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House Calls: An on-trend nursery that stands the test of time


Ian and Kimberly Cooke’s room before. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Ian and Kimberly Cooke of Alexandria are expecting their first child in February. They want to turn this room into a fun, lively nursery with bold colors such as navy, yellow and bright pink. They need a rug for their little girl to crawl on, too. Their budget is $2,000.

Jones and Bertin, of Decorating Den (703-299-0633), are based in Alexandria.


The solution from designers Lorin Jones and Janet Bertin. (Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

Designers Lorin Jones and Janet Bertin pair bright, colorful accessories with neutral furniture to create an on-trend nursery that will stand the test of time.

Invest in furniture that will grow with your child. This dresser has a changing table top that can be removed later on.

An area rug provides a soft space for the baby to play. This shag rug is machine-washable.

Kimberly and Ian Cooke. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Repurpose furniture when possible. Paint the nightstand white and use it as an end table. Top it with the table lamp.

Paint the walls and ceiling neighboring shades of blue. The walls are California Breeze, the ceiling is Crystal Springs, both by Benjamin Moore.

Accessories tie the color scheme together. Hints of pink are found in the artwork, lighting and crib cushions.

A smartly designed crib can be converted into a toddler bed. Switch it back to a crib if a second baby comes along.


Furniture: Sleigh glider and cushion in white ($499,; Childcraft Shoal Creek London Euro crib in matte white ($200,

Lighting: Geometric Fretwork shade pendant light in fuschia and white ($159,

Accessories: Alexa “My Soft and Plush” shag rug in white ($273 for 8-by-10-foot rug,; Helena mirror ($279,; Twinkle Living Lego pillows in navy ($50 each,; custom bedding Happy Mae in navy and pink ($150) and Chinoiserie Pagoda artwork from The Pink Pagoda in pink ($70), both from


Norman Wood plantation shutters in white ($1,056,

Kendall dresser and changing table topper in white ($549,

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White Chatham cellular cordless shades by Insola ($180,

South Shore Cotton Candy changing table in Pure White ($190,

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