Debbie‘s youngest child turns 23 this month. That is the last Nursery she designed. Until now.
I was super excited to recently learn that one of our favorite clients was expecting – TWIN GIRLS! We were all so thrilled for chance to create a beautiful space that was feminine and sweet for baby girls, but sophisticated and elegant like their parents. So here’s how we (mostly Debbie) designed a Nursery that is timeless, beautiful, and comfortable for babies, and Mommy and Daddy, too.
First things first. Where do you start?
The client loved the Sloan Acrylic Convertible Crib from Pottery Barn. So that is where we started.
Our clients wanted a soft, neutral environment for their new daughters. But Mom loves bright, happy colors and has them throughout her home and wanted the Nursery to have that vibe as well. Soft and relaxing but bright and happy at the same time was what we were going for. We chose a soft white paint with pink undertones and went a shade deeper and striped the ceiling. The pale pink will give the room a soft blush hue as the foundation for the bright colors we added in the textiles.
We wanted to make sure that most of our selections in the Nursery would be able to transition to “big girl” bedrooms. We created custom reversible baby quilts that work as bed runners for twin beds. Being reversible, each twin can have her own identity, or match each other. We kept all the crib bedding white including the crib skirt, which wont be visible when the mattresses are lowered. Mom and Dad wanted a love seat, instead of a glider or rocker, so they can take care of both girls together. We designed a custom settee upholstered in the same fuchsia fabric used on the quilts/bed runners. We added custom white pillows with a fun orange and pink trim.
To soften the space, we selected gorgeous smocked white sheers from World Market. To give them a custom look, we added oversized pink & orange & white pom pom trim from Stroheim. Hanging from brushed gold hardware added a little glamour to the Nursery.
Since our clients have beautiful hardwood floors, we needed to find an area rug that was both soft for delicate baby feet, yet easy to clean. We also wanted to make sure the rug did not overwhelm the small space with too much color. A water resistant rug pad protects the floors.
The finishing touches really personalized the Nursery. Custom monogram wall art for each baby girl are being made to hang over each crib. A metallic gold pouf will serve as a footrest with the settee. And for the final element of surprise (and another pop of pink) we wallpapered the interior of the closet. As if a closet full of baby girl clothing isn’t happy enough! But we wanted to give it that extra touch of pretty.
Designing this Nursery has truly been one of our favorite projects. Being able to create a happy as well as relaxing space for not one, but two little bundles of joy was exciting and fun. We cannot wait to meet these two little ladies come September.
And Debbie is super excited for when her babies have their own babies. On second thought, she isn’t quite ready to be a grandma – yet!