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Lyon’s Nursery

…or what we like to refer to as the “lyon’s den.” ahem, sorry for the early morning humor. 🙂

There’s no question that I have a love for nursery design.  I admire people like Chaffee who can visualize and transform spaces into something extraordinary.  Something that looks like it could appear straight from a magazine or cover of a beautiful book.  Me, on the other hand – I need to digest the space, formulate a plan, and look at lots and lots of inspiration before I’m ready to begin.

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to put together Lyon’s room.  We moved into our home right when I was about 37 weeks, so as soon as we got the keys – I began.  And then I think I finished the next day.  Still crazy when I think about it…

So, here it is…  Lyon’s simple, light-filled sanctuary.  I actually love the way it turned out because every minute I spend there (which is A LOT), I feel really good.  And I think that’s such an important element in designing spaces…

The details:

I’m not a big fan of themed nurseries.  Not because they’re not beautiful, but just because I was never drawn to trucks or airplanes or dinosaurs or even lions.  It wasn’t my style, and yet I didn’t want a grown up bedroom for Lyon either.

We started with a color pallet of blue and white.  Kyu could have killed me if I weren’t carrying his baby because I made him re-paint the room twice to get the right shade of blue.  And those ceiling angles are not easy to just throw a splash of paint on.  Sorry, babe.

Then, we found simple furniture pieces around town that could translate to the next child (should we be blessed to have one), whether it’s a girl or boy.  I love the bedding, which is from B Braithwaite’s Serena & Lily line.  It has a distinct, yet dreamy safari theme which is reminiscent in many of the other pieces around the room.

One of my favorite elements in the room is the Take Me for a Walk illustration by Sarah Jane. I love her vintage interpretation of a boy walking his lion.  So sweet, yet so pure.  Perfect for this little boy’s room.

Kyu and I were very fortunate to have inherited many of our friend’s baby items.  How lucky are we?  One of those items is this comfortable glider that I spend much of my day in.  It’s rocked so many babies, had so many “accidents” happen on it, and survived long enough to make it to us.  Kyu stained the wood to match the other furniture pieces, and we had it re-upholstered to bring a fresh, somewhat contemporary feel to the room.

We love how it turned out.

The room is almost, but not quite finished.  Now, I understand why it takes my clients a year to finish their baby’s nursery for their book.  Life just moves way too fast…

I’m still looking to add a few more decorative elements to the walls and add extra seating to the room.  And maybe a few more photos?  Yes, I think that would be a good thing 🙂

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