Small Modern Nursery Makeover

A spare bedroom in a 928-square-foot home is transformed into a comfortable baby room for twins.

Double Trouble Beginnings

When Adam Christian and John Volturo bought their 928-square-foot fixer-upper in Pacific Palisades, they fell in love with the 1949 design yet wanted to create a comfortable place for their new twin daughters, Michaela and Julia. Although the nursery had a large existing closet, it lacked sufficient storage. They replaced the existing '60s-era closet, installed new recessed lighting, and repaired the flooring.

Artistic Inspiration

Inspired by the couple's love of quirky, midcentury art, this vintage paint-by-numbers became the spark for the nursery's color theme.

Fresh and Modern

The nursery's design ties in the home's gray-and-white color scheme with the palette from the couple's inspiration piece, the small paint-by-numbers canvas.

Warm Wood in a Modern Setting

New solid core doors cut down on noise so the babies would sleep better. The Douglas fir finish adds a cozy touch to the modern style.

Space Counts

In a home without a linen closet, the couple used every spare inch of storage. In a niche behind the door, the guys installed white metal storage pull-outs to hold overflow linens and blankets.

Multifunctional Storage

A multipurpose shelf holds books and memorabilia, and a bank of deep drawers houses pajamas, blankets and cloth diapers.

Adjustable Flooring

Carpet squares in gray and aqua complement the blond wood floor. In addition to being graphic and modern, the squares are easy to replace and rearrange.

Retro Reading Nook

To create a playful accent wall, a graphic stencil was painted on a teal backdrop. The dads completed their stylish reading nook with a Herman Miller swag-leg chair.

DIY Mobile

Origami birds, made with vintage wrapping paper in the colors from the inspiration piece, hang from an inexpensive photo mobile. This simple mobile adds a handmade touch and entertains the girls during nap time.

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Custom Details

Personalize your nursery by displaying what you love. Adam and John love to travel, so they framed maps and displayed them as nursery art.