A Gender Neutral Nursery For Beyonce (and one for us Mortals)

A couple weeks ago Real Simple asked me how I thought Beyonce would decorate the nursery for her soon-to-be twins. It was fun to think about and since then I’ve wanted to flush out the idea I mentioned in the article. So I took the time to imagine a super high end, amazing nursery in gender neutral tones (since we don’t know they genders yet). Blues and greys and a soothing palette. Dreamy but modern. I wish I could make this actually come to life for Purple Rain and Pink Floyd (as we’ve dubbed the twins in our office.)
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And then once I finished that board, I felt the need to see if I could create a similar look on a normal “non-Beyonce” budget. And I was able to! And I love this one just as much!  It may be short on Hermes and original Ellsworth Kelley art, but it’s still awesome in it’s own right! And I’m loving the palette of mint and grey/beige for a suprise gender nursery.

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Oh boy, all this nursery talk is making want another baby.

The Goodnight Moon Room Re-imagined for Real Life.

I’ve taken to reading Henry Goodnight Moon every night before bed.  Most of the time he just gets mad that I won’t let him eat the book/ drench it in his drool, but he also loves to touch and stare at the pictures.  Probably because the famous room in Goodnight Moon is a colorful, violent assault on the eyeballs. A delight for littles, but for adults it leaves one reeling.

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As a designer, every time I look at these pictures I wonder what the illustrator was thinking (beyond making a picture bright enough for tiny developing minds to be intrigued by).  My thoughts go from “oohh, look at the tiger rug by the bed, how Miles Redd!” to “Why is there a roaring fire in this child’s room??” and “How have they not called an exterminator yet?”  Turns out, there is a HILARIOUS post about this  already from the blog The Ugly Volvo. So I won’t try to compete.

But I got to thinking, with so many parents reading this classic to their children, wouldn’t it be great to design a room around the book?  But one with a color palette that doesn’t make you go into violent seizures?  So I took on the challenge- creating a Goodnight Moon influenced room for REAL children!

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PBKids Perfection!

Pottery Barn Kids has been KILLING IT lately- and the most recent catalog I got was no exception. It makes me so excited to do a big boy room for Henry some day (or a little girls room- although right now while deep in the 4 month sleep regression stage I wonder why ANYONE has a second kid). I digress- this stuff is so good, and a lot of it could easily be used in room for people of any age!

Especially lovely is the Monique Lhuillier Collection– like this incredible canopy bed. It’s such girly perfection!!!
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DYING over this elephant dresser!!!

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Black and White Nursery Insanity.

I have two fabulous lines to show you today that focus on black and white as a nursery scheme- who says you can’t have black in a nursery? Certainly not moi! Check out these examples while I go get my third cup of coffee due to the fact that Henry is in some sort of planet alignment craziness/growth spurt/possessed by evil spirits phase….

I bet you can guess that when the new Emily & Merritt Collection for PB Kids dropped so did my jaw. This is like, straight outta my black and white lovin’ brain! I mean….WHAAAAAAT!?
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Like, this rocker IS my living room chair.

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Henry’s Nursery

So here it is- finally- Henry’s nursery reveal! It’s taken a long time to complete, but I am so grateful to Wayfair for helping outfit this room with some seriously dreamy items! As you know, I went with a serene scheme aimed at calming not only the little guy but myself as well. I knew I wanted to do a scenic wallpaper and chose this Susan Harter muralpaper (Calmsden in Grisaille) to base the room on. It’s SO gorgeous, a real work of art. We want Henry to love being outside, so hopefully this starts him off on the right foot.

For the crib I chose the ducduc Campaign crib and I am OBSESSED. It’s the perfect mix of modern and boyish with the greyish stained wood supports. It’s an amazingly well made piece of furniture too.  The bedding here is from Rikshaw (quilt and sheet) which I have loved forever, and the mobile I got from a maker on Etsy (the brass finish is INCREDIBLE in person against the paper!)

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