Amelia's Colorful, Serene Nursery

Amelia's Colorful, Serene Nursery

Beth Callaghan
Dec 16, 2011

Name: Amelia Josephine (7 weeks old)
Location: She's a Jersey girl!
Room Size: 10' x 10'

Yes, Amelia Josephine is a mere 7 weeks old, and yet her room is picture perfect already. We'd expect nothing less from Design Milk's Jaime Derringer, who runs the online magazine devoted to modern design and all things beautiful in the home. If you follow her site, you've probably seen the inspiration boards she produced to decorate the new nursery. Now take a look at the completed masterpiece!

"Colorful" and "serene" might seem like strange bedfellows, but Amelia's room pulls it off brilliantly. The main color of the room is a calming, light blue-green (with the fantastic name "Embellished Blue"), but Jaime has placed strategic pops of color throughout that will keep both baby and parents happy. She built the design around the Eames Crosspatch wall decals, which bring interest to the walls without overpowering the calm of the main color. The red rocker (a refinished $25 Craigslist find!) and the Flor rug are vibrant but don't call unnecessary attention to themselves. The room has a great whimsy about it, too, with the "For like ever" poster and the unique toys used as decor items throughout.

We asked Jaime to describe her process and inspiration for the nursery.

How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Colorful yet calm.

You artfully mix contrasting colors in this room, like the mint-green walls and the bright red rocker. What advice do you have to parents looking to incorporate vibrant color into their nursery?
I think it's important to surround babies and children with lots of color and pattern, so if you're choosing a bland color scheme or sticking to a two/three-color theme, I would advise selecting some vibrant accessories and toys to keep that kid stimulated. Choosing contrasting, yet complementary colors is a great start (red or orange+turquoise / black+white / yellow+gray, etc.). I'm usually pretty afraid of color but when it came to this room I made sure to keep an open mind. For kids, I don't think too much color is ever a problem.

What is your favorite piece or element?
I think the crib is my most favorite piece, but every time I look at the mobile I think about how much I like it. It's really hard to choose just one because I very carefully chose every single piece in the room.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
As I said before, color is very difficult for me. However, once I chose the Eames decals and the FLOR rug, it came together rather quickly. I built the entire room around those two core pieces. Normally, I'm one to choose paint first and then go from there, but this time I went a little backwards, and it worked!

I think the biggest challenge was coming to grips with the fact that I'd have to deal with the room getting messy, destroyed and painted "princess pink" in a few years... but I knew what I was getting myself into...

You mention you still have some room to tuck a few more pieces in. Anything catching your fancy? Now that you've been using the room, are there other elements you feel you need?
Honestly, I haven't felt the need for anything! I really enjoy spending time in there and feel like adding something else would just be one thing too much.

If money were no object, what's your dream source?
I think SMALLable has some great European baby stuff. I also love this Nurseryworks crib with built-in changing table, and they also make an amazing all-acrylic crib but I think that my quality of life would significantly decrease because of the amount of time I'd spend cleaning it. I also like Baby Suommo and Ubabub. I find myself drawn to really unique pieces, even if they are only useful for a few years.

Source List:
Eames Crosspatch wall decals: Blik
Roh crib: Spot on Square
Roh dresser: Spot on Square
Roh changing tray: Spot on Square
Mattress and changing pad: Nook
Alexander Girard FLOR Flora rug: FLOR
EXPEDIT bookshelf: IKEA
For Like Ever poster: Super Rural
Kartell Componibili: Smart Furniture
Geneva Sound System: Geneva
Frederick the Elephant: Bholu
Wooden rattles: Little Alouette
Hand Painted Animal Nesting Dolls: SiteNYC
Frazier & Wing Summer mobile: Frazier & Wing
Schylling Sock Monkey: Amazon
Abraham Dinosaur toy: Bholu
Nimboo pillow: Bholu
Rens sheepskin: IKEA
Wall color: Embellished Blue by Sherwin-Williams

Thanks, Jaime! Check out Design Milk to see more of Jaime's aesthetic and design finds.

(Images: Jaime Derringer)

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