Wednesday
Oct022013

It's Show Time!

Well, autumn is finally in full swing. The kids are back in school (first full week this week - yay!), a lot of new projects are up and running, and I'm back to blogging regularly - or as regularly as possible. As you know, a lot of my summer was spent working on The Nursery for the Cedar Knolls Design Show House in Laurel Hollow, NY. Last week, I received these gorgeous photos by Raquel Langworthy of Raquel Bianca Creative and I could not wait to share them!

The inspiration for this room was the classic children's book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are. This was one of my favorite stories growing up. I couldn't get enough of Sendak's fantastical sketches then and I can't now! As soon as I saw this Fornasetti wallpaper from Cole and Son, I was instantly transported - and I knew that visitors to the show house would be too. To make a big impact, I papered all four walls with the Chiavi Segrete print and used an antique mirror pattern, also from Cole and Son, for the ceiling. Since the room was fairly small, the result was an all-encompassing feeling of coziness, meant to transport the viewer into a fantasy land. 

More practically speaking, however, another goal of this room was to illustrate to people that you can design a gender-neutral nursery that is neither boring nor blah. Yep, this is not a blah room. Just ask this guy.

He lives under the swing and was there to greet the guests when they walked in. Nice touch, I thought. 

Another attraction of the room was the porch swing hanging from the ceiling. Many of my clients these days are opting to forgo a glider or rocker, in favor of a daybed in the nursery. This shows that you can have both! (It really is quite comfortable.)

Another traditional piece of nursery furniture that I find my clients opting out of - with my support - is a changing table. Don't get me wrong, we have not perfected babies to the point that they no longer need diapers (I'm working on it), it's just that a changing table is a somewhat expensive piece of furniture with a limited lifespan. Even the "convertible changing tables" - dressers with a changing table topper - do not fare well with time. (The topper tends to scratch the top of the dresser underneath.) I encourage clients to look for a dresser that they love and then we use a little magic (I'll share my trick for this in another post) to turn it into a safe changing table for baby. Here, I used a small chest of drawers from Brownstone furniture as the changing table.

and from the aligator's point of view...

You can never have too much storage in a nursery. Babies just have a lot of stuff. While people usually gravitate toward floor bins and bookcases, they don't often think of taking advantage of other vertical surfaces in the room - like doors. Here, I installed three hooks on the back of the door and hung embroidered boat totes that I ordered from Land's End. It's easy - Baby wants to play with something? Take down the bag. Baby is done playing with something? Load up the bag and hang it up. Simple as that. 

The other storage item that I used in the room were these custom acrylic towers. Because the room was so small and had so much going on already, I wanted the necessary nursery items - books!! - to seem to float in mid-air. Mission accomplished. Or so says the giraffe...

Speaking of nursery essentials. You can't have a nursery without a crib! (I guess you technically could, but I wouldn't recommend it.) For a special touch and one that would pick up on the garden motif, I used the Martine crib from RH Baby & Child. The bedding is custom from Doodlefish Kids.

Finally, no Play Chic room would be complete without tons of fanciful details. From a handmade mobile (by moi) to a rollerskating giraffe, this room is chock full of wonderful and wacky moments. 

That's all for now! As always, thanks for playing!

x

Lisa

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Reader Comments (5)

Beautiful work!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Love! Would love to feature this on my blog. If you are interested, let' touch base!

Best,
Cristin

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercristin @ simplified bee

I saw this in person while I was creating my own room at the show house, and I must say, it was spectacular! I loved all the creative elements!

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Viola

Hi Lisa. Love this nursery; I wouldn't mind living there myself! Curious, did you ever post about your alternative changing table top? We don't have alot of extra space, so using an existing dresser would be ideal. Would you please share your little secret on creating the topper? Thanks much. -cat

October 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCat

hello,

i love this nursery, where did you get the acrylic towers?

thanks!
liz

July 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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