Modern Boy’s Bedroom Reveal

Back when I started Little Crown Interiors, one of my very first clients was living in a traditional home in Beverly Hills but loved modern design. I worked with her to come up with a compromise for her son’s room. Then a few years later, she moved into a very modern home and called me asking for a very colorful and modern bedroom for her son, now age six. Some of his favorite things are video games and astronauts, so I created a design that was bright and bold with modern touches and lots of fun.

Modern Boy's Room | Little Crown Interiors

She already owned the Nursery Works bed from his last room, so we re-used it in this design (sadly, it’s discontinued now).  There was a very long empty wall for a dresser or bookcase, so I suggested the Kubist Dresser from ModShop, which has such an amazing modern design. To add some serious drama, I designed a custom bookcase that we added on top for all his toys and collections.

Modern Boy's Room - Modern Shelving Unit

In the other corner of the room, I wanted to create an area for pure fun. My client expressed interest in having a hanging chair in the room, so I jumped at the chance to install an acrylic bubble chair! Behind the chair, we added white and silver upholstered “pixels” for a fun video game feel and to protect the walls. For a pop of color, we sent in a photo to All Pop Art and had a fun Warhol style art piece made.

Modern Boy's Room | Little Crown Interiors

One of my favorite parts of this room is the Puzzle Rug. It’s a rare thing to come across an area rug that also functions as kid’s entertainment! The whole thing is modular, so he can play around with it and move the puzzle pieces around as he chooses. To complement the design, I added a floating side table, some custom silver roman shades and a fun modern ceiling pendant.

Modern Boy's Room | Little Crown Interiors

The final touch was a life-sized astronaut printed on the duvet and a helmet on the pillowcase. Every night as he goes to sleep, he gets to pretend he’s an astronaut heading into space.

Click here for all the photos of this fun boy’s bedroom.

Celestial Nursery Decor

[The following is a piece I wrote for Project Nursery]

I’ve had several clients over the past few months who have asked me to incorporate some type of moon, space or celestial decor into their nursery designs. You might think that this type of design only works for boys, but it’s actually quite gender neutral.  I’ve also talked a lot about how themed nurseries can be tricky. However, adding a moon here or a star there won’t turn your nursery into an outer space diorama, but rather subtly hint at the great beyond. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite celestial nursery decor pieces below.

Modern Brass Outer Space Inspired Mobile from CB2Crop Circle Mobile from CB2

While you might think that space decor should be silver, I love the fact that this modern mobile is a warm brass tone. It hints at planetary shapes while remaining neutral and fresh.

Laser Cut Moon Wall Hanging from Havoc Designs on EtsyLaser Cut Moon Wall Hanging from Havoc Designs on Etsy

I just love the laser cut look of this moon wall hanging. The natural wood grain adds warmth, while the shiny silver finish is modern and definitely space age. It also has a handcrafted look, which is something I always love to bring into a nursery design.

Zodiac Constellation Art with Gold Foil Accent from RH TeenZodiac Constellation Art from RH Teen

Talk about a statement piece! This large zodiac moon print is 36″ wide, making it the perfect stand-alone piece to be hung over a dresser or secured over a crib. The best part is that it can be customized with your child’s zodiac sign in a pretty gold foil. I love that this piece also comes in pink or gray, making it a great fit for any space.

Gray and Gold Constellation Crib Bedding from The Land of Nod Big Dipper Crib Bedding from The Land of Nod

Another way to bring in a celestial accent is in your crib bedding. This sweet set has a little constellation and star pattern in gray and gold, making it neutral enough to pair with any other color scheme.

Colorful and Whimsical Spaceship Wall Art from Society6My Spaceship Will Come from Society6

I just love the whimsy of this collage style art print. Outer space decor doesn’t have to be modern, and it doesn’t have to be blue and silver. With a little searching, you can find great gems like this piece that are colorful, sweet and fun.

The Psychology of the Color Green

[The following is a piece I wrote for Project Nursery]

We’re just into 2017, and it already feels like things are starting anew. Plus, the experts over at Pantone recently released their color of the year—greenery. The color green has always been my favorite, and it’s for good reason. Green has a calming and relaxing effect and can make you feel closer to nature. Biologically speaking, we are hardwired to respond positively to the color green because it means there is health and vitality in the earth and plants around us. Culturally, we are attracted to green because it implies growth, wealth and well-being—just think about how good you feel after drinking a green smoothie! It makes perfect sense that it’s a great choice for a nursery. Here are a few tips to bring your design to life with the color green in the nursery.

Mid century green nurseryModern Green & White Nursery

Green has so many variations that it can be difficult to narrow it down to the perfect shade. Try going with a hue that makes you feel relaxed and calm. Then you can use different shades of that same hue throughout the space.

green nursery rugLeahy’s Neutral Woodland Nursery

To emphasize serenity, use greens that have a slightly more blueish hue. For a more energetic feel, go with greens with a more yellowish hue or incorporate more pattern.

green nurseryGender Neutral Nursery

green nursery wallpaperDaniel’s Lime Green & Blue Nursery

If you don’t like green or want to design your nursery in another color scheme, just add in a few plants. Real greenery goes with any color and decor. How would you incorporate the color green in the nursery?

Naomi Alon of Little Crown Interiors


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