ROOM WE LOVE: In the Pink

Crystal Nagel designs a nursery to grow along with a baby girl
photos courtesy of Laura Sumrak

Crystal Nagel’s clients had a 2-year-old son and a baby girl on the way when they hired the designer to decorate their new build in Eastover. The homeowners wanted to convert the guest room into a nursery, but with supply chain issues, they knew they couldn’t order all new furniture before the baby’s arrival. So they repurposed a few pieces they already had, which saved time and freed up some of the budget to splurge on the grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling. The result is a stylish nursery that their baby girl can grow into.


“The homeowner wanted the nursery to be feminine and girly, but something she could grow with,” Nagel says. She painted the beige walls in Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray and added a gray leopard print Stanton rug. The windows got pale pink linen drapes with Greek key trim, and she installed gold flower sconces from Visual Comfort on either side of the mirror.


The homeowner’s son had outgrown his gray crib, so they painted it white to match the dresser. They also reupholstered his chair in Revolution performance fabric and added pink piping for a feminine touch. The crib bedding came from Restoration Hardware and the flowers above the crib are from Anthropologie. “Lots of moms are paranoid about hanging something heavy over crib,” Nagel says. “No matter how secure it is, it’s nerve-racking. So we went with those flowers, which are super lightweight.”


Nagel covered the ceiling in a dusty pink grasscloth wallpaper from Schumacher. “We avoided a lot of sourcing issues by repainting crib and reupholstering chair, so that was our splurge,” she says. They also invested in a large burnished brass chandelier from Generation Lighting. “The light fixture kicks it up a notch because the shape mirrors shape of flowers on the ceiling,” she says. “It’s centered on the wallpaper, so it’s a really intentional look. It was another splurge, but we figured that was something she could have for years.”

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