- The house was custom built as a gift for them and they had already decided on a lavender color for the room prior to consulting with me, but we made it work.
- I never saw her house in person. We did the entire design through pictures, video, architect plans, and pinterest!
- I always try to plan ahead, since she had a daughter, I designed the nursery in a way that the “staples” – the major furniture pieces – could last longer than the toddler years.
- Like every design client I work with, we had a specific budget and a desired timeline. I always offer a variety of furniture options ranging from inexpensive to moderately expensive and work with the client to see what they want most and which pieces are important for them to spend extra money on.
I loved the green chair because I love this bright green color with the lavender hues. I tried to keep everything else pretty neutral with white, grey, and metallic hues and accent pieces. Overall, I love the way this room turned out and I am excited to show you more designs from more of my clients’ homes.
#1 Create a Nursery that both YOU and the BABY will thrive in
Too often I see nurseries (and while we are on the topic – baby bags and baby accessories that the parents have to carry) geared towards the baby only. I am of the belief that both the parents and the baby should love being in the room. So if you hate the color red, I don’t think you should put it in your son’s nursery.
#2 Plan for the Future
Babies have a way of growing up, and soon your little munchkin will be a pre-teen. I know, pause for a moment of silence. But knowing that kids always get bigger and grow up, try planning for it in your purchases. There is no need to buy furniture as often as you buy clothes. Save your money and invest in pieces of furniture that you can see in their room for quite some time.
#3 Keep it Simple
Only buy what you need, everything else will just collect dust and take up much needed space. Buying in bulk on diapers and clothes usually saves you money, but it can take up a lot of valuable space too, so be sure to have a plan on where you will store things. Toys, I know, it might seem blasphemous to even go there, but I have to… Most of our kids have too many toys. There, I said it, but before you send me hate mail, please hear me out. Instead of having a lot of toys, teach your kids to be content with a few things. In reality, most little ones just want to be around you and they will find something to play with wherever you are. The less toys they have, the more creative and imaginative they will be and the less things you need to clean up or trip on when you are in their room. I won’t harp on this, but less is more in this case.
#4 Keep it Clean
Unless you are of the rare breed of individuals who loves to live in a disgusting mess, do your best to keep the nursery clean. If you have to pull off awesome ninja moves to get to your baby’s crib, I think it is safe to say that the nursery needs to be cleaned and you may need a plan for how to keep it clean. If every time you sit down to read a book to your little one you find yourself focusing more on the load of laundry that you can see that the cute child sitting in your lap, it would probably be a great idea for you to spend a little time coming up with a new way to keep the nursery clean. The easiest way to do this is to follow the above steps. If this is not something you are good at, recruit a friend to help!