When Joy Cho, creator of OhJoy.com and a designer for Target, found out she was expecting her second child, she enlisted her pal and Target style expert Emily Henderson to transform half the office in her Los Angeles home into a nursery. They started with a simple gray-and-white palette and gradually added color. Here's how you can recreate the fun, eclectic space!
Cho started with Babyletto's Mercer convertible crib ($400) because she loved the bottom storage drawer. On the mattress: Circo's simple Black & White Raindrops crib sheet. ($10) Since the furniture is neutral, the duo decided to add color with paint. They used a yardstick and painter's tape to mark off lines for mountains and chose Dutch Boy's Lapiz and Benjamin Moore's Silver Half Dollar. The sun is Benjamin Moore's Limon and the mountain top is Benjamin Moore's Hot Lips. "It was all done in five hours," says Henderson, who supervised the painting and is also a mom, of 1-year-old Charlie. The balloon lamp was a vintage-store find. The geometric Themis mobile belonged to Cho's 3-year-old, Ruby, when she was a baby. ($37)
"If you're going to splurge, choose a piece that will grow with your child," like this Babyletto Hudson Changer Dresser, Henderson says. The top lifts off to create a regular chest of drawers. ($400)
Cho and her husband have their office doing double duty so baby Coco (born 10 days after our photo shoot!) won't wake big sister Ruby at night. Eventually the two girls will share a bedroom, but for now, a "Hello" rug ($70) informally divides the space between the desks and the nursery.
Originally published in the February 2015 issue of American Baby magazine.