Name: Huxley Harris
Location: Santa Monica, CA
As a therapeutic artist and creative entrepreneur, I'm a firm believer that the spaces we live in play an important role in reinforcing who we become. We adults love to create spaces that reflect us, but babies and toddlers rely on us to build warm environments that show them how much they mean to us.
This space was our home office...and part of its transformation necessitated an investment in a marvelous, custom-made craft/office armoire for our living/dining area.
We adopted our amazing son at birth in December 2011. He stayed in a bassinet and then a crib in our room until he was 13 months old - in part because of our parenting beliefs and in part because I needed to get his room done in the manner he deserved and inspired in me. It was a true labor of love to create a space that would make him feel calm, happy and adored.
I was inspired by a couple of ideas and pieces - first, the '100 wishes' quilt given to Huxley by his godmother Paige. The colors were so soothing together, masculine, yet youthful, that it inspired our palette. Second, our family's multicultural heritage; my mom was born in Mumbai and my son is African-American. I wanted to use pattern and color to bring the room alive – we used ikat, geometric, mandala and peacock feather images with saturated color to make the setting vibrant.
I’m really proud of what we created for Huxley – a balanced mix of ‘kid’ and modern style with some multicultural flair. I think this is a room that will grow with him as he becomes the young man I know he will be. It is indeed a brave new world.
The futon and chair were existing pieces. The futon remains in the room as a backup guest space (or for us when guests come to stay). We purchased the ikat print cover at Surefit.com as well as the cover on the easy chair. The chair underneath is a heritage piece with great meaning to our family. Our beloved dog who passed away at age 16 used to sit on it all the time. While the chair was beaten up a bit, we were able to find a casual slipcover that kept the look consistent while allowing us the sweet memory of Bart while we held Huxley as an infant. The matching ikat pillow was a discount find on Overstock.com.
The FLOR carpet tiles may look random, but they are arranged into a design that incorporates his first and middle initials - "HH". Those initials matter so much as they are an homage to his namesake (last name Harris), a very dear friend who passed away shortly before Huxley's birth.
The art installation is a work in progress. As I find pieces with meaning to Huxley and to our family I intend to add to the cluster to give it even more personality. The block word canvases were painted by my assistant and the multi-photo frame has images taken by our babysitter and assembled by her as a gift for his first birthday.
The window hangings are actually bamboo swaddling cloths in an Indian pattern that spoke to my heart as soon as I saw it. They are light and airy but add texture to the space as a layer over the custom natural roman shades.
The banners started out as a crib skirt made to order on Etsy. Since Huxley didn't move into his room until the crib was at the lowest setting it wasn't usable as such. My sweet mother/daughter neighbors created the banners using the fabric and a pattern found on Pinterest. The border material is zipper trim left over from an art kit I created in 2011.
- 100 Wishes Quilt: Red Envelope
- 'Modo' Toddler Bed/Crib Combo in White/Espresso: Babyletto
- 'Niche' 3 Drawer Dresser/Changing Table in Espresso: West Elm
- Expedit Shelves: IKEA
- Toy Bin and Boxes: 3 Sprouts
- Futon Cover: Surefit
- Chair Cover: Surefit
- Carpet Tiles (Made You Look, Heaven Sent and Like Minded): FLOR
- 'Mela' Bamboo Swaddling Cloth Fabric Window Treatment: Aden and Anais
- Nicole in Tangelo Orange/White Large Pillow Covers: GinaSewStuff on Etsy
- Wall Art Word Prints: RawArtLetterPress on Etsy
- Frames: Aaron Brothers
- Custom Changing Pad Cover and Crib Skirt Turned Banners: ModifiedTot on Etsy
- Babysitter Balance Retro Limited Edition: BabyBjorn
- Orange Chalkboard Bookshelf: P'Kolino for Giggle
- Paint: Blue Arrow and Ultra White - Valspar
Thanks, Rachel! Readers, you can see more of Rachel at her blog, Inside Out Visual Journaling.