This Sweet Nursery Nook Was Carved Out of the Most Unexpected Space

Updated 03/27/17

Sometimes the best designs stem from making the most of small spaces—especially when designing with a little one in mind. Los Angeles–based photographers Max and Margaux Wanger immediately fell in love with their charming 1940s home, but once their family grew from three to four, they needed to rework their cozy abode to accommodate the new arrival. While expecting their second baby girl, the Wangers worked with family friend and designer Sarah Sherman Samuel to carve out a sweet nursery right in the master bedroom.

"We ended up transforming the closet into a nursery nook and designed the rest of the room to be a calming space that reflected Max and Margaux's modern-minimal-artful lives," said Samuel. The Wangers replaced everything except their bed frame when Samuel reworked the space, maintaining what they describe as "a beautiful grown-up bedroom that can still accommodate everything that comes along with having a baby."

Keep scrolling to see how Sarah Sherman Samuel carved out a sweet nursery nook in the Wangers' master bedroom.

Max Wanger

When designing the space, Samuel sought to strike "a balance between an artfully curated home while still maintaining a sense of familial comfort."

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Max Wanger

"One of the greatest finds for this project was the Stokke Mini Sleepi Crib," said Samuel. The round shape created a playfully unique piece while saving on much-needed space!" The detailed wallpaper was also at the top of Samuel's list. "It has the perfect mix of whimsy, for the baby, and sophistication for the parents, with the monochromatic colors and illustrative style."

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Max Wanger

"One of the first pieces I found for the space was the gorgeous rug," said Samuel. "I knew I wanted to keep the rest of the space neutral, so the rug stands out and also sets the tone for the few colors I did bring in."

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Max Wanger

The Wangers confess that in the three weeks since bringing their little one home, "The rocking chair has quickly become one of our favorite things. It's such a cozy corner!"

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"Finding the right wallpaper was something I had my heart set on from the very start," admitted Samuel. "I knew it would be the main focal point in Max and Margaux's bedroom, so it had to be a pattern that would complement their style as well as something appropriate for the baby's nursery."

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