Doc Henry's Modern Animal Cabin

Doc Henry's Modern Animal Cabin

Carrie McBride
Oct 16, 2014
(Image credit: Andrew Thomas Lee)

Name: Doc Henry
Location: Collier Hills neighborhood, Atlanta, Georgia

We’re a small furniture design/build company (Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design) that specializes in high-end modern woodworking; so when we found out that Stephanie and Skylar (the two married principals of the company) were expecting we knew we had to create an amazing modern nursery for little Doc Henry that showcased what we're all about - functional furniture that features great design.

The nursery was a bit of a challenge because it was our first time designing an entire space and not just individual pieces. We were also challenged by a smaller 12’x12’ square room without a closet, so we had to make sure that the pieces didn’t overwhelm the room but also had enough storage for a child to grow into.

As for the style of the room, we came up with our “Modern Animal Cabin” theme after choosing lively illustrations and mimicking a log-cabin within the details of the ceiling, such as cedar box beams and tongue and groove boards. We centered our design around forrest creatures which influenced a subtle yet masculine color palette consisting of greens, blues, and warm wood tones.

The centerpiece for the room (and our personal favorite) was the crib. This particular crib is very special because not only did Skylar design it but he also built it by hand with traditional woodworking joinery. It features close attention to detail with brass hardware, 3 positions, solid white oak, and a custom non-toxic finish in a warm brown.

The other pieces were designed to maximize storage while in-keeping with the crib’s simple lines. The armoire contains ample toy storage and adjustable shelving that can later be removed as the child’s clothing gets larger. It features the same finish for the door fronts and a non-toxic Milk Paint finish for the rest of the piece. Wooden toys were converted into drawer pulls for a touch of whimsy and warmth.

We then focused our attention to a simple changing station, which can easily transition into a dresser once the top is removed. Lastly we added elements from a few of our favorite local children’s shops and modern baby brand (i.e. Bla Bla Kids, Baby Braithwaite, and Seed Factory) to make the nursery feel like home

Thanks for sharing! Readers, visit Sklyar Morgan Furniture + Design on their blog, Make It Modern.


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