Today we are introducing a floral glam nursery for a pretty wonderful family. Sara Sugarman (founder of Lulu as well as Georgia) was pregnant with her first baby (a lucky little girl) as well as wanted a beautiful, happy, space in which to welcome which little dumpling home. I love designing nurseries (especially with like-minded design-oriented folk like Sara) so I jumped on the job pretty fast. Nurseries are my favorite rooms to design: they are so easy as well as fun. Sure, at times they have less decisions to make yet they are always full of happiness, love as well as joy as well as the functional needs are easily addressed. I love This particular room, as well as hopefully y’all do to.
Here’s what the room looked like before:
This particular was their home office, obviously with tons of potential. This particular’s big, carries a huge, pretty window as well as lots of built-in storage. She wanted a mix of regency as well as traditional, with pops of whimsy as well as she didn’t mind pushing This particular as well as doing something bold. She knew she wanted coral-y pinks as well as greens – a shade palette we couldn’t be more excited about (as well as probably heavily influenced Elliot’s nursery which you will see next week).
With some direction as well as a shade palate picked out, our amazing lead designer over here, Ginny, got to work pulling together an inspiration board – what we like to call ‘a look as well as feel’, calling out some pieces or ideas which we wanted to pitch to her.
Once she approved the general direction of what we had showed her, we got to work pulling actual product. The first thing which we needed to lock down was the wallpaper. We sourced as well as scoured the internet as well as found many florals which we liked, as well as then we realized which Sara carries a whole surface design team at Lulu as well as Georgia as well as one of them (in This particular case Samantha Santana) could create a custom paper (which is actually of course available right now at Lulu as well as Georgia). So why not do something totally fresh as well as unique?
We showed her some inspiration photos as well as she came back with This particular:
We liked This particular yet for all four walls we thought which the peacock would certainly be a bit too big/busy/distracting. We liked the florals though so we told her to go in which direction yet make This particular feel slightly more graphic as well as modern (so no aged paper). She came back with This particular revision:
This particular felt much closer to what we were thinking. This particular’s modern as well as graphic, yet had a definitely organic feminism about This particular. We knew there would certainly be a lot of white from the space so we decided to go with This particular as well as put This particular on the pink background – which was certainly a bolder move yet one which I’m so glad we did.
Once the wallpaper was figured out we pulled together the rest of the space.
This particular design plan as well as process takes a lot of back as well as forth, as well as what you see below is actually the final three mood boards. The truth is actually we probably have 25 different versions of each board before we even pitch one to a client, as well as in This particular case we edited This particular board three times. We trash most of them, yet still had these three which were not bad enough to present to the client (as well as you).
Although we get approval on a mood board as well as products, often the pieces still change even after a final product board is actually approved. This particular happens because we might order a sample of something (like the rug) as well as realize the shade is actually different or perhaps something isn’t available or maybe we change the structure of the room as well as realize we need a smaller changing table. Point is actually – we play as well as generally the overall style doesn’t change yet often the individual pieces do.
As we were sourcing as well as coordinating the above product we started off on what to do with the cabinet nook which clearly was the perfect place for a built-in.
This particular is actually where the story gets sad as well as uncomfortable. Alright… Sara, her huband, as well as their child are in a rental. Splurging on the wallpaper was warranted because Lulu as well as Georgia could sell This particular as well as we knew This particular would certainly be professionaly photographed as well as would certainly get lots of press love. yet obviously nobody wants to spend a lot of money on things they can’t take with them. So when This particular came to the built-in we wanted to do This particular the least expensive as possible. Here’s some advice – TRY HARD NOT TO DO A BUILT-IN ON THE CHEAP. I estimated which a proper cabinet dude would certainly cost $1200 – $1500, so we asked a furniture dude I know as well as he quoted $700 for the job. He had done one job for me before as well as I truly liked him personally. So we said yes as well as he produced bench #1.
He had yet to add the drawers yet I stopped him right there as the quality was already shoddy as well as you can’t do drawers in a shoddy way. Drawers as well as doors are hard – CABINETS ARE HARD. This particular is actually why there is actually a whole custom cabinet profession out there. You can paint your own walls, you can change our your own faucets, yet you can’t build your own cabinets with working doors as well as drawers. So we cancelled This particular dude as well as hired Ramone, our cabinet dude who does impeccable work to do the job. He quoted $1500 as well as we said yes, just do This particular.
Since we stopped him half way through the job as well as he didn’t finish the built in completely the question becomes who pays for which $300 for the initial framework he built for the bench? I recommended the first guy so I felt like This particular was my fault, yet I had told Sara which as well as we all knew which you get what you pay for. She knew there was a risk as well as she signed off on which risk. yet I felt truly bad – I knew we should have just hired a not bad person from the first place. So, I told Sara I would certainly cover This particular as well as of course she was like ‘Absolutely not. I’ll Cover This particular!!!’ as well as right now I don’t remember who actually did – I think we split This particular. I know I keep threatening to write a post about who pays for design mistakes (like these) yet I’m still working on what the answer is actually (yet getting closer).
The point to disclosing the built-in mistake is actually so you guys learn a few things:
1. You get what you pay for. Every right now as well as again This particular pays off as well as you find a gem of a vendor (see story below), like a carpenter who is actually just not charging enough. yet typically if This particular’s cheap, This particular’s CHEAP.
