Name: Osianna Olivia (O-sea-anna with soft 'A's')
Age: Osianna will be joining our family at the end of July
Location: Asheville, NC
Room size: 9' x 9'
For her first daughter, Jesseca created the kind of room that many of us strive for: fresh, modern and well-edited. She was able to build a cohesive feeling with color and sensibility without relying on a theme as well as keep the room minimalist while still infusing it with personality and a point of view. For us, it represents the "new feminine" - soft, but strong; pretty, but practical; elegant without an ounce of fussiness.
As she awaits her daughter's arrival, Jesseca found a few moments to indulge us in some questions about Osianna's room:
What was the inspiration for this nursery?
I was inspired by my love for modern, simple, and natural elements. My husband and I have two young sons, so this was my opportunity to finally create a girly space without the frills.
What is the first thing you bought or picked out?
After deciding on a color scheme of light pink, tangerine, soft yellow, grey and white I started looking for fabric to create her bedding.
What is your favorite element in the room?
My favorite element is the birch tree mural my husband and I created together.
You created The Modern Baby Co.; how did your experience as a parent inform the kind of products you wanted to offer others?
As a parent, I look for quality, clean, simple, sophisticated designs and pretty color schemes. While my husband and I tend to have expensive taste, we love shopping for bargains. So in creating the current collection for http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/marketplace/the-modern-baby-co-117288, I tried to incorporate all of these elements into a small, cohesive and affordable line.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
The biggest challenge in decorating this room was deciding on the color scheme. I wanted a space that definitely reads girly, but without being over the top. Despite what I imagined, I honestly had to calm my inner urge to go nuts with pink. This was surprising, as I have never been all that fond of pink prior to this pregnancy.
What do your friends say about it?
My friends absolutely love the space. I have had a few of them ask if I would decorate their nurseries if the opportunity ever arises.
What was your biggest indulgence?
My biggest indulgence was the rocking chair. While it is a Eames rocker reproduction and therefore did not cost us $900.00+, it was still the most expensive addition to the room.
Is creating a room for a third child different than your first? What have you learned along the way?
Absolutely. My design taste has changed and matured immensely since my mid-twenties. I don't recall being so enthralled with my first child's nursery...probably because I was too busy thinking about what kind of parent I would be! I also believe that because this is our last child, the little girl we always wanted and because I am consumed daily by the children's industry, I have been far more captivated by this space.
Do you have any advice for parents or parents-to-be starting this process?
I suggest to start with a color scheme or the pivotal textile choice of the room and grow from this. Keep it simple and affordable. And most importantly, think ahead to the future when purchasing furniture so that pieces can be used well into childhood, preferably longer.
If money were no object, what’s your dream source:
I adore just about everything from Design Within Reach, Oeuf and Little Nest.
• Animal Prints and birch Butterfly Mobile: The Modern Baby Co..
• Crib, dresser, shelves and hanging paper lantern: IKEA.
• Rocking chair: Baxton Studio.
• Bedding, pillows, softies and paper butterfly mobile: made by Jesseca.
• Canvas art: Painted by big brothers.
• Wooden toys and books: flea market, thrift stores and friends.
Thank you Jesseca!