Nursery Tour: Clean + Modern in Seattle

Nursery Tour: Clean + Modern in Seattle

Janie Lee
May 9, 2008

Location: Seattle, WA
Size of nursery: ~80sqft
Childrens' names:: Araiya 2 1/2, Tallis 1

This picture of Araiya and Tallis' shared room stopped us in our tracks. The color combination is brilliant - bright orange, brick red and sky blue. So we contacted parents Natalie and Matt for more. Check out more pics of this clean and modern nursery below the jump and hear what Natalie has to say...

The room began around the Orange Ducduc Alex crib when Araiya was a baby. Orange is such a great hue for kids as well as our favorite color, we love how it's so vibrant and happy. After Tallis was born and we moved into this house, we decided to have the girls share this room, which is connected to both the main hallway and the Master Bedroom.

We added the Argington Petra Toddler bed, Ikea Malm dresser topped with a changing pad, and found a vintage Eames Shell on Craigslist and outfitted it with a Modernica Rocker base. The exact orange of the crib was hard to match- it is a deep red-orange, so it took a while to find particular items to complete the room. We incorporated both an orange-peel and true red with the toy storage crates to add some color variety, which we found at Fred Myers on clearance for about $7 a piece.

Bedding is from Ikea, it was a full-size reversible duvet which I cut down and sewed into two crib-sized duvets. The blue accent wall (which I mixed from a few pints of aqua, grey and white found in the Oops! paint bin at Home Depot) adds another complementary color to the pallet as well as the graphic elements of the trees above the crib and birds above the toddler bed I painted on myself. Tallis means 'woodlands' and Araiya means 'of the wild valley' so the imagery plays off their names.

My overall style is clean, modern, and fairly stark. I like small hits of bold color and graphic elements. For this room, I wanted to create a space that was fun, youthful and bright without being overly juvenile or girly. Since it is fairly small and oddly laid out (perhaps in one rendition of previous owner remodels a walk-in closet for the Master), it needed to be functional as both a sleeping space and play space for two young kids. I like when things have a place to go away to and the room remains open and uncluttered, so the crates have been wonderfully easy when clean-up time rolls around. My philosophy on design is typically one of very constrained and purposeful objects which create fulfilling spaces. I am a minimalist when it comes to stuff, so choices from furniture down to toys are pretty carefully selected. I appreciate quality and integrity paired with aesthetic and functionality.

Resources: Pacifier online, Design Public, Tottini, Velocity Art&Design, Ikea, Craigslist, Etsy, Modernica, Storables, Izilla Toys (local Seattle) and Grandparents.

Personally, I feel like my house, including this room, is never quite 'done', and that is okay (if you notice, part of the room has no baseboards from when the carpet got ripped up to refinish the hardwoods and one of the doors has been mounted upside down so the handle is really high up). There is a lot of pressure to have a perfect and completed nursery. As an architect and designer, I want so badly to get to the finished product. But have come to see in the process how much you can learn about how you and your kids dynamically live and grow as their space evolves. I tend to be a rather slow collector, take a lot of contemplation in making up my mind to what I want and would rather things end up being right than hastily finished. I think it helps to prioritize what is more essential then build from there. This room started with the crib, and now almost 3 years later there are still a few items on my list (and the items on list haven't remained constant). Kids are constantly changing, so allowing a space and stuff which can adapt is key, as is thinking ahead and planning for what is to come. Also pairing down on stuff in general, kid's don't really need a ton of decor or toys or clothes and we have rotated which bins we bring out each day to maintain variety. You don't need the false pressure of attaining perfection and you don't need to get stuck having an overabundance of stuff.

Having said that, if I had the chance to do something differently, it would probably be to finish this room before baby#3 arrives in August and the girls get moved into a new space. But I still have time, right?

Thanks for sharing, Natalie!

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