A & T's 'Whimsical Frontier'

A & T's 'Whimsical Frontier'

Lauren Hufnagl
Aug 21, 2014

Name: A (2) & T (newborn)
Location: Chicago, IL

The concept I developed for my son's space was "Whimsical Frontier" when we first moved into our apartment a year ago. We loved the room, so I decided to keep the same concept for the now joint room when his baby sister was born.

The toddler boy area and baby girl area are tied together through shapes, color and art, but are individually suited for each little one. The softer colors and lines in the baby area make it younger and more feminine. The toddler boy's area has a boyish, adventurous charm with bright colors, bold art and lively prints. I didn't want either area to be overly boyish or overly girlish, ensuring the room felt united.

The space exhibits a collection of carefully selected new pieces and a few treasured family heirlooms giving it a lot of personality and meaning to us. I wanted everything to be bold, colorful and childish. I wanted to create a space where my children could let their imaginations run wild and where they would be both excited and comforted upon entering. Having a whimsical nature to the room was of the upmost importance. I wanted the room to celebrate their youth and innocence. One challenge was overcoming the white walls of the apartment, which had to remain.

Toddler A's bed was passed down to me from my great-great-grandma. We painted the bed bright blue to give it some pop. The little cowboy boots in the triangle cubby were given to me by my mom for toddler A to cowboy around in. She had originally purchased them in Mexico, and they had been used by both of my younger brothers. The vintage Levi's jean jacket was a fun find by my mom from a local thrift shop. The owl painting was painted by my grandma in the 70's. The European mount was given to toddler A by my father, who had hunted the deer many years ago.

The dresser/changing table is the Hemnes 3-Drawer Chest from Ikea in the color red. I felt the quality was great for the price. I jazzed it up with Julie Moon knobs from Anthropologie. The triangle cubby is from At West End and adds a great space for displaying keepsakes. I gave it some substance and whimsy by wrapping foam core with paper from Paper Source for the three interior, upside triangles. The crib and changing station were purchased from Oeuf NYC and have been fantastic. Great quality and so beautiful. The prints above the bed and crib I downloaded from this website - a great resource for fun, vintage posters without copyright issues. I had them printed at my local print shop. The Flame Stitch Hawk wall hook is from Wolfum. I love all of their products!

Thanks, Erin!


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