My Room: Jane Elizabeth

Los Angeles, CA

With light walls, floors and a huge window, Ananda added color with accents and by hanging her daughter's colorful clothes. She shares: Our little bundle of joy arrived 4 days early, and I hadn't completed her nursery. I had one of those pregnancies that kept me very tired all day. While we were healthy all around, it was tough mustering physical energy to move around. I was delighted to have my old energy back right after Jane's natural birth, so I began putting the pieces of her room together.The real deadline for me to complete Jane's room was when we had our wedding photographer, Rachel Thurston, come over to take newborn photos of our new little family. I stayed up until 4 am on the day of our photo shoot to finalize her space. All went well, and my family was delighted with the outcome of both the nursery and the photographs that captured the wonder that is a first child.

The crib is noticeably missing from the nursery. Currently we have an Arm's Reach co-sleeper in our bedroom. Jane's grandpa has just finished building a beautiful heirloom crib in a mid century modern style, which we are thrilled about. This crib will be a very sentimental piece in our family for years to come - both for Jane and for any future siblings.

Then, there's the black architect files. My husband is an artist and cartoon producer, so I picked up this thrifted set of files. It's so heavy that I decided just to leave it in the room. It turns out to be a nice height to house my collection of stuffed animals from my own childhood. I kept these for years with the vision of my children enjoying them in their nursery.

I really wanted to visually enjoy the beautiful clothing gifted to Jane at my baby showers. I thought it would be a shame to only enjoy their beauty on days the clothing was worn. I decided to just hang nails and hang my favorite dresses, and rotate them every now and again. It's particularly fun to rotate now that she is going through a growth spurt!

I also found that the cards given to me at my showers were interesting and unique. To display them, I hung simple wire between two nails and used clothes pins to clip an assortment of my favorite gift cards, shower invites, and photos of Jane's birth. I like the variation of size and texture in the materials.

The orange & red chair is an unwanted piece from a neighbor who moved out. It turns out to be my favorite piece in the room. The vintage typewriter table is thrifted from a San Diego thrift store. The vibrant orange & yellow rug and matching pillow is from Trina Turk. We picked it up in Palm Springs on our babymoon two months before her birth, and it reminds me of the Palm Springs sunshine every time I'm in the nursery.

Behind the curtains, on the floor, is a vintage french mirror. Jane loves to play on the rug and stare at reflections in the mirror. Jane has a fun collection of books for now and later. Over the past few years, we've had fun collecting Miroslav Sasek's city & country books as we've traveled. Another favorite artist of ours is Maurice Sendak.

Other resources:
• The Star Wars Babies artwork is from Etsy.
• Curtains are from Ikea.
• Floor pillows are from Trina Turk, Ikea, and Restoration Hardware.
• Vintage mirror at an estate sale.

Thanks Ananda!

(Images: Rachel Thurston)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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