Part 2 of our coverage of Baby Samara Mae’s Aurora Nursery features an interview with mom and “creative director” of this gorgeous nursery, Elena Chwat Wiener!
What was your inspiration for the nursery design and décor?
I had no idea where to begin with decorating a nursery; I do not have any friends or family who have had babies recently so I turned to the internet for inspiration. I spent a lot of time looking through different websites on the internet, from instagram to Pinterest and other decor websites. I spent hours in different stores with my mother looking at different designs of cribs, nursery rooms and more until I put together a style of my own!
Why did you pick Evolur?
Evolur is a highly-rated brand in terms of safety. I fell in love with the style (Aurora Collection) when I saw it, the adorable decorations with ribbons and bows around the trim of the crib as well as the dresser knobs and matching ribbons and bows on there. I love that this crib is a five-in-one convertible and the changing table can be used as a dresser as well. The cost was also within my budget and the color is the perfect shade of gray for the color scheme I had in mine for my nursery.
Did the room pose any design challenges?
My biggest challenge was that while I was shopping for a crib and dresser/changing table I was also in the process of buying a house! I was between several options and was fearful that I wouldn’t have the house selected, let alone a room to know the dimensions of. Luckily when I was about five months pregnant we closed on our new house and I was able to narrow down what I had space for.
Did you and your spouse agree on style, or did you blend styles and how?
My husband gave me total freedom and said he would be satisfied as long as I’m satisfied. Since we were in the process of moving into our new house we compromised in a lot of ways. I could be in charge of the nursery while he focused on his man-cave in the basement! I got to pick all of the colors and styles and he was very happy with all of my choices.
What does this color scheme mean to you?
I wanted to keep the color scheme gender neutral. Since the house we moved into has two bedrooms besides ours, one next to the master and one down the hall, I figured if we have any more children in the future I may want to use the closer bedroom to us as a nursery as well, and our next child might very well be a boy! I did not want to go with yellow walls so I could decorate the rest of the room with pink or “girlie” decorations and decor. I went with pastel very light gray with a tint of blue/purple on the walls. I knew I would want the accent colors, wall decor, blankets, carpet etc. to be pink now but still wanted the ability to change it in the future.
What accessories did you choose and why?
I am not so huge into “themes” but still wanted to the room to tie together nicely. For the bedding I fell in love with a pink and gray animal-theme. I got the sheets, blanket and changing table pad cover all with this matching design. The crib has a light pink and gray mobile as well. On the walls I got a beautiful, full-wall sized cherry blossom tree. This sticker makes it flexible for me to remove in the future but still goes so well with my pink and gray decor and also fits in well with the animals.
What is your favorite piece or design element in the nursery?
I love the Aurora évolur crib and changing table so much!! The designs around the trim are just gorgeous, not too “in-your-face” but the right amount of “girlie” for an infant as well as for a toddler, since this is a five-in-one convertible set. I based the entire room around the Akoya gray color with my pink accents.
Have you thought of how you will use the nursery pieces down the road and can you tell us?
I will certainly be using the crib as a toddler bed. It looks like it will transform into the most perfect “princess” big girl bed. I will also be using the changing table as a dresser when the baby is old enough and potty trained and doesn’t need the top piece of the changing table any more. I love how flexible this furniture is and can see myself using it for years to come. If my next child is a girl I will certainly use it for her as well.
What one word comes to mind when you step into the nursery?
It’s difficult to pick one!! Perfection. Peaceful. Adorable.