We’re in luck because today we are touring the lovely feminine nursery in Stephanie’s home. Stephanie is the voice behind Olive and Tate, where she shares about her life as a mom of two and perpetual home renovator! We think you’ll love the soft nursery with just the right pop of color to keep things interesting. We can’t wait to hear your favorite part. We’ll let Stephanie take it from here to tell you more about herself and her daughter Georgia’s beautiful nursery. Thanks, Stephanie!
I’m Stephanie—wife, mama to two and connoisseur of cheap wine. Nothing makes me happier than climbing into reasonably clean white sheets with a glass of red wine (no, seriously, if my kids are in their beds, I am in mine. No shame in my game!). My husband and I have moved four times in five years and have discovered a passion for renovating our homes. If there is an ugly house on the market, we’ll probably move right in! Our last move happened when I was 36 weeks pregnant with our daughter, and her nursery was the only space in the house that was liveable for weeks. Without a doubt, our life is an adventure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
My blog, Olive and Tate, has proven to be an amazing outlet that has allowed me to remember who I am while I navigate this whole motherhood journey. I’ve been known to write about everything from the things no one will tell you about a C Section delivery to my struggles as a first time mom. I’ve also documented all of our renovations and how we’ve tackled moving with our young children. Basically, if it happens in my life, I blog about it!
Design inspiration can come from anywhere—what inspired your nursery design?
I knew as soon as I was pregnant that if we had a girl, I wanted an all white nursery with a big, bold art piece above the crib. I had the pleasure of meeting Anna Swanson, of Demi and Olive, at a conference a few years ago and have been a fan of her work ever since. She was the very first person I reached out to after we announced our pregnancy. I told her there was no way I could create a nursery without her. I asked her to create a custom piece for our nursery and could not be more in love with the result. Knowing that we would have a bold art piece as the focal point of the room, I kept the rest of the design clean and simple—all white furniture, a soft gray rug and white floating shelves to display and store the adorable details.
How did your personal style influence your design choices?
I love a clean, calm design and I wanted the nursery to be a soft, feminine space that was also clean and fresh. I mean, that’s not too much to ask from a single room is it? I chose a blue based white paint color (Wedding Veil by Benjamin Moore) to keep the room a bright white but painted the ceiling the perfect shade of blush pink (Cream Puff by Benjamin Moore) for a feminine touch.
Did you have any unexpected obstacles when creating this room? How did you overcome them or spin them to your advantage?
Our entire house was under construction when I designed this room! We were living in a temporary apartment, and I was very, very pregnant and fighting all of the nesting urges like crazy. I had to wait until the entire house was complete enough to be painted to really get my hands on our nursery and once I did, it was a sprint to the finish. Her room was completed just a few short weeks before she was born!
What is that one thing that everyone mentions when they step into this space?
The art piece over the crib! It has such personality and the colors are just so beautiful—your eye can’t help but be drawn to it.
If you had to choose one aspect of the design that is uniquely you, what would it be?
Probably the daisy chandelier. I love selecting lighting fixtures for spaces in our home and really believe the perfect chandelier, pendant or sconce completes a room. The daisy chandelier is so soft and feminine but also has a bit of edge with its modern shape. I really love how it draws the eye up to the blush ceiling and that it’s not a fixture that you see often.
What is the one thing that you would tell other parents to consider when they’re starting their own nursery design projects?
Think outside of the box when it comes to finding furniture for your nursery! The faux bamboo dresser was an amazing find from a local vintage store that I brought back to life with a fresh coat of white chalk paint. Even the hardware is original, just touched up with a fresh coat of gold paint. Not only is the piece incredibly high quality (make sure to source real wood furniture if you’re antique shopping) but it was much, much cheaper than buying something current.
Images by Christa Rene Photography