I think we can all agree on three things. First, there can never be too much kindness in the world. Second, teaching our kids the value of spreading kindness is so important. And third, every little one should have a doll of his or her own. We recently caught up with Jackie Konczol, co-founder of The Doll Kind, and we couldn’t be more inspired by her company’s mission of empowering our children to create a kinder world—and it doesn’t hurt that their collection of doll designs is absolutely gorgeous.
Jackie is the mama of two sweet girls—three-year-old Olivia and Holland, who was just born at the end of May!—and she’s graciously sharing a peek inside the stunning navy and pink nursery she designed for Holland. She drew the inspiration for the room’s color palette from one of The Doll Kind’s dolls, and you’re going to fall head over heels when you see how she wove the colors together to create a sweet space for her newest addition.
Design inspiration can come from anywhere—what inspired your nursery design?
When we were designing the nursery, we had just launched The Doll Kind and finished up a (successful!) Kickstarter campaign, so our doll designs were fresh on my mind. You definitely notice the light pinks and navy blue used in the nursery and on our dolls. The navy and pink contrasting duo was my starting point. When designing anything, I always start with color choices.
How did your design evolve when you transitioned from the planning phase to the execution of your vision?
I originally wanted the nursery to have more copper accents, but copper is a very hard metal to find in décor as opposed to gold and silver. We did improvise a bit though—my husband spray painted all of the picture frames copper.
How did your personal style influence your design choices?
My personal style is usually very clean and simple. I’m absolutely obsessed with white and neutrals. Most of my home (and closet) reflects that, but I wanted to step outside the box a little in Holland’s nursery, so I started with navy blue walls! That was pretty big for me, but I couldn’t be happier with it. I’m an artist as well, and I love high contrast—that’s why I paired the navy with the pale shades of pink. My style can also be on the feminine side, so that’s how the florals and butterflies got worked in. I’m calling the theme “midnight garden.”
Now that the room is complete, what was your favorite part of the process? And what do you love the most about the finished design?
My favorite piece in the room is the dresser, which was lovingly built by my husband. My favorite part of designing the room was choosing the art prints (they’re all from Minted). It’s a smaller detail in the room, but since I’m an artist myself, I really appreciated that part. It was fun choosing which prints worked best together and complemented the “midnight garden” theme of the room.
What is the one thing that everyone mentions when they step into this space?
Everyone notices the chandelier. And I agree that it is the perfect finishing touch to the space.
Now that the room is finished, what do you wish you had known when you started?
I love the canvas that hangs above the baby’s crib, but it was so time consuming to place all the decals on the huge canvas. I made it when I was about 39 weeks pregnant—if I had known how long and tedious the process would be, I would have chosen a time when I could bend more comfortably.
Photography by Tess Ricketts Photography