Interior designer Christina Salway shared with us the sweet nursery she created for her New York City based clients. Drawing inspiration from the colors and patterns of fabrics by Dwell, Christina was able to pull off a beautiful nursery with time to spare and a few dollars left over. We were lucky enough to interview Christina to find out all the details on how she and her firm ElevenTwoEleven Design achieved this luxe nursery while staying true to her clients vision and budget!
Did your client have a particular vision or design they asked you to execute? For this project, my client had certain practical objectives she wanted to accomplish, like creating a nursery that also worked simultaneously as a guest room, and finding a way to incorporate an armoire she had removed from the master bedroom. When I created my design for this project, I needed to work around those particular stipulations, but had total freedom regarding the actual aesthetic of the nursery.
What was your inspiration? My inspiration came from many places… I think the root of my design came from the vintage-style alphabet animal prints, which I playfully matted and framed, and hung between the two windows. This sweet set of images (see below) was a unique way to link my color scheme, bringing together the rich browns from the Zebra stripe rug and Chocolate Micro-fiber sleeper sofa to the pale pinks found in the Dwell bumper set and window treatments. We then set this collection of colors against the faintest blue backdrop, creating a nursery that was sweet and feminine without being overtly girl-y, or babyish, which wouldn’t have appealed to my clients aesthetic.
Did your client have a budget? A lot of people don’t realize that you can couple creative thinking and good resources and come away with great design! I always try to emphasize to my clients that the best way to approach a project is to decide where the splurge is going to be, if there is one, and then figure out creative solutions for everything else. So, in this instance, we all loved the Stokki bed, Dwell bedding and window treatments, and decided those were going to be our splurges– and then we got creative. We re-purposed an intricate dresser they were planning to give away, and turned that into an amazing changing table by buying a topper from Pottery Barn Baby. They already had a little wooden side table: we repainted it an antiqued white and replaced the drawer pull. We bought the beautiful chocolate colored micro-fiber sleeper sofa at Room & Board, from their stock-materials to keep costs down, and bought two playful brown and white print pillows separately- to add a splash to the sofa. A Pottery Barn Zebra rug was so inexpensive ($350.00, and fit almost wall-to-wall!) that there won’t be any crying over spilled-milk while it serves in the nursery.
Your furniture finds?
My favorite piece- well pieces- were the Pottery Barn Rattan Chandeliers. These two fun light fixtures were super-easy to install, and cast a wonderful light through the rattan shade. We had them installed on a dimmer, so they can really light up the room or be used for much softer accent lighting. They’re currently on sale at PB Kids, for $49.99 a pop- which is a bargain price for any light fixture!