This is our interview series where we bring you the nurseries and kid rooms of successful designers, entrepreneurs and moms. Through this series, our featured guests will divulge some of their design secrets and share stories of how their nurseries came to be.
Say hello to stylist Christina Loucks of Atlanta, GA. Christina is a stylist and lifestyle expert at Christina Loucks Designs and blogger at christinaloucks.com and neutral hue. Her company, neutral hue, is a side-by-side lifestyle blog showcasing her love for chic and clean city-like neutrals. Christina mostly focuses on girls design. Her business partner Ashley, who we’ll be seeing as part of this series in the near future, favors a rustic, classic and country tone, which provides a unique juxtaposition for the site. Ashley covers design for boys.
Not only do these gals love all things neutral, but both became moms only months apart. Today Christina introduces us to the clean and city-like side of neutral hue as she lets us into her baby girl Mila’s home nursery.
What was in your mind when you started to create this amazing space?
There were three things. I wanted the space to be happy and uncluttered, allowing the creative mind to grow. Second, I wanted the space to be one that would grow with Mila. I bought a crib that grows into a toddler bed and wanted the room design to do so as well. With a neutral background and good quality furniture pieces, things can easily be switched out using accessories. That will allow space to grow without too much design change. The third thing I wanted to accomplish was designing a space that would merge seamlessly with the rest of the home’s design.
Many parents find it challenging to incorporate gifts and heirlooms into a space. Did you have any unexpected obstacles with your minimalist approach when creating this room?
Mila was given the hand-made wooden rocking horse that was mine as a child. The horse is a very large scale for the space, but it is so sweet how much she loves rocking on it. The memories far outweigh the fact that the scale is too large.
Do you have any words of advice for other designers and parents?
A pretty nursery is great, but functionality is a necessity, and they both can be paired as one. Ask friends what worked for them. The last thing you want is a wiggly baby during a diaper change and diapers across the room. Also, invest in a great glider. It was a challenge finding one that has the clean lines I so adore as well as one with comfort, but I did. You spend an unimaginable amount of time in that chair. Every penny you spend is worth it.
Photo Credit: Amber Fouts