Little Designs

We found out a few weeks ago that friends of ours are expecting their first baby early next year! This is the first of our friends to have a baby so we're excited to support them through this new journey, and offer to be awesome future babysitters.

I love interior decorating, so I was very excited when they asked for my help with the nursery design. I may have even stayed up a bit late the past few days brainstorming ideas. When I first started brainstorming ideas, I hadn't been to their house yet so my initial version of a design board was based more on their personalities.

They enjoy traveling and the husband is a photographer, so I'd love to incorporate both those themes in the nursery. I put together this quick initial design board last weekend to help with the brainstorming process.

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I like gender neutral nurseries, but with a travel theme, I thought the grays, blues, and tans tied in well. With this initial design board done, I visited their house a few days ago to form a better idea of their style, color and material preferences. Then I spent today putting together two new design boards, pulling from some of the original design, but making it more cohesive with their design preferences.

My friend wants a sage and dark brown color scheme, with a design that can easily transition from baby on into teens. The first design board I chose a more playful look and added a few "animal" elements to give it the nursery feel without being overly childish. I also tried to be budget considerate and looked at a lot of different cribs, gliders and rugs to keep the space affordable.

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The second design board I went for a more sophisticated (library-esque) look and chose a few slightly higher end items (rocker and rug) to provide a variety of options. I tied in more of the original "travel" theme in this space and feel that this room would especially transition well through various stages of life. I know this one also has a slightly more masculine feel but some of the art, and the plane fabric, could be swapped with lighter pastel options to add in that feminine touch if needed.

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Sources (1): Plane Mobile from Etsy seller LoveAllDesigns. Swaddle blanket from AlphabetMonkey. Modern fabric from BottleTreeFabric. Seville Hamper from Seville Classics. Crib from All Modern. Charleston Rocker from Pottery Barn Kids. Shelves and Globe Light from Land of Nod. Mid-Century Dresser from West Elm.  

Sources (2): Rug from Urban Outfitters. Fabric from Etsy seller BottleTreeFabrics. Color Scheme – Behr Paints (Sage Gray, Oakwood Brown, Island Palm). Seville Hamper from Seville Classics. 3-in-1 crib from Wal-Mart. Dutailier Glider from Baby Earth. Table Lamp from World Market. Paintings from Etsy seller Rachelle Levingston. Side Table from Urban Outfitters. DIY Two-tone Dresser. Diaper Wire Storage from Restoration Hardware. Shelves from Land of Nod. Bedding from Land of Nod.

Sources (3): Rug from West Elm. Plane Fabric from Spoonflower. Color Scheme – Behr Paints (Simply Sage, Shale Gray, Ocean Pearl). Charleston Rocker from Pottery Barn Kids. Adventure Poster from Society 6. Globe Light from Land of Nod. Mobile from Etsy seller LoveAllDesigns. Letter H from Urban Outfitters. Country map from Restoration Hardware. Vittoria 3-in-1 convertible crib from Baby Earth. DIY sage dresser. Side Table from World Market. Expedit bookshelf from ikea. Branas baskets from ikea. Shelf from Restoration Hardware. Hamper from Target.