Stella’s New York Nursery

Last week I visited my dear friend Ann and her new baby girl, Stella. Ann and I met over a decade ago when we both worked at The Jewish Museum. Ann had a fun sense of style then (she had an awesome Barbie skirt cake for her 30th birthday party), and still does now. While lots of parents consider modern design choices for their children’s bedrooms, few actually take the plunge. Ann and her husband Patrice (who is a talented photographer outside of his day job) did- and it worked brilliantly! I love four-month-old Stella’s mod, not-too-girly nursery (they did not know the baby’s gender in advance so many items are unisex). I think they have successfully mixed high-end design with some bargain finds to create a unique, child-friendly, New York look. Here are some highlights:

First up, the birch Sparrow Crib ($690) by Oeuf sets a simple but stylish vibe. It works in just about any decor and can easily be passed on to younger siblings regardless of gender. To the left of the crib is DWR’s popular Mag Table ($199) designed by Eric Pfeiffer in 1999; it does double-duty as a nightstand. I love the unique wall and floor lighting Ann and Patrice chose, too; both the green Smila Bagge Wall Lamp ($9.99) and Jonisk Floor Lamp ($49.99) were Ikea purchases.

Stella’s fitted, 100% certified organic cotton elephant parade crib sheet ($40) is by Q Collection; the organic giant dot bumper ($109) is by Pottery Barn Kids (online only). The neutral bumper is a calming contrast to the patterned sheet.

I recognized Stella’s eco-friendly, bamboo Jungle Friends Mobile ($68) from Petit