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Today we are revealing this beautiful baby boy's Neutral Nursery. Of course it didn't start out this way. In fact, it was the perfect pink and pretty room – for a little girl.
Our client, Liz Lentis and I had connected over our love of saving moms time and money. Liz is the co-founder of LittleList.com, a site dedicated to introducing moms and moms-to-be to new products at exceptional promotional prices. When I learned Liz was pregnant with her second child, a little boy, and tackling a big makeover I filled her in on how our convenient virtual services would be the perfect fit for her busy schedule and time sensitive design needs. Since she knew she would be tackling a complete overhaul including new furniture and new wall color, she decided to go with our most popular services rolled into the YouthfulNest Premium package.
"The space needed such a dramatic makeover and I didn't know how it would be without the designers seeing it in person. But I was able to send send inspiration via Pinterest and the YouthfulNest team nailed it in terms of my vision for a neutral nursery." -Liz
Her Pinterest board was chock-full of inspiration for light and airy looking rooms. White walls, with varying shades of neutrals. Soft and sophisticated, but with a touch of whimsy through adorable animal creature accents. We started the project with Liz, as we do all other clients by having her share specific details and inspiration via our online Project Overview questionnaire, her dedicated Pinterest board and a phone conversation. In our phone conversation, I could hear that she was torn between creating a style that she knew she would love or a more experimental style she kept seeing, but wasn't really "her" style. I suggested we work towards creating a space where she would feel the most comfortable and confident and bring in a few elements that would push her design style some, but not leave her feeling anxious.
After we landed on where we were going we talked about budget and I asked her if she had any interest in D.I.Y. projects to help personalize the space or save money. She was honest and said she didn't have the time to take on such cool ideas, but she was wanting to save money by re-using the furniture set she already owned. This was a great plan and left her budget available to acquire all the must haves needed to complete a nursery. I did, however, suggest that while she didn't think she had time for a personalized D.I.Y. project, I charged her with having big sister-to-be make her own masterpiece that could be hung in her new little brother's room. (Feel free to scroll down now to see how adorable her framed drawing truly is.)
"It was a given that for our budget we were going to be using the main furniture pieces that we already had in the room. I was amazed at the ideas the design team came up with – curtains for $10 and then some items of higher quality that add a richness to the space. " - Liz
It was now time for us to do our thing and translate all this client intel into a complete custom room design. A few days later, we uploaded our Style Board to her personal design studio for previewing and downloading as desired. Then we held our breath as we always do when we send a design out into the world.
Picking the perfect white
After a few product revisions we landed on a final Shopping List. But before getting to the fun part of bringing all those neat pieces home we did a Floor Plan to confirm where everything would go and a Color Consult to pick the perfect white to cover up all those pink stripes.
I was thrilled to learn that Liz had used our beloved Colorhouse paints in other rooms in her home and we presented her with three pale color options. While all the rooms she shared as inspiration were very light and white, when she saw these colors, she was a little concerned that they were too, ummm...white? Luckily after explaining that the big reason these rooms work is due to the very light "white" wall color, she trusted my recommendation. And when the room was finally repainted she fell in love with how the new space felt just with this fresh coat of paint.
Layering in the goodies
Once the furniture placement and new paint colors were decided, it was finally time to start ordering the furnishings and decor items. Liz did this herself using our clickable Shopping List.
As things were delivered to her home she would share her excitement over the room coming together. Her biggest excitement was the wrought iron Franklin & Ben crib she had her heart set on from the start. It's truly a special piece and once assembled and set in place it immediately said baby room.
"I really felt that the YouthfulNest team understood how to make rooms appealing and very functional." - Liz
Finally, the precious baby animal art she ordered from Minted showed up and she adored it even more in person – although the very large, oversized baby lamb gave her pause, one might even say panic. Originally she was thinking to do a classic wall gallery of various animals above the crib. My suggestion of placing one jumbo piece to create a unique focal point was one of those details I mention in the beginning of this post that was within her preferred style, but a bit out of her comfort zone. She was concerned for safety reasons of it falling into the crib or being pulled down by baby. Totally valid points and I would have been willing to switch up the wall decor, but I shared with her my suggestions for doing this look safely.
Tips for hanging wall art for extra safety in a nursery or kids' room:
1) Pulling the crib a few inches away from the wall is a good start.
2) I always recommend securing wall art in a nursery or kid's room with removable adhesive Command strips. They make a specific product for framed wall art.
3) Another good idea is to use plexiglass versus glass just in case it were to fall.
Also keep in mind, you have several months to a year before baby will be standing and grabbing at anything. So if you see any wall art or decor to be a potential safety hazard you can always switch it up.
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Happily Ever After
I got to visit Liz at her home in New Jersey and see just how much she loved her new nursery after installing everything she selected.
"I cannot even believe the transformation of my nursery space (from super girly and pink to soft neutrals) before my eyes. Everything has been done virtually and I am blown away by the experience!" - Liz
The light that came through her double window casting an extra softness over the room. As I gazed around at the final space, I caught Liz making slight adjustments to the books placed just in reach from the cozy glider. She was ready.
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