Everyone I know is either pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or has recently pushed out a little one. Along with these tiny people comes the challenge of creating a cozy space for a person you have never met, and who really doesn’t care what the room looks like. My perfect client! In the spirit of these life-giving events, I wanted to take a look at more contemporary inspiration and furniture for a nursery. Pottery Barn Kids and Target are fine and dandy, but they aren’t the only options on the market.
Most of these inspiration spaces are light and bright, with soft wood accents. The rugs are plush and fun, the artwork and lighting are hip, and it's a space I would want to live in. In the first image, there is a photograph over the crib by Sharon Montrose. I love all her baby animal prints, and would cover a wall with them! (I own the baby monkey print. His name is Herman.)
I think most new parents don’t really look beyond the baby-focused retailers. Besides the crib, you can actually use normal adult furniture in the space. You will find many more options and styles by going outside of the baby retail bubble. Plus, these items will transition easier into big kid rooms.
The furniture I selected is contemporary and simple. No fuss. The fabric on the settee was the color inspiration and I really like that it's not the typical "baby" hues. Lighting is always super important to any space, and I view it as the jewelry in the room. The shaded chandelier is one that looks good in many settings, and I would probably hang little bobbles and thingys from the arms instead of a typical mobile.
No baby room (or adult room for that matter) is complete without books. I love seeing a stack, shelf, or wall of books in any space. I am particularly fond of children’s picture books, and my two favorite illustrators are Mary Blair and M. Sasek. Each book is a little work of art, and I’ve been wanting to frame some of the illustrations into a print collection for a while. A nursery or baby room would be the perfect space to display these vibrant and colorful illustrations.