This forest-themed baby boy nursery from decorator Joanna Gick uses stripes and a bold piece of wall art to strike a balance between rustic and whimsical.
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For her son's nursery, Joanna Gick, co-owner of J&J Design Group in Scottsdale, Ariz., imagined a space that felt carved out of a forest. "Our home has a feminine vibe, so I wanted to create a boyish retreat," she says. The crafty mama designed the room around a wood wall she built. To see the rough-and-tumble theme through, she added broad, handsome stripes to the windows and floor. Pining over the rustic-whimsy motif? Read on.
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Hatch a haven that walks the line between down-home and sophisticated with Gick's tips.
- To make the giant artwork: Buy a wood letter (craftcuts.com has lots of sizes and fonts) then use spray adhesive to glue on paint chips. Have your partner take the reins on this step, so you aren't breathing in fumes. If you're expecting a girl (or just want a softer look), swap out the masculine shape of the jumbo monogram with a sweeter font, hang a dainty element, like a starburst mirror, or add a few flecks of coral and gold to the color scheme.
- To squeeze square footage from your space, hang drapery as close to the top of the wall as you can—it draws the eye upward to make the ceiling seem higher.