Name: Ella (6 months)
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
From the beginning, our goal was to create a room that Ella wouldn't grow out of in a year or two. We chose neutral colors and 'grown up' furniture and art that will work for years to come. Pale minty-green walls paired with colorful books and toys gave us the playful modern look we were hoping for.
I help direct an art festival here in Greenville, which means we have purchased and been given so many beautiful handmade baby things. This is just part of the reason shelves were an essential part of the room. They hold everything from burp cloths and handmade stuffed animals to the set of Beatrix Potter books that my grandmother gave my sisters and I as kids.
My husband and I are both designers, and we really wanted to incorporate color and pattern in the room. Instead of doing an accent wall, we decided to paper the insides of the closets, a fun and dramatic backdrop to Ella's tiny pastel clothes. Her room has two small closets with a window seat between them. We were able to paper the inside of each closet using a single roll of our favorite wallpaper.
For the most part, our motto was "use what we already have". Most of the furniture was pulled from other rooms and repurposed. For example, the grey dresser was a Knack Studios piece we purchased a few years ago. We thought it would make the perfect changing table, so we recruited it for Ella's room. The rocking chair was a Craigslist find that used to live in our living room, and the large bookshelf was a piece that Andrew and his dad made when he was a kid. A fresh coat of paint was all it needed for an upgrade.
As for new items, Andrew's Grandma gave us the crib (Babyletto Hudson), which was a huge surprise!. We added a few other small pieces like the footstool pouf (Land of Nod), lamp (Target), coat hooks (IKEA), and wallpaper (Rifle Paper Co.) — which was our big splurge. The elephant came from Pottery Barn Kids and the absolutely perfect mobile was purchased at Indie Craft Parade, the art festival I help run (by Claudia McAnich of paperform).
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