GET A ROOM
|A Gender Neutral Nursery|
What is GET A ROOM: Each month I will provide my followers with a free Vision Board complete with all the links to recreate the room in their own home. It will all be designed, matched and balanced to create a perfect room every time. All you have to do is know your room dimensions for windows, rugs and furniture pieces. Think about those box cosmetics and fashion subscriptions, it is the same idea but no charge to my followers.
Why is it FREE: First and foremost I LOVE Interior Design. I have decided, that while I personally love Industrial Farmhouse Chic and Farmhouse design, which is uber hot right now; I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea. As a Interior Designer I can appreciate all forms of home decor and I wanted to provide some of my other creative visions. Then, make them available to my followers, for free. Also, I get a lot of inquires about interior design for specific types of rooms and yes I can still do some custom design work. However, I felt like this was the quickest platform to package a few universal designs and you might be able to find a design that works for you, that you just love
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I have been so busy with baby showers this year, so it clearly must be in the water! I have a sweet friend expecting twin boys, two of my girlfriends are becoming new grandmothers, both with little girls on the way early next year. I also have another friend of mine that found out she is having her fourth, and “it’s a surprise” baby since she has decided not to find out the gender at all. So literally it has been like baby palooza around here! This week I am dedicating this GET A ROOM, post to my sweet friend that clearly has her hands full, and I am designing a gender neutral baby nursery that could work for a boy or girl. I also want to present her with 4 easy add options, for a children storybook theme to dress up the room too. I wanted to come up with a a very neutral base of furnishing that could grow with the baby and family. The Camden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib easily converts to a toddler bed, day bed and full bed to last from baby all the way to teen. It also comes in four colors, but I really loved the warm gray for this room and to go with the rest of my friends home. However, please feel free to check out the other colors too. The changing station consist of the Beckett 6 Drawer Double Dresser along with the changing tray which is sold separately. What I love about this piece is the Beckett Changing Tray easily lifts away to become a beautiful rustic dresser that could stay or easily be relocated to another room after your baby is potty trained. So if you are just starting your family you could easily store the changing tray away until baby number two or three come along and not be stuck with a ugly changing table in the interim. In the case of my friend she has already given away all of her baby items and has no desire to reinvest in items she does not want going forward, so a beautiful rustic dresser will be absolutely perfect moving forward.
I also really like the option of the Benbridge Swivel Glider. It is upholstered in a super-soft neutral microfiber fabric, nothing about this piece screams baby furniture at all to me. So, once you no longer need it in the nursery, simply move it to any other room in the house. This is a bonus for designing a neutral based nursery with multi-use items.
I think the main focus item in this room that allows for the option of four story book themes, all hinges on the Blue Medal-Lion Rug. You should never under estimate the power of a well designed rug. While the pattern is pastel in color, it is still very gender neutral and the geometric pattern creates interest for the the rest of the room to be based off. This can now be the color pallet to choose and select which colors you will carry forward into the room.
I also wanted to show how easy it would be to take this base nursery design and add four children book themes to the room; while still keeping it gender neutral. The first theme is Winnie the Pooh; which is ironically what my childhood nursery was. You see I was also a late in life baby, and my mother also wanted a gender surprise too. So what is old is now new again, especially with the recent release of the new Meet Christopher Robins movie.
The second theme is Curious George which is playing up the banana’s and the yellow hat; which really pulls the yellow out into the room. I think it would be very cute to hang a big yellow hat on the hear no evil monkey hooks, maybe with a pair of binoculars. Then instead of art work, frame the actual covers of the paper back Curious George books, sold in a set of six below, to create your own wall collage.
Llama llama is another great line of children story books and they have so many fun things that could be used for a nursery. I love the idea of adding a Moroccan pouf and a global inspired throw blanket with thick tassels draped over the the rocker. The colors are very gender neutral and you can add some fun potted succulents or a large snake plant to the room for added interest.
Our final theme is, Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. I know this theme is traditional used for graduation; but I like the idea of starting your life out on a positive note, why wait until graduation? This is a great theme that can grow with your child, boy or girl, as they grow. You can add in a travel collage wall for all the family trips you take.