A few months ago, the lovely Jessi Malay reached out to me for help designing the nursery for her daughter, Alessandra. They had just purchased a brand new home in Los Angeles and had a completely blank canvas to work with. The first time I saw the space, I was so excited to see the high ceilings and bright natural light (probably two of the most important things to a designer!).
We sat down and talked a lot about what she wanted to see in the space. She wasn’t entirely sure, but knew she wanted lots of white, a crib with acrylic, and some type of statement wallpaper. I showed her an image of a girl’s bedroom I designed last year with some pretty spectacular floral wallpaper and that was that! She fell in love with the wallpaper, and we were able to pull the whole design together after that.
Jessi loved the idea of an acrylic crib. We chose the Babyletto Harlow crib because it’s modern, it’s acrylic and it’s white, so pretty much the perfect option for her. Jessi’s nursery isn’t huge, so we couldn’t fit a wide dresser in here along with a glider. Instead, we chose a medium-sized dresser from Newport Cottages and customized it with a white satin finish and gold hardware.
Almost everything else in the room I chose from Joss & Main. They have such a huge selection and happened to have a ton of items in the color scheme we were going for. I even found great little succulent plants and accessories there!
Jessi really wanted to have a little snuggle spot in the nursery too, so we created a little spot with lots of fun pillows and a soft faux sheepskin rug to play on.
Here’s the design board I put together for her so she could really visualize the space before we started ordering everything.
Wallpaper | Crib | Dresser | Glider | Ottoman | Etagere | Mirror | Chandelier | Draperies | Rug | Gold Birds | Crib Sheet | Pink Heart Pillow | Pink Lamp | Faux Sheepskin Rug | Side Table | Love Pillow | Floral Pillow
Baby Alessandra had such a fun time playing around her new nursery! It was so fun to watch her explore and discover all the new things in her room.
You can see even more of the nursery, lots of behind-the-scenes video and plenty of embarrassing footage of Yours Truly over on Jessi Malay’s YouTube channel.
Last Photo: Asha Bailey Photography
All Other Photos: Full Spectrum Photography
I get design inspiration from all over the place. Sometimes it’s obvious and makes perfect sense. Other times something almost unnoticeable will sit in the back of my brain and wake me up in the middle of the night in a fit of creativity (that’s fun, but I definitely lose sleep).
Designing nurseries means that I’m usually looking for ideas that will translate into youthful spaces, but it does not mean I don’t still find inspiration in all sorts of things. I just have to tweak them a bit more in my mind.
One of my favorite places to look for nursery inspiration is actually just regular “adult” interior design (and of course, by “adult”, I just mean non-juvenile). I tell my clients this too—they don’t have to be limited to inspiration photos of nurseries. We can pull inspiration and design elements from almost anything.
Recently I came across the photo above of a room designed by Drop It Modern showcasing their wallpaper. Instantly my brain translated it into a nursery design. The pink velvet chair could so easily be a pink velvet glider. The light wood dresser could be a light wood changing table. There’s no crib in the photo, which means my imagination just gets to choose one. The wallpaper is already so whimsical and fun!
I’m sure you can guess what happened after that. That’s right—I woke up in the middle of the night unable to stop the design from forming in my mind. The next day, I put a nursery design board together.
Don’t worry, I won’t leave you without all the sources for this. And they are pretty great! (Unfortunately that pink rocker is already discontinued).
These types of design boards are exactly what I do for my E-Design clients. So if you’re looking for professional help designing your nursery, I’ll create one just for you.
You may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of little hints about the nursery I’ve been working on for Jessi Malay. Jessi reached out to me and asked if I would help her design her daughter’s nursery in the new home they had just moved into. When I got to her home, I was thrilled to see that the nursery was full of natural light and had a gorgeous vaulted ceiling—it spoke to me and asked for a big ‘ol chandelier, which I happily agreed to (yes, ceilings speak to me on occasion).
We sat down and talked a lot about what she wanted to see in the space. She wasn’t entirely sure, but knew she wanted lots of white, a crib with acrylic, and some type of statement wallpaper. I showed her an image (below) of a girl’s bedroom I designed last year with some pretty spectacular floral wallpaper and that was that! She feel in love with the wallpaper, and we were able to pull the whole design together after that.
The first step (and the least fun) is the floor plan. It’s super important for me to lay everything out so I can make sure things will fit and that everything is in a safe location. We sat together while I drew up the floor plan on my laptop and I showed her what I suggested for the space.
Onto the fun part—design! Jessi loved the idea of an acrylic crib, and right away I thought of the Babyletto Harlow crib. It’s modern, it’s acrylic and it’s white, so pretty much the perfect option for her. Jessi’s nursery isn’t huge, so we couldn’t fit a wide dresser in here along with a glider, so we chose a medium sized dresser from Newport Cottages and customized the heck out of it (luckily that’s what they do). All white, satin finish with specialty gold hardware.
Almost everything else in the room I chose from Joss & Main. They have such a huge selection and happened to have a ton of items in the color scheme we were going for.
Every item I chose for her, I put together in the nursery design board above so she could get a feeling for what the design would look like. We edited a little and refined the design, and then moved on to ordering. A few weeks later, I came back to install the room! There was a ridiculous amount of boxes in her entryway and it took us over an hour just to open them all up. By the way, opening boxes is one of the most exciting parts of my job—it’s like Christmukkah morning!
Getting everything installed is always a challenge, but we did it. We debated on the perfect height to hang the chandelier and I watched nervously every time someone got up on a ladder.
After the installation was done, I got to swoop in and do all the styling. We had a full etagere bookcase in this room and I styled the whole thing out with cute little decor pieces, succulent plants, artwork, etc.
Here’s a sneak peek of the room, but that’s all I can show you for now! We photographed the room last week and I’m so excited to share the full reveal! Follow me on Instagram for the latest updates and to see the reveal when it’s published!