I have two fabulous lines to show you today that focus on black and white as a nursery scheme- who says you can’t have black in a nursery? Certainly not moi! Check out these examples while I go get my third cup of coffee due to the fact that Henry is in some sort of planet alignment craziness/growth spurt/possessed by evil spirits phase….
I bet you can guess that when the new Emily & Merritt Collection for PB Kids dropped so did my jaw. This is like, straight outta my black and white lovin’ brain! I mean….WHAAAAAAT!?
Like, this rocker IS my living room chair.
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So here it is- finally- Henry’s nursery reveal! It’s taken a long time to complete, but I am so grateful to Wayfair for helping outfit this room with some seriously dreamy items! As you know, I went with a serene scheme aimed at calming not only the little guy but myself as well. I knew I wanted to do a scenic wallpaper and chose this Susan Harter muralpaper (Calmsden in Grisaille) to base the room on. It’s SO gorgeous, a real work of art. We want Henry to love being outside, so hopefully this starts him off on the right foot.
For the crib I chose the ducduc Campaign crib and I am OBSESSED. It’s the perfect mix of modern and boyish with the greyish stained wood supports. It’s an amazingly well made piece of furniture too. The bedding here is from Rikshaw (quilt and sheet) which I have loved forever, and the mobile I got from a maker on Etsy (the brass finish is INCREDIBLE in person against the paper!)
The pressure to make this nursery something spectacular has been intense- mostly of my own doing, but also because it’s been such a long time coming and I want it to be beyond perfect! While I was long debating the bold versus serene vibe, I knew in my heart that I wanted something soothing but also with a modern edge. So I decided to really mix both traditional items with modern ones- buffalo plaid, scenic wallpaper, lucite, brass and streamlined furniture. I am loving it, and I think when I’m trapped inside all winter with a newborn it will be such a peaceful place to relax with the baby. And I know there are lots of people who will think this is impractical or not “bold” enough for the baby- but it’s basically where he will sleep and feed. The rest of my house in so black and white I think he’ll develop just fine. :) So here it is!
leather elephant bookends // side table // floor lamp // leather pouf
So now that I am halfway through my pregnancy and beginning to feel the little lad move around I have to get down to designing my nursery. And it turns out, this project is my kryptonite. I have two schemes going- one more bold and one serene. And I CAN. NOT. DECIDE. Since it was so difficult for me to get pregnant, who knows if I will get to do another nursery again? And since it was such a long, highly anticipated journey I feel so much pressure to make it AMAZING. So it’s got me a little freaked out and incredibly indecisive. But let’s face it- this kid’s room will be redone a few times in his choldhood, so if I go more babyish and soothing for the nursery, I could always make it more bold when he’s 3 or so….right?? :)
So I gathered up a bunch of boy nurseries in both varieties to compare and contrast. Let’s start with the serene and soothing:
Simple, bright and lovely.
This nursery by Christine Dovey is the definition of serene- I’ve posted about it before I love it so much.
I was flipping through some magazine this week when I spotted this perfect gold canopy bed… and lo and behold it was from Pottery Barn Teen! I got to poking around and found a bunch of great gilt pieces I never thought in a MILLION years I could find here.
The aforementioned canopy bed– it doesn’t come in king, but if you need a queen (or two twins) this is fantastic.
A killer gold leg trestle desk. So awesome.
There is nothing “teen” about this bookcase! A [air flanking a fireplace or window would be STUNNING!