Location: Washington, DC
When we first found out we were having a baby boy, being an Interior Designer I instantly started thinking of the ideal nursery. The challenge was converting the only extra room (my "woman den") into a space that all members of the family would feel comfortable hanging out in including our seven-year-old son.
I also wanted to use some existing items in the room like the Crate and Barrel Marlowe daybed and Olin grey rug, Ikea Expedit bookshelf, Eames rocker, and thrift-store-find coffee table. I also reused my older son's changing table.
I was inspired by the children's book A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska. The wordless orange and black graphic story instantly caught my attention for a color scheme. I used thrift store frames that I painted black and custom mats to hang a collection of pages from the book. The black Jenny Lind crib purchased from Target made a bold statement in the rear of the room. To mimic the pattern and colors of my existing rug, I found the perfect pendant from West Elm to hang above Chase's crib.
A lot of the items in the room are handmade by me like the stenciled "C" and graphic throw pillows, mobile, and crib skirt. The room has become a natural gathering place for our family and friends to enjoy the new baby.