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.
Throughout this series, we’ve met so many interesting moms, who let us into their homes so we can share with you their personal nursery style. How exciting that this week’s featured designer is a creative Emmy-nominated (NBC’s George to the Rescue) TV Personality! Jill Vegas is a sought-after decorator and staging expert who has worked with stars, heads-of-state and royalty. In homes from the Mission style houses in the hills of San Francisco to stunning Central Park townhouses, Jill creates gorgeous rooms using her quick-thinking flair and seven principles of decorating.
In addition to running her business of ten years, Jill Vegas Studio, and being mom to Truman Miles (7 months old) and Maximilian Vega (4 years old), Jill has started a new class to help you achieve amazing interior and party designs within your own home based on her book. Her next session of The School of Speed Decorating is next month.
Jill, the artwork in your nursery really stands out and makes this room clean and simple, yet special. Can you tell us about that?
I wanted to create an inspiring room where imagination could thrive. I did not want a room that was fussy and matchy-matchy. Flexiblity was key so the room could change with the child’s developing interests and passions. The crib will eventually be outgrown but investing in artwork is a meaningful way to introduce color and start a collection from day one.
How would you describe your design process?
I like the mystery of finding items one at a time. I’m not about going to a chain store and buying a set because I find that too boring. Putting this room together felt like a scavenger hunt, full of surprise and adventure. Ultimately, I had to trust my intuition that it would all come together beautifully. I’m not a “make a plan” type of decorator. My style is free-flowing. I know what I need and like. I sketch it in my notebook, taping in bits and pieces of inspiration as a guide, and then I go and find the best creative solutions.
I’m sure many new parents seek you for design advice. How do you advise them to work toward designing a successful nursery?
Simplify, simplify, simplify. The biggest concern I hear from parents is they don’t know where to put all the stuff. Sometimes they don’t like my answer, which is to get rid of things, but it’s true. When your child has outgrown something, donate it right away. When you get a new toy, get rid of something that is no longer used.
Photo Credits: Pablo Corradi
Do you know of a fantastic nursery or big kid’s room designed by a successful designer or business owner? Please send a photo of the room to [email protected] for consideration.