Castle Heights - The Nursery
Whew, another week has flown by and now that things are winding down I have the time to write about my favorite room in the Castle Heights house, the nursery.
We knew it was a boy. I knew I wanted the nursery to be as clean and sophisticated as the rest of the home with mid-century and global notes, the opposite of sickly sweet. From my own experience in setting up a nursery, it helps if you think to the future. Those tiny peanuts grow up way too quickly and if you prep their rooms for the toddler and big kids stages, you save yourself a headache and money in the long run. Painting the walls a neutral color, hanging up quality framed prints that can transition to an older stage or even other areas of the house, and choosing furnishings that don't yell "KID" are key.
The "theme" is a super subtle safari. I looked for African colors, textures, and images of jungle animals. The Hudson crib provides mid-century modern lines and the Elsa stool from Serena and Lily has a campaign look to me. Of course I would do a kilim rug layered with a thick sheepskin.
And natural bamboo woven shades to compliment the geometric wooden lighting.
Animals were represented by way of darling felt trophy heads from Restoration Hardware, The Animal Print shop photographs, and the plush toys in the crib. I didn't want to go overboard.
I will never suggest a changing table to a new mother. What a waste of space. A dresser is a brilliant solution. A changing pad rests firmly on top at the perfect 3' height, and when the baby starts wiggling, you move the changing pad to the floor and use the dresser through the child's teen years. We were looking for a vintage piece but they all turned out to be too low for my taller clients. The dresser from West Elm was the right size, price, and style.
I was really into this bookcase from Land of Nod and the accompanying framed print by Beaucamping above it (look at the shadows, it spells out Don't Feed The Animals). I had too good a time styling the shelves with the colorful books and toys received from the baby shower.
Other details that reinforced the golden sunshine yellow accents of the grayish room are the whimsical ball lights from Bright Lab Lights near the glider (the right level of dim lights for midnight nursing sessions), the woven African basket for dirty laundry, and the Freshly Picked moccasins that are simply irresistable.
Wouldn't you know it, 3 days after we shot this nursery - its occupant arrived on the scene. Crazy timing.