Nursery Tour: Parker's Black and White Beauty

Nursery Tour: Parker's Black and White Beauty

Alejandra Valera
Aug 19, 2009

Name: Parker Hayes
Age: 18-months-old
Location: Chicago

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We've always loved the look of black and white with red accents. There's just something so modern and bold about the combination. Parker's room is a great example of how a splash of red can be just the thing to really make black and white sing even more!

Take the full tour after the jump...

Parker's mom, Stacy tells us the entire look of the room was conceived from a duvet cover she purchased at IKEA, which goes to show that one good piece can cause an avalanche of inspiration. We also love how Parker's room is already decked out with a bed for future use. Stacy tells us, "It was great for late night nursings and we love it now for snuggling and reading books before bed. It is ready for him when he's ready for it!"

Stacy tells us more about the room below...

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My little bean, Parker Hayes. We wanted a room that was modern, simple and versatile enough to grow with him. My first purchase was the black and white Barnslig Park duvet cover from IKEA. This is what actually kicked off the entire black and white color scheme.

Favorite Element:
My husband's family is from Ghana, Africa. I loved incorporating some of the traditional cloth and wood carvings from their homeland into Parker's room. Also, being a designer, I love that I can add my own personal touches of art into my home (the canvas art set, silhouette print and the No. 3 print are all mine).

Biggest Challenge:
Sticking to a budget and working with both a crib and a twin bed in the room.

What Friends Say:
They love the color scheme....and that the room "fits him" so well.

Proudest DIY:
Aside from the canvas art set above his dresser, I think the big red "P" was the most fun to make. The cardboard "P" was $3 on the clearance rack at JoAnn Fabrics. I turned it into a project for my 5-year-old and had him paint it for his baby brother. I really love how it looks as part of the photo collage above his bed.

Biggest indulgence:
Honestly, nothing in the room was very expensive at all! The Jenny Lind crib has made its way through all three of my boys and the twin bed and dresser were hand me downs from my middle son, Tyson.

Best advice:
We recently did a gut rehab on the home we are now living in. The single most important thing I did was keep a binder of photos and ideas that I tore out of magazines of anything and everything that looked appealing. It was an invaluable resource for us.

Dream source:
I really, really, really wanted an Eames rocker....and didn't get one. It's still up there on my "dream list."

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Alphabet Zoo Re-Stik Decals
• "Become Who You Are" Print -- won it at a charity auction but it's from Miss Cline Press
• Twin bed and dresser from IKEA
• Set of canvas wall art from Name Your Design
Barnslig Park duvet cover from IKEA
• String of elephants (hanging on blinds) from World Market
• Wooden elephant (used as a doorstop) and other wood carvings in the room from Ghana
• Silhouette print and No. 3 print are Stacy's work in IKEA frames
• Red storage bins under crib from Target
• Flash cards (a great distraction for Parker when changing his diaper) are beautifully illustrated by Trisha Krauss

Thank you for sharing, Parker and Stacy!

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