Stick Baby In The Closet

A crafty mama shows step-by-step how to turn a walk-in closet into a nursery.

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

When I considered having a baby, I knew it would involve many personal sacrifices. Losing my walk-in closet, however, felt like the biggest. The upside was that I always enjoy a good home design project, and I was excited to take on the challenge of designing my son’s nursery.

One of the classic layouts of a Brooklyn brownstone includes a small room situated over the entry of the parlor floor. In New York, this is a bonafide room, but measuring at only 6 feet by 8 feet, this is a walk in closet in the rest of the country. Before having a baby, our apartment was huge by NY standards – huge enough to turn this “second bedroom into my walk-in closet. Now it was time to transform this room where my clothing, handbags, jewelry, scarves, shoes had provided me with years of great dress up opportunities. In hindsight, it was not such a huge loss since as a new mom spending more than 5 minutes getting dressed is not an option. In exchange, my little boy has a special place to sleep, play and show his friends.

This is how we did it:

Step One: WARDROBE
We needed a place for all the contents from the walk-in closet. We loved the PAX designs from IKEA and I ordered pulls from Anthropologie to make them look less generic. My wardrobe was very happy in its new home.

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

Step Two: PAINT
I was inspired by a photo on my friend Mieke’s Instagram. It was from a home decor photoshoot in France. The blue color in the interior was very regal and made me think of Marie Antoinette – perfect for my little boy’s room, ha! I found the perfect match in Benjamin Moore paints : Nantucket Fog. For the trim, I chose White Dove.

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

Step Three: ACCENT
With such a serious wall color for a baby boy’s room, I chose a funky orange to offset the blue. The polka dot rug from IKEA gave it the fun pop every child’s room needs.

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

Step Four: STORAGE & FURNITURE
In such a small room, an open concept closet/ storage system will not congest the space. It does mean everything is on display (see decor below) but this can be a good thing. Within this area, I used a chest of drawers as the changing table. The round crib is also a great space saver in a small room–aside from looking really good.

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

Step Five: DECOR
Many children’s toys and books and clothes are too cute to hide. So instead of storing it all away, I let it serve double duty as room decor. This also makes it easier to see what we have to play with. This open shelving system serves as a nice display.

Step Six: COZY
Lastly I made it cozy with treasures like sentimental gifts, souvenirs from travels, plants from friends, a New Orleans map blanket, throw pillows for sitting on the floor, and a white noise machine.

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

Stick Baby In The Closet | Well Rounded NY

Voila – Now we have a nursery!
Really, once it was completed, I wanted to sleep in there as it was now the best room in the house. It is now a bonafide room (albeit a tiny one).

*Always remember that baby’s room should have proper ventilation! If you have any questions about your baby’s safety, ask your doctor.

Jenée Naquin

Jenée Naquin

Jenée Naquin is a Fashion Brand Builder, an Adventure Seeker and now, Mother. She resides in Brooklyn with her toddler and husband navigating a Cajun-Jewish household. Just before giving birth, she helped launch a new fashion company 1 Atelier which is Redefining Luxury. She always makes time for a great adventure from staycations to the exotic, now with baby in tow. Growing up Cajun, making it in New York and figuring out how to raise a healthy interfaith family takes a lot of "Jenée" Sais Quoi which she pens on her personal blog jeneesaisquoi.com and photo documents on Instagram.

Comments {3}

  1. I like the idea of a closet for a sleep space, but I feel like the air circulation would be poor. SIDS is associated w trapped air flow so check for that!

    Stephanie
  2. This is horrible advice! Bedrooms need to have windows suitable for egress in a fire, they need doors for egress, not doors into another room. They need to have ventilation, air circulation. Closets can become stifling when the door is closed. Your example may be a separate room with a window and ventilation, but most people do not have this in their closets! Do not use your closet, no matter how well you pretty it up, for a baby!

    Daniela Bowes
  3. Would have loved a before and after! I echo Stephanie’s comment, though — walk in closets tend to lack the ventilation of other rooms, resulting in the SIDS-riskier warmer, more cloying rooms. I know this space isn’t technically a closet, but for anyone reading.

    Raging Banshee

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