Stephanie and Paul Jarrett live in Lincoln and already proud puppy-parents to Rex and Ruby. Not to mention they gave birth to a thriving start-up in 2012, Bulu Box, a health supplement company. I had worked with Stephanie on a design board years ago and when I found out Stephanie was six months pregnant I sent her a congratulatory note and casually mentioned to let me know if YouthfulNest could help with her nursery plans. She replied saying they had given only a little thought to the nursery and were just planning on purchasing a few basic items and getting a hand-me down crib. After some back and forth e-mails they decided to give YouthfulNest’s online design services a go.
To kick-off the design process we had a FaceTime consultation. Millennial dad-to-be, Paul, straight off the bat warned me that they didn’t want cutesy cartoon animals or candy-colored rainbows. While he admitted his wife’s requests for this space ruled supreme, he did share the one inspiration he had for the space – Shel Silverstein’s books. Specifically the illustration from the book of “Where The Sidewalk Ends”. It’s a black ink sketch of the two little kids and their faithful pup walking to the end of a cliff after passing a sign that reads “Keep Off The Edge”. With child-like curiosity, they peer over its edge. “LOVE IT!", was my reply. Then Paul shared more visual inspiration from Silverstein, soft watercolor illustrations…the exact antithesis of the black ink line drawings. Now I had a challenge! The last comment before ending our FaceTime consult was from Paul, who implored me to, and I quote, “Shock us.”
"She nailed it! We thought we had a pretty tough style request, she totally embraced it, down to the little touches like the designer light bulbs in the custom pendant or incorporating watercolor pastels without seeming babyish." – Paul Jarrett
This room went from virtual inspiration to a very tangible and well-designed space in just over 4 weeks. The actual installation and placement of furnishings and décor took several hours. As with the previous digital e-design process, these clients did their fair share of work to get the room ready which helped keep the cost of hiring a designer affordable.
We encourage clients designing a nursery to consider what style suits THEM best. This is part of the YouthfulNest design philosophy which stresses the importance of creating a space that makes parents feel comfortable and therefor more confident to care for their newborn.