My Room: Max

San Jose, CA

Max spends his days cloudgazing on a grassy hill. Anne tells us about his memorable room: My husband and I have never agreed on furniture or decor, but when we were expecting our first child we got excited about the chance to create a space that was really cool. Designing the room was a way for us to come together, focus on our child, and learn to combine our ideas. Out at dinner one night, we came up with the idea of having the wall be a gradient, such that one wall was midnight and going around the room the wall would fade until the last wall was daylight.

I had seen the image of a tree flying the moon as a kite online and wanted to incorporate a cheerier version of that on the night wall, and my husband really wanted green hills on the daylight side of the room. Not being painters, we enlisted Morgan Bricca, a local muralist, to help us out.

We wanted to make sure that we didn't make the room too cutesy, so that we could just change the furniture and the paint would still work for an older child, so we had Morgan paint a few small canvases with critters, rather than painting them directly on the walls. We also liked the 3D effect that the canvases added. (Although over the crib, they are safely secured with earthquake proof hangers.)

As for the cloud shelves, my husband found some examples online, but nothing was quite what we wanted, and none of the examples were purchasable, so we decided to make them ourselves. We just cut the cloud shapes out of foam core board, and placed them over floating white bookshelves that we got from West Elm. The toy chest is actually a brown leather ottoman from Target, and serves the double purpose of providing a second seat in the room where my husband can sit and read stories aloud while I rock our son.

Thanks Anne!

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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.