For this installment of "One Design, Two Budgets" I envisioned what might be a dream haven for a young, artistic tween girl. Oh, perhaps someone like I may have been once upon a time, or how I forsee my girls in just a few short years. *Tear.*
I began dreaming of Silas' nursery as soon as we discovered we were having a boy. I envisioned a space that was bright, colorful, playful— but not too themey. I also wanted it to reflect our love of adventure and our desire for Silas to have wonderful adventures of his own.
Name: Aiden (3) & Mia (5 months) Location: New York
This room started as just Aiden's when he was 3 months old. It took a long time to get to where we felt it was "finished" and then Mia was born! Parenthood, right? As soon as you figure something out, it all changes!
After years of infertility we were thrilled to finally be expecting our first child. We decided to wait until the birth to find out the gender of our little one so the room had to be gender neutral. We wanted a room that was bright, colorful, and fun.
We moved into this beautiful brownstone just shy of our daughter's first birthday. And while I was sad to pack away her nursery, I couldn't wait to redesign a room that was better suited for a "big" girl. I love the minimalist and modern kids' rooms that are so popular right now, but that direction didn't seem appropriate for our apartment constructed in 1890 with its original moulding, built-in dressers and hardwood floors. Instead, I went for a vintage look.
Name: Eli (1 month) Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Previously, my son's nursery had been used as a bit of a "catch-all" - storing anything we didn't have a place for. When my husband and I found out I was pregnant, we quickly purged the room to transform it into a fun, happy and colorful nursery for our son.
Harper's room was my big chance to create an all-out girly boudoir! After having two sons, I couldn't wait to get my hands on some pink, shiny gold, and a garment rack to display her tiny clothes! I did not want, however, to make the room too sweet or too babyish so I consciously chose things that could easily transition to a "big girl" room.
The initial thing my husband and I agreed on when discussing ideas for our son's nursery was that we didn't want a straight-out-of-the-box "theme" like they sell in large baby stores. So we decided to piece the nursery together bit by bit from different sources. We wanted the room to feel fresh and modern but with vintage touches, and not too "baby-ish".
We were keeping Everett's gender a surprize from our friends and family and had to hide the nursery from everyone throughout the pregnancy so we wouldnt ruin the surprise. Took a while to decide on what colors to go with because we didnt want it to be a typical blue boy nursery, so finally decided on grey, white, orange and teal for their vibrant yet soothing, modern feel.