When I found out my sister was pregnant with baby #2 I was so excited! I knew my niece was going to be the best big sister and I knew how badly my sister wanted to give her daughter that opportunity to shine. Our entire family was waiting until we could finally find out the gender of this little one. When the big balloon filled with confetti popped and it was raining blue we were all in complete shock! How fun it was going to be to have another little boy in the family. And then my designer brain kicked in and it was time to create a shared space for my niece and soon-to-be nephew. Game on. I knew that my niece’s nursery had provided so much inspiration for people designing nurseries for their little girls. It was always fun to see gallery walls above changing tables popping up on Pinterest looking exactly like my niece’s. It was so flattering. Because of this, I wanted to try to achieve another truly inspirational space. Over the last few years my style and my sister’s has evolved and we knew we wanted to create a shared room that wasn’t traditional, but rather a great eclectic mix of modern, transitional and bold. I think you’ll all agree that we achieved that. Behold my newest love: my niece and nephew’s shared bedroom.
Can you even handle how fun it is?! I know I can’t. There are so many favorites for me in this space, but just to name a few. My sister and her husband lease their home so I just knew that Chasing Paper and their amazing removable wallpaper was going to be a perfect addition to this room. And what a great backdrop for this boy/girl shared space it is. This was for sure my starting point in the design process. All the other items had to balance off of this bold pattern. Another favorite is how the changing table/dresser wall came together. The touches of leather among the white and wood just added so much warmth and a true punch of cool. I mean, this room is for some really cool kids, but I may be bias.
I ended up using a lot of ivory, black and white to offset the bright colors in the wallpaper, my niece’s crib sheet and pillow. I loved the idea of having the bookcase from Ikea be bright green so that it almost disappeared into the wallpaper instead of creating a contrast. I always say “don’t be afraid of mixing patterns, but make sure you mix them properly.” I truly think we achieved that in this space.
A huge thank you to Taylor Cole Photography for the amazing photos!!