First off, I guess this post is our gender reveal! And while I did my very best to keep things gender neutral, my love for blue simply took over. So it's probably pretty obvious... we're having a boy! The whole family couldn't be more excited about it. My husband will have a mini me, I'll have another man in my life and Taos will have a brother. I've been spending a lot of time designing the nursery which started as a pin board and naturally evolved into more elaborate design schemes and flat lay photography.
When working on the nursery design scheme, it was important to me that the entire space be functional first and foremost while also feeling like a natural extension of our home. As a textile designer I started where I feel most comfortable (with the textiles), which quickly became the visual anchor. I wanted to incorporate CCT hand printed textiles, wallpaper from our new collection and a printed blue Hermes scarf which my husband gave to me on our wedding day and would be beautiful framed as art on the wall. Using that as my jumping off point I created a flat lay and some vignettes on the wall to bring the vision to life and see how it was all jelling together.
I was able to narrow the wallpaper choice down to our CITRA pattern and our KETUT pattern both in the Denim colorway. Styling this mini wall vignette really helped me visualize both papers in the space and see how it was working alongside the other elements. Ultimately the choice came down to a predominantly blue wall with a white pattern (KETUT), or a predominantly white wall with a blue pattern (CITRA). Then there were considerations about scale. KETUT is a smaller scale pattern and will repeat more across the wall and CITRA is a larger scale. It was really difficult to decide so I waited to see how both would photograph. Ultimately, I went with CITRA because it is bold but delicate and has a nice open feeling.
Once the flat lay, color palette and textiles were set, I moved onto bigger pieces like furniture and lighting. Since the textiles, wallpaper and art will all tell a blue color story I wanted the rest of the room to celebrate natural wood tones. For the dresser, I fell in love with the Ramos Dresser from Noir - one that can easily be converted into a changing table and stand the test of time as our little one grows up. As someone who loves supporting artisan communities, it was important to me to incorporate handmade objects and furniture. It took a lot of searching around to source the right products but I was able to find handmade items for several everyday nursery items. This beautiful handmade African hamper, a whitewashed pine stump end table, woven wool storage baskets from Thayer, stoneware votives from Connected Goods.
For the lighting, I wanted to add a gender neutral chandelier that worked well with the rest of our home. The polished nickel and clear glass Small Bistro chandelier from Circa already hangs in the design studio, so I opted for consistency and selected it for the nursery as well. Then came T H E C H A I R ! It was a daunting decision - of all the furniture in the nursery it will arguably get the most use, must be comfortable and will live in our home for up to 5 years. I took a few Instagram polls on rockers vs gliders which all came out in favor of a glider. Gliders won out over rockers because they have a more gentle, consistent movement as opposed to a rocker which is more jolty and harder to control when you're trying to put baby to sleep. The other key callout was to get a high back chair, because you'll want to be able to rest your head. The downside to the glider is it's chunkier looking than a rocker and is typically slipcovered which isn't very modern looking. There's no denying the silhouette and legs of a rocking chair are way better looking than any gliders on the market. However, I came to find that the slipcovers are actually quite nice because they hide the chair's ugly mechanics which allow the gliding motion. So after hours and hours of searching for the perfect glider under $2k (sorry Serena & Lily, your gliders are gorgeous but I just couldn't rationalize the extra $1k!) I landed on RH's High-Back Slope Arm Upholstered Glider and matching ottoman in the Perennials Nickel Performance Linen. As for the crib, I decided to keep it simple with the Hampshire White Crib from Crate & Barrel.
Things are shaping up nicely with the nursery! In a month or so the CITRA / Denim wallpaper will arrive and be installed, the RH glider will be ready to ship and I'll go rug shopping. Lots to keep up on! I created the below mood board to encapsulate the design direction for the space. Having a mood board always helps keep me on course no matter what creative project I'm working on. As I'm considering rugs or artwork for the nursery I can reference this to make sure things stay cohesive. Feel free to spread this inspiration by pinning it or sharing on IG. Lastly, if you aren't already following me on Instagram @CCTEXTILES I'll be posting real-time updates of the nursery design process and taking polls to get your input on design decisions. Please join the conversation!
1. RH High-Back Slope Arm Upholstered Glider 2. Small Bistro chandelier from Circa 3. Stoneware votives from Connected Goods 4. Ramos Dresser from Noir 5. Hampshire White Crib from Crate & Barrel 6. Gamal / White Natural fabric from Caroline Cecil Textiles 7. Citra / Denim wallpaper from Caroline Cecil Textiles 8. Handmade African hamper from Connected Goods 9. Bridge / White Natural fabric from Caroline Cecil Textiles
Written by: Caroline Cecil