January 20, 2014

Our Little Lady’s Big Room

We host plenty of play dates and get togethers and I’m always asked about items in my daughter’s nursery so I thought I’d share with all of you too…

When it came to designing my dream room for my dream girl, I had grand visions. But we live in an old Manhattan apartment. And we rent. So there were many limitations. I had to forgo the notion of floor to ceiling windows with tons of light and a beautiful chandelier as the focal point in the room among other things. But despite those set backs, I got pretty close to my ideal space.

I knew I wanted a lot of white. In fact, I contemplated having an all neutral nursery. (I love a calm, serene environment and a light color palette lends itself to that.) But then I fell in love with this bedding (and curtains) from The Land of Nod—I like how the patterns and palette play off of each other and adore the sophisticated yet whimsical feel—so the room evolved from there.

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I added a charcoal gray and white stripe (I love a good stripe!) Crate & Barrel rug my mother-in-law gave us for Christmas last year that was originally intended for our Los Angeles living room. Then we moved. In New York, it didn’t really go with our main room decor but it fit perfectly in the nursery. The weight of the gray balanced out the rather feminine kaleidoscope of violet, lavender and eggplant. And the structure of the stripe grounded the more spirited shapes.

So a purple, gray and white color scheme was born shortly before my daughter was. (Did I mention we moved when I was 35 weeks pregnant? I was beyond ready to nest!)

imageNext came the antique white furniture from Restoration Hardware Baby. I love their stuff. It’s dream nursery worthy. Lilly has the Marlowe Panel CribMarlowe Dresser and Marlowe Dresser Topper. We didn’t have space for both a changing table and a dresser so I opted for the dresser (more storage space!) and just put a topper on it. Above that, we hung the Weathered Wooden Wall Organizer, which I love! It’s both functional and aesthetic. I like to display charming collectables (a handmade rattle from Thailand, baby’s first Metrocard by Estella, my porcelain baby shoe, BB Blocks to document her age…) that are sweet to look at but also great in a pinch if she’s a bit fussy while being changed. Early on, we stocked them full of diapers because we were going through them so quickly! I hung organic finger puppets from Giggle from the knobs to give her something to look up and smile at; they’ve captured her attention for eight months running now!

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Every nursery needs a glider. Ours is from Pottery Barn Kids. We originally chose the Comfort Grand but, when it arrived, we realized it was much too large, the position of the high back pitched our heads forward and was actually really uncomfortable so we opted for the standard Comfort Swivel Rocker and Ottoman instead. We’ve spent countless hours in that chair rocking our sweet girl to sleep, feeding her and reading books before bed.

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Jonathan Adler’s Love Beaded Linen Throw Pillow adds the perfect pop to our princess’ room and echoes the feeling that emanates from our whole home now that she’s here.

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Since I couldn’t have a chandelier, I wanted a statement mobile. Something with a wow factor that made the room shine. I scoured all the stores and sites and couldn’t find one that measured up. So I commissioned it on Etsy, perhaps my all time favorite site. You can find anything on there and, if you can’t, someone who can make it—and often at a fraction of the price of the big retailers. Plus, it’s more unique and individual than a mass-marketed item. I chose In the 2 Dog House to make mine. And I love it. The only drawback? There’s no motor, sound or lights. Perhaps for #2, I’ll put function ahead of style. But what fun is that?

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As for what hangs on our little lovely’s walls… I found two rustic hangings at an adorable coastal shop in Malibu, CA called Room at the Beach“You Are My Sunshine” is a song I sang to her while she was in the womb and is now one of her favorites. And “Darling” just seemed so sweet. (Room at the Beach no longer carries it but Sugarboo, the designer, sells it plenty of places including here.) Since she was baked in the great state of California, I knew that needed to be represented in her space and found this print at one of my favorite stores in LA, Sugar Paper (I LOVE a good paper store. I don’t know if it’s the writer in me but I could spend hours and countless dollars in them!). And, finally, a precious and personal gift from Uncommon Goods (from my husband’s aunt) graces our angel’s entrance.

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Can’t forget the wall entering her room! Outside her door, in between her bathroom and bedroom, she can brush up on her ABC’s. The ABC’s of NYC, that is! We love this quirky, cute gift from some of our close friends and their kids by Mr. Boddington’s Studio. What a great gift for someone who lives in or loves New York City.

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We repurposed, painted and stained some old shelves I’ve had in every apartment since I was twenty-two (they went from brown to an antique white). They now hold her initials (galvanized metal letters from Anthropologie, one of my favorite stores for eclectic housewares), baby’s first piggy bank from my husband’s co-workers and some sweet, soft blocks from Giggle

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As for the rest of the room, Jellycats stuffed animalsare scattered throughout. There’s something so charming about these creatures. I started collecting them seven years ago for my nephews and continued the tradition with my own child. I select one for each new milestone. So far she has six. But there’s many more occasions—including the random Tuesday—on the horizon! And books abound! Some from my childhood and some new discoveries all her own (We love Marianne Richmond and Nancy Tillman) held together by apropos bookends. (The store I got them from no longer carries them but you can find similar ones here.)

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I’m personally not a fan of babyish looking nursery. I wanted it to be modern and clean. Somewhere she could grow into and up in. And a space we’d like to hang out in too. So far, its fits the bill. I hope you love it as much as we do!

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