Designing a Nursery for Bébé


My goal was to create a colorful, quirky nursery for Bébé (the name we have used for our baby as we counted down the weeks ~ and the sex is a surprise!). We wanted to create a space that didn’t rely on pastel colors and baby clichés to communicate that this room was, in fact, designed for a child. In order to do this, I started a Pinterest board and started collecting images from some of my favorite interior designers. Frances Merrill from Reath, Beata Heuman and YSG Studio were big influences. I wanted pieces to be soft and colors to be unique. The 4 images below gave me ideas for bits and pieces that we’ve started to collect, elements we still want to find, and finishes, etc that we will tackle down the road.



I wasn’t ready to paint or wallpaper the room ~ I wanted wait to find out more about the personality of this little person. I hoped to create a space that was calming but also laid the foundation for deciding on some serious color and fun in the future. Here in these inspo images, I responded to the richness of the brown antique furniture, the interesting color stories of the illustrative art and all the different shapes and textures of the rugs and accessories. As a vision was forming, I got really excited thinking that a mashup of these engaging spaces could foster a wild imagination and a love for play.

The pictures, below, show our first steps! The truth is we didn’t feel pressure to finish the room, and I want it to evolve over time. That said, I love the way its coming together. My favorite things so far are the book rails (which will be painted a fun color at some point), the Revival rug which is washable and SO soft (and brings a lovely wash of my favorite color to the room), and finally, the art on the walls: a print of Drawing 18 by Ronan Bouroullec and the Winter Fruit lithograph by PlanetPlanet. We have so many other ideas and will continue to layer in more art and unique play areas…. can’t wait!

Rocking Recliner Chair, Handmade Linen Nursing Pillow, Camel Velvet Lumbar Pillow 20″x12″, Ronan Bouroullec Print of Drawing 18

Winter Fruit Lithograph by Planet Planet, Dream on Me Chelsea Convertible Crib, Scalloped Crib Skirt, Dream on Me Mattress, Revival Soloba Rug , Changing Pad, Rattan Circus Basket (similar)

Linen Curtains, Giraffe!, Oak Leaf Play Rug, Play Gym

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