My husband and I decided to keep the gender of our baby surprise, so when designing the nursery, I wanted to stick with a simple and neutral look. As the owner of a design + build company, I love rooms that inspire. I also wanted to achieve a look that could transcend from baby to toddler. I started with the wallpaper, which we installed on the ceiling. Once Jack was born, he was constantly mesmerized by the wallpaper which is graphic clouds since babies tend to gravitate toward black and white patterns in the first few months. Building upon the wallpaper, I kept the look serene and gender neutral with hints of elegance. The crib and glider are from Restoration Baby + Child. The crib, inspired by a French antique bed, has hints of velvet, and I feel it is the centerpiece of the room. I hung paper mache animal heads above the crib, which are amazing to use in the rest of the house as art once they are no longer useable in the nursery. I had our drapes custom fabricated, to coordinate with the whimsical style of the room and colour palette. The change table is an antique table that we painted. Overall, I wanted the room to feel warm and cozy. My tip for readers designing the nursery is to start with one or two pieces that inspire you. For me, that was the cloud wallpaper, and from there the room came together. The clouds made me feel calm and dreamy, and I pulled together the rest of the room based on that feelilng.
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