You guys, Lindsey Bonnice has adorable babies, gorgeous design, picture perfect photography AND whimsical children’s products on lock. Oh, and did I mention that she’s just as sweet as can be? Maybe that’s why she calls her businesses—both of them!—Live Sweet. Besides being a mama to three, Lindsey is an uber talented photographer and has a shop full of covetable children’s gifts, and we’re so excited that she gave us a peek into one-month-old Finn’s pastel woodland nursery so that we can share the inspiration with you! Thank you, Lindsey!
Hello! I’m Lindsey, and my life and my walls are filled with whimsy and color! I am a children’s portrait photographer and children’s designer by trade, but I’m also a lover of all things handmade, interior decorating, adorable packaging, pretty sweets and all sorts of critters! I share my eastern Pennsylvania home with my handsome husband of ten years, our sweet and energetic seven-year-old son, our adorable, sassy three-year-old daughter and our brand new baby boy who is just a month old! We are huge lovers of adoption and love to spread joy and love every day over at Live Sweet!
Design inspiration can come from anywhere—what inspired your nursery design?
Since I am such a lover of sweet little critters and we live out in the country, I thought a sweet, neutral-colored, woodland-themed nursery would be perfect. Finn won’t be our last baby, so I didn’t want to make the nursery too gender specific so that I can easily make a few small changes for our next baby if I need too! Soft mint, yellow and gray were my main colors and created a very warm, inviting feeling in the room. I am always browsing through magazines, Instagram feeds, Pinterest and blogs and snapping shots of ideas that I would like to put into play in my own spaces. Inspiration is really all around us all the time—you just have to be looking for it!
How did your design evolve when you transitioned from the planning phase to the execution of your vision?
I had no plans of doing the mural in what was originally supposed to be the closet of the nursery. I had decided to keep the doors off the closet to make the space feel larger as it is a very small room. I loved the feel it created but hadn’t decided what I would do in there. When chatting with my friend who is an artist and painted the room for me, she suggested doing the mural instead of doing just a few critters or trees on the wall. She’s fabulous so I let her go for it, and it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I definitely recommend always being open to change when working on a project because you never know what amazing things will come if you are open to others’ opinions and adjusting as you see how the room is turning out.
How did your personal style influence your design choices?
My personal style is very whimsical and childlike, and that shines through in our nursery. Children’s rooms, playrooms and nurseries are for sure my favorite places to design! I am also a pastel lover, so all the pastels in this room make me so happy!
What is that one thing that everyone mentions when they step into this space?
Everyone loves the mural and the doors! They are just so unique and special to the room and like nothing they’ve ever seen. The room is small, but you feel like you are walking into a magical forest when you step inside. It’s full of warmth and whimsy, which is just what I was going for!
If you had to choose one aspect of the design that is uniquely you, what would it be?
The critters on the walls and several of the pillows and plush dolls are from my Live Sweet Shop children’s line. It’s so awesome to be able to see my designs come to life in my own spaces and to get to feel what others might experience when they display my pieces in their nurseries!
What were your nursery must-haves when you started? Has that changed since you started using the space?
I wanted a cozy rug to help pull the whole room together, and the one I got from The Land of Nod is absolutely perfect! The floors are not carpeted, so I knew a pretty area rug would transform the space and it did. It also helped pull all the colors in the room together
What is the one thing that you would tell other parents to consider when they’re starting their own nursery design projects?
I would recommend looking at a lot of ideas first and choosing your color palette, then moving on to your main pieces of furniture that are a must—you can always add accent pieces later. Only choose pieces that are your absolute favorites. I pick up pieces for months or even years as I see favorites even if I don’t have a place for them at the time. Because when it does come time, I only want to use things that make me happy and are my faves in my spaces. Also have fun with it and be daring. Try different things and try something fun in each of your rooms. Our special things is that all of the doors in our home are painted. It’s so different and unique, and everyone who comes to the house loves it—and so do I! Step outside the box and make the space you!
Photography by Live Sweet Photography