July 27, 2015

Nursery Design Reveal!

The pressure to make this nursery something spectacular has been intense- mostly of my own doing, but also because it’s been such a long time coming and I want it to be beyond perfect! While I was long debating the bold versus serene vibe, I knew in my heart that I wanted something soothing but also with a modern edge. So I decided to really mix both traditional items with modern ones- buffalo plaid, scenic wallpaper, lucite, brass and streamlined furniture.  I am loving it, and I think when I’m trapped inside all winter with a newborn it will be such a peaceful place to relax with the baby.  And I know there are lots of people who will think this is impractical or not “bold” enough for the baby- but it’s basically where he will sleep and feed. The rest of my house in so black and white I think he’ll develop just fine. :) So here it is!

leather elephant bookends // side table // floor lamp // leather pouf

The design began with a grisaille Susan Harter mural wallpaper. I have long wanted to use a grey scenic wallpaper somewhere in my house, and this turned out to be the place to do it. I was debating between this and a more graphic block print navy and white paper, fearing the mural would be too feminine- but then I decided I have lots of time to do a bold room for this kid. And only one chance to do a baby nursery. Let’s face it- I’m a designer for a living so by the age of two this kid will probably have a completely different room. So I went with the grey mural paper and accompanying light blue, grey and white scheme. This is the section we are using. I was inspired by this nursery but wanted more color and more modern furniture (but less expensive paper than this INSANE deGournay!)


I also have long loved the feeling of this image.


So this is the section I chose for the wall behind the crib- I hope it looks as amazing as I think it will. It’s printed on durable canvas so spills or anything unsightly can be easily cleaned- a huge bonus! It’s a bit warmer in tone than this picture shows…


I am BEYOND thrilled with my crib choice- the Campaign Crib by ducduc in white and bleached walnut. OBSESSED with this style because it’s slightly boyish without being heavy or boring.


I decided to go with the Morgan changer by ducuduc in the same finishes- complete with leather strap handles! It’s wide and offers tons of storage.  And I love the stripe of wood down the middle- so me!


I was totally stuck on the idea of using a big buffalo check for the window treatments and have decided to go with Robert Allen’s Checkered Out. It’s a mix of grey and a blue that has a tint of green to it. It’s so cute.

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I have yet to decide on a couple things- the wall colors being one of those things! I’ve been sampling this past weekend, and am down to Benjamin Moore Horizon, Alaskan Husky or Wickham Grey. I want a grey/ blue that is quite light and soothing.


(Left Column: top-BM Horizon, bottom- BM Wickham Grey // Right Column (top to bottom): BM Alaskan Husky, F&B Borrowed Light, F&B Cornforth White, F&B Strong White)

The other items I have not decided is the Sharon Montrose photograph.  I know SO many nurseries have these in them, but I LOVE them (and animals).  So I’m trying to decide between the baby giraffe, the grown lion (could be used in a big boy room), the baby elephant (diiiieeeee) and the lion cubs. I like bringing in the warmer colors of the lions or giraffe as opposed to matchy matchy elephant- but he’s so darn cute.

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The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose


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The Animal Print Shop


The rug (that I think I’m using) is from Loloi and is traditional in pattern, but in soothing tones of grey. I plan to use a big sheepskin over it in the center for fuzzy tummy time too.


And yes, I’m using my dream Jonathan Adler Jacques bookcase in here.  It can be cleated to the wall at the top and most likely will make it’s way into another room in the house when the little guy becomes mobile anyways- but I just LOVE it in here for the non-mobile time we have. :) I also am doing the brass Jonathan Adler Sputnik semi-flushmount on the ceiling! It’s going to look so fab. :)

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The glider/ recliner on the board is not the one we ended up going with- we sat in the Little Castle Monterey this weekend and loved it- high arms for feeding and so soft and cushy.  Andrew is insistent we use a recliner in here because I think he plans to sleep in the nursery a lot :) We also realized that our doorways are super narrow (a little under 30″) and most gliders/ recliners are way bigger! This one is 30″ exactly- but we still may have to hoist it through the window!

I’m going to do this in a medium grey with white piping (not this print). I have to say, there are SO few good looking gliders that also recline! I see an opening in the market for some good designs!


One the room is actually DONE, I’ll share all the final sources.  In the meantime, we have a lot of work to do in the next 3 1/2 months!

 * A big, huge thanks to Wayfair and ducduc for helping me create my absolute DREAM nursery.  Some items in the room were gifted by these two great companies.








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