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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Nursery Room

I have designed many rooms over the years for children. I have done Boys' Rooms, Girls' Rooms, Theme Rooms, well you get the idea. During all this I have never really spent a lot of thought on what I would do if I had children of my own. Well the time has finally come, my partner and I are in the process of adoption, so now I am faced with the dilemma of how to make the perfect room for a baby. I am sure my thoughts will change, but here are some ideas for those of you also looking to add to your family.

  • First of all the baby doesn't care. I have never met a newborn whose first words were "who was the decorator who did this???!!!??." The design of the room is fundamentally for the parent, a place to hang at 3 in the morning when precious starts to cry and needs to be fed. So design the room for you, and this is your chance to create a fantasy Nursery.

  • Plan the room like you would a kitchen, with military precision. Consider the work patterns, of where they sleep, need to be changed, where you will read etc etc. Aside from how it looks, it needs to operate in a way that makes sense for you.

  • You may want to consider a place in the room for you to sleep, and don't expect that from a chair, a nice daybed would be a great addition.

  • As far as color, keep it soothing, but fresh. I like lots of white, maybe a nice graphic pattern would be good too.

  • Add dimmers to all the lights in the room, there are times when you will want it bright and easy to see, and other times you will want soft mood lighting. Dimmers will give you the most control.

Good Luck!


J Lee said...

oh thanks for this post, i have yet to complete a nursery or a kids room but i'm working on one right now ...

The Peak of Chic said...

Great tips, and good luck on the adoption!!!

Washington Cube said...

Obviously you never knew me as a child.

:::rearranging fonts on the blog:::

Fairfax said...

Congrats on the baby. Thanks so much for your good wishes. Hope you won a bundle on Curlin. Bro was at a dinner party at the owner's after the race and said it was just so warm and happy. these are v. rich and v.v. low key people.

Cote de Texas said...

ok - I'm going to quit commenting, I'm sure you're sick of me - but this one made me laugh!!! First - congrats on the baby, second - I had the most gorgeous nursery for my precious gift that anyone had ever seen. Problem was - she never spent one night in her crib! Not one! She cried the first night and I put her in my bed and she was so happy (nursing all night) I never had the heart to move her out. Well, I know you won't be nursing yours - but I highly recommend sleeping with your infant. The bond is phenomenal. Today, 16 years later, I have such an independent daughter, unafraid of anything - because as an infant, she knew, I was ALWAYS there, she never had to fear me being gone. She knew I was close and that made her strong and gave her the confidence to face the world on her own. I know it sounds like it would be the other way around, but it's not. Try it, I promise you won't regret bringing your baby to your bed.