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This quaint, petite nursery for our first child Veva Belle, was such a special treat for me to design. I was beyond excited to be expecting our first baby, and since I am an interior designer I couldn’t wait to begin designing her nursery. This room used to be my design office at one point, but now is the perfect space for my baby girl to grow up in.
With all the natural light in her nursery my color palette I chose was a base of black and white, with splashes of reds, gold’s and corals. The walls being a crisp white I needed a little character, but the problem with this is we are renting and I couldn’t do anything crazy so I added these fun heart decals. They are super easy to peel on and off, and are great for renters like us. The focal point of course was her chic black crib covered in pokka-dots, floral’s, and red velvet ribbon bedding which my lovely mother helped me make. Over the crib I draped a delicate white net to add a romantic affect, and inside hung a small gold mobile branch, adorned with colorful pom poms, made by my friend Melissa. Next to her crib I placed a modern Eames rocking chair with faux sheepskin to cushion, for all our cuddling and story telling. Underneath one of the windows I centered her dresser/changing table. Now this old dresser is very special to me, I bought it from an elderly woman who didn’t want it any more. It was a very sad looking dresser at the time. My talented husband said he could fix it up in his dads shop, I was 7 month pregnant. A few days after we purchased it I came home to a gorgeous surprise in my garage, my husband had totally transformed this dreary old thing into this absolutely stunning white and black dresser. (I have a photo of me extremely pregnant and ecstatic standing next to this dresser in that surprised moment. I will never forget this special time during the designing of her room.)
This nursery was such a delight to design, to see the transformation of my cluttered chaotic design office to the exquisite glamorous nursery. My baby girl loves her room, and could play in it for hours on end. I couldn’t have put her nursery together with out the love and help of my friends and family, whom I am so blessed with.
My inspiration by behind her nursery was my little Veva Belle. I wanted a charming room full of light, love, and laughter like what she brings into my life everyday. This small room sits on the east side of our historic home in the avenues in Salt Lake City. The mornings are my favorite in here, with 3 windows in this small space the sun spills into this room, giving it such a fresh warm feel.
My style is a timeless, glamour modern and with hint of chicness. I believe that all spaces should inherent a sense of style and personality, in order to create an excellent design. My interior aesthetic for a well designed room is to incorporate character, color and good company.
Crib Bedding: My mother and I made. I ordered fabrics online.
Eames Plastic Rocking Chair: Design Within Reach
Dresser: From a local website, ksl
Black & Gold 1920's Flower Chandelier: I refurbished this light, it was white & rusted before, I cleaned it up, spray painted it gold & added black shades. I purchased it at a local consignment shop Home Again
Small Crystal Chandelier: Pottery Barn Kids
Black & White Polka Dot Cord Cover: DIY
Cheetah Rug: Overstock
Bowls & Vases: Anthropologie
Black & Gold Mirror: ksl
Crib Pillow & Animals: RH Baby & Child
Pink Elephant Table Lamp: Local Consignment Shop, Emily Jane
Faux Sheepskin: IKEA
Red Velvet Lumbar: DIY, Aubrey Veva Design
Bug Net: Pottery Barn Kids
Wheely Bug: Wheely Bug
Heart Decals: My cousin Brad owns a print shop and made them for me
Gold & Coral Brush Stroke Painting: DIY, Aubrey Veva Design
Black & White Drapery: IKEA
Flower Hardware: Anthropologie
Branch Mobile: Made by my dear friend Melissa
Pinwheel Quilt: My mother made this adorable baby quilt
I believe my favorite item was the gold mobile branch. The house I grew up in was in the midst of an oak forest, I loved to roam the trees and play house in them. When I was older I would cut down branches, spray paint them and sell them. So this was my inspiration behind the branch mobile, it reminded of me when I was a little girl. Then my dear friend Melissa made me these adorable pom pons to hang delicately from each branch.
My advice would be creative and use your imagination. You don't need to spend a lot of money on achieving a nursery design like this, most of the decor was DIY. Also a good chunk of the furniture was either purchased at consignment shops or second hand stores. With a little elbow grease and love you can make these types of pieces good as new. If you just put your heart into your child's nursery, it will become a magical place for you and your new baby.