Carmen Shaw is no stranger to the baby industry—or to babies. She’s mama to four—Braedy, Kaeden, Kingsley and baby London—and after having owned children’s stores for 12 years, she left the world of retail to focus on her blog. Carmen the Modern Mom is a lifestyle and family blog, and if you haven’t yet stumbled across this treasure trove of gorgeous photography and relatable stories about family and motherhood, you’re in for a treat.
Armed with the knowledge gained from raising three kids and the excitement to decorate with pink after being surrounded by just boys for so long, Carmen designed an absolutely lovely soft pink and white nursery for sweet London Navy. Today she’s giving us a peek inside this incredibly special space and sharing her advice on how to design your own perfect nursery.
Design inspiration can come from anywhere—what inspired your nursery design?
My inspiration was the ultra white Palm Springs decor with ornate furniture. It was the restaurants and homes that mix the modern and classics while keeping the base color simple and white.
How did your design evolve when you transitioned from the planning phase to the execution of your vision?
Originally the room was going to be pure white. However, after London Navy was born, the desire to add blush tones and more feminine details was overwhelming. A girl who follows three boys deserves a very girly room.
How did your personal style influence your design choices?
I do not follow the rules when I dress, and the same goes when I style my homes. I love warmth and mixing in unexpected items—classic with modern and items that catch my eye or have symbolic meaning. I want it to be beautiful and unique but to also feel good enough to sit back and play with baby.
What is that one thing that everyone mentions when they step into this space?
The reaction from everyone that has entered the room has been the same. They exclaim that it is a fairy tale and has a vibe that makes them want to play with the baby or hang out in the space.
If you had to choose one aspect of the design that is uniquely you, what would it be?
It would be the mixing of products, like the modern Monte Design glider with such a classic crib, or the masculine custom bunny wall mural with the floral and feminine touches like the rose golds and blush tones.
What is the one thing that you would tell other parents to consider when they’re starting their own nursery design projects?
Do your research on products and brands. Choose non-toxic pieces when possible, like your crib mattress, glider and rugs.
Photography by Carmen Shaw