers to create fun, practical and clever DIY projects starting with a single material– in this case, plywood.

Charlotte has the full tutorial here for you, including a little help with the math and a suggested beverage to sip as you create this kids reading nook for your children or grandchildren (or yourself!).

There’s something about a nook that gets my creative DIY juices flowing. At a recent trip to our local children’s museum, they had a little corner area and my kids immediately settled in for some quiet reading and calm. Key word here is “calm,” so ever since I’ve had this idea percolating for a corner nook in my son and daughter’s shared bedroom.

Good news is that this whole thing took me one weekend and most of that time was spent waiting for paint to dry. Read: it’s not particularly labor intensive!

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10 Cleaning Tips for New Parents

Posted by: on March 26th, 2014 | 10 Comments

10 Cleaning Tips for New Parents

Bringing home a new baby is a special time for parents. It’s full of love, joy, and excitement… not to mention sleep deprivation, a whole new category of messes, and a burgeoning need to defend against germs.

Kaley Diaz knows all about this. Not only is she a mommy and a children’s photographer, she also writes about all things baby on her blog Kaley Ann, and as a contributor to the parenting blog Modern Parents, Messy Kids.

Here are her top cleaning tips for new parents– with a few tips on how older siblings can help out and feel involved, too. She starts, though, with a great gift idea for the new parents.


Gift Idea for New Parents: Make a "New Baby Cleaning Kit"

Cleaning Tip No. 1

Make a “New Baby Cleaning Kit”

Sure, sweet onesies and ruffly dresses are fun to buy, but why not give parents what they really need to have a baby? A new baby cleaning kit will be the most appreciated and used gifts that the new parents receive. (And if you are an expecting parent, go ahead and make yourself one – you won’t regret it!) Our second baby was born a few months ago and this is the gift that I wish I had received, so now I make them for all my new parent friends.

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Closet Organization Ideas for a Nursery

Posted by: on October 2nd, 2013 | 2 Comments
Nursery closet makeover

In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point. 

We were thrilled to hear that graphic designer and friend of The Home Depot blog Tobe Reed was expecting a baby. We were even more thrilled when she agreed to show us the closet organization ideas she came up with for the darling nursery she set up in her home.     

Late last year, my husband and I were overjoyed to find out that we were expecting our first little bundle of love. It wasn’t long before this interior decor enthusiast could be caught daydreaming about decorating a nursery! As we settled on the right room in our home to transform, we knew that while a good size, the room’s closet was definitely lacking in efficiency…and style.


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Places: The Modern Nursery

Posted by: on February 27th, 2013 | 2 Comments
A modern nursery painted in pale mint green

Image via 346 Living


We’re noticing that the décor of the modern nursery has been changing to reflect the overall style of the home. Traditional pink and blue color schemes are giving way to more gender-neutral shades of gray, green and beige, with bright punches of color. Princess and superhero themes are being replaced by playful prints and geometric patterns that invoke a sense of fun and imagination. And expectant parents are increasingly choosing to furnish these modern nurseries with furniture and accent pieces that have sleek, clean lines.

We spotted Baby Zoe’s nursery on 346 Living. It’s an excellent example of the new modern nursery design approach. Zoe’s mom wanted to create a calm but stylish space that she wouldn’t have to completely redecorate as her daughter grows older. Minty green paint, chandelier lighting, a gold accent mirror and pouf, together with a splash of pink and a sleek crib, make this newborn’s nursery a modern haven for both parents and infant. We think she did a pretty incredible job.

If you are as impressed by Zoe’s room as we are, take a look at a few more stylish modern nurseries.


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Inspired: Nursery Decorating Ideas Using YOLO Colorhouse Sprout Collection

Posted by: on July 6th, 2012 | One Comment

Nursery decorating ideas inspired by the YOLO Colorhouse Sprout Collection


When a new mom begins nesting, there’s usually one thing on the top of her list: Designing, decorating, and fluffing her new chick’s nursery. There are all sorts of decisions to be made in terms of color palettes for your new baby’s room. Will you swath the room in pink for your new baby girl or perhaps planes of blue for a baby boy? If you’re not learning the sex of the baby, maybe you’ll opt for the gender-neutral yellow?

Here are some nursery decorating ideas inspired by the earth-friendly hues of the Yolo Colorhouse Sprout Collection, we chose one of our favorites, colorway .04, for a cheerful yellow baby’s room. Yolo Colorhouse paints are no-VOC and completely free of fumes, toxins, and known carcinogens, so they make the perfect paint option for your baby’s room. The soft yellow shade featured in this inspiration board speaks to both the neutral-lover or the new parent looking to feather her nest with every band of the rainbow.

Scroll down, too, for more nursery decorating ideas in the form of a short video that shows how to use Yolo Colorhouse paints to create an adorable nursery mural.


The Collins Beige Herringbone Chair provides a comfortable spot to snuggle your newborn, but the traditional wingback shape and neutral color palette allows it to transition seamlessly into the rest of your home after your little one outgrows his or her nursery.

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Man Caves vs. Mom Caves? Not so much…

Posted by: on January 27th, 2011 | 8 Comments

So we’ve been talking about the “Man Cave” over the past week or so.  We have colors, accessories, etc., but what about the “Woman Cave”?

The concept of the man cave is to define that personal space somewhere in the house where guys can be guys and enjoy “guy” things.  So what about that “woman cave” or the trending “mom cave”?  First off, the name “woman cave” doesn’t fly to well at all and I’ll be honest, “cave” isn’t very appealing to me either plus not all women are moms.  How about we erase the gender-based taglines and just focus on calling these spaces in our homes, Personal Spaces. 

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