Name: Emily Stears
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Size/Room: 161 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 12 months
Exceeding all her expectations, Emily, who always dreamed of one day being involved in the design aspect of a house renovation project, found herself an 1870's town house of her own to save from ruin and transform into a welcoming, comfortable home. With her “nesting instinct” set in and only 4 months to go until the arrival of her first baby, the time had finally come to turn years of design and decor ideas into reality... starting with the nursery.
Stripped pine floorboards, ivory walls and simple white furniture create a clean background to contrast with splashes of color in the wall art, toys and accessories. Space is optimized by the clever layout of furniture which makes little of the compromised ceiling height. This small room has an airy and uncluttered feel while still fulfilling all the requirements of a nursery.
My/our style: Pretty, fresh and delightfully girly.
The inspiration for the nursery: I wanted to create a room which would be bright, happy and engaging during the day, yet calm and cozy at bedtime.
Favorite element in your space: I like the hand painted wall art. It was fun to do and baby Chloe loves looking at the owls. My favorite thing in the room would have to be the hammock however. It was so easy to make and looks really cute with all her toys in.
Biggest challenge in designing my space: I needed to think carefully about the layout as the room had limited floor space and a sloped ceiling, yet needed to house all the basics: a cot, a bed, a changing table, a dresser and storage for toys and clothes.
What friends say about my space: I want one! (Referring to the baby I think!)
Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: The changing table was a great solution to the lack of space. It's simply a foam-covered wooden board, dressed in a pretty pillow case. It sits on top of the cot during the day, and is neatly tucked under the cot at bedtime.
I also like the hammock as it's decorative, keeps the floor space clear, and can be installed at any height, allowing the child easy access to toys (shown below). Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: Rewiring. We had the whole house rewired and the cables hidden inside the walls, swapping the exposed conduits for a clean finish. US$ 24.000 for the whole house (approx. 1291 sq. feet).
Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: Remote controlled audio equipment enables you to operate the systems without getting up and disturbing your sleeping baby (useful if you have to navigate creaky floorboards to switch off the audio when your baby has fallen asleep to the sweet sound of lullabies...) The baby audio monitor is a must for peace of mind in our home as we have 4 stories, the nursery being right at the top!
Home Tech Hardware:
- Apple MacBook
- Mac remote control
- Tommee Tippee Baby Monitor
- IKEA Gulliver Cot
- IKEA Malm Chest of 3 Drawers
- Name letters by Sevi
- Toys from Mamas & Papas