I love everything about Home Decor and love to create unique environments. In particular, I love to design and decorate nurseries and children’s’ rooms. Not only are they fun, but they’re also a space that most of my clients are willing to “let go in” and let me be really, really creative. I’ve done my share of nurseries and children’s rooms over the years in my career. From baby boys to baby girls, “tweens” and teens – I’ve had fun with every single one regardless of the style or theme being incorporated into the design. But I must say, nothing beats getting to be involved in someone I love’s room – like my first grandchild’s! My daughter, Sammi was expecting in December of 2010 so together we planned the nursery. Even my daughter-in-law, Kathleen had input into it. Team effort for sure!
We had several goals in mind for the design of the nursery that incorporated key parts of my personal design philosophy. They were to:
- Create a unique environment
- Use colors and elements of Nature
- Plan it so that the décor would transition and provide a space for Ansley to grow in
I don’t believe any two spaces should look alike which is why I say I like to create unique environments. Ever one to say “Ignore the trends”, I prefer to design space with real personal touches. That’s what really, really makes the space unique. We accomplished this by decorating with things such as some of the Vintage collections both Sammi and Brent had as children (like their silver baby pieces and Sammi’s music boxes) to a framed “Onesie” Sammi’s gal pal, Blair Kernodle Scheepers gave her that was hand-stitched in South Africa where she lives. Having this “Onesie” as wall art in Ansley’s nursery not only connects Sammi and Blair on a daily basis, but it is a piece that Ansley will always have to historically mark her infant days as well. (She actually wore the “Onesie” and when she outgrew it, we had it framed.) Seriously, I hope to one day see this piece in Ansley’s own home!
Using colors and elements from Nature is important to us and we are mindful of this in every space we work in. So, the walls were painted Green (the color of Nature as I discussed in my posts, Using The Color Green In Home Décor and Two Colors Every Homespace Needs) and we created a wall of flowers as art for the space by using plates shaped like magnolia blossoms with hand-painted stems. A shadowbox of hand-cut butterflies on the wall near her crib also connects the nursery to nature. Finally, we added “The Frog Prince” sitting on the ledge of the door so that Ansley could connect with the natural world in a wonderfully whimsical way.
Sammi and I both are practical decorators and so creating a space that could transition to her “big girl” room easily was important to us. Of course, every nursery needs a crib. But, everything else in the room can transition to any age. For example, the “changing table” is actually a dresser. Simply remove the changing pad and it becomes a dresser for a big girl to put her clothes in. And, my fave part of the room is the hand-painted initials on the wall. The look of the initials is fabulous and really anchors the space, but once the crib is gone, voila – the initials become the “headboard” for Ansley’s big girl bed.
Ansley is nearing the ripe old age of eighteen months now. I love nothing more than to sit on her nursery floor and have her bring books to me to read to her or to play peek-a-boo as she hides behind her crib. I have no doubt that she is blossoming within her nursery nest. And, I have no doubt she will continue to as she grows up still enjoying the décor of her space. After all, her nest gives her plenty of room in which to grow!
Design Choices and Credits
Crib: Bratt Décor
Dresser: Furniture Classics, LTD
Lamp on Dresser: Thumprints
Hand-cut Butterflies: Found on Etsy
Crib Skirt Fabric: Bergamo
Stool Fabric: Zimmer+Rohde
Window Treatment Fabric: Bergamo
Custom Crib Skirt and Window Treatments: Laurel Lane Draperies
Rocker Fabric: Kravet
Custom Upholsterer: Privette’s Upholstery
Custom Corner Cabinet: Haefele & Associates
Magnolia Blossom Plates: Global Views
Artistic Painting: CKPaints (www.ckpaints.com)
Modern Artwork: Allposters
Custom Framing of Modern Artwork: Campania Fine Molding
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore 2147-40 “Dill Pickle”
Photography of all Images: Cameron Triggs Photography
To blossoming in life…