Age: 13 months old
Violet is one lucky girl. When her parents found out that she was on the way they converted the master bedroom into a nursery and moved their bedroom up to the loft space of their late nineteenth century Wicker Park gut rehab. Thirteen months after her arrival, Miss Violet has a lovingly decorated room that's the perfect setting for sleep and play.
Violet's vintage loving personal stylist mama, Stacy, and her blues singing daddy, Tim, put together a room that's brimming with a mix of modern pieces, family heirlooms and their accompanying stories. Violet's great grandmother's baptismal gown is displayed on a hand carved wooden stand made by her great grandfather, with a large picture of her great grandmother in the gown hanging above. The hand carved cradle was made by Violet's grandpa before he became a father and has been used by all of the children and grandchildren since. Her great grandfather also carved the wooden horse perched by above the bookcase by the changing table, and the wooden cross hanging by the built-ins has been used for family baptisms for over a century.
The centerpiece of Violet's room is the owl decal above her crib. Stacy was delighted to find a complementary owl mobile at Grow Modern, and the theme took off from there, with friends and family offering up additional owls that found perches throughout the room. Mementos from Stacy's childhood include a kewpie doll that has a new home among Violet's toys and a needlepoint framed photo of Stacy as a young girl.
What was your starting point?
I knew I wanted one of the centerpieces of the room to be the picture of my grandmother in her baptismal gown as well as the hand carved stand from my grandfather displaying the actual dress. It's always been one of my favorite pieces in my mom's house and once she found out were were pregnant, she passed it on. It honestly means the world to me. Other than that, I pretty much started the whole room around the owl decal. We loved the symbolism of the owl as a wise and protective figure and thought it would be a wonderful thing to have above her crib watching out for her both day and night. Once i found the decal the rest grew from there.
What was your biggest indulgence?
That ginormous glider! It's such a big chair to have in a baby's room but once Tim and I compared it to other rockers (I'm 5'10" and he's 6'3"), it made us feel small/normal and we absolutely loved that we could actually lean back and have adequate head support.
Any words of wisdom for people just starting this process?
Personally, I would say to splurge on the glider and not the other furniture. It's heartbreaking to think about what Violet did with her tiny half teeth to that gorgeous crib in just 24 hours! I couldn't get to the store to buy the gummy protector fast enough and she literally destroyed two of the sides in just two naps. It still breaks my heart to look at it. We spend more time in the glider/rocker than anything else, and with a versatile pattern and comfortable style, it can be a piece that works in your home for years, not just in the baby's room.
Don't fall in love with or plan the whole room around bedding. The bumper won't stay in the crib for very long, and once you drop the crib all the way down the bed skirt might not work anymore. Have your "wow" piece in the room be something that doesn't change, like a mural, a rug or the glider.
Do your research. Ask other parents for advice and buy the book Baby Bargains, both are worth their weight in gold. Shop around, ask stores about price-matching policies, and don't over think it.
If money was no object, what would be your dream resource?
Furniture wise, Beautiful Beginnings had some gorgeous pieces that really reflected our personal style but it was way out of our price range. Honestly, I tried to only shop at places that I knew we could afford because there's nothing worse that falling in love with something you can't have. Everything else afterward just seems "ok" and that's not how you want to feel about your sweet little baby's room.
(Images: Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph)