We built the house before I was pregnant knowing we wanted a third child and, having 2 daughters already, hoping to complete our family with a son. I painted the nursery-to-be a pale dreamy blue thinking if I’d build it, he would come.
The Tee Pee
I knew I wanted to have a little space for play and creativity in Richie’s room and I already had the Kevin Russ photograph of the horses in my home and loved the colors of it with the nursery wall. The art coupled with the teepee just felt like a collision of adventure and culture and curiosity that achieved the goals I had for the space. Also it served to keep his older sisters busy while I tended to diapers and feeding. They all always want to be at our feet, these children!
Pieces to Grow with Baby
Longevity and adaptability was one of my main goals in creating the space. I started with the wool ombre rug because I liked the depth and richness of color it added. It grounds the room in a way that feels interesting, but doesn’t really compete with any other patterns or motifs so I can change the room a hundred different ways and the rug would still work. The hand tufted wool construction makes it extremely durable as well. For the other 2 big ticket items, the chair and dresser/changing table I went with classic Midcentury Modern pieces. An Eames-style lounge chair (this one is a knock-off) has remained an iconic piece for nearly 7 decades and continued to look fresh all that time. I see these growing with him into adulthood.
I see the chair and ottoman both as being a bit of a surprise in form in a nursery, which I think is essential to a well-designed space. I like the pop of color that the tufted pouf ottoman adds and that end table next to them feels a bit Max-in-his-wolf-suit in form to me which I like for a baby man’s space.
Isn’t this space so wonderful? It will grow with Richie until he heads out for college and we love how much thought went into every decision and pick for the space.