To squash any rumors The Partner & I are not adopting a cute baby from some far off land and subjecting them to our odd combination of Asian “Tiger” Mothering and Southern “Tough Love” parenting styles. However, a college friend and her husband did ask me to assist them with preparing a nursery for their baby who is arriving in less than 3 weeks! Yuppers, I snagged my first design gig to start building up my portfolio. I met with Kenton & Seraphina last week to look at the room and discuss how they envisioned the final outcome. Right off the bat, they insisted that the room be “bright” and “colorful” without being childish or cutesy. They wanted a room that felt light and airy without relying on “cute” stuff especially in light that they are having a girl. No piles of stuffed animals, Hello Kitty vignettes and no baby pink. They wanted cool, child appropriate with a bit of a thrift-chic edge.
The intended nursery is fairly small, about 9ft x 10ft with only one window. One wall is taken up by the closet and the floor is covered in dark grey carpet which we cannot change since they are currently renting. In addition, there isn’t much room in the budget for new furniture, so we are breathing new life into their existing bureau, crib, rocking chair, shelves and futon. It’s a design and a DIY challenge, but it’s the perfect opportunity to experiment with all the great projects I have amassed from hours of reading design blogs and magazines.
Taking all of their wants into consideration, I created three inspiration boards for them to choose from to set the tone for the redesign:
Option 1: Cheery Flower Power: This is the most feminine of the three options and while it didn’t follow their design mandates, it provided all the elements the new-to-be parents requested. I threw this one in just to confirm that they were dead set again floral patterns and soft colors. I just wanted to be sure that they were dead set again it…….
Option 2: Rise & Shine: Bold and bright was the name of game when I pulled together this color scheme. Note the use of a two-tone color treatment for the walls and ceiling as well as the use of a modern floral print as an accent fabric. Crisp white furniture would have popped against the sunny yellow walls.
Option 3: Turquoise Dream: Bright turquoise walls and graphic black and white woven rug anchor this color scheme. Pops of yellow, orange and navy appear throughout the room in the form of furniture, accessories and accent trims/fabrics. It is the most grown-up of the rooms and can easily grown with their baby girl from infant to toddler. I have some ideas for fun graphic artwork and how to jazz up the ceiling fixture……
In the end, they choose Option 3: Turquoise Dream because they loved the vibrancy of the wall color, the pops of color and how the graphic black and white rug adds a dimension that they weren’t expecting to find in a baby’s room.
So we now have a game plan and a design roadmap. This week, I go back to the house to confirm measurements because I am pretty positive we can go bigger with the rugs but I want to be 100% sure before ordering. Fortunately, since we are reusing their existing furniture, I have the luxury of arranging the furniture in the room now to confirm placement which also means I can also map out art for the walls.
This is my first time trying to map out a design vision for someone else and I find it scary but exhilarating. I am looking forward to seeing how the actual room plays out against the design inspiration board and sharing the process on the blog. So here is to the start of my first design gig. May it turn out as awesome as I envision!