Parker and I started fostering a 21 month old angel baby 4 weeks ago today. I can’t possibly put into words what life is like now, but I do know that becoming a foster parent has been the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever done but it’s also brought me more joy than I’ve ever experienced thus far. Life feels very rich right now.
After Parker and I were knee deep in the process of becoming certified to foster, I started thinking about the child’s room design. We didn’t know the child’s gender, child’s age (although we set our range for 0-3, so I knew it would be somewhere in there) or the child’s personal interests. It was slightly hard to find a starting point for the room given I had no restrictions or requests from the little human, but it was challenging in a good way.
As i’ve made my way through our home decorating each room,I made it a priority to stick to a cohesive color palette in all rooms. I think this makes such a difference in the overall flow of a home. I’ve been working with a neutral palette and lots of natural accents. The kitchen has rich color (olive cabinets and clay colored tile (saltillo) and while yes, that is COLOR, it feels like natural color because of the richness in the hues (and also because olive and clay shades are found in nature).
That being said, I didn’t want for the child’s room to be neutral because why not try to design a color rich room that’s gender neutral? I wanted this room to be special and “stick out” in our home. Stick out just enough but also flow…… I decided on pops of primary colors with a really rich foundation/backdrop…..
Once I had a general idea of what I wanted to achieve, I reached out to the amazing people at Wayfair to see if they’d like to partner. They agreed (!) and I presented my nursery plan to them. I’m so so so happy with how this special room turned out. It has so much personality and is perfect for our little guy.
(All sources are listed at the end of this post.)
Here’s a before shot of this room from last January.
This chair is special to us. It was one of the first vintage pieces we purchased together and such a favorite. It was Parker’s chair in our last rental but I couldn’t find a spot for it in this house and almost sold it!!! I’m so glad it didn’t sell though (I did have a high price on it because we really didn’t want to part) because it’s so special having it in the nursery now.
That tall dresser is another vintage piece in this room. We had it in our guest room in our last house and was another piece I just couldn’t part with even though we didn’t have a spot for it in this house for several months.
The rug is Dash and Albert and 60% off right now. I also linked a similar option at the end of this post.
This crib is amazing and at such a great price point. (Also now a go-to when sourcing for nurseries as it comes in several colors.) We opted for the convertible option since our age range was 0-3. We raised it for photos because it looks better raised but of course we have it lowered for the babe sleeping in there now. Since he’s almost two, we’ll be converting it to the toddler bed soon, and I’m interested to see how that goes.
Custom bed skirts… just yes.
Precious lil giraffe rocker...
I love the bold pop of color that the citrus bedding adds. (I wanted to have yellow, blue, green and red/orange make an appearance in the room.) The quality is great too.
The art is vintage and every piece means something to us. Some are from grandmothers, some are from travel and some are pieces that I’ve just acquired over the years.
That wooden stool is an antique that I bought and traveled home with from Africa (!!) and the garden stool is new but looks like it could be an antique.
The photographer, Reagen, styled this photo with the book and that page makes me cry. So sweet.
The paint color is Farrow and Ball Book Room Red. Am I crazy for going with such a bold, rich color on the walls in a nursery? Maybe………. but man, I LOVE it.
The bedskirts were custom made from this amazing Kravet fabric from DecoratorsBest. I incorporated this fabric to tie the nursery in with the rest of the house and also because I wanted a touch of unexpected.
The drapes were also custom made with a denim fabric. This Lee Jofa fabric from DecoratorsBest is a similar option.
And every other pieces in the room is from Wayfair. They just have such a wide variety of items in every single category (both high and low items), so Wayfair is usually the first place that I go when sourcing items.