I’m super excited to share this bright and happy nursery that I designed for an e-design client in California. This was one of those projects that I’d been meaning to have photographed FOREVER and it finally happened at the end of last year. You might recall I posted the design board for this room here.
Shannon and her husband honeymooned in Africa and we decided a subtle safari/elephant theme to the room would be a lovely nod to that trip. As you know by now, I’m not super big on themes so you won’t find a lot of traditional safari elements in the room. Instead, I chose to incorporate some subtler elements and keep the overall look really light and happy but with some textures to warm it up. The room is small and wasn’t all that interesting to start out with. Some wide horizontal stripes and a coral pink ceiling fixed that. Are there happier words in the English language than “coral pink ceiling”? I think not…
A word about coral. Coral means different things to different people and I’ve found it one of the more challenging colors to “match” when working with an e-design client and making purchases online. Is it orangey-pink? Or is it pinkish-orange? It sounds like an absurd question but it’s really kinda critical to know what your client has in mind. Shannon and I were on the same page – we wanted a coral that was more pink than orange. The pouf (which was described as coral) definitely is more orange. It still works in the room because it gives you a hit of bright, fun color and I like that it keeps it from being overly matchy but it’s just something to keep in mind when you zero in on a particular color for a room scheme. When we were doing this room there was no coral anything out there. A season later Pottery Barn Kids came out with all this amazing coral stuff that would have made things a lot easier. That’s what you get for being ahead of the curve I guess 😉
The light fixture is actually a hanging shade but I had Shannon install as close to the ceiling as possible to mimic a flush mount. It’s so pretty and I love the black trim and scallop shape. And it’s on sale for like $65 right now!
Let’s discuss this ridiculously adorable quilt that Shannon’s mother-in-law MADE HER (!!!!) It’s nothing short of spectacular. She picked out all the fabrics to coordinate with the room (there’s a coral pink trim you can’t see in this photo) and designed the whole thing. Someone get that woman an Etsy shop stat!
The dresser situation in this room was tricky because there were limited walls where one could work. But Shannon lucked out and found one from a friend that happened to fit perfectly between the closet and entry door to the room.
It didn’t start off so cute though but some paint and new knobs and it was great.
And because I always think it’s fun to see how a design progresses, here is the original concept and the final product side by side. Things always change. Budget realities require substitutions and compromises, you shift and adjust as different pieces come into the room, etc. But in the end I am SO HAPPY with how this space came together. Thank you Shannon for letting me be part of such a special time in your life! Thank you for trusting me and taking my crazy ideas and running with them. Knowing this beautiful room exists clear across the country from where I live and dreamt it up makes me smile.