Part 2 of our coverage of Baby Adeline’s ‘grace’ful nursery features an interview with mom, visionary and interior designer of this gorgeous nursery, Carrie
What drew you to évolur over other nursery brands?
This particular crib style was exactly what I was looking for – and didn’t even realize it! The style is sophisticated but young at the same time. I had trouble deciding which of the two shades of gray for the crib but with the rest of our palate, the antique mist was the perfect choice. The design was beautiful and timeless. I knew as we extended it to toddler and twin beds that the style would still fit her growing through the ages.
Did the room pose any design challenges?
It’s always tough to decide which wall the crib/bed will go on in any room. I almost flipped it and had the crib on the far left wall and the changing table on the opposite wall. However, I knew I wanted a beautiful light fixture in the middle and my DIY flower mobile in the corner over the crib. If I were to put the crib on the left wall instead of the right, the chandelier would have obstructed the view of the mobile. Both are statement pieces and since both hang from the ceiling, I had to be sure they were separated enough so when you walked in the room, the visual impact for both was still there.
Did you and your spouse agree on style, or did you blend styles and how?
My husband, Chad, basically let me take the reigns. Other than staying within a budget, he let me do whatever I wanted. I decorated a nursery for our baby boy two years ago and though I loved the wood tones and navy tones of that room, Chad knew I was excited to make this one particularly girly.
What does this color scheme mean to you?
It’s funny because I really dislike the color pink! I wanted a very feminine and elegant color scheme. I couldn’t decide between soft pink/sage-green/rose-gold palate or a lavender/mint/gold palate. I have a current obsession with rose gold so ultimately that’s where we ended up. My go to paint color is a light gray throughout the whole home, bright white trim, and then to add color to the room through furniture and accents. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to do a different wall color. I was nervous to do a pink wall because, as I said, I don’t like pink! However, I found this barely-there soft pink paint color and went for it. The name of a paint color is important to me too and the fact that this is called “Fair Maiden” sealed the deal!
What accessories did you choose and why?
I always start with an inspiration piece and then anchor pieces. My inspiration piece was a light pink and gold throw pillow that I’d had for years and was about to donate. It has an abstract peacock feather design that gave me the vibe I was looking for in this space. From there, I tracked down the gorgeous crib from Evolur. Next came the chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids. We decided to repurpose the Ikea dresser (once navy blue!) so I painted it white and added some character by spray painting L brackets in rose gold and having hubby attach them to the corners. I also spray painted the drawer knobs rose gold to help make it look like a custom piece and fit the overall design. The curtain rods used to be dark brown and are now spray painted rose gold as well.
I had a lot of fun browsing Hobby Lobby for the wall décor and knew I wanted to add dimension and texture to the wall above the changing table. Most of the pieces over the dresser are Hobby Lobby.
What is your favorite piece or design element in the nursery?
I think it’s a tie between the DIY flower mobile I made and the “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” art work over the crib. Both came out of the fact that I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted to serve that purpose. I don’t like most traditional mobiles and I wanted something to make an elegant statement for our last little baby. For the artwork over the bed, I knew it needed to be something that didn’t detract from the mobile. It had to be the right colors, the right size, and the right mood.
I saw a sign somewhere else with these “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” lyrics and instantly knew I wanted that saying on there. What a beautiful sentiment to have hanging over our daughter’s bed, “dreams really do come true”. The style and size weren’t right though. So I decided to create a custom piece (now also offered in our online home décor shop www.tallpinewoodworks.com ) and it fits perfectly! The watercolor peonies in the background are great too.
Have you thought of how you will use the nursery pieces down the road and can you tell us?
The Evolur crib converts into a toddler bed and twin bed so we will definitely be using that functionality! Its elegant design won’t look like it converted from a crib so as she grows older it’ll grow with her. The changing table/dresser will continue to serve as her dresser as she grows as well. I will have to remove the mobile and netting once she can move around in her crib. At that point, we’ll probably need to hide it for a couple years because I can see her yanking on it as a toddler. Once she’s a few years old, we’ll hang it back up and maybe create a fun little reading nook and some blankets and pillows on the floor under it. What little girl wouldn’t want a magical reading tent like that?
What one word comes to mind when you step into the nursery?