01 Entry

01 Entry

Previously a guest room with dark wallpaper, MINGARI Studios converted this space in a Voorhees, N.J., home into a nursery featuring baby animals of the New Jersey woodlands. The room received a complete make-over when the artist brightened up the ceiling, walls and furniture with a stimulating palette of yellow, white and green.

 

02 Border design

02 Border design

A white ceiling and hand-painted crown border form a delicate canopy for the nursery. The border design was based on an architectural detail in the furniture, which is visible here — inverted — in the top of the dresser's mirror frame (it forms an arrow with a hole in its center).

On the left, a baby grey squirrel scampers up a tree while at right a mother robin feeds her hungry newborns.

 

03 Painted furniture

03 Painted furniture

The furniture's previous distressed look has been given new life with a crisp, bright white-and-green enamel finish.

Redesigned elements in the room also include the addition of trim moldings which frame the horizontal band of hand-painted baby animal scenes that wrap the room with "creature comfort." This view shows a gentle lamb frolicking in the clover. His jubilation catches the cautious attention of a little brown rabbit, while a jittery frog leaps into his pond.

 

04 Animals, detail

04 Animals, detail

The moon and evening stars begin to glow in the sky near baby's crib, just as a baby owl and fawn snuggle down for the night.

 

05 Animals, detail

05 Animals, detail

Even woodland babies learn to wash up before dinner...here Tubby Turtle and Rocky Raccoon are happy to share a cool watering hole.

 

06 Raccoon, detail

06 Raccoon, detail

A close-up of Rocky shows the refreshing lemon-and-lime painted borderlines which frame the softly striated (vertically dragged) yellow and white panels.

 

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