River & "Sweet Pea"'s Double Duty Nursery

River & "Sweet Pea"'s Double Duty Nursery

Janel Laban
Nov 11, 2009

Name: River & "Sweet Pea"
Age: 2 and due in December
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Color Inspiration: When we moved into a new home last year, we knew this nursery would have to serve double-duty, first for our toddler son (now in a different "big boy" room) then for the baby due in December.

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Color Inspiration continued: We wanted to keep the palette gender neutral, not only because we don't know Sweet Pea's sex but also because we want our children to be open to exploring all kinds of colors, not just those traditionally deemed appropriate for boys or girls.

We started with some pieces leftover from our previous home (the crib, changing table, rocker, hand-painted bug bins, and the hanging bookshelf) and chose the rug and wall decals to coordinate. Butter yellow walls offered a nice neutral background so we could go wild with the wall designs and accent pieces. Homemade pieces (River's artwork and footprint above the changing table, curtains, pillow, and monster in the crib) make the space feel personal and warm.

I love the palette and colorful vignettes of this room and, even after a year, I still find myself visually interested every time I'm in there.

Tip For Using Color: Don't be obsessed by "matching." I tried to find items that were in the same color families, but didn't worry about getting everything exactly the same. The blue stripes in the rug are brighter than any other blue in the room and the yellow of the rug is deeper than the wall color. I think those variances add dimension and visual interest.

Colors Used: Wall color: Benjamin Moore "Yellow Haze"; Area rug: Flor Tiles "Striped Poodle: yellow/orange/teal", "Toy Poodle: go fetch green", and "Toy Poodle: fifi orange"; Blik decals "Frondescence"

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