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A Sweet Nursery for Fashion Journalist Louise Roe

JANUARY 17, 2018
Photo credit: Carla Choy

When television presenter, fashion journalist and model Louise Roe's came to Decorist to help design her nursery we were beyond ecstatic. With her wildly addicting Instagram feed and her inspiring blog, Front Roe, we knew she'd have some serious design chops of her own. Louise wanted a nursery that was reminincent of her English upbringing—a room that was sophiscated and charming yet not too "babyish".

So we immediately paired her with our design director, Jessica McCarthy, who helped Louise turn her spare bedroom into the nursery of her dreams. Read on to tour this adorable space and pick up some helpful pointers along the way.

In Jessica's Words....

Louise wanted an elegant nursery for her little girl, Honor. She wanted a space that was sweet and innocent but also refined like the rest of her house. Louise picked out a floral wallpaper from her friend Nathan Turner's Wall Shoppe which helped to set the tone and color scheme for the space. Neutral colors with discreet pops of pastels, layered rugs, luxe linen drapery, brass accents, family heirlooms, beautiful antique furniture and vintage pieces create a space that is reflective of Louise and her elegant sense of style.

Louise had a strong vision of what she wanted and provided me with inspirational photos. She wanted a stylish space and was clear (and understandably so!) about creating a safe space for her little one. This meant that the items chosen had to be made of high quality materials—something all new parents think about when it comes to creating a space for their baby. Also, living in earthquake prone California, it was important not to hang anything over the crib but perhaps a simple mobile. Also, adding little touches little the darling wooden rocking horse gives the room a sweet, youthful touch.

The gorgeous 1870's antique dresser (which doubles as a changing table) and side table both from Viyet really helped anchor the space, immediately giving it a sophistication that is not typical of most nurseries. Mixing vintage and contemporary furniture makes a room feel truly lived-in, and gives it personality and dimension.

In Louise's Words.... 

Jessica whipped up a design board from my notes and inspiration about what I liked, and what I was looking for in a nursery. Jessica’s advice has been super helpful in putting the space together – as a nursery isn’t just about aesthetics but needs to be a very practical array of items, and where they need to be placed, which is all new to us!

Jessica suggested layering a vintage rug over a sisal one, she sourced the neutral rug from Bed Bath & Beyond, and I found the vintage one all the way in Turkey on Etsy! It's fun to bring unexpected things together and see how they work. The antique chest and side table from Viyet really brought the whole space to life – complemented by the 1920’s encyclopedia prints (also from Viyet), which were another unexpected twist! I love how they look very chic and grown up, but are actually educational for children too. 


To pick up on the warmth of the gold frames, Jessica found a large round mirror and floor lamp, also from Bed Bath and Beyond.

I fell in love with a crib, chair, and bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. (And I couldn’t resist the sweet lamb mobile!) The chair rocks and reclines, perfect for nursing in the middle of the night, and we got to choose an exact, custom fabric that would match the curtains, which we got from Loom Decor. The ‘cot’—as we call them in England—also turns into a toddler bed in a few years, which is handy. To keep everything neutral we went with simple white quilted bed linen, which looks gorgeous. 

Lastly, I’m a bookworm, and grew up with traditional children’s literature like Peter Rabbit. So I couldn’t resist buying the full Beatrix Potter collection, to store on a marble shelf. Hopefully the ‘nursing corner’ will one day become our little girl’s ‘reading corner’ instead! 


As you can see, eventhough Louise may live in Los Angeles her nursery still has a charming "English country" feel. Are you feeling inspired and need help with your own nursery? Start a Decorist design service today! It's easy, fast and hassle free. Happy Decorating!



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