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my life in ecards // modern nurseries

Did you guys know that Target uses directed marketing?  Meaning based upon what you search on their website and buy in the store, they tailor your advertisements to send you more of what you’re likely to buy.  I learned all about this in my marketing class last fall, and thought it was funny because often times, Target knows when you’re pregnant before anyone else does because you start buying pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, etc.

Now I’m going to stop you before your mind wanders any farther — no, this is not a story about me being pregnant…your mind should be several YEARS away from wandering there. 

Anyways, when I learned that Target knew you were pregnant before anyone, I thought it was hilarious, so naturally I told Noel all about this directed marketing strategy.  Well, I was doing some work for a client that involved a room for a little kid, so for about a week, I was shopping around the nursery furniture/decor section of Target online.  Wouldn’t you know it, about a week later, we started getting bombarded with baby advertisements from Target, which resulted in a pale-faced “uh, Kirsten, is there something I need to know?” look from Noel.  It was quite funny.

So, what is spurring all of this baby talk?  It just so happens Noel’s aunt & uncle are expecting a little boy this August, and their shower is this weekend, so I was spending a little quality time online with Target’s nursery decor this week (which is super adorable, by the way).  There’s also the fact that because I never know what design projects may come my way, I like to stay up on all the nursery trends.  So if you see me pinning away baby rooms, there’s no need to jump to any conclusions.

Last year, I did a post on non-traditional nurseries, and since I haven’t posted much in the baby inspiration realm as of lately, I thought it was time for another glimpse into some of my favorite baby spaces.

This adorable nursery was designed by Sissy + Marley Interiors.  I love the fact that it’s girly, without being too over the top.

 

If bold is more your style, try adding a large pattern, such as a stripe to the wall.  If you do go bold, make sure you use a simple color scheme so the room can still feel cohesive. (I’m not sure of the original source of this image, but I found it here).

This mid-century modern nursery was designed for baby Dash by the Animal Print Shop.  I love how the design is so minimal yet so fun and playful. 

This last nursery, which is featured on The Handmade Home is my absolute favorite because it’s so unique.  They took a risk by putting the pattern on the ceiling, and in this instance, it definitely worked, as it created a whimsical vibe.  I like it so much, I had to share two views of it.

Have you seen any nurseries lately that have caught your eye? 

photo arrays

Day four of our photo week here we go!  So what’s on the agenda?  Simple and straightforward photo arrays.  Instead of hanging up a lonely photo, pair it with one or two others, or fill an entire wall of rows for a dramatic effect.  Making a grid like you see below is a fun way to display a variety of pictures from a series that go together.

 
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The three pictures of the baby not only shows an array of photos, but these photos are also printed on canvas.  Surprisingly, it’s really easy to print your pictures on canvas.  Many places that print normal pictures (for example Shutterfly), also print on canvas.
See you all back tomorrow for our last day of the photo week extravaganza!

non-traditional nurseries

While I was putting together last Wednesday’s pink post and researching pink decor, I came across a boatload of baby girl nurseries.  Since this is traditionally the most pink room in the house, it made sense that I came across so many.  However, the more I saw, the more they all started to blend together and look the exact same.  I mean let’s be honest, how many nurseries have you seen that look just like this?
Not that there is anything wrong with it whatsoever – it’s completely adorable, and if I would have had my way when I was little, my room would have looked JUST like this.  In fact, when I was about 4 or 5 years old, my parents built our house and “let us pick” how we wanted our rooms to be finished.  I say “let us pick” because to this day, I still remember being completely devastated when they wouldn’t let me have the pink carpet I wanted (although somehow they agreed to let me have bright blue carpet instead, which really isn’t any better).  
Anyways, as I was bombarded by overwhelmingly pink nurseries in my search, I of course got sidetracked.  Before long, I had wasted who knows how long looking up unique nurseries.  So, I thought I just had to share my findings with you.  
The main thing I took away from this was in order to make your nursery different, don’t go pink crazy.  Using a neutral wall color with pink in the accents makes it just as girly and adorable, but lets your baby’s space be a little different than your neighbor’s next door. 
Neutral Walls:
When you start with a neutral wall, the possibilities are endless.  You can mix and match with nearly any color furnishings, and it really gives a modern feeling to an otherwise traditional nursery.   
This image is my absolute favorite.  I love how the coral curtains pop against the gray walls.  Coral is such a fun and bright color and it makes a great addition to a nursery.
I love the whimsical feeling you get from the butterflies scattered about the wall and the gentle ruffled curtains (not to mention that stunning light fixture).
The use of multiple patterns adds liveliness to this neutral palette. 
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Wall Decals:
Wall decals are a great way to add personality to a room – especially when you put quotes or names on the wall.  However, it can be really easy to get a carried away, so in order for decals to look tasteful and not tacky, they need to go with the color scheme and/or theme of your room.   
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Sophisticated:
Who says a nursery can’t have a little sophistication?  I think the nurseries below are to die for.  I just adore how chic and elegant they are – and the best part?  You don’t need to redo the room once they reach age 5.  With a few minor changes in artwork, pretty much any teenage girl (or at least those who are fond of pink) would be more than content in these gorgeous rooms.
I am drooling over that dresser/changing table.

Also, I am completely obsessed with the Andy Warhol inspired baby art.  
The woodwork on these walls makes this room feel so grown up, yet the pale pink makes it feel all cute and cuddly. 
And what little girl doesn’t want to feel like a princess with her very own chandelier in her bedroom?  I know 4 year-old Kirsten would have died to have this in her room.  
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