My goal when designing this nursery for our son was to create a space that flowed naturally with the rest of our home, yet was infused with touches of kid inspired decor. Even though we found out the gender early on, I still wanted the space to be very gender neutral ... avoiding the typical blue for boy and focusing more on a black and white color scheme. My husband is an incredible carpenter. In every room in our home, we like to have a special piece of furniture custom built. We fell in love with the West Elm Modern Crib and decided to use the matching changing table as inspiration for a custom built piece for our son. When I'm conceptualizing a space, I like to focus on making unique design decisions that are not only different than what you normally see, but are also very functional. That's where my idea for what we call our 'BARC Book Boxes' came from. I wanted to create a unique way to display books in his nursery, so I had my husband build an indoor planter-like box on the window that all of his books can sit in! Can't get more functional and creative than that! :)
My advice when designing a nursery is to focus on design elements you enjoy, since you will be spending a lot of time in there. Also, pick one piece, whether it's the crib, changing table, or another element - find something you love and use that as the inspiration for the rest of the room!