#18 - Joseph's Lantern Festival

#18 - Joseph's Lantern Festival

Janie Lee
May 2, 2007

Name: Dakota and Clay (mom and dad), Liam and Girl Cat (dog and cat) Child's Name and Age: Joseph, 7 months Location: Seattle, WA Size: 755 sf single family home, 72 sf nursery Favorite Source: Reprodepot. We got the barkcloth for the nursery curtains there, as well as fabric to line toy baskets. What inspired you? Simply put…three paper lanterns inspired us. We loved the way the orange, blue, and green lanterns looked together and we choose the Palladian blue walls and coral trim to complement them.

We didn’t know the gender of our baby when we designed the room, and we wanted a fun, colorful, imaginative room that would work for our baby, regardless of whether we had a boy or girl. Although the room is very small and we wanted it to be simple, we also wanted to incorporate artwork, lots of books and toys (many from our own childhood), and the rocking chair from Dakota’s childhood nursery. One tip: Don’t feel like you must have a ‘theme’ in mind when you are choosing a design for a nursery…we think a simple inspiration is best. Besides, parents have no idea what interests their children will have as they grow…what if your child isn’t a Winnie the Pooh kind of person? Let your child reveal themselves to you over time and create a space that allows that.

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