Designing a Second Girl’s Room: How to Make it Unique
When we found out that Lindsay Pinchuk, founder of The Bump Club and Beyond in Chicago, was pregnant with her second daughter, we thought it would be so fun to help her design the space for her new addition. We have been lucky enough to work with Lindsay hosting events where expectant parents come to learn about all the joys and obstacles parenthood brings. It was great to work with Lindsay to create her nursery and do something special as she has helped so many mom's-to-be. After brainstorming together we came up with a plan!
The second bedroom aka the new nursery
Lindsay's older daughter’s (Jordyn's) room is right next to the nursery so we thought it made the most sense to have the rooms coordinate without using too many of the same colors and decor. We chose colors, art and bedding that showcase the new space but also flow with the rest of the house. Luckily the former guest bedroom, soon to be the new nursery, had a neutral pallet so there wasn't too much to get rid of or move around. Our main challenge for the room was working around the three windows that are on the wall where the crib would be. Since we would not be able to hang art work on this wall we decided to pick a fun fabric and have roman shades made, they would be the "art" focus on the wall along with the crib. Luckily we found this great fabric by Serena and Lily. The colors were perfect!
Choosing the furniture
While Lindsay was on a business trip down in LA she had spotted one of Sprout's favorite lines, Newport Cottages, at a local baby boutique. She instantly fell in love and knew she would like to use this furniture for the nursery. Newport Cottages is handmade in Southern California and special-made to order. This process allows you to choose from any one of their 17+ color choices. Also, if you would like to use your own favorite paint color, they are able to match! The dresser Lindsay spotted while in LA was done in a bright raspberry color and she thought that would be a fun accent for a second baby girl. We couldn't agree more.
As we mentioned previously, Lindsay's second guest bedroom was already a pretty neutral pallet so we didn't have to worry too much about paint colors. The room was painted a pretty gray/taupe color, a great color for a nursery. Choosing a neutral paint color allows you to use pops of color either in the furniture or in the decor/bedding. We decided to use the bright raspberry paint color by Newport Cottages for the changing table with white trim and to go with a classic white for the crib.
For bedding we decided to keep it neutral with the accent crib skirt to match the window treatment. Since the window treatment fabric was acting as the focus on the main wall (instead of art due to windows) we thought it would look great to carry it through to the bedding with a custom crib skirt.
We are huge fans of using artwork that isn't too baby looking, which runs the risk of outgrowing the space too soon. Sugarboo Designs is a new line we have been working with, and we decided to choose a few of their pieces for the space. Sugarboo is known for their paintings done on reclaimed wood along with metal signs. We chose designs in neutral colors since we had the fun pops of color in the linens and furniture. We often have customers coming in wanting to turn their nursery into a "big kids" room. One way to avoid having to do this is to choose neutral, sophisticated pieces that will grow with your child. Also, choose pieces that are extensions of your home.
The Final Product
We could not be happier with the final product! The room is a perfect mix of modern and traditional/old vintage. The glass knobs used on the dresser accent the shells used for the light fixture perfectly. We are excited to show you the results! Lindsay welcomed Lila Drew on Oct 21st. She is such a doll and could not have a better big sister to show her the ropes!
Remember, preparing for a new addition can be one of the most amazing yet stressful times of your life. Relaxing and focusing on what's most important, your health, is essential. The nursery will come together at some point, before OR after baby. For Lindsay, it was after since Lila was born a few weeks early!