Location: Valley Village, CA
Room Size: 12' x 12'
Ruby's nursery had me at hello. From the glamorous chandelier to the pattern play throughout the space, it isn't your typical baby room by any stretch of the imagination. Even though the space looks very high-end, I love that Ruby's mom Rachelle was able to save some money by searching sites like Craigslist and Etsy for budget-friendly versions of the pricier pieces that she loved. And my favorite part of the space? The genius solution that Rachelle came up with to give her glider a custom look in a practical and cost-effective way. Read on to find out more about Ruby's this gorgeously glam space.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Decorating the nursery has been one of the most fun aspects of being pregnant. I immediately picked the mint paint color (whether it was a boy or girl), since I wanted the room to feel bright and colorful. I am not really into "theme" rooms, but it does have Parisian undertones. Its easy to go in just one direction when designing a kid's space, so I incorporated different textures and patterns to make it feel more unexpected.
What is your favorite piece or element?
The chandelier is definitely my favorite piece in the room. It's not something you'd normally see in a baby's room, but it really livens up the space. I saw a sputnik style chandelier at a local design store, but it was over $2000. I searched Etsy and found this one for 1/4 of the price, and I like it even more! The tree stump side table is also particularly special since my husband made it out of a neighbor's cut down walnut tree.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
The rug! I thought it was perfect when I saw it online but once placed in the center of the room it was WAY too busy. We already had most of the furniture, and I had no clue how to make it work. We were looking into returning it when we tried placing it under the crib. Once we laid the sheepskin over it, it was way less distracting but still provided the colors needed to complete the room. The rug's placement also keeps more of the wood floor exposed which makes the the room appear bigger than it is. I'm so glad we made it work!
Another challenge was the glider. I really wanted a patterned glider but wasn't ready to commit to anything. I tucked in the IKEA blanket over the glider which creates a custom look while protecting the fabric from all these "baby fluids" I keep hearing about. :)
What do your friends say about the room?
Most of my friends with kids have very soothing nurseries with grays and whites...that seems to be the style right now. So when they walk into Ruby's nursery their eyes light up from all of the color.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Use an online design board site like Olioboard (it's free!) to see how the room looks with different pieces of furniture and decor. It really gives you a great feel for the finished product without having to buy and return items. Also, Craigslist has TONS of designer baby furniture. I created a Craigslist alert for anything posted by NurseryWorks, and sure enough, we found our crib in brand new condition and saved $600.
Also, design is important, but safety first! The pillows will be coming out of the crib before baby goes in. Also, since we live in the Los Angeles area, we made sure to earthquake proof the framed prints and mirror. You can buy kits to bolt items to the wall at any hardware store.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
Etsy and The Rose Bowl Flea Market.
Thanks, Rachelle! Check out more of Rachelle's style by visiting her website.
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