Famous Room Redux: Jenna Lyons' Nursery and the Spinoffs

Famous Room Redux: Jenna Lyons' Nursery and the Spinoffs

Carrie McBride
Nov 19, 2014

If it's possible for a room to be famous, J.Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons' nursery is. First featured in Domino in 2008, the room, belonging to Lyons' son Beckett, was an immediate hit with design-minded parents. And, just like Cheers spun off a great show like Frasier, Lyons' nursery inspired, directly and indirectly, many other nurseries since then. Take a look...

The Original Lyons' Nursery

In addition to the overall vibe of the room - sophisticated yet unfussy - this nursery set off two trends in kids' rooms: bold striped ceilings and dark accent walls. It's a smart combo: the sunniness of the yellow and the playfulness of the stripes offsets the moodier dark wall. Today, both these features have become popular in kids' rooms.

Here is the nursery, photographed later for Living Etc., after the crib was replaced with a toddler bed.

The Brooklyn townhouse was sold in 2012 and this is the last published photo of the original nursery, now housing a double bed. As you can see, except for the bed, the room's primary design remained the same over the course of at least four years - a nice lesson in truly designing a nursery that can grow with a child.

The Spinoffs

Here is a collection of kids rooms with similarities to the Lyons' nursery. Some are a clear reference to the original, while others may be more subconsciously in the same vein or are a product of some of the trends that the Lyons' nursery set off.

The lesson: if you see a room you truly love, you can create the same overall vibe without recreating it piece-by-piece. Borrow your favorite elements and then make it your own!

One of our readers, Carla, shared her daughter's nursery with us in 2009. Inspired by seeing the Lyons' nursery in Domino, she wanted "a high-contrast room that would satisfy my daughter's growing curiosity." Carla chose the same color yellow paint (Benjamin Moore 'Yolk') for this space but chose a honeycomb pattern instead of stripes. Instead of an accent wall, she painted the back of these built-ins black.

In this nursery by Marianne Strong Interiors, the bedding and ceiling are the same as the Lyons' nursery with some red accents thrown in the mix.

This nursery, shared with us in 2011, has a similar color scheme (and striped ceiling) as the Lyons' nursery but substitutes a navy blue for black as the accent wall color.

Designer Kristen F. Davis calls Lyons' nursery "perfection" and it inspired this 2011 room which she made for a client. She chose to include a dark accent wall, a striped yellow ceiling and she painted the dresser to match the dark wall.

Rachel of New York Nursery Tales put this room together for her son in 2011. Instead of a striped ceiling, she went with stripes on the wall, echoed by the yellow and white striped rugs.

No stripes here, but Melisa Fluhr of Project Nursery, captured some of the urban chic look of the Lyons' nursery in her son Chase's 2011 room with a similar cowhide-style rug, canary yellow painted closet walls and a large band of black paint behind the crib.

Lyndsay Caleo of The Brooklyn Home Company gives direct credit to Lyons for this nearby nursery in Park Slope which she created in 2012. Caleo added in more pattern, but remained faithful to the striped ceiling and black accent wall.

We featured this teensy nursery in 2012 and a reader described it as a way of getting the look of the Lyons' nursery "without dropping big bank". It's also a great example of achieving a similar look in a much smaller space.

This 2012 nursery in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle flips the colors of the original nursery and also includes the same modern black mobile (a Julie Frith I believe?).

This mom cites Lyons' nursery as inspiration - and you should be inspired, too, if you're on a budget because she pulled the whole room off for less than $500 and $300 of that was on the crib.

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