"I did it with love and passion," is how Maria, a lifestylist, describes putting together this idyllic nursery for her child. Maria is the very content and accomplished mom of Daniel — 22 months — and a second child due this week.
Maria indulged in creating a room that was specifically a nursery, as opposed to a generic kids' room. She firmly believes that a baby's room should be just that. It should celebrate the precious and short-lived time that defines a child through toddler-hood. Maria loves the fact that the nursery will easily accommodate two, but will still evoke a very specific time in her children's lives.
While Maria understands that such a decision may not always be financially feasible, she believes that there are ways to save money in putting a new family member's space together. The elements that make up the room range from the hi-end to the low-end. Maria is an avid thrift store, concession store, eBay, and flea market hunter, but she is also a fan of the best names in design. She demands the very best for her home but she is adamant about not paying top retail for it.
Stepping into the room is like stepping into a very fragile, gentle, fantasy state. It is calming. It is beautiful.
Inspiration: Alice in Wonderland
Favorite Element: The carpet.
Biggest Challenge: None, this was pure love!
What Friends Say: WOW! This is so beautiful!
Proudest DIY: Installing the carpet square by square.
Biggest Indulgence: Crib by Bellini Baby and bedding and pillows by Blauen.
Best Advice: If people have the possibility and the inclination to have a baby room that can also be functional into toddlerhood but not necessary until the kid is 15, then parents should go for it. Babies and toddlers are magical and they (as well as their parents) should enjoy that stage as much as possible without rushing the whole thing.
• Carpet: FLOR
• Toy Chest: Housing Works Thrift Shop Upper East Side
• Daybed: Ikea
• Crib: Bellini Baby
• Changing table: Pottery Barn
• Bedding, bumper and pillows: Designed by me and made by Blauen
• Frames on the walls: Petit Tresor
(Images: Jill Slater)