Great Spaces: A Glam Baby Nursery

Girl power gets its due in this sweet space by Stylish Patina's Kelly Millspaugh Thompson.

Photo by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg

Kelly Millspaugh Thompson had to come up with a gender-neutral nursery scheme when she and her husband, James, had boy-and-girl twins in 2014. But when she found out she was pregnant with little sister Greyson two years later, she went full-on girl with the baby’s room of their Falls Church Cape Cod.

“Here, I went over the top because I could,” says Thompson, owner of Stylish Patina boutique in Falls Church and the nearby Rough Luxe Warehouse, which hosts monthly vintage-furniture sales. After moving the toddlers, Peyton and Liam, to a larger room upstairs, she transformed the nursery next to the main-floor master bedroom with deep-pink and gold hues, a glittery chandelier and lots of ruffles.

It’s not hard for a professional buyer to go all out. Thompson scoured auctions to find the chandelier and a vintage dresser that they now use as a changing table, as well as the art that hangs above the crib. She shopped her own boutique for the fanciful animal heads that adorn the wall and an antique bar cart that stores baby supplies. The chic, velvet-upholstered footstool, she confides, “was a HomeGoods score.”

The room’s most prominent features—a black spindle crib and gold wall stickers—came from The Land of Nod. “People are torn on black cribs for girls, but I loved it with the gold and the pink,” says the design-minded mom of three.

With all the other girly elements in the room, “black balances it out. That is how I dress and design in general,” she explains. “Selecting a color palette and elements that are more stylish and sophisticated in her nursery will allow the room to grow with her over the years.”

Project Credit: Stylish Patina and Rough Luxe Warehouse |

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