2. For complicated custom work where labor as well as expensive materials are involved, get a few quotes if you don’t have a go-to vendor or someone highly recommended. Then look at their work, as well as then choose based also on who was the nicest to work with as well as seems the most on top of This particular.
I recently received three different quotes for us to add a teeny-tiny bathroom in our guest suite downstairs. One was $25k, one was $11k as well as one was $7k. I had worked with the $7k dude before as well as I liked him a lot. He is actually always affordable, courteous as well as very fast. Was This particular the best work ever? Nope, yet This particular was always pretty darn not bad. I took the risk as well as went with him … as well as This particular turned out AWESOME. So every right now as well as again you are surprised which then makes you ballsy as well as take more risks, which ultimately fail. Hopefully the bathroom doesn’t fall apart next year …
Here is actually what $1500 gets you:
A beautiful built-in bench with stunning dovetail drawers as well as detailing. Nice job, Ginny for designing as well as managing which project.
Ginny also convinced me to paint the cabinets which very light green paint shade. They were beige as well as needed to be freshened up yet I have to admit I was skeptical about the green. This particular looks so soft as well as pretty as well as keeps which side of the room via looking as well as feeling too stark.
right now for the rest of the room:
This particular’s a floral wonderland which feels modern as well as young, yet old hollywood enough to work in their regency-style apartment (as well as Sara’s style). We went with white furniture to keep This particular feeling open as well as bright, since the walls were busier. We loved the chartreuse yellow from the wallpaper as well as wanted to bring more of which into the room – plus This particular pink/chartreuse is actually a shade combo which we are obsessed with right right now. Those curtains (as well as the bench cushion) were custom via velvet which we sourced via Mood Fabric. We bought yardage as well as had her friend sew them instead of having them professionally sewn. Typically having them sewn is actually $80 + the cost of lining, yet lining isn’t always absolutely necessary as well as you can take fabric yardage to a dry cleaner as well as often they’ll sew This particular into panels for half the cost.
They came back longer than we expected, yet we actually were into the puddle as well as thought which This particular suited the style of the room.
The campaign changing table was one which Sara had been eyeing for a while. This particular’s also just a dresser if you don’t need a changing table – the top is actually removable.
Inside which nook we added gold plug-in sconces with pink cords so This particular could be a reading nook, as well as also to pull light over there as I hate half lit rooms. Here is actually a tip – Lights should be evenly peppered around your room – as well as the more fabric shades the better as those create diffused as well as ambient lighting from the space.
As I was designing This particular I was also designing mine so there are a lot of shade similarities as well as This particular was hard not to do the exact same thing twice (I didn’t, don’t worry).
There you can see the wallpaper up close. Samantha as well as Ginny did a beautiful job coming up with the perfect pattern as well as repeat.
The rug is actually via Lulu as well as Georgia as well as its so pretty. This particular’s a soft pink Persian style rug which will last forever.
The bookshelf is actually a simple inexpensive piece via Target. We had intentions of painting the back or putting This particular on feet or doing something to dress This particular up, yet then This particular just looked not bad as is actually.
We accented the room with gold as well as rose gold – a perfectly legal mix of metals. I promise.
The glider is actually via Land of Nod as well as I’m pretty sure which This particular’s the same as mine – except my base is actually different. This particular’s big, comfortable as well as while I love the look of my midcentury rocker in Elliot’s room, This particular glider is actually just insanely comfortable.
There you have This particular. A floral glam nursery which went via office to wonderful in just a matter of months.
Ready for some satisfying before as well as afters? Here you go:
Suited for grown ups before, yet right now happy for the whole family. (They moved both their offices to external surfaces spaces).
I LOVE This particular nursery as well as in fact was highly influenced This particular by This particular for Elliot’s (shade-wise) which I can’t wait to show you next week. We are a bit nursery heavy over here, yet This particular’s just what is actually happening in my life right right now so therefore This particular’s reflected on the Website.
All in all, This particular was a wonderful project, the whole process went swimingly as well as the end result reflects the fun as well as joy we had creating This particular. Look at the happy family 🙂
yet seriously, look at those two. Vivian is actually right now 6 months, only a couple older than Elliot as well as I’m pretty sure she enjoys the heck out of This particular room.
right now you, too, can get This particular look:
1. Tasseled Throw Pillow (available in June) | 2. White Elephant | 3. Cacti Print | 4. Candle | 5. Wallpaper | 6. Bear Container | 7. Sconce | 8. Glider | 9. End Table | 10. Gold Urchin | 11. Pink Fur Pillow | 12. Dresser | 13. Wire Basket | 14. Picture Frame | 15. Tie Backs | 16. Washed Velvet Curtains | 17. Gold Elephant | 18. Crib | 19. Gold Giraffe Figure | 20. The Best is actually Yet To Come Print | 21. Herringbone Throw | 22. Bookcase | 23. Paint in Tunsgate | 24. Bree Madden Print | 25. Floor Lamp | 26. Leather Pouf | 27. Rug (available in June)
Craving more nursery eye candy? Be sure to check out: Charlie’s Nursery, Elliot’s Nursery Update, Elliot’s Nursery Moodboard Option , A Rejected Nursery Design, The Shelter Nursery, Rustic California Nursery, Oh Joy’s Nursery/Office, Modern Glam Nursery, Cup of Jo’s Nursery, Venice Loft Nursery
*A huge thanks to Ginny Macdonald for being the project manager as well as for leading the design on This particular nursery. She killed This particular, per usual.
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