Sep 13, 2012

Nursery Design

As soon as I learned I was having a baby, I began mentally decorating the nursery.  I didn't actually have a spare room to use as a nursery, but I didn't let a minor detail like that deter me.  When my editor asked me to write my column on nursery designs, I knew writing it wouldn't be difficult - cutting it down to size would be.

I started the process of decorating my baby's room by focusing on a single piece of artwork.  I grew up with this picture in my nursery - we called it "The Bunny's Picnic."  My Mom grew up with it as well, and it was her Grandmother Annabel's before that.  I'm not quite sure where it originated in our family, but I loved the idea of bringing this tradition to our home, and I knew it was the perfect jumping off point for creating my baby's room.

True to form, when it was time to register, this girl cruised right past the bottles, the high chairs, and the diapers.  I had no interest in picking out a stroller or a car seat.  I didn't even go to the "baby gear" store - I went straight to the furniture and bedding store.  I discovered these darling Beatrix Potter sheets at Pottery Barn Baby which totally worked with the traditional, old-fashioned baby nursery I was going for and picked up on the "Bunny" theme.

The cross stitch is just the type of custom touch that elevates these from your run-of-the-mill bedding, and I love the green gingham bumper ties and bedskirt with contrasting hem.  Decorating is all in the details, and this collection has 'em!

It was critical that the bedding work for a boy or a girl, since I didn't find out the gender in advance.  But now that my daughter is here, I'm planning to bring in more girly accents - like this super-cute polka dot fabric from Kravet.  I think it works well with all the green gingham and will make great window treatments and a table skirt.  Plus, each dot is plush, soft raised velvet, so I think Lulu's little hands will love the tactile element of it.  

I chose a pretty traditional style of crib and opted for a dresser with a changing topper, rather than just a changing table.  I love the dresser with it's fluted legs, so I know I'll use it one way or another for years to come.  It's the kind of piece that could work in a hallway, as a console, or even in a living room.   

My little Lulu is loving her nursery!  So many people helped to make it happen with their SUPER GENEROUS gifts for the room - I can't thank you all enough Mom, Sue, Mrs. Harnischfeger, Molly, Marci, Mrs. Filardi, Sarah, and Phyl!!

Next up, I have to create some window treatments and more wall art.  The Bunny's Picnic is the main focal point, but the rest of the walls are looking pretty bare.  More nursery design pictures to come...