“Grown-up” Nursery

Here’s an example of a nursery that looks great with mostly adult design pieces.

There are many great elements to this nursery. Here, a few simple design elements create an extremely pleasing, fresh environment, enjoyable for baby and parent. The accessories used are design conscious and could be found in any other room of the house and yet they work so well in this nursery too. First, the color palate is soothing with the robin’s egg blue and punches of mustard. Then, the addition of the black and white adds contrast which is known to be stimulating for young babies. Here we can see that a color contrast in and of itself can be the design element (no pictures necessary in the picture frames!) The addition of the zig-zag pattern creates even more interest for the baby in addition to looking chic. The pinwheels add an element of fun without being too sugary. Lastly, adding the flag garland gives the plain white crib a little bit of flare, reminding us that we don’t need to spend a fortune on crib bedding to make a crib look great.

What this nursery illustrates so well is how little one needs to create a great space!

Embroidered folk wardrobe

This is one of my favorite before and afters that I have seen in a long time courtesy of design sponge:

     

     

Truly, I love everything about it, especially how this one piece can transform a simple, perhaps mostly white, child’s room with a pop of color. The design has almost a Scandinavian folk art feel to it which is ironic as the wardrobe, pre-makeover is from IKEA!  Melding embroidery with furniture design is so unique and yet is so perfect. I also love that this is a how-to that has a big impact but is relatively easy to do. And of course I LOVE that it is green.

Here’s how courtesy of Diana:

Time: 2 days

Cost: $20

Basics Steps: Growing sick and tired of an old spruce Ikea wardrobe in my daughter’s room but still liking the perfect size and simple form, I bought a big pot of green paint. Of course “just” painting would be a bit too easy 😉 So after some thinking I came up with the idea of perforating the doors with a pattern of small holes, and then adding some extra colour by “embroidering” a pattern onto them. The good thing about this decoration is that we can experiment with new colours and patterns whenever we like, and my seven-year-old can also pick up some thread and embellish her own wardrobe doors, adding old buttons and wooden pearls on the way.

Here’s how I did it: I sanded and primed the wardrobe, then I took out the doors so working on the pattern would be easier. Taking the proportions of the doors into account, I designed a pattern for the holes. I decided to keep it easy and started off with the idea of a circle. I drew the right circle size with a compass on a piece of paper and placed a pattern of points in regular intervals until I was happy with the result (not too many points, but still enough to make the pattern versatile).

I went back to the doors and measured out the centre. I placed the paper with the pattern on the right spot and taped it on the door. Then I took one of those hand drills and made the holes according to the pattern. I started with a small size drill so as not to damage the soft wood, and then took the next size drill to widen the existing hole. After a bit of sanding to smooth out the edges of the holes, I applied two coats of green paint. I mounted the doors again, and then it was time to play with some wool and neon thread I had lying around! — Diana

 

Sparkling Twins Nursery: Miranda and Lauren’s Starry Safari

Take a look at this fantastic nursery that literally must light up these lucky twins faces.

     

There are so many features I love about this room but what stands out is the dramatic affect both the lighting and birds create. Here the stunning visuals must undoubtedly ignite Miranda and Lauren’s imagination and literally stimulate brain development in these crucial first few years of their lives! Luckily it is as aesthetically pleasing to grown up eyes too and that is really the key to creating the modern nursery today. Thank goodness we can say bye-bye to cutesie and instead design spaces that are cool and chic and yet still perfect for a baby.

Let’s talk about color for a minute. Those that know me well know that I have an obsession with both green and white as color palates but what I love about this space is that they didn’t play it safe and choose a soft green such as a sage. Contrasted with white, the bolder chartreuse green makes such a statement without being too garish.  Often people feel that soft, pastel, “baby” colors are the only choices for nurseries and these days that couldn’t be more wrong!

So Let’s find out how they created this look from their interview with Apartment Therapy:

So, tell us, how many stars are there in the starry night ceiling? And what are they made of?
The ceiling includes a few hundred twinkling stars via fiber optics, which were installed one-by-one in the crawl space. The stars were painted over to conceal them during the day, but they create quite a dreamy effect at night. The best possible nightlight, in our opinion. The stars do not brighten the room as much as they appear to in the extended exposure photos.

What is your favorite element in the room?
The starlit ceiling.

Before starting, what did you know you wanted to include, for sure?
Definitely the starlit ceiling.

  

What was your inspiration for the room?
We wanted it to be natural and safari-like, without being too literal or girly, while keeping it with a contemporary feel.

Were there any surprises during the process of designing the room?
There are too many shades of green to choose from. We brought home 12 samples of “green” and painted each as a large swatch on the walls to decide.

What was your biggest indulgence?
The Eames elephant.

Any advice for other people starting this process?
Sourcing and coordinating all of the details will consume you. Start early.

If money was no object, what would your dream source be?
I’d probably hire a team of Disney Imagineers to custom design and build everything.

Source List:
• KLIPPAN Loveseat Sofa: IKEA
• Wall Flowers: CHIASSO
• Animal Prints on Wood: Petit Collage
• Green Eames Elephant: All Modern
• Cribs and Changing Table: Babyletto Modo
• Fiber Optic Starry Ceiling: LED Starfield Ceiling
• Custom Lasercut Baby Names on Bamboo: Ponoko
• Leather Storage Ottoman: Ebay
• EXPEDIT Cube Storage Shelves: IKEA
• Paper Lanterns: Paper Lantern Store

(Images: John Burton Brown & Kristie English)