A Bungalow Baby

Season One
Episodes 5 & 6
Mat and Amber

Amber and Mat married in their thirties and chose to put having a family aside for travel, school, and home improvement projects for their two-bedroom bungalow. Amber is a native of Virginia with a Native American heritage and is a sales executive at a media company. Mat, who is an educator, grew up in communist-held Czechoslovakia until its liberation in 1990. Leaving home early, Mat traveled while working his way through college, eventually teaching school in the Tidewater area of Virginia, where the two met. Nearly ten years later, Amber and Mat were surprised to learn they have a baby girl on the way. The reality of life as just the two of them was turned upside down. For the Baby Makes 3 team, Amber and Mat represent the trend of couples having children later and making important decisions about how to integrate family into their well-established lifestyle.


Episode 105—“Home is Where the Crib is”

Space is an issue in the home of Amber and Mat, so we’re look for ways to improvise. We convert a crawl space under the steps into a finished storage or play space; we build a dresser into a closet, and we get started on an illuminated starlight ceiling.

Episode 106—“As the Potter Wheel Turns”

Pottery is an important part of the culture in Mat’s hometown in Slovakia, and so it’s only natural that our couple wants to create a keepsake for baby. We visit a local potter to create a Slovakian-inspired plate, make and paint fairy stencils in our room, and finish the amazing illuminated starlight ceiling. A child safety walk-thru ensures this bungalow for two is ready a new arrival.

Projects in these Episodes


Many parents want to include monogramed initials of their baby in the nursery. Here are some websites with beautiful monograms you can purchase for your nursery.

On this episode you will learn to:

  • What to consider before planning your design
  • Cut Drywall to create a crawl space
  • Finish a crawl space with beadboard
  • Create starry night ceiling frame
  • Make a Maypole Mobile
  • Wire a starry night ceiling
  • Babyproof your home
  • Create a Pottery Keepsake
  • Decorate a Dresser
  • Paint Wall Fairies using Stencils
  • And more
Watch the clip
Planning the Design

Our designer offers great tips on planning a nursery design.

Watch the clip
Making Walls Magical

Amber learns how to easily paint fairies on the nursery walls with stencils.


  • Wall Color - Benjamin Moore Grand Teton White AC-42, with the fairies painted in Coastal Fog AC-1
  • Accent Color in Closet - Benjamin Moore Sweet Vibrations 391
  • Wallpaper & Crib Skirt Fabric - Harlequin, from the Folia Collection available through Design Lines Ltd.
  • Window Treatment Fabric - Robert Allen, available through Design Lines Ltd.
  • Window Hardware - Claire Deco
  • Dresser - Ikea Hemmes
  • Drawer Overlays - My Overlays
  • Glass Knobs - Anthropologie
  • Nursery Chair - Home Decorators Marie Armchair
  • Green Pillow - Designer's Guild available through Design Lines Ltd.
  • Glider/Recliner - Hayneedle
  • Crib - Fisher Price Providence Convertible Crib
  • Bookshelf - Kidkraft Avalon Bookshelf
  • Capiz Pendant, Frames - World Market
  • Oval Mirror - Uttermost available through Design Lines Ltd.
  • Owl Lamp, Gold Stripe Pillow, & Pink Pillow - Land of Nod
  • Shag Rug, Baskets, Crib Sheet, Changing Pad Cover - Target
  • Bookshelf Accessories - Home Goods
  • Wall Monogram - Etsy