This is our interview series in which 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.
If you haven’t checked out Camille Styles’ amazing lifestyle blog yet, you’re definitely missing out. Her style is impeccable, and the recipes, DIY projects, entertaining ideas, fashion and beauty tips and home designs that she shares are equal parts inspiration and eye candy. When she hasn’t been busy creating content for her blog, writing Camille Styles Entertaining or styling and producing content for brands like HGTV and Food Network, she’s added nursery designer to her resume—twice!
Camille designed an absolutely gorgeous nursery for her daughter Phoebe, and with baby number two on the way, she’s done it again! If you’re looking for inspiration for your own baby’s space, you have to see her latest nursery design that she worked on together with RH Baby & Child. This neutral safari-inspired nursery is seriously swoon-worthy—thanks for sharing, Camille!
As an editor and stylist, I’ve spent years refining my “eye” and deciding what’s truly reflective of my personal style. I tend to take a slightly minimalist approach and know that I’m happiest in uncluttered spaces that feel serene, so our kids’ spaces presented a fun challenge to translate that in a way that’s still playful and fun for children.
Tell us about your design process. Did you start with one central item or idea that served as your inspiration?
Inspired by these baby animal prints, I used a subtle safari theme throughout the space, from the oversized giraffe in the corner to the faux fur throw slung over the daybed.
What was the most important thing you wanted to achieve when creating this space?
I wanted to create a really special haven for our baby-to-be that felt both playful and sophisticated. And in keeping with my love of neutrals, I wanted it to be a serene and relaxing space for nursing, reading and to (hopefully) encourage a good night’s sleep for baby!
What is your favorite thing about the room?
I still get a little weak in the knees every time I walk into the nursery and lay eyes on the Victorian Roll Arm Upholstered Daybed. I’m obsessed with its classic lines and tufted linen, especially when topped with more modern, bohemian elements like mismatched kilim pillows and an exotic faux fur throw. The daybed is perfect for a kid’s space because of how roomy and low-slung it is. I can crash here for middle-of-the-night nursing sessions, but our whole family can easily climb up onto it for bedtime stories and cuddles.
When I started designing the nursery, I knew I wanted it to feel like it was created for a baby, but in a way that felt cohesive to the design, color palette and overall aesthetic of the rest of our home. This meant using lots of neutrals and rich textures like linen and faux fur and incorporating a statement “grown-up” piece (the daybed) that can be used in another room of the house later.
Do you have any words of advice for other designers and parents?
Rather than mounting a bright overhead light in the room, use smaller ambient lighting (lamps, sconces and shaded chandeliers) to cast a warm glow in the places where you need it. This type of lighting feels cozy and calm, which is always a welcome vibe in those early infant days!
photography by Molly Winters Photography