- Location: Chicago, Illinois
My husband and I are both creative people & when we found out we were expecting a boy we both knew we wanted to make his nursery something special. Since my husband has always been into superheroes, we decided to go with that as a theme. The challenge was to update the theme by making it clean, modern & unique.
The design inspiration came from Captain America, my husband's favorite superhero. He loves Captain America because as a superhero he feels a duty to do something to benefit the greater good & dedicates every ounce of himself to helping others. The color inspiration came from the mobile that my sister & I created.
Our decorating style is modern & colorful. We pick pieces we love & they always end up looking great together in the end because they look like "us".
The room started with a paint color before we even knew what we were having- a gender neutral teal. Once we found out we were having a boy we started gathering pieces to create the room. I knew I wanted white furniture but I also wanted to stick as close to a small budget as possible. We purchased the Hemnes dresser, Poang rocking chair & Expedit bookshelf from Ikea. The crib is the Modena crib in white from Walmart. We love all of the furniture we picked out. Everything is modern & sturdy. The baskets that fit inside the Expedit bookshelf are from Land of Nod. Another piece I love is the framed art above the crib. It's an illustration by Tilly Biedron & can be found on Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/matyldabiedron?ref=seller_info We wanted to keep the bedding simple & clean since we had so much color going on so I had a crib skirt custom made by Lavender Linens on Etsy. Her shop can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LavenderLinens My sister & I made the mobile ourselves out of paint chips. I feel like it is a major centerpiece for the room because it brings all of our colors together. There are tutorials all over Pinterest for these. It takes a lot of patience but it is worth it in the end.
My favorite items are the pieces of art that my husband designed for our son that hang above his dresser. He's a graphic designer & I knew I wanted him to create something special for our son's room. The pieces are also for sale to the public here: http://society6.com/justindrusso
My advice for anyone trying to achieve a modern superhero nursery would be to keep it light on the superhero. We added pieces here & there but wanted to make sure the room felt inspired by superheroes, not a literal interpretation of them. Resist the urge to get Spiderman sheets, a Batman lamp and an Iron Man lightswitch cover. Instead opt for sheets with a star pattern on them (like Captain America's shield) or a red modern lamp & make your superhero pieces minimal. Use the superheroes as inspiration & you're likely to get a room as fun as ours.
Posted on June 13, 2012
Project By: maggierusso
I am a children's & wedding photographer from the Chicagoland area. We are expecting our first child this summer & are having lots of fun planning his arrival.
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