This is our interview series where 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.
Lori Holliday, designer and founder of 2 Red Hens, gives us an up-close and personal look inside her own coop. It’s no surprise that this “Mama Hen” used vintage inspiration in her daughter’s nursery. Colorado-based 2 Red Hens Studio offers a collection of vintage chic inspired items for modern mamas, including diaper bags, dolls, shopping cart nests and a range of accessories.
Aside from loving her fun eclectic style, we really admire Lori for some very special reasons. Her story obviously turns out wonderful, as she’s a mom to nine-year-old Luke and three-year-old Harper. However, Lori was told by doctors that she wouldn’t be able to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of twenty. Not only did she beat cancer numerous times and have two beautiful children, she is also committed to educating girls and women on the facts about cervical cancer.
What was the most important thing you wanted to achieve when creating this space?
I wanted to have a room that did not look like I bought everything in a day. I wanted the room to look cultivated and sound and to have some character. This is where my hobby as a collector came in—the only “new” items I purchased for the room were the rug and the crib. Everything else was vintage or items that I crafted myself for the room.
As a self-described collector, did you have trouble narrowing down the pieces you wanted in the nursery?
The challenge was that I wanted so much stuff in the room I had to be considerate about the space so it did not look like a cluttered up antique booth! Placement was key, so I spent a great deal of time deciding where everything should go in the room.
Lori, Harper’s nursery is a great example of “breaking the mold” of traditional nursery design. Do you have any advice for parents who want to do the same?
You will be spending a lot of time in your baby’s room; try to make it a room that you absolutely love and have it display your personal style. A nursery can be a really beautiful room, and there is no rule that says it has to look like a typical baby’s room.
Photo Credit: Golden Paisley Photography
What are those colorful ceramic items in the last picture?
The nursery looks very warm and homey. Maybe because quilts and fabric crafts always give me that kind of feeling.
Lori, You have an amazing eye and I just adore your style. So glad we got to share your story and nursery!