Name (Age): Hayden (12 weeks)
Location: Seal Beach, California
Room Size: 15' x 11'
One wouldn't generally think a room with white walls, furniture, and bedding could ever be called colorful, but add a few pops of neon here and there and what was once a monochromatic space suddenly leaves a very colorful impression. That's exactly what Andrea decided to do in her littlest one's nursery. She started with a soothing base of whites and neutrals and added traditional furniture and a handmade quilt - all the makings of a very classic nursery. But with the addition of a few neon accessories, the room suddenly took a more modern twist and became full of life - perfect for its newest little inhabitant.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room? The room is pretty classic, but with just a few subtle, modern touches. It gets lots of great natural lighting, making it feel very bright and airy.
What is your favorite piece or element? The handmade baby quilt is probably the most sentimental piece and I know I'll hold onto it forever, but the cute and quirky Between A Rock lamp is definitely the most fun piece in the room.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room? Lots of wall space left me stumped for art work, and placement of art once I found pieces I liked. I tend to go overboard with hanging artwork and want to hang stuff on every blank space, but I tried to keep the room feeling open and airy, so I had to really focus on hanging a few key pieces on just a couple of the walls.
What do your friends say about the room? Everyone says it feels very calming and comforting, and I have to agree. I've never painted a room all white, thinking it would automatically make the room feel sterile and cold, but now I can see why designers tend to gravitate toward all-white rooms. The white walls have definitely helped make the room feel bright and cheerful, perfect for a baby's room.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child? Take your time coming up with your "dream room" and think the details through. Since we didn't find out the gender of the baby, I needed a gender neutral theme. I didn't get my inspiration for the room until I was about 36 weeks pregnant, and started planning it out at that point. I didn't end up finishing the room until he was about 10 weeks old, because I really wanted to take my time finding the perfect pieces to finish it off. When planning a nursery especially, don't feel like it has to be done before the baby comes. It's okay to be patient and finish it up after baby arrives. He or she will never know the difference!
If money were no object, what's your dream source? Land Of Nod and Serena & Lilly
Paint: Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore
Crib Bedding, Lamp & Garland: Land Of Nod
Quilt: designed by Live Free Miranda and sewn by Run Bike Quilt
Crib: Babies R Us
Bed and bedding, Nightstand & Dresser, Shelves and Dot pillows: Ikea
Neon pillows: Etsy shop Paleochic
Art: Lisa Congdon & Petit Collage
Tree Stump Side Table: West Elm
Dipped Dyed Child's Chair: DIY project by me
Mobile: Sevi B
Thanks, Andrea! You can see more of Andrea and her home on her blog, For the Love of...
(Images: Andrea H.)