Interior design does not come naturally to me. The spatial orientation, combined with mixing and matching prints in a 3D situation, is completely overwhelming. Hence it took me about a year of incessant Pinterest-ing to finally make a decision on how to transition my daughter's nursery into a "big girl" room. And while by no means done, I am pretty in love with the work-in-progress state.
The initial inspiration came from my design-savvy friend Shawna Feeley- based on the below image she found on Pinterest, of a room created by Jill Sorensen. Suddenly a color combo that had never crossed my mind became my mantra of choice,"magenta and mint, magenta and mint, magenta and mint."
However, I was still kind of lost as to where to go from there. So I decided to break apart the inspiration image into pieces, and work each element into the room one by one- felt less daunting. The dresser that anchors the pops of color was already part of the room- we carpeted her nursery in a chocolate brown rug and had installed dark wood blinds. Two less things to worry about.
Magenta was delivered via drapes- love the geometric print on this fabric and with the scale of the windows to the room, they instantly became a focal point. So I had to make sure the hardware they hung on was just as impressive- hence the bronze bars with lucite finials from Restoration Hardware.
For mint, this custom bed feels timeless- but still youthful when the frame is painted mint. I chose a faux-leather stain resistant material for the headboard because, in my opinion, if there is going to be anything white in a kid's room, it must be easily wiped clean! After pinning about 100 options, I settled on this simple mint ombre duvet from Deny Designs.
The genius of the beanbag chairs? In lieu of unattractive guardrails, I just move these to either side of the bed at night so if Alexa does tumble off the edge, she falls onto a plush cushion and falls right back to sleep! *Cue visual of me patting myself on the back*
Baby steps is the name of the game with the gallery wall that, in my head, looks significantly more eclectic than it does below. But we're getting there. I found the lip print (and a ton of other deeply discounted art pieces) here, made the poster of Alexa on CanvasPop, and gathered the prints from various Etsy shops. The stuffed elephant head was a sale find but you can get a similar style here, and are you dying over the unicorn with the bedazzled staff?
But perhaps my favorite little detail of all is the makeshift vanity. In true Jenn form, I didn't measure the height needed for a nightstand when ordering this acrylic table, and it is way too short. However, it is perfectly proportioned to fit underneath a fun mirror discovered on a recent HomeGoods run. And by creating this little nook for Alexa, two tasks she typically protested emphatically- brushing her hair and putting on sunscreen- suddenly became very appealing chances to act all grown up when done standing in front a mini version of mommy's makeup table.
So, whaddya think so far? Any tips and ideas are very welcome, bring it on...