Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yeah, yeah. That was always a little too mushy for me. In the case of this nursery, however, it's actually the truth. (I don't think whoever said that initially was talking about interior design, but you never know.) I completed this project in August and I am super excited to share it with you today!
Working with the client in designing this nursery was a dream. She has amazing taste and a discerning eye - and she makes decisions fast! My kind of girl. The project came with a few criteria:
1) The nursery was to be gender neutral; the parents-to-be were not finding out the sex of the baby ahead of time.
2) Because they are planning on using this room as the nursery for future children, the palette was to be neutral, with bright pops of color.
3) The design should incorporate giraffes.
Check. Check. And check. When the client brought me on board, she had already purchased the Mercer crib from Pottery Barn Kids and was eying the Bennett double dresser from Room and Board to use as a changer. Both terrific choices.
However, it was during that first meeting that the clients' artwork caught my eye. In her basement was this amazing piece, painted by the wife's Maid of Honor and given to the couple as a wedding gift. The clients also received a wonderful photo of a bicycle as a wedding gift from the groomsmen. (Art as a wedding gift! What a terrific idea!) These pieces became the foundations of the room. Oh, and the stuffed giraffe. Of course.
We quickly chose the Pisa Leaning Shelves in yellow to complement both pieces of art. In person, the yellow finish on these guys is just stunning! And even though we covered an entire reading corner with acrylic shelving for books, when the baby gets older, these shelves will be great for additional books and toys. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as too much storage in a kid's room.
Speaking of those acrylic shelves, by surrounding a corner with books, we were able to create a cozy reading nook that really feels like a separate space within the room. The glider is the Como by Monte Designs and the floor lamp is the Funky Floor Lamp from Stray Dog Designs. Between the handmade paper mache design and the eye-catching color; it really adds a special touch to this part of the room.
Another special piece is the Dream Menagerie crewel rug from Anthropologie. It's colorful embroidery makes it a perfect centerpiece for the room, tying together the sleeping, changing, playing and reading areas. It also draws your eye up to the sophisticated and elegant Ferro Chandelier by Plantation Design.
Finally, the neutral backdrop for all this color is provided by the Superfresco Squares wallpaper by Graham and Brown. The really neat thing about this wallpaper is that it's textured and paintable. So if the client wants to paint the room a color for the next baby, no problem! In white, however, this paper adds both tactile and visual interest. Everyone who enters the room just wants to feel the walls!
So, you may be asking, who is the little baby who gets to enjoy this sophisticated yet playful room? This little girl!
Thank you Raquel Bianca Creative for the beautiful photos!