Here I am! Thank you so much for sticking with me through my lackadaisical blogging. While my love for design is as strong as ever, the latest addition to my life has a monopoly on my free time (hence the nursery post!). I post more frequently on Facebook so be sure to catch up with us there. If you are new to the blog, check out my post on my Girly Modern Cottage or my project for the Anchor Distillery Tasting Room to get a sense of things I love.
Moving into Modern: The Nursery
We are having a bit of a baby boom here at Coddington Design! My senior designer in Los Angeles, Taylor Tanimoto, gave birth to her second little girl in February while I received my little bundle of baby joy, Theo, in December. With babies everywhere, it seems fitting that we dive deep into the design of a modern day nursery.
With my plunge into the parenting pool, I now find myself involved in debates I didn’t even know I cared about like cloth vs disposable diapers or attachment parenting vs cry-it-out. There is one hot topic that I can offer advice with certainty and that is how to decorate a nursery. Should it be stimulating or relaxing? Neutral or colorful? Designed for the parents or for the kids? Is yellow gender neutral (not if you agree with the dad in Juno). My take on parenting and designing is to RELAX. Put your pregnant feet up, wipe the spittle off your shoulder, and take a deep breath. I promise your child’s wall color is not going make or break whether he gets into an ivy league school or she becomes a professional athlete but the reward for a beautifully designed space for your kid does have definite benefits.
For Theo’s nursery, I wanted a colorful and stimulating room that allowed some longevity in design. I wanted him to grow into the room. I am having a pretty serious love affair with gray right now, so I started with this gray crib.
We painted his previously dark paneled walls a light neutral gray but really took some serious liberties in the traffic cone orange ceiling. This mobile from the museum store floats gracefully with each little breeze (thanks Auntie Chelsea!). We also decided on a geometrically designed light fixture to add a dash of modernity to the nursery.
I spent endless hours searching for the perfect glider and I’m glad I did because I seem to spend a chunk of my life nestled in this piece of furniture. I couldn’t find one that met all my needs so I told myself (and my wife) that I should design my own. I decided to splurge on a custom vintage-inspired fully upholstered glider (it rocks and swivels). It’s built to last and we plan to have it re-upholstered after the baby years for a more glamorous reincarnation. For sanity’s sake and for functional design, it’s super comfy, hides spills, and lends great details to the room. I’ve become quite the expert on what makes the perfect glider. The back needs to be high enough so that it catches your head when it drops back from sheer exhaustion and the arms need to be the right height to support your tired and weak baby-carrying arms. There are some beautiful ones out there and you can see some of my faves here.
The window treatments are (gasp!) retail but a great value. I dressed them up with custom hardware and mounted them so they just brushed the floor. The Serena & Lilly etagere provides a ton of storage for bedtime books and toys (although Theo seems more interested in how books and toys taste at this stage of the game). We also selected some seriously adorbs artwork from The Animal Print Shop.
Buying rugs online is not for the faint of heart, but I was confident about this moustache rug purchase because of the many shades of orange. It’s a seamless fit for the nursery’s orange ceiling and as a bonus it hides all kinds of spills. Plus, my talented friend saw the rug and made this moustache themed quilt for Theo!
One of the best features of a nursery’s design is all the creative and generous contributions our friends made. Theo’s Native American auntie had her talented sister weave this traditional basket and his handy Aunty Jo sewed a hand crafted owl mobile from felt. He loves to watch it when he’s on his changing table.
We hope to have the room completed later this year and I can’t wait to share the finished photos! Stay tuned peeps, I promise not to disappear for too long!