Name: Parker James
Location: Olivebridge, New York
Room Size: 14' x 14'
Parker's nursery combines all of the things that I love — the warmth of wood, clean, bright white walls, and colorful artwork, accents, and accessories. I love that his mom, Dana, was able to fill the space with toys and artwork that are fun and interesting for a small, developing mind, yet the space still feels comfortable for the adults who inhabit it as well. Read on to learn more about this cozy, layered space...
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
A playful mix of wood and color, art-inspired, cozy, layered.
What is your favorite piece or element?
The first thing we had to start creating Parker’s room was a gifted Artecnica mobile (designed by Clara von Zweigbergk). This sculptural and colorful piece set the color palette and inspired me to hang some prints from my Curiosities Series which also have a similar color palette.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
The biggest challenge was figuring out a way to make all of the different woods work together. The floor is a dark brown and we have a wall of light pine. The wood furniture is all different shades.
What do your friends say about the room?
Most people tend to like the nursery and have noted that it doesn’t feel too much like a baby’s room. Hopefully it’s a space that fits Parker for a while and isn’t too gender specific (it’s the only extra bedroom we currently have in the house so he may have to share it one day.)
Perhaps more importantly, what does your little one think of the space?
He loves it! His favorite thing to do when he stands up in his crib each morning is to pull back the curtains and look outside while he waits for us to come in. We have little daily rituals around the room referencing everything in it — shapes, textures, colors, sounds. I hope this space inspires a sense of wonder in him as he grows up.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
I don’t think it’s necessary to spend a lot when you’re setting up a nursery. The best pieces are usually old, gifted or repurposed. My advice is to gather things you already have - objects that you love and are meaningful to you in some way. These could be books, old vintage clothes, a baby blanket or some special keepsake that evokes warm memories. It's fun to let that be the starting point to inspire colors, textures, and shapes to make use of in the rest of the space.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
Not that these are over-priced, but if money were no object, I think I’d be going crazy at places like: Thief & Bandit, Misha & Puff, Zara Kids, Sweet William and Winter Water Factory.
Thanks, Dana! Readers, you can see more of Dana by visiting her website, Dana McClure.
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(Image credits: Bob Martus & Dana McClure)