When my friend Julie posted a snapshot of her nursery for her soon-to-be baby girl, my jaw dropped. Four seconds later, I had recovered enough to text her and ask if I could feature it on Sugarlaws -- that's how beautifully she designed this room.
Thankfully for you guys, she agreed, and I couldn't be happier with how the photos turned out. I'd love to feature more of our friends and family on Sugarlaws -- there are so many beautiful home, style, and mothering tips that are way beyond what I could dream up, and sometimes it feels selfish to keep them to myself!
Take Julie: she was a buyer at Christian Dior before moving to Houston (I know. Seriously.) and now she runs her own boutique in West U. (For you Houstonians, she also does interior design and styling!) So it's no surprise that she has impeccable taste.
But this nursery?
As you guys know, my fashion and home decor style is all about the bold, bright colors, but what I love most about Julie's nursery is that she went the opposite route: peaceful, delicate neutrals. What a gorgeous, serene room for her baby girl to grow up in!
Since opening Julie Rhodes Fashion & Home in October 2013, I've been busy with my interior design clients and the day to day running of the store and have had less time to spend on my own home. It was so fun to work on this space and to be my own client, so to speak.
I wanted to invest in pieces that my baby could grow into and that would be timeless. When I found the the inlay dresser, I fell in love and ended up designed the rest of the room around it. I had the antique chandelier in one of our guest rooms and chose to move it to the nursery to dress the room up a bit. I didn’t want the space to feel all white or too baby pink. Mary McDonald’s blush color was a nice compromise and allowed me to use grey and taupe colors to balance everything.
I added the rug at the very last minute, to ground the space and give some color and texture to the floor (I also figured it would be easier to replace a rug than carpet, in the event of an explosive diaper or spit up situation!) Ultimately, I wanted this nursery to be beautiful, but also practical and to live up to every day life as my daughter grows up.
Drapes & Valance: Custom (Custom, Mary McDonald fabric)
Crib Linens: Custom (Custom, Mary McDonald fabric).
Antique Venetian Chandelier (Boxwood Interiors)
Dresser: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Amira Inlay Dresser
Art: original Le Rire magazine covers (Custom framed). Paper Source map of Paris (Custom framed).
Book Shelf & Marble Side Table (Source: Julie Rhodes Fashion & Home)
Charles & Ray Eames Elephant: Here.
Rug: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Tivoli Trellis Wool Flatweave Rug