Location: Los Angeles, CA
Room Size: 13'x12'
The first time I laid eyes on Sienna's nursery, I was blown away. Jen Campbell, editor of Green Wedding Shoes, wanted a girly nursery that was still modern and fresh. To achieve the look she paired bold, graphic designs with a soft color palette and added a dash of sparkle. The result is a stunning space for her new baby girl.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
I'd call it cute young lady meets Indie graphic design. From the outset of planning Sienna's room, we agreed to avoid typical girl nursery cliches, like princess or Barbie themes. Those styles are fine if you're into that sort of thing, but they just don't work with our personalities or the design aesthetic of our home.
For design inspiration we turned to an area of interest to both of us that sits just outside the mainstream, Indie graphic design. Jason and I are both fans of independent graphic design and the culture that surrounds it, Jason leans toward grittier street art, while I prefer illustrations and font design.
Now that we had an idea of our source of inspiration, we had to find the work that would serve as our primary inspiration piece. Once I found the lovely Be Brave by Kelli Murray, I knew it was perfect and Jason agreed. The print has a great palette, the owl is adorable and the message is perfect of our little girl. So, using this piece for inspiration, we began to select pieces that would fit within the defined palette and set just the right tone for our nursery.
As you see in the final product, we worked to keep the room cute and quite graphic. We made three bold statements: the pink and white accent wall of triangles, the chevron rug and the bold coral closet doors. I'm so glad we included each of those elements, the colors and boldness of each have already been noticed by our little girl.
To balance those bold graphic elements, we softened the tone of the room a bit by creating unique moments that introduce a nice sense of calm and tranquility. First is the sitting space created by our big, comfy white chair and reclaimed dipped wood tables. Next we added some delicate, both in color and materials, tassel garland above her changing table.
The garland is a nice element for sure, but the added bonus is that if gives Sienna something to look at during changing time. Finally, and perhaps my favorite little spot, is the corner we created to showcase some of her clothes, books and a few more pieces of art for her to see.
What is your favorite piece or element?
The accent wall.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
Designing a room that is both functional and safe for a child - not just pretty.
What do your friends say about the room?
It's a very creative take on a nursery - not traditional at all, but you can still tell that it's been designed for a little girl.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Don't just design a room for a newborn, they'll quickly outgrow a room designed exclusively for a baby. Consider how the room will transform from a nursery into a room for a toddler.
After you envision your dream nursery, review it with an eye for safety. Being first time parents, there were several elements we modified after considering the safety of our daughter.
Consider the view of the room from the floor. You'll spend a lot of time on the floor with your child, and for quite awhile this will be the only view of the room for your child since they'll be quite small for the near future.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
I love everything in her nursery and wouldn't change a thing!
Thanks, Jen! Readers, if you'd like to see more of Jen, you can visit her blog, Green Wedding Shoes.
(Images: Brandon Kidd)
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