Reveal: Zamore Houston Nursery Design Project

A few years ago, a dear girlfriend of mine made me oh-so giddy when she hired me to do her makeup for both her engagement photos and wedding day. Seriously, it was such an honor!

So when the same friends and now first time parents-to-be, Ashley and Kherry Zamore from Houston, hired me to design and style a “not too kiddy, budget friendly, modern, comfortable, calming, somewhat gender neutral-ish” nursery for the impending arrival of their sweet baby girl – my heart burst again.

Meet the Zamore Family

Photograph Credit: Sara Stanley Photography

How were you feeling about the thought of transforming/making over your guest room to a nursery, before you hired Shelley?
We were feeling pretty overwhelmed and indecisive. We were clueless where to start – we had a lot of options and a blank slate..and the minute details kept making us go in a million directions!

Why did you decide to hire Shelley instead of someone else?
Besides being a dear friend, she has impecable taste – we loved what she did with her house in Baton Rouge. And she is truly a professional that polishes – we knew without a doubt that we would have a polished room in time for baby Abigail. Lol, just like an HGTV makeover episode, we knew her personality would make it that much more awesome!

What did you love about working with Shelley?
Shelley guided us through every step – from budget and color preferences, to stepping out of our comfort zone with big decisions. She also provided us a 3D rendering of the room, which totally eased our minds about how everything was going to look…and fit…before we even got started.

We now have a nursery for our gorgeous baby that makes us feel relaxed, serene, proud and excited! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

Today I’m beyond excited to finally share the totally crush-worthy, Zamore Nursery Project!

’m obsessed with how the Zamore’s space turned out – from the accent wall I painted, to the color palette, and all the little details in between. Here is how I transformed the Zamore’s guest room into a dreamy nursery for mum, dad, and baby.

A big tip for making over your space (or your closet for that matter), is to have a pretty plan…or as I like to say, a treasure map! The treasure map captures the mood of the room, colors, textures, and potential themes. While keeping you focused when it comes to shopping for your space! ;)

Before & After

The space was previously a comfortable guest room sporting traditional builder beige walls, dark brown stained wood bathroom cabinet, and an eclectic arrangement of decor.

To keep costs down, we decided to paint an accent wall rather than hang wallpaper or install any other type of material. The irregular polka-dots were simply decals from Urban Walls that could easily be removed at a later date.

Paint Colors

Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles – SW 7672
was the wall color I chose – it’s the perfect neutral toned, light grey. (and my go to grey color!!!)

Sherwin Williams Pure White – SW 7005
was the color I chose for the ceiling to give the illusion of a larger room

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn – SW 7674
was the darker color for the accent wall + bathroom cabinet

A quick tip for those of you with littles: a satin finish paint is much easier to clean than a standard matte/flat paint finish. It’s also more resilient to scuffs

It was important that this room grow with baby Zamore. And should my clients decide to sell, we wanted to make sure this room could easily be pair down to appeal to many.

For that reason I decided that decals would be best for the polka dots – I found these irregular dots from Urban Walls. I love that they looked hand painted and not so perfect!

On another note, how cute are these pink sparkly high-top sneakers?! (a gift for my lovely clients babe when she is bigger) If only they came in my size!

Unfortunately our first choice of lamp wasn’t available – it was the same style with a blush base instead of the pictured lavender one.

Initially I was super disappointed because there was nothing similar within the clients budget that I could find to replicate the look. But when I found these gorgeous crib sheetsskirt and changing pad cover…I just knew it was a match made in heaven!

Originally I thought I’d repaint this once brown stained cabinet, white. Then I decided on the fly that it would look much better as the deep Sherwin Williams Peppercorn color, from the accent wall…and I wasn’t wrong.

I love the character this bought to the bathroom – the color really pulled the grey tones out of the bathroom tile and tied the original shower curtain in beautifully. I’m always making changes on the fly to get that perfect finish for my clients!

Repeating colors, textures, and/or themes is a great way to ensure continuity through your design.

In every one of my projects, I like to surprise my clients with a little something personal or meaningful to their situation. I had just the thing for the Zamore Nursery – a black and white print of Ashley & Kherry’s wedding day.

Littles love to see pictures of there family…and there is just something so special about mum and dad’s wedding photo.

Want to incorporate some photos into your room design – maybe a gallery wall – but the colors of your favorite photos, clash with your color palette? No problem, love. Simply print your photos in black and white! It always looks so chic!

Finally, the chartreuse, matte velvet drapes brought so much warmth and coziness to the Zamore Nursery, while pulling the green/mustard tones together from the gallery wall art piececrib skirt and changing pad cover.

We hung these curtains as high as possible to make the ceiling height look taller…and ensured the hem brushed the carpet. Check out the below before and after…crazy how much more space it feels like there is, right?!

Does your space need some sparkling?

If you have a space – home office, studio, or maybe a commercial space that you’d like me to wave my glitter-wand over, check out my interior design option or email me with your questions at

I have packages for both eDesign and Full Interior Design projects available – perfect for busy babes across the world!

With love + confetti,

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