Over the weekend I shared that MiniStyle Blog did a feature on this sweet nursery I worked on last year. Today I wanted to share some of the process that went into the space and sources!
The client in this case is my close friend and former college roommate Mayumi. To say I was a little excited to help her and her husband prepare this room for their first baby is an understatement! Anytime I can combine something I love (interior design) with something else I love (helping a friend), I am going to throw myself wholeheartedly into the project. Pink is obviously the popular choice for a little girl’s nursery and as a pink addict myself, I will never tire of a pretty pink room. But I was super excited when Mayumi told me she didn’t want to go pink but rather purple! I immediately started obsessing on all things purple and how to make it fresh and modern and not all Victorian lilac-ish (sorry Victorians).
This room started out as most nurseries for first babies start out – it was a guest room/catchall room.
I was going through my fabric stash one day looking for inspiration when it smacked me right in the face – lavender and coral! So fresh and unexpected no? I have loved this ikat for so long but never had a spot for it…until now!
I had a bit of a trial run at the color combo when I threw Mayumi a baby shower (see more here).
Once I had a color scheme nailed down, I started to brainstorm ways of incorporating and honoring Mayumi’s Japanese heritage into the space. I wanted something that felt true to the modern aesthetic and was appropriate for a baby’s room. *LIGHTENING BOLT MOMENT* Origami!!! I love all things made of paper and I knew there had to be something I could make out of paper to personalize the room and give a nod to the Japanese culture.
The trickiest thing about laying out the room was the windows. They are big and gorgeous but take up almost 2 entire walls in the room, making furniture placement a little more difficult. After lots of careful measuring and sourcing, I came up with this floor plan (ignore those dreadful colors…this is all about scale and placement). The crib went on the largest, continuous wall. The changing table went in front of the longer window (don’t worry, they’re tempered glass and no one is leaving the baby uninterrupted near an open window!) and the glider got tucked into the other little window nook. The wall beside it was perfect for keeping books close at hand. I used the small wall near the closet for a mirror and some hooks. Finally I added more storage and display space by tucking a bookcase into the corner. And yes, I like to plan for the necessary but not pretty things like a diaper genie in my plans. There’s no sense in having a pretty room if it’s not functional first!
Here is the original design board I presented Mayumi for the space.
The room was starting off white. This is their only other bedroom and knowing that there would (hopefully) be another sibling down the road, we decided to keep it white and inject color in accents that could be more easily changed. The one big dose of purple we committed to though was a gorgeous, graphic rug. As you can see from the layout above, I originally considered drapes topped with a cornice for the larger bank of windows and coordinating roman shades for the smaller. I still think this would have looked killer but all that custom work just wasn’t in the budget so we went with blackout cellular shades and panels for all the windows. And I REALLY wanted to commit to the whole lavender and coral combo in big way with the curtains but again, in the interest of keeping larger items as neutral as possible, the lavender and coral got nixed for crisp white panels. Finally, the origami butterflies never came to be. I wanted to do like 100 of them, literally, across the crib wall. Against the white walls, it would have been like an art installation! But it proved to be too big a project for 2 busy parents-to-be. Don’t worry though – I got my origami fix in other ways as you’ll see!
The dresser hanging out in the room when I first visited was actually perfect I thought for a changing table so I had them paint it bright white and it’s gorgeous now. I love the original gold hardware and it totally stands out now on the white…was sort of getting lost against this honey colored wood.
I could not be happier with how this room turned out. With the exception of the light fixture, nothing was really “installed” in this room – this was just an exercise in decorating and smart space planning which is my favorite kind of project! Thank you to Jessica Delaney for all these gorgeous images. You make me look good!
Can you believe that’s the same dresser? It’s so pretty! I couldn’t have found a better piece for this room if I’d looked for months. And it was just sitting in there…it just needed some love 🙂 The honeycomb paper balls were left over from the shower I threw. They’re from here.
I love using a floor lamp beside a nursery glider because it keeps a side table clear for the 1,258 things you’ll need near you at all times when you’re sitting there. I love the warmth the wood tone of this one adds to the room and am working on a post all about custom lamp shades and how I want to put them on every lamp I touch because they make them 100x better. The doll is the Hello Tokyo doll from here and the E pillow is another DIY (just like the one I did on Brooke’s bed here.) The pouf/ottoman is from here.
The little library wall beside the glider is adorned with a tassel garland from my favorite – StudioMucci. And that kimono on the wall…yup, I folded that bad boy out of a vintage map of Boston. I told you I’d get my origami fix into this room somehow! The clear book ledges are actually postcard display shelves used for retail spaces. I love them because they take up no visual space, let you create a forward facing library for your little one and are cheap!
You might recognize that bow garland from my tutorial here. I am just never going to get tired of how adorable they are. Once we decided that the origami butterflies weren’t going to happen, I wanted to find another way to get some color and origami onto this wall and they were perfect. The super cute Japanese Kokeshi dolls in just the right colors are from this shop. The crib is the Babyletto Mercer and I love how clean and simple the lines are on it plus the added storage below is brilliant. You don’t need a crib skirt!
Ugh, I just love, love, L-O-V-E it so much. I think Mayumi made me a purple convert with this room. I’m dying to do a purple and robin’s egg blue room next. Thank you Mayumi for letting me get my girl nursery fix (since clearly I only make boys!)