The wonderful thing about our line of work is that no two projects are ever alike. Between clients with different styles and rooms with different needs, the results are never the same, especially when it comes to nurseries! As we’ve mentioned before, nursery projects tend to be particularly unique and special as they are an opportunity to be creative, play with new ideas and make choices we wouldn’t necessarily make in an “adult” room. When one particular mother-to-be got in touch and described her visions of a nursery for her son, we were thrilled! Here are the before and afters of this magical, bunny-filled space…
Our client’s vision was clear. She had already fallen in love with Hunt Slonem’s ‘Hutch’ wallpaper by Lee Jofa and wanted help creating a floor plan and selecting furniture and accessories that would work well with it. The goal was to create a nursery that felt contemporary, like the rest of her home, but not at the expense of being warm and whimsical. She wanted to find pieces that could grow with her son and potentially work for future children, regardless of gender.
With the wallpaper as our springboard, we started by selecting the must-have pieces; a crib and a dresser from West Coast Kids. The black paint and natural wood of the ‘Lolly’ set by Babyletto felt modern but relaxed and also gender neutral. These pieces still allow the wallpaper to shine and provide the flexibility of a variety of bedding choices. With it’s three-in-one convertible nature, the crib can be used for years to come.
From her former office, our client wanted to keep her sleeper sofa from Design Within Reach in the nursery. To make it more functional, we repositioned it under the window and placed a side table with a brass bass from West Elm next to it with a table lamp from Elte on top. To accessorize and add comfort, we ordered a custom pillow in a blue version of the Hunt Slonem ‘Hutch’ fabric and paired it with a Kelly Wearstler ‘Channels’ printed throw pillow. To carry out the contemporary vibe of our client’s home, we brought in a large Miffy bunny. Not only does the bunny serve as a fabulous piece of contemporary art but it also has a purpose – it’s a night light!
When it comes to colour, our client is not shy but prefers to reserve it for pieces that can be easily changed and swapped when the mood strikes. Area rugs fall into this category and as a result, we really went for it with a vibrant, geometric blue rug! It’s soft but durable and a welcome splash of colour in a room that is otherwise very black and white. For her son’s books, we opted for the ‘Story Bookcase’ from DWR. With it’s small footprint, it’s incredibly space efficient but it’s also eye-catching and sculptural. Down the line, it could be placed in just about any room and used to display trinkets, as well as books.
For storing furry friends, Pehr has a beautiful selection of pompom-adorned baskets that are whimsical but practical. For this nursery, we selected a natural-toned set with navy blue pompoms. Babies love mirrors and they also happen to be great for creating the illusion of a larger space so we hung this fabulous mirror from CB2. Against the wallpaper, the 3D nature of the frame pops and adds texture. For the changing pad (as well as the bedding), we fell in love with Babyletto’s graphic ‘Tuxedo’ collection.