Vivian’s Vivacious Nursery

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Leslie Santarina)

Name: Vivian (2)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Room Size: 12’x14’

I immediately fell in love with Vivian’s nursery when I first came across it — I loved that the space looked like something I’d want for myself, but still felt colorful, happy, and fun enough to be equally perfect for a little one. And while the space looks like a million bucks, I love that mom Janette was able to use a combination of vintage pieces and affordable finds from shops like IKEA and World Market for many of the elements.

(Image credit: Leslie Santarina)

How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Bright, eclectic, colorful, diverse. The rest of my home is pretty neutral, so I channeled all my affinity for color and pattern in here. It works well because most kid’s toys are colorful by default.

What is your favorite piece or element?
You thought I would say the teepee, right? (I almost did!) But my favorite is the trio of neon pink pillows made from Hmong textiles. A friend sold me a beautiful skirt that she bought in Vietnam, made by indigenous Hmong women. I hated to cut it up, but I figured I’d be able to enjoy the textile on a more regular basis if it were decor rather than fashion. My mom did the actual sewing, and I love how they turned out.

What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
Two out of the four walls have no windows, so it’s a plain box that needed space definition. I played with a few layouts before landing on this orientation, which is perfectly cozy. Before my daughter was potty trained, the loveseat doubled as a changing table.

(Image credit: Leslie Santarina)

What do your friends say about the room?
Everyone loves the teepee! And then I tell them my parents made it, and they’re jealous. (Thanks, mom and dad!) I found the Bolivian textile separately on eBay.

Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
In my experience, it’s easy to let a kid’s room get too sweet too fast. So my own filter has been, “would I put this in my living room?” That has kept the space from being cutesy. But the biggest thing I recommend is to stick to a general color palette. Use that palette to influence even all the toys and gear you buy. A palette of primary colors wouldn’t look good in my space, so I generally don’t buy toys in that palette. Creating a few filters like that allows for everything to stay cohesive in a really natural way.

Tell me more about Lovemade…
Lovemade is a one day lifestyle workshop, taught by co-founders Janette Crawford and Jeanne Chan, to help women define a sense of intention about their home and nursery design, fashion, and support networks as they prepare for life with a little one. Each attendee will receive a specially curated “New Moms Care Package” worth $400+ with products from The Honest Company, Hatch Collection, Freshly Picked, Minted, bareMinerals, International Orange Spa and more. There will be an “Ask Us Anything” panel with special guests, makeovers with bareMinerals, baby bump photo sessions with by Sarah of Modern Kids, and a mocktail hour.

(Image credit: Leslie Santarina)

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Thanks, Janette! Readers, to see more of Janette, you can find her at Sun + Dotter, a home & fashion styling service for families, and she also serves as Head of San Francisco Expansion for Homepolish. Her newest project is Lovemade, a one-day lifestyle workshop for moms-to-be coming September 27 in San Francisco.