A Mix of Chic, Tradition, and a Baby

Elegant Pink and Gold Nursery

“I never wanted a nursery to look too babyish… A baby doesn’t know that it’s in a room just for them. I wanted it to be interesting.” -Coco Rocha, supermodel, Vogue

It was so reassuring to read those words in print because ALL the nurseries I have designed in my head have been “baby theme” free.  That baby will not know that Ariel is swimming “under the sea” on the wall next to the crib, nor will they understand that the mobile of Micro Machines is supposed to soothe them to sleep.

But, do you know who would have to look at “The Little Mermaid” everyday? Or will have to watch small cars float around in mid-air?

The mom. 

A salon wall spans the space from ceiling to floor.

A salon wall, in Layla’s nursery, spans the space from ceiling to floor. Jacksonville, Florida.

A growing number of parents-to-be are realizing that a baby’s nursery can be striking, interesting, and a natural extension of their home. These parents are understanding that when you walk into a nursery, you don’t have to feel like you’ve entered the set of Romper Room or teleported into an actual cartoon.

The nursery needs to be a place for YOU, too.

When one of my best friends, Mina, asked me to help her design her first child’s nursery, I was so honored (and excited because I would get to share in the fun of planning one without having to actually HAVE a baby yet!).  Mina, like Coco Rocha, knew she didn’t want a room that screamed “baby” at every glance. Mina wanted a peaceful, chic, elegant room that SHE felt good being in.

Drapes need to hang the length of your wall with a small break at the floor. This draws your eye up and enlarges the room.

Drapes need to hang the length of your wall with a small break at the floor. This draws your eye up and enlarges the room. An antique gold side table adds a sense of history to the room, and the art piece, picked out by Mina’s mother, adds sentiment.

After a lot of discussions, planning, sketches, googling, online shopping, and assembling, Mina and Nathan have a beautiful room aptly fit for their little girl Layla.

 

THE PROCESS

1. Decide your look: “Down the Road” Pinterest Board

2. Find the big pieces you need [dresser, crib, glider], measure, and plan your layout.

When deciding on a layout, think about the “scenes” in the room.

Standing in the doorway, what are you going to see?
-An aesthetically pleasing room is planned in this way. There is a flow which unites little “scenes” in the space.

Plan the "scenes" in your room.

Plan the “scenes” in your room. This was the entryway scene plan I designed for Mina and Nathan.

How is the eye going to travel?
-You want there to be something interesting to bring your eyes up and down.

During the planning stage, I created an aerial view (to scale) so Mina and Nathan could "see" the layout for the room. It helps so much to actually see what it will look like when the pieces come together.

During the planning stage, I created an aerial view (to scale) so Mina and Nathan could “see” the layout for the room. It helps so much to have a visual of what it will look like when the pieces come together.

3. Choose your linens, window treatments, light fixtures, and rug(s).

Linens from Restoration Hardware’s Fleur Collection
Layered Rugs: a faux sheepskin overlaps a large Jute base with fringe.
Window Treatments hung AT THE CEILING: Pottery Barn’s Textured Cotton Drapes

4. Think of your Walls.

Do you want something above the crib so your eye travels up?

I love the traditional monogram. It’s an element that can always be stylish.

A frame around the monogram adds a fresh touch to the traditional piece. A salon wall is a chic alternative to the gallery wall.

A frame around the monogram adds a fresh touch to the traditional piece. A salon wall is a chic alternative to the gallery wall.

Have you thought about the walls?

This is a place to try something interesting and bold.  No one wants one sad “floating” shelf on a giant blank wall. Gallery walls have become so popular that, in my opinion, they are starting to lose their appeal or freshness. I write this as I am staring at two gallery walls in my home.

So, I suggested a SALON WALL for one “scene.” Salon walls traverse the entire space from ceiling to floor.

A chic salon wall for a nursery is an opportunity to frame sentimental pieces and inspirational words.

A chic salon wall for a nursery is an opportunity to frame sentimental pieces and inspirational words. You can shop these custom art pieces at HOSTandSERVE on Etsy.

You are My Sunshine Custom ArtA salon wall allows you the opportunity to include items that are special and sentimental. I created custom artwork for Mina which included some of her favorite Bible verses, quotes, and the lyrics to a lullaby, “You are My Sunshine,” that is special to Nathan. We included Layla’s name in Farsi, done in a gold foil, as an homage to Mina’s Iranian heritage.

Additionally, toile fabric that was used for custom linens at Layla’s shower were framed.

Close up of fabric

Every moment spent helping Mina and Nathan was an honor. I just LOVE their chic escape that plays host to such a precious little girl.

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