Who said gender neutral had to be boring? Read on to see out this beautiful space unfolded! We met with our (glowing) clients quite early in their pregnancy. They were thrilled to share that they were pregnant with not one…but TWO babies!
So, a home office, located directly across from the Master Bedroom needed to be converted into a nursery. The location within the home as well as the large windows were perfect – but the challenge was maximizing the use of the small space to accommodate two cribs, a dresser/change table, bookshelf, glider and ottoman. A thoughful Furniture Layout Plan was crucial as we needed to make sure the space wouldn’t feel cluttered and was easy to navigate (especially at 4:00am).
Working under the design premise of a soft and classic, gender-neutral aesthetic (the sex of the babies was yet to be determined), we went to work. Dust-trapping wall-to-wall carpeting was ripped out and replaced with solid Maple hardwood. Charcoal-colored walls were repainted in airy creams and soft blues, separated with new trim-moulding dry-brushed for an antique look. A classic yet whimsical tree-patterned wallpaper was applied to the window wall – paying homage to the mountain-side forests surrounding the home.
Two hand-carved birch mobiles of branches and swallows appear to extend out of the trees to adorn the cribs.
The solid wood, antique buttercream furniture is a collection from Restoration Hardware and our clients were thrilled to learn that they would be saving 20% in Designer Discounts by choosing to work with Sticks and Stones Design Group.
They thought ahead to order bed conversion kits, so that the cribs could be extended into toddler beds in a few years’ time. All the fabric selections need to be of the best quality (to withstand wash after wash), so we selected Belgian linen for the crib bumpers & quilts, organic cotton for the sheet sets and brushed cotton for the removable chair and ottoman covers. Kravet, Robert Allen and Joanne fabrics were selected for the custom-made bed-skirts, pencil-pleat stationary drapes and decorative toss cushion. A geometric flat-weave wool rug adds softness and sound-dampening.
Versatile ambiance and task lighting was essential, so the standard semi-flush light fixture was replaced with a striking iron & crystal chandelier (on a dimmer switch) and a coordinating wall-sconce above the change table and swivel-arm floor lamp next to the glider chair complete the lighting package. Now, woven baskets are ready to be filled with toys, dresser drawers are waiting for tiny socks and the cribs are ready for the arrival of the twins…who, as we just found out, are a boy and a girl.