While working with customers at my store, I would frequently make inspiration boards for them featuring items that we chose to design their nursery around. This helps us have a general sheet to reference when searching for accessories, and additional fabrics and items for a room. The inspiration board below was for my son Tripp's room (before we had his name picked out).
The links below are for items found on the inspiration board:
Piggy Banks - Elegant Baby
Lamp - Serena & Lily
Furniture - Netto Collection
Fabric - Lee Joffa
Artwork - Oopsy Daisy
Bedding - Custom Bebe Chic
Rug - John Robshaw
I always suggest for clients to first find one item they love and have to have in their nursery and design from there. Sometimes this can be a piece of furniture, a piece of artwork, fabric, or just colors that you love.
For me, I had always loved the Netto Collection furniture line and knew that once I got pregnant, I just had to have it in my nursery. I chose the Moderne collection because it has a nautical yet modern look. I also loved that the dresser and changer were very versatile and could later be used in any room of the house. The stark contrast of the dark mahogany wood with the shiny white lacquer makes the pieces pop in any room.
Since we live by the beach, I wanted a nautical look but nothing too traditional or too graphic and modern. I found some lovely seahorse prints which I used to frame his crib. They add a nice sophisticated touch of the sea into his room without looking too cartoonish. Now these prints introduced marine blue into the room. Although blue is a natural color choice for a boy's room, I wanted to make it more unique. Instead of pairing it with traditional green or brown, I chose mandarine orange and mustard yellow as accent colors in the room. These colors are found in lacquered picture frames on the dresser and in linen storage boxes underneath the crib.
Babies spend a lot of their time on the changing table looking up. I like to place artwork or photos above the table or a mirror so that the child has something to look at. I chose to put a growing collage of photos above his changer and an ABC print by Oopsy Daisy over his dresser. This print brings more color into the room, plus it serves as an educational piece as he can look up at the alphabet while he is playing in bed.
The bedding was custom designed using fabrics from Lee Joffa and Bebe Chic. The graphic pattern is actually an outdoor fabric but I thought this was an appropriate durable choice as bumpers tend to get dirty and battered after years of use. The accent fabrics are linens and add an extra element of texture to the room.
After all of the key elements of the room were chosen, I picked a wall treatment. We chose a burlap wallpaper in a natural straw color. The texture of the burlap adds an interesting and spphisticated dimension to the room and the straw color is warm and neutral.