Name: Cruz Stanton Barros
Location: Murrieta, California
Room Size: 13' x 10'
When I learned that Priscila Barros, editor-in-chief of Babiekins Magazine was pregnant, I knew that an amazing nursery was in the works. By combining modern geometric patterns with warm colors and textures, she and decorator Amy Fjeldsted created a cozy vibe for her son Cruz that is perfectly on trend. A stunning Sputnik chandelier acts as a mobile, while triangle decals on the ceiling are sure to provide a spectacularly stimulating focal point for her sweet baby boy to enjoy for years to come.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
It's kind of hard to describe because it's such a mash of things I found along the way and loved! But I would describe it as modern organic with a touch of tribal.
What is your favorite piece or element?
I think it would have to be the ceiling! Putting decals on the ceiling was something I have wanted to do for a while and didn't think it would be an easy task, but my friend and also interior decorator who helped with my son's room, Amy Fjeldsted, proved me wrong. It took her a couple of days to put all the decals up one by one (poor thing) but it was totally worth it! It looks amazing and baby Cruz loves staring at the ceiling when we are in his room.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
It used to be my office so trying to envision a nursery after having it be my office was hard for me. Amy was also extremely helpful in helping me to find elements, accessories and colors that we could combine and mix for the room to give it a kid-friendly look without feeling too babyish. I wanted a space with grown up elements that can be changed and moved into other parts of my house if I am ready for a change or if Cruz grows up and wants to change something. For example the glider is from West Elm and would fit in another space in my house perfectly if we decide down the line to take it out of his room.
What do your friends say about the room?
"Awesomeness" are the exact words that came out of my friend Heather's mouth! Everyone loves how we combined the colors and elements and, of course, the light and ceiling.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Don't overdo a room with too many items or clutter. Pick out the main items like a bed and dresser first - then add small touches to the corners of the room. Be sure to choose furniture you love and could use elsewhere, and remember that they are kids! Sometimes people over style a room and totally forget they are designing a room for a child. Have toys be accessible and easy to grab, have a place to hang up the superhero capes and masks, and have them be a part of picking out elements of their room. It's their room, and they should feel like they have a say in what it looks like! Also one thing that Amy thought of that I don't think I would have (it's all in the small details) is to make the light in Cruz's room be a dimmable light. It's been so nice to have because if he's sleeping and I need to go grab something from his room it's just a little touch on the switch, and I can have as much light (or as little) light as I want!
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
I think I got everything I wanted. I also don't think it's always about how much you should or could spend. A room is a very personal thing, and mixing thrift store finds with more expensive purchases helps to give it a collected feel. I think the most inexpensive thing in the room was the clothing rack that we had custom made from a branch my older sons found on a hike, while the most expensive item was the donkey print from the Animal Print Shop.
Was it difficult to apply the decals to the ceiling? Any tips?
Make sure the surface (ceiling or wall) is clean and doesn't have dust on it or the decals will just come off. Amy mapped out and measured where the decals would go on the first few lines of the ceiling before putting the decals up, which helped her to get the decals straight on the ceiling.
Thanks, Priscila! Readers, you can see more of Priscila by visiting her website, Babiekins Magazine.
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