When designing for baby, mix it up

  • May 5, 2013
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This is the first nursery I’ve done that has a desk in it and I love it. I can already envision Mario coloring and reading his books in that space. Photo courtesy of The Piggy Toes and Robin Kimberly Photography.
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I can imagine there also will be crayon markings on the white wood in a few years. I don’t care - it will give Mario’s space more character.Photo courtesy of The Piggy Toes and Robin Kimberly Photography.
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Nursery Tip: Choose an accent color and add pieces around the room in that color. In Mario’s room, I chose orange as an accent color. I found an orange throw, a candle, an orange monkey, a “quote” plate, a towel hook with orange in it and other little touches to complete his room. Photo courtesy of The Piggy Toes and Robin Kimberly Photography.
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Photo courtesy of The Piggy Toes and Robin Kimberly Photography.
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Photo courtesy of The Piggy Toes and Robin Kimberly Photography.

The day after we got home from the hospital, I spent the whole morning in our new baby boy’s nursery.

We put the bedding in his crib, added books and bookends to the desk, picked an accent color and brought “boy” into the neutral room!. I’m continuing to work on the wall space above his crib and desk but even though his room isn’t complete, I’m so excited to show it off! And even more excited to fill all of the picture frames with the new photos from our session with Robin Kimberly Photography.

Welcome to Mario’s Nursery

One of my favorite things about this room is that the furniture doesn’t all match. I knew early on in my pregnancy that I wanted white furniture in the nursery so my husband, Brian, refinished two older pieces we had and they turned out beautifully!

Nursery Tip: Using different style furniture, colors and woods throughout a room gives the room more depth and texture.

Mario’s bedding is from my older son Roman’s nursery (3 years ago) and I still love it. It’s from Pottery Barn Kids and I’ve always been happy with the quality of their items. This set must have been popular too because PBK kept it in its Baby Boy Collection and have added more items - rugs, wall decals and accessories. I ordered the Monkey Rug and had it rush shipped ... I love it! (See first photo above.)

Room details

Refinished white furniture: TLC Refinishing Furniture Guide

Hardware on white furniture: Home Depot

Monkey bedding: Pottery Barn Kids

Monkey floor rug: Pottery Barn Kids

“Monkey See Monkey Do” Stroller Blanket: Pottery Barn Kids

Orange throw: TJMaxx

Silver Leaf First Year frame: Pottery Barn Kids

Silver Leaf & White photo frames: Pottery Barn Kids

White Wooden Keepsake Box: Things Remembered

Glider & Ottoman: Babies R Us

Web columnist and local blogger Angelique Lorence is a mother of three boys, a Robert Morris University alumna and resident of Washington County. Visit her personal blog Where the Piggy Toes Go for this column and more on family, food, fashion and everything in between. Follow The Piggy Toes on Facebook and on Twitter: @thepiggytoes.

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