Every time someone asks me what my nursery “theme” and “colors” are, I break into a cold sweat. Theme? Colors?! (Clearly asked by people unacquainted with my mortal fear of color.) Well, cue the parade of mommy guilt because I am dead-set on having neither a theme nor colors for my little darling’s abode, and instead plan to decorate it as I would any other room of our house: with clean, tailored fabrics, a decided lack of clutter and just a hint of formality.
I can already hear the lament: “But that isn’t any fun!” Is it not possible for a nursery to be fun without looking like a damn carnival? And why must a child’s room be “fun” in the first place?! It is going to be filled with books and toys, after all, so do you really need a creepy clown mural and a Mother Goose bedding set to drive home the good time message?
Insofar as colors are concerned, I’m making some major strides with the nursery by embracing a bolder (albeit rather preppy) palette. That being said, I remain wary of making it too precious and matchy-matchy (read: the entire Pottery Barn Kids collection), and he hus-b is officially petrified that I will make the room so incredibly, ridiculously pink that the baby will have no choice but to be the girl-iest of girl-y girls. (To note: has he met me?!)
We here at P&V believe it is never too early to teach your child about good taste. With that in mind, here’s what we’ve come up with so far for the littlest lady of the house.
When considering what feelings we would like the baby’s room to evoke, “serene” and “beautiful” come to mind. If you were to ask the hus-b and me, there is no place more serene or beautiful than the island of Bermuda, and in particular, the Coral Beach Club, the charming club where we have had the pleasure of staying during our visits. From the sorbet colored buildings to the faded-yet-prim sitting rooms to the omnipresent yellow- and white-striped awnings, the CBC is like a glorious time warp back to the early 1960’s where you can almost imagine yourself on Don and Betty Draper’s honeymoon. The juxtaposition of formality and ease is distinctly Bermudian, and exactly the right mood for our little one’s sanctuary.
Real Nursery Elements We Adore
Thank goodness for Serena & Lily, one of the few companies out there producing juvenile linens that don’t give us a toothache. The newly-released “Lola” collection is a bold choice, to be sure, but the pink and green elements hit just the right preppy note while still being playful with a parrot-and-flower motif. The crib skirt, however, is rather unfortunate with a center slit reminding us of our old elementary school gym shorts.
A subtler choice from Serena & Lily, we adore this “Nursery Basics” bumper and crib skirt for featuring crisp cotton twill and contrast piping in “Punch”, a perfect shade of not-too-pale-but-not-too-bright pink that even the hus-b can sign off on. If this bumper came monogrammed, it would pretty much be a slam dunk.
Speaking of monograms, Layla Grace carries this charming crib bedding set by New Arrivals. Featuring white pique, khaki piping, grosgrain ribbon ties and an optional monogram, it doesn’t get much more traditional than this.
Like insanely comfortable maternity jeans (which should simply be called “eating pants”) and regular sundae intake, we just don’t understand why some things are reserved for pregnancy only. Gliders are no exception: with their cozy upholstery and impressive range of motion, we believe they have been unfairly relegated to nursery decor. The hus-b has even decided that, once the glider arrives, it will be his favorite chair in the house.
The hus-b’s favorite glider so far? The Little Castle “Buckingham” which features classic styling and tons of fabric choices. But even with so many fabrics to choose from, we might prefer the Doodlefish by Little Castle gliders just a tiny bit better because of the oxford and seersucker fabric options. (We’re a creature of habit, after all.)
With their impeccably tailored stripes and delightfully reasonable prices, Dash & Albert rugs have always been a favorite of P&V. But it wasn’t until we read this recent post at Project Nursery that we considered purchasing one of their rugs for baby girl Fusco’s Bermuda-inspired nursery. It’s truly a match made in heaven, especially if we select one of the washable and oh-so-durable indoor/outdoor rugs like the dreamy khaki- and white- striped selection above.
We love the idea of incorporating a yellow- and white-cabana striped element in the nursery, not simply because we are mad for stripes (mad, I tell you!) but also to reference the outdoor fabrics used at Coral Beach. However, this roman shade uses the same yellow and white color palette we crave, but in a diamond bamboo pattern to make the reference less literal (and avoid stripe overload with that Dash & Albert rug!).
We’re clearly still in the preliminary design phase (having not yet selected, you know, an actual crib), but let us know what you think of our work so far. We’d love to hear from you!