Nursery Tour: Milo's Owl Nest

Nursery Tour: Milo's Owl Nest

Carrie McBride
Mar 19, 2009

Name: Milo, 1 month old
Location: Chapel Hill, NC

The owl trend is still going strong and we love how Vivian has used them in her new son Milo's room. They inspire the color palette of brown and orange, tie together a broader nature theme and were easy to find from both independent artists and larger companies. Milo's room is sophisticated, but still fun; boyish while still breaking away from more traditional "boy" themes and colors; and flexible enough to change with a growing boy.

What was your overall inspiration or goal for Milo's room?

We wanted a room that was serene, nature-themed, and tied in with the rest of our home. We love wood Danish modern furniture and use a lot of brown, orange and white in our house. We didn't want our son's room to be a total departure from the rest of the home.

Is there any special significance for the owl-theme? There's no significance to the owl theme. We were on vacation in Chicago and visited the Wicker Park neighborhood when I was pregnant. We went to the Renegade Handmade store and found several owl prints and owl stuffed animals (an owl is part of their logo). That's where it all began. We just purchased owl items we liked and it started to come together.

What challenges did you come across while putting the room together? I didn't think I'd be able to find owl-themed bedding, but sure enough, a web search led me to Litto Kids. Once I found this orange-and-brown-owl bedding, I knew the whole room could come together.

What are your favorite elements or items in Milo's room? I love the owl decal! I found it on Etsy by a designer named Holly Brooke Jones. Not only was it the perfect design to go behind the crib, we could also customize the color of the leaves. So, it was nice to add more orange to the room with the orange leaves. I also like the Shinzi Katoh print and tray (that says "thanks for your existence"). I think we purchased them at Penelope's in Wicker Park.

We love rooms that have a specific color scheme (yours being mainly brown, orange and green), but did you ever feel limited by that? Did you run across a product or piece of furniture you loved that was too far outside your color scheme? We were conscious to stick with the color scheme, but it was pretty easy. I can't say there was anything we wanted, but didn't get because it didn't match. Having a theme and set colors actually made it easy because everything looks cohesive even though we purchased items from several different stores and websites.

Do you have any great resources you'd like to share? We purchased the prints and the mobile at several stores in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood including Renegade Handmade and Grow Kids. We placed them in already matted frames from Target. The furniture is from Babies R Us. My mom and sister bought many of the toys from websites like Fawn & Forest and used them as centerpieces at my babyshower, which was such a great idea. As soon as the furniture came in, we already had toys to decorate the dresser and cubby holes.

What advice do you have for parents starting to put a baby or child's room together or who are looking to make changes to an existing space?

Work with the style that you love, even if it doesn't scream "baby's room." Family and friends questioned our decision to paint the room brown, thinking we should go with the traditional blue since we were having a boy. But, in the end, we still used the colors and style we like while making it whinsical enough for a baby with the owl theme.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Scour the internet. For the baby's bathroom, the shower curtain we liked was out of stock on the Ikea website. My husband searched ebay and we were able to find the same shower curtain new and unopened there.

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