San Francisco Interior designer and owner of Anyon Interior Design, Lindsay Brier, recently acquired a new and very important client, her son Hawken. When Lindsay learned she was expecting a baby boy she quickly went into designer mode and started to plan the nursery. She was eager to make her son’s room a cohesive part of their home in both color and style. We adore the soft gray stripes (it’s no coincidence my son’s name is Gray), orange accents and roman shade details in Hawken’s lovely new nursery. Lindsay shared all the details on how she created this inviting space and she even gave Project Nursery a few of her favorite design tips!
Inspiration behind the room
I had it in my mind that I wanted the nursery to have an aqua blue and raspberry color palette, when we found out we were expecting a boy I tweaked the raspberry color to more of a deep orange. Then I added in some gray, honey khaki and white which are found throughout our home.
I wanted it to be fresh but also a calming space. I achieved this by having some modern pieces but warming it up with some vintage finds. I also wanted it to be fun but not overly “babyish”. Actually none of the furnishings in the room besides the crib are from children or baby furniture collections.
Favorite aspect of the room
I love the striped walls, they are inviting and guide your eye around the room. Also love the roman shades, the small graphic color print compliments the larger scale and more neutral stripes.
Design trends Incorporated into the room
Custom walls, stripes, mix of high and low end design, contemporary and vintage pieces (vintage: Asian antique bench, tin waste can with collegiate pendants found at flea market, orange tin and orange vintage toys)
Serena and Lily bedding that anchored the color scheme, the roman shades, the custom wall painting, the crib (for safety reasons) and the armchair (wanted it to be comfortable for late night feedings and a cozy place to read a story together)
I needed some extra storage but didn’t want to spend a lot on an armoire. I found a plain one at IKEA and personalized it with ceramic globe knobs from Pottery Barn Kids.
Details of the room
* Custom horizontal painted stripes – Benjamin Moore Aura Paint
* Roman shades -custom with Quadrille fabric
* Various prints & original art -black and white photography – a gift from my husband, he shot the photos on our honeymoon in Tanzania
* Glider armchair armchair- custom, from the Sherrill Collection, upholstered in stain resistant Perennials fabric
Can you share a favorite design tip when on a tight budget?
At a second hand shop, a flea market or ebay, find a piece of furniture (with classic or funky lines depending on your taste) and repaint it. Paint it white or black and it will subtly blend in with your decor or paint it a fun color and it will instantly be the fun piece that makes a room pop.
What is your favorite non nursery find that ends up working well in the nursery?
I love using unexpected furniture that is not intended for a nursery. Also, I have fun mixing fabrics to make window treatments, crib skirts, pillows etc. that are not part of a children’s fabric collection but compliment nursery bedding. One of the most practical solutions I have found is to use cleanable outdoor fabrics for upholstery in nurseries, children’s rooms and play rooms.
What design site or blog do you look to for inspiration?
I look forward to reading Diane Dorrans Saeks’ blog. She always has her finger on the pulse of the design world and is constantly traveling and interviewing the most well known, well respected designers as well as young new talent.
As a first time mom what have been your favorite things about being mom, what have been your surprises?
Only three weeks in but so far it’s the most incredible experience of my life.