BCI Project: Sophisticated Floral Nursery
For anyone following my previous blog on the Master Bed & Bathroom project, I apologize for falling off the face of the Earth. I was waylaid by a project that suddenly became a much higher priority…my own nursery. I will eventually finish the Master Bedroom & Bathroom project, but since it is stalled, I decided to blog about my nursery in the meantime.
As usual, I wasn’t sure where to begin. Ideas floated around in my head, color schemes, themes, etc. I looked at baby stuff online but nothing struck me. What I did know was that I didn’t want to buy a set – I didn’t want something that anyone could get at Babies R Us. I didn’t want to do anything too obvious – I love pink (always have) but I wanted something less expected. And I didn’t want anything that immediately screamed, “baby.” I know this sounds counter-intuitive but I wanted a room that she can grow into, not something that will be too young for her within a few years. And I personally didn’t want “cute”, I wanted “beautiful.”
So I kept my eyes and ears open, always looking for inspiration, and eventually…I found it.
God bless Dolce & Gabbana. Yes, a magazine ad for make-up. This grabbed me immediately. I love everything about it – the colors, the light, fresh, spring-time feeling, the elegant femininity. Its beautiful, and I wanted my baby girl’s nursery to feel like this ad.
“How” – you may be asking – “do you translate a magazine ad into an interior design?” That’s exactly what I’m going to blog about.
Two things were easy:
1) Color scheme – handily established by the ad:
- seafoam blue
- pops of hot pink, yellow and purple
2) Theme – also inspired by the ad: flowers, but not your typical baby stuff, no pink daisies here – this was going to be a modern, sophisticated floral.
So I drew the room in Sketchup (3D modeling program) and 3 more things became apparent:
- The majority of the ad is the seafoam color, which I decided meant the main color in the room should be seafoam. Paint color for walls, done.
- The color scheme is toned down by white, but kept from being boring by pink, purple and yellow.
- The floral pattern in the ad is on her dress, so the most obvious place for the pattern in the room is on the fabrics.
In Sketchup I painted the walls seafoam, and decided on all white furniture to soften it just like in the ad. Next, I began an exhaustive search for the perfect floral fabric, worthy of Dolce & Gabbana…