Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Nursery close to my heart...

So I had the pleasure a few months ago of designing a nursery that is near and dear to my heart. It was for my sister's first little bundle of joy and since my sister is one of the most special people in my life...I  knew this munchkin was going to steal my heart once I met him. And I knew his nursery had to be sweet, sentimental and a bit mod since his parents are two uber-cool urban peeps.

The nursery, however, was not without its challenges. Design challenge #1: my sister and her husband are renters so they are reluctant to hang anything due to their cement firewalls- it would just be a nightmare to patch them up. Design Challenge #2: They were also reluctant to paint the room since it was just painted and they do not want to repaint when they leave. Design Challenge #3: The room is very modest in size and needed to function not only as a nursery but as a small office for my brother-in-law who is an anesthesiologist. (Need I mention the size and weight of those medical textbooks!) Design Challenge #4: My sister is the client...for those of you who have siblings...you can relate....it doesn't always stay professional....like when I threatened my sister with "pick a rug or I'm picking one for you!".... can't say I have ever given my other clients ultimatums like that!
We wanted some mod touches and used the colorway of black, steel blue grey and pops of orange.


Loving the pouf as a seating option and footrest...in a small space we needed double duty!

Needless to say, I am very happy with how it turned out, my sister and brother-in-law are very happy and most importantly, my beautiful little nephew, Sabatino Joseph, born in May is sleeping 12 hours a night and I'd like to think my cozy nursery design has something to do with that!!

Inspired by the expensive Jonathan Adler initial pillow, we found an Etsy option that we loved!

Another Etsy find..the stencil was a great alternative to paint or hung art!
On a side note, my sister, besides being a new mom, is also an amazing photographer...she takes the most amazing photos of babies, children and families....and  now interior shots! Check out her breathtaking portfolio at www.preciousportraitsbyelena.com and if you are in the New York area, have her come photograph your family....you'll never take your own pictures again! P.S. I already have her booked for my Christmas cards!



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