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By "cut it off," Alexander means that she didn't know what the edges should look like. Luckily, she found inspiration in an unexpected place.

"They were really inspired by some earrings," said Alexander. "It was really fun."

Nursery before and after

We can't believe those tassels are hand-painted!

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From there, Alexander worked with the owner to integrate furniture that she wanted included in the space, some of which she already had.

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"The homeowner had a really fabulous vintage swivel chair that we reupholstered in the blush fabric," said Alexander. "She had it on her own — she has exquisite taste."

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