Nurseries

If you’re here for the first time, welcome.  If you’re here because you’re expecting a baby, congratulations.  And relax.  Furnishing a nursery can be really fun and rewarding.  Something about (re) decorating a room makes things feel more concrete, more real (yes, that baby IS coming!) and more exciting.   The one thing you don’t need to do is stress out about it.  If you’re one of the lucky ones who knows exactly what’s what, please feel free to use this blog as a resource – maybe it’ll spark some new ideas of your own.  If you’re a design lover but need a little guidance here and there, I’m hoping we can help you out.   Check the archives, view the category listings, and send me an email! I’m at youngonesdesign@gmail.com .

Here are some photos of Fionn’s nursery.  I’ve just added some updates.

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What’s fascinating about nurseries is that they truly represent a balance of form and function.  Of course you need the basics.  But there are so many things you can do to make the nursery really your own.  Here are my seven tips for nursery design to give you a kick start.

1. Mix it up

Besides Donatella Versace, who else wears one designer head to toe? Why would you do that to a room? Decorative and practical, Eames and Ikea, old and new – the contrast is what makes everything in your room feel more special, more unique, and more personal.

2. Embrace your history

Think that old sideboard from Grandma Stella won’t work in a baby’s room? Think again. If you’re lucky enough to be able to share things your grandparents grew up with, don’t think twice. You’ll have a great story, a lived-in feeling and the start of an eclectic collection. Besides, nothing makes a room feel more sterile and unfriendly than matchy-matchy and shiny-new. Things are going to get nicked, scratched, and scribbled on soon enough… you might as well get a head start.

3. Share your passions

What’s’ your style? Classic? Ultra-modern? Shabby chic? Go for it. Do you have a collection? Use it. Before they become old enough to have their own passions, yours will do just fine. I strongly believe that passion is infectious, and the things that inspire you will inspire them too.

4. Small space = great opportunity

I know it’s different in other parts of the US. But where I live, it’s not uncommon that a ‘nursery’ is really the walk-through part of a railroad flat, or the back wall of a home office. That’s why it’s especially important to love everything you put in your home. It means that you’ll never buy anything you feel ‘meh’ about.

5. Never underestimate storage

Really a continuation of the point above. Because no matter how much room you have, you’ll always need more. Although it’s more the norm than the exception at my house, a messy, cluttered room really stresses me out. Great storage is the ultimate mood-lifter, like leaving the salon after a great haircut, or returning to a room after housekeeping’s been there. Luckily, there’s an entire cottage industry devoted to making the most of one’s storage space, and there are tons of tricks to keep kid-stuff clutter to a minimum.

5. See the world beyond pink and blue

It drives me crazy when a child’s room is so removed from the rest of the decor of the house. Soothing hues are fantastic, but they don’t have to be basic. Consider that the Pantone solid color palette contains 1,114 colors. That’s a lot of choices. So think this way – what’s YOUR favorite color? What’s the color of your favorite throw pillow? Or crib sheet? Or silkscreen print? Find an inspiration point and THEN make it kid-friendly.

7. Invest in what really matters

As mentioned in previous posts, sometimes there are things you want to save money on. And there are other things you want to spend on. The trick is in maintaining a balance between the two. To illustrate point one, do you really love Serena and Lily bedding? Then how about trying it with an Ikea Gulliver crib? Are you planning on spending hours in the rocking chair? Then maybe the Monte Luca isn’t such a crazy idea. Just try going easy on something else to balance it out.

Lastly, there’s something that goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. No matter what you do/buy/design/decorate, quality and safety should be of utmost importance. Try the chemical-free paint, get the highly-rated crib, and do your best to think about the child who’s about to live in this new room of yours. To that end, I can’t recommend Baby Bargains and Consumer Reports highly enough.

4 Responses to “Nurseries”

  1. Amanda Stoker July 12, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    I love your shelves in the baby’s room. I know they’re from Pottery Barn for kids, but I’m just wondering if they’re the small shelves or the large shelves. There’s a big price difference between the size options they offer, but I like the size you have and how it can hold all those books and stuffed animals. Great job!

    • youngonesdesign July 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Amanda,
      Thanks so much for the compliment! I’m actually going to update the photos so you can see how many books I’ve added… the shelves do hold a lot. As for your question, I’ve got four shelves, each 24″ long. The top and bottom are the ‘small’ size and the two middle shelves are the larger ones. They’re on sale, at least on the US website, at $29 and $43.
      Jaime

      • Stephanie October 29, 2010 at 10:17 am #

        Hi Jaime,
        I came across your blog when I was doing a search for these shelves and I ended up ordering one for myself because I love the way they look in your nursery pics! I was wondering if you found the shelves to have a little bit of a green hue to them and not stark white like the way they are pictured on the PB website? I was disappointed with the color when I received it and I’m waiting for a replacement from them in case it was a manufacturer mistake. Let me know, thanks!

      • youngonesdesign October 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm #

        They’re not purely white, you’re right. I have them up against a gray wall but I can see how it’d bother you if everything in the room is white. I think I actually read that beforehand so knew what to expect. Sorry you had a bad experience.

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