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A Chic Boy Nursery Design For Lonny Editor Melissa Goldstein

OCTOBER 6, 2015

We invited Decorist Designer Hilary Ramsay to take over our blog today to tell the story of her recent nursery room makeover. It's proof that great interior design can happen even across several time zones. Read on to pick up some great nursery ideas and to learn how online interior design works and take the Decorist style quiz to find your nursery design style.


In Hilary's Words...

When I was asked to design a nursery space for Melissa Goldstein, Editor-at-Large of Lonny and a woman whose job it is to write about great design, I knew I had a challenge in front of me. Melissa sees some of the hottest designs every day and I knew that my nursery design had to impress!


Nursery Design by Hilary Ramsay


As a Decorist designer who lives outside Toronto, Ontario, the task of creating a space for a baby-boy-to-be three time zones away may seem inconceivable to some, but with asking the right questions, good communication, and a great platform such as Decorist, a beautiful and stylish nursery was achieved. I also came into the game at an advantage, having just completed my own nursery design for our little one born in August. With all the research I had done, to gather nursery ideas and learn about the newest baby décor trends, I felt I could bring my 'A' game to this project. Need to design your own nursery? Take the Decorist style quiz to find your design style and get started making a home for your baby.


Baby Boy Nursery Design


Melissa provided me with inspirational photos that she had collected, which helped me to envision just what she wanted for her baby boy. She had a good grasp on the direction that she wanted her then bonus room to take on—a sophisticated space with global and mid-century style. With that said, she didn’t want the typical ‘cutesy’ nursery. Below are some of the photos that Melissa provided for inspiration, from Brittany Ambridge and Mini Style.


Nursery Design Inspiration Ideas


On top of wanting a stylish space, Melissa was adamant (and understandably so!) about creating a safe space for her little one. This meant that the items we chose had to be made of organic, non-toxic, non flame-retardant materials—something all new parents should think about when it comes to creating a space for their baby.


Below is a photo of Melissa’s bonus room before the transformation. They only thing that she wanted to keep was the Charm Wool Rug from West Elm—a great jumping off point for the design!


Bonus Room Before Photo


Wanting a mix of natural woods, brass and black with pops of color thrown in, there was some back and forth action regarding the pieces that would make the cut.


Below you can see the initial concepts that were created:


Nursery Design Concepts


We worked together to create a look that met Melissa and her husband’s eclectic aesthetic, functional needs, and most importantly, safety concerns.


Below are the final design concept boards that were created for the space. At this stage, we were just steps away from this virtual design becoming a reality.


Nursery Final Design Plan


Keeping the main pieces of furniture simple and neutral in color allowed the nursery space to take on a clean and sophisticated feel. The addition of color through art, accessories and the rug makes for the perfect combination that will grow with their little man for years to come.


Baby Boy Nursery Toys


Decorist Designer Hilary Ramsay   

Have your own little one on the way and aren’t sure where to start in designing your nursery? Try the Decorist Style Quiz to learn your personal style and get inspired!


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