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A baby boy’s nursery.

A good friend of mine is having a baby boy in September and I jumped on the chance to help with their nursery design. Here’s what I came up with.

It’s camping theme, and by THEME I mean the super-cool side of themes, not the 21-piece-matching-set side of themes. Theme has become such a dirty word in the interior design world, hasn’t it? I don’t care what you call it… this room makes me super happy. I’ve shared it with them and they love it too. THANK GOD because all nursery decor browsing is giving me baby fever. :)

Now, I am not a baby expert so if I sound super naive in the plans below, it’s because I am. Capisce?


1.) This is the crib set from their registry (called TreeTop friends by Skip Hop). I used the blues, greens, oranges, browns and reds from the pattern as my starting point. – $15

2.) PROJECT: The inspiration is a residual idea from wedding planning—using branches (with long ribbons in the rooms colors attached!) as a type of mobile above the changing pad. The branches would attach to the ceiling with illusion wire. – $40 (for supplies)

3.) This is the beautiful IKEA HEMNES 8-drawer dresser. I helped her assemble it and I wanted to haul it off in my car when she wasn’t looking! The finish is so, so pretty. – $299

4.) I love this ceramic lantern table light. It’s an ambient-type light, so just bright enough to guide the way during the night. – $50

5.) PROJECT: Instead of curtains, I like the idea of a roman shade in a bright green-striped fabric with black-out liner so the room will stay dark when needed. I like this no-sew tutorial. – $50 (for fabric and supplies)

6.) The room has a perfect nook for a vertical shelving unit and I love this wire cube shelf from Urban Outfitters. It’s a small room, so the wire design helps to keep things looking more open and less crowded than a solid piece of furniture. Fabric cubes like these would slide into each space easily. – $179

7.) It wouldn’t be camping without a wooden side table, am I right? I’m just realizing the $250 shown in the plan is now sold out, but I think this one is a nice alternative. – $150 

8.) The heart pillow is via Etsy and the Fox pillow is from the Fauna collection. (Oh, and the rocker, which they already own (the fabric is amazing!) is this IKEA POANG.– $53 for both pillows

9.) I wanted some small, soft storage for on top of the dresser (where the changing pad will reside) and the size of this Land of Nod fabric cube is dead on. – $25

10.) OK, so I might be going a little overboard here, but how fun would it be to use a cooler (via eBay) as a toy box? Plus, uhm, you could use it as a cooler when needed. :) – $50

11.) This is another soft storage piece from Land of Nod, this time for the floor next to the HEMNES for blankets and other items. I love these pieces because the handles tie into the wood on the crib and chair. – $39

12.) This is a chindi (or “rag”) rug from Land of Nod and it’s pricey at $299, so I would buy a four of the $40 nearly identical rugs from World Market and sew them together a la Vintage Revivals. – $160 (DIY version)

13.) I haven’t seen a nursery design these days without a sheepskin (the RENS from IKEA), so I’m not about to go against the grain there. I’m 29 years older than a baby and I enjoy laying on a sheepskin rug as well. – $30

14.) This is not their crib, but I picked it because the wood tone is nearly identical to the crib they own.

15.) I found this knit blanket on Etsy in perfect colors (and hello… STRIPES!) so I had to include it. – $38

16.) PROJECT: I picked this wall art because it’s great inspiration for something DIY-able, but actual prints are from here (bear art) and here (camping prints). For example, for the bear print, we’ll set up my projector, trace our bear shape and color it in. We’ll use both nails and Command strips around the edges to ensure it won’t budge. – $50 (for supplies)

17.) This green floor lamp is another Land of Nod item, and I’m including it as-is in the plan because it’s so SO good and can live on way past the nursery. At $150, it’s not exactly cheap but the great news is that it’s totally DIYable using a Goodwill find. Some spray paint is fancy these days with promises of no VOCs, and with enough cure time (1 month) the painted finish should be totally baby safe. The shade can be covered with green fabric. – $149 (Land of Nod price)

Total: $1,377

Not chump change, that’s for sure, but as far as taking a room from completely blank (seriously, it started as just carpet and paint on the walls) to fully furnished, a little under $1,500 sure ain’t bad. The good thing about this room design is that you could lose some of the more frivolous items (the log side table, the blanket, etc.) to cut cost without losing the design of the space.

I’m hoping to get after photos and I, of course, will share them here.



p/s: I’m realizing now there is a LOT of Land of Nod in these posts. In no way is this a sponsored post and those are not affiliate links. No one is getting anything for free. I just really like Land of Nod and am still on the high of the Nod lamps in my office!





OPP: An updated bedroom. [Before/After]

For new readers, OPP refers to “Other People’s Places”—I love decorating others’ homes as much as I do my own! I plan to do a lot more of these types of projects once the wedding is over, but for now, there isn’t much time!

Last year around this time I helped a friend decorate his bachelor bedroom. He rented a house with two other friends, so he really wanted to focus on his space (his bedroom) to make it more polished, finished and just “him.” He didn’t want to spend a lot (it was a temporary space!) so we worked with what we had and spent a little money on the finishing touches.

Here’s what we started with:

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A pretty standard room with walls painted the standard apartment yellow-y beige. We couldn’t change the wall color, so we used a lot of contrasting dark colors to change the sea of sameness.

And now!

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And if you look up, you’ll see this beauty…

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It’s a small room, so I knew I wanted a big light. Instant statement! The light itself is actually the one that used to live in my living room prior to the Edison chandelier. He bought the drum shade from me (it seems to be infinitely sold out on Overstock unfortunately) and we covered it in the gingham pillow fabric. It was a bit** to hang this thing but it’s up and functional!

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Emily Snuffer

Lots of grays, blacks, browns with pops of bright green. We removed the white blinds and installed the bamboo roman shades to add a little luxury. He’s storing the white blinds for later. Those will go back up when he moves out. Same thing with the overhead light! I’m a big fan of having renters uninstall the apartment stuff to temporarily install new things (shades, curtains, lighting… especially lighting!) Yes, it can be a pain, but it’s better than looking at awfulness for many months.

Overall, this install was super easy—love these 24 hour projects!

xo, emily


DIY Extension Cord Makeover

I have little things about my house that drive me nuts. Clothes peeking out of closed drawers, scuffed trim, rumpled rugs and messy cord clutter. I feel as if I’m in a constant battle with these types of things. Sometimes it’s as easy as getting out a cleaning rag and going to town, while other times require a little more ingenuity.

Here’s something that has been driving me bonkers for nearly a year now. This cord.

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That box fan also drives me nuts but that’s another story…

This is the extension cord where my router, cable modem, iPod/iPhone charges plug in, etc. I’m able to contain most of the mess behind the dresser (although I can still see a wee bit hanging out below) but there’s nothing I can do about the placement of this electrical outlet, where the extension cord plugs in. But it gets worse… let’s get a little closer…

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The cord itself is ick-tastic (yes, ick-tastic) and the color of dirty dishwater. No matter how much I try, it doesn’t come clean. That red paint? I painted an apartment wall bright red nearly 6 years ago and it won’t come off.

A light bulb went off over the weekend and I did this:

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It took me maybe 5 minutes. I just wrapped the thing with neon green washi tape. I figured since there’s no moving the cord, might as well make it stand out in an interesting way versus trying to conceal it. If ya can’t beat ’em, join ’em? Does that saying work here?

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Having the washi tape on hand was sort of a mistake – the tape is for another completely unrelated project. I took an embarrassingly long amount of time deciding which color to use (What is my life about? Ha.) before landing on green. It matches the bed sheets…

Here’s a closer shot:

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This dumb cord went from being an eyesore to something super fun to look at as I walk by. It’s actually a shame it took me this long to figure out an easy fix. The washi tape gives it a cool texture too – from far away it actually looks like a cloth cord.

Washi tape isn’t super sticky, so I just used a bit of transparent tape on the loose ends to keep the washi from peeling back.

Sometimes it’s the little projects like this that make me the happiest. :)

xo, emily

 p/s: The dresser pictured doesn’t get a lot of blog time, but I love it so much. I found it in my landlord’s trash in college. The only thing I’ve done to it is add those Anthro knobs (and clean it of course). It’s been my TV stand, clothes dresser, charging stations and on and on over the years. It’s one of those pieces I’ll never get rid of (or paint!).