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Happy & Bright


Who says gender-specific has to be boring? When we bring Baby home in the next week or two--boy or girl--this cozy retreat will provide a mini wonderland of sherbet-sweet color, nature-inspired fantasy, and meaningful touches in every corner.

Design Inspiration

We were inspired by the colors in a collection of meaningful objects we wanted to include, including some art prints and a quilt made by the baby's Great Grandmother. We wanted the room to be bright and stimulating, while still calm and soothing. The overall feeling: simply happy. We also wanted a gender-neutral room, not only because we're waiting to be surprised by the sex, but also because we didn't like the cheesy gender-specific extremes of blue transportation for boys and pink princesses for girls.

Decorating Style

Modern, nature-inspired whimsy drenched in inviting, saturated colors balanced by crisp white.

Project Details

Benjamin Moore Paint: Apples and Pears (walls), Barely Teal (ceiling), Distant Gray (trim) Thomas Paul Rug: Love Birds in Corn Pottery Barn Shelving: Cameron Cubby and Drawer Set Daphne Combo Crib and Changing Table Closet Shelving: ClosetMaid Land of Nod: Storage Baskets and Fabric Bins Home Depot Magnetic Paint (closet door)

Favorite Items

Definitely the handmade mobile. A month before my due date, I invited my girlfriends over for brunch and asked them each to make a felt critter. I then used their creations, some wooden hoops, and colorful ribbon to make a one-of-kind art piece for the room. Every time I see it, I'm reminded of all the great support we have.


Gather meaningful pieces you'd like to include and lay them out on a table. Then hold up paint colors until you find a swatch that makes everything pop. And don't be afraid of color! This is a child's room afterall. Not only do you have free license to be playful, but you'll also create a space that's more welcoming and stimulating for your child.


Thursday 23rd of August 2012

Your friends must be as wonderfully crafty as you; those felt animals are fantastic!

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Thursday 10th of November 2011

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Sunday 21st of August 2011

The chair looks like one i found on another website, the luca glider by monte. I'm not sure if it's the same one or just similar. Hope it helps you out!


Saturday 31st of July 2010

Where did you get the crib from? I love it!


Monday 19th of July 2010

More often than not, a room that uses more than 2-3 colors would be a disaster.  This isn't!!! Great talent you have there!