Nursery Tour: Charlie's Carriage House Nursery

Child's name and age: Charlie, 9 months old
Location: Charleston, South Carolina

Charlie's parents, Sam and Darren, are former New Yorkers who now make their home in Charleston, South Carolina. But not just any home: they live in a carriage house behind a large estate house in an historic part of the city. From Charlie's window, the family can watch sailboats going by. It's hard to compete with a view like that, but thanks to a fresh mix of vintage and modern design, this nursery has no problem keeping our attention...

Charlie's mom, Sam, who also happens to be an artist (the painting above Charlie's bed is a portrait of her family dog, Pickles, which she made when she was seven), was gracious enough to give us a tour of Charlie's room.

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What was your inspiration behind this room?

My style in general has always been vintage mixed with modern. So when it came to creating Charlie's nursery, it was no different. Charlie's crib, changing table, and dresser are all pretty classic and traditional. I think I had the same Jenny Lind crib as a baby. Then we added more modern elements, like the chicken mobile, the color palette, and some of his toys, etc. I try to stick to items with good design, and am always looking for interesting toys for Charlie, some vintage and some modern. I guess my rule is to just buy what I like regardless of if it will "go" together.

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Were there any design challenges? How did you overcome them?

Since we live in an old carriage house without any closets, we had to get creative with our use of space. The lack of closets has caused us to be really organized and minimal, usually when we bring something new in, we let something else go.

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There are so many unique items in this room. Tell us about them.

My husband holds on to everything. He has boxes of his book reports from grade school, every greeting card he has ever received, and tons of little funny collections. Some of these keepsakes seem silly to me, but I must say, I am glad he has held on to some of his childhood toys. It is neat to see Charlie playing with the same things that Darren has played with, like the horse pictured. Charlie also has a huge matchbox car collection waiting for him when he gets a bit bigger!

Lucky Charlie! Thank you so much for the tour, Sam.

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