Designers say it all the time; kids’ rooms are their favorite to create. There is an amount of creative license that comes with designing a space for children that you just don’t have with other rooms in the home. Any time I’m asked to design for a pint-sized client, I jump at the chance. I also jump (and squeal and cry) when I am told my niece and her husband are expecting their first baby, it’s a girl, and they want me to design the nursery! This project was special for me because my niece was the first grandchild in our family and this baby is the first great-grandchild (my first great-niece). I considered it an honor to use my passion for design to create a peaceful, comfortable, and stylish space to welcome this next generation of our family. [Update: Baby River Renee has arrived and is healthy, happy, and loving her new digs!]
Project River Renee (all photos by: Life Created)
I knew my niece and her husband loved Scandinavian style and preferred a minimal, tone-on-tone aesthetic, so that really gave me a head start on understanding what direction to take the design; gender-neutral, textural, unique, and minimal. Their budget and timeline for this space were minimal as well, so we got creative and resourceful, utilizing my favorite concept of the high-low mix in order to achieve the dream space my niece desired.
When we couldn’t find a new dresser that they loved, we sourced an amazing collector’s edition dresser from Craigslist that added loads of texture and interest (it ended up being worth a lot more than what they paid for it!).
A live tree was a must in this nursery design because my niece’s husband is something of a tree expert and instilling a love of nature in their daughter from the beginning is very important to them.
A few of my niece’s favorite elements in the room were the subdued, textural pillows, the striking Mother and Child art, and these ceramic bells on the wall, while my favorite items were the mid-century modern crib and the vintage rattan rocking horse I picked up in Nashville. My niece and I both love antique stores and vintage items, and I hope this little one will grow up to appreciate those things as well.
The rug was the final layer to be added, and it pulled the whole design together beautifully. My niece’s Weimaraner seemed to love this final addition.
Everything in this design, from the crib to the rocker to the dresser to the rug, can be reused for any kids they have in the future, regardless of gender, and several items can be used throughout the home when they are done being used for babies. This element of re-usability was a must for these new parents.
Designing this nursery was an expression of love from my heart to this sweet, growing family who has seen their share of challenges as they navigate life together. I wanted to give my niece a haven of rest, my great-niece a new, clean, safe place to start life, and the three of them together a beautiful space to be able to bond and make memories. I think we achieved that!
Other Product Sources:
White Drapes: Ikea Lejongap
Rug: Home Goods (I’ve linked some similar ones)
Bamboo Blinds: Lowe’s
Mustard Striped Pom Pom Blanket: Atelier Buffo
Artwork Above Crib: Chaos and Wonder shop on Etsy
Pompom and Striped Pillows: Linen and Stripes shop on Etsy
Blue-Gray Lamp on Dresser: Home Goods
Acrylic Frame: Highland Hardware shop on Etsy
Basket for Tree: Home Goods but similar ones are at World Market
Rockinghorse: Vintage (Similar One on One Kings Lane)