Before and After: A Wavy, Striped Closet Nook Adds Fun Storage to This 97-Square-Foot Nursery
The couple had already renovated the space by adding electricity, insulation, and floors and redoing the walls. However, when Farrow & Ball approached Anne-Laure about a collaboration, she saw it as a way to add color and functionality to the nursery.
There wasn’t much storage in the original floor plan of the nursery. However, seeing two unused nooks, Anne-Laure asked Bob to DIY create more space for their 9-month-old son’s, Aeden, clothes. Here’s how the couple added more storage areas to their kid’s small room.
Because the nooks were unused — they were essentially wasted space. So, the couple decided to create a closet out of the boxy alcove, and because they were already brightening up the room by painting the walls in Farrow & Ball’s “Joa’s White,” they decided to have some fun with the shape.
“I saw this wavy edge on a closet via Instagram, and I loved it right away,” Anne-Laure wrote at the time of her house tour. “It’s quite a square space, so I loved adding some soft, wavy lines. I explained what I wanted, and Bob made it!”
After creating the wavy molding on the sides of the closet, they used Farrow & Ball’s “Templeton Pink” and “Bamboozle” to paint a splashy, eye-catching striped pattern. “The contrast brings out the waves even better, and it’s also just a fun detail. I think a kid’s room is allowed to be playful and unexpected,” Anne-Laure explained at the time of her house tour.
They placed an IKEA drawer at the bottom of the closet for additional storage and updated it with rope-covered handles from Zara Home.
Wavy shapes are a common thread throughout Aeden’s nursery. The couple also DIY-created another wavy shelf in the reading nook that houses his books and sits next to Anne-Laure’s favorite furniture piece: a vintage chair with carved swans on either side. After purchasing it in Gent, Belgium, the couple reupholstered it to match the stripe detailing in the closet.
Anne-Laure loves filling the nursery with secondhand furniture. For example, she framed some leftover fabric from Facebook Marketplace and put it over the dresser and found a wooden plank that they hung above the door and painted in Vestingh’s “Moss” to match the rest of the room’s moulding. And when it comes to decorating a nursery, Anne-Laure has some tips.
“Have fun, use some colour, and use your imagination,” she says. “Oh, and please buy secondhand, there is so much secondhand kids’ stuff for sale online!”