Nursery Tour: Julian's Music-filled Room

Nursery Tour: Julian's Music-filled Room

Julia Cho
Sep 11, 2009

Name: Julian Maziar Mellano
Age: 3-1/2 months
Location: Los Angeles, CA 

According to mom Mandana this nursery was inspired by the original Casalino orange chair from her own childhood and designed to be gender-neutral. The vibe they went for was "modern, minimalist, clean and happy." Mission accomplished.

We were inspired by many things, but mostly our love of music mixed with a passion for modern and simple and minimalist design were the pillars in making this room. My original orange Casalino chair from my nursery in the 70s was the basis for the color palette and overall mood.  It is a very sentimental piece, which we hope our son will enjoy having and playing with for years to come.
Favorite Element: 
I love the fact that we were able to mesh the 70s feel and culture with the more contemporary pieces. From the Casalino chair to the Tin Tin artwork by the window, and the little Teddy Bear in his crib that belonged to daddy when he was a baby, we feel that the room is half our childhood and half our baby's. 
Biggest Challenge: 
Our biggest challenge was keeping it gender neutral, dreamy and happy, all at the same time. We chose not to know the sex of the baby so it was a bit difficult to hold back and not be able to give it more "personality" but in the end, we realized that it made us use our imagination on a different level and get more creative. In the first ultrasound, our baby looked like a little alien, so we decided to incorporate that into his/her room. We found an artist in Berlin (Germany) who worked with us on a few sketches and made the adorable alien and rocket-ship mobile above the crib.

What Friends Say:
Almost everyone who walks into the room, makes two comments: first, "wow, that's a lot of music", and second, "I wish this was my room". We have had adults and kids visiting and were so happy and proud to see that they not only liked the room but also felt that magical feeling of being a kid all over again!

Proudest DIY:
I don't know how to draw but I made four small and very simple drawings of what I wanted our baby to learn growing up and living by: live. love. dream. explore. They are framed and hung next to his closet. I also made this little wooden box holding an "alien rock band" from the plastic figurines in the dispenser machines -- each alien costs a quarter but together they rock my and Julian's world! 
And the orange wall was the first that daddy painted all by himself.

Biggest Indulgence:
The biggest indulgence was buying the beautiful organic crib bedding from Area. It works so well with the room and little Julian loves sleeping in it.

 Best advice:
The making of the nursery should be as magical as the arrival of the little one. It's not about how much you spend but rather how much thought and effort you put into making it a place that represents your style and plants the first seeds of personality and vision for your little one. And sometimes it feels good to let go of traditions and not be confined by what is expected of a "nursery". For example. we chose not to have a rocking chair and haven't regretted that decision even once! We also chose to leave our collection of over 2,000 CDs in his room and let him experience and love music the way we do.
Dream source:
 Another wall! I would have loved an additional wall for Julian to draw on and just be himself as he grows into his room!
Boodalee, Dwell Studio, Etsy, Ikea, Pottery Barn Kids, Walmart, and the record shops around the world!  

We love the thought and personal touches in this room. The one orange wall really makes it a happy space without being overwhelming, and Julian has started off life with some CD collection! Nice work.

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