How about my latest project? A cheerful nursery for a sweet baby girl - it's my favorite room to date and you'll see why!
It's a room you want to spend time in. It feels peaceful and happy. It's sweet and whimsical and lovely. It's everything a nursery should be! My concept for the room was "Storybook Garden". I wanted it to be colorful and bright with lots of animals and flowers and I think we achieved that. Everywhere you look there are special touches that relate back to that theme: flowers on the monogram, animals on the bookshelf, storybook characters on the wall, floral curtains, butterflies twirling on the mobile, and even a chalkboard toy box where she can draw the backdrops for stories with her animal pals. This room really is a little girl's dream. If I'm being honest, it's this momma's dream too because this is my little girl's nursery! Now you know why it's my favorite project!
OK, back to the design talk! I'll let you in on a trick - if you want a cohesive space, make sure that most, if not all, of your decisions relate back to that overall theme or "concept". I'm not saying that the room must be "matchy matchy". That's completely different. Think of the concept like a category. You want your colors, patterns, furniture styles, and accessories to make sense under that category. I'm having a hard time explaining this...but if you keep that in mind the next time you decorate I think you'll see what I mean.
Back to my "matchy matchy" comment. Something I love about this room is how every piece is unique, yet it all works together. I wanted things that had character and looked like I'd collected them over time (which I did for the most part). I have no problem at all with those cute nursery sets at the baby stores. They just weren't for me. Instead, I opted for custom bedding, curtains, and artwork. "Custom" in my world means DIY of course! Partly because I am a penny pincher and partly because I couldn't find exactly what I wanted pre-made. (I'm planning to write some other posts on how I came up with the ideas for and made various things like the linens, artwork, and furniture so keep an eye out for those!)
Working on this nursery was incredibly important to me. I felt like I was bonding with my baby before she was even here. When it was complete, the pride and excitement I felt knowing that I had created such a special place to bring my baby home to was amazing. The room was done months before she arrived and I couldn't wait to show that sweet little baby the special room created just for her.
I think nurseries are my new favorite rooms to design. All spaces are personal and should be tailored to those who live there, but there's something different about a nursery. It's almost like the room has it's own energy and spirit. I love the feeling I get when I walk into my babe's room and would love to give my clients, and their little bundles of joy, the same wonderful gift. There's nothing better than relaxing in a beautiful room with an even more beautiful baby in your arms. Nothing at all.
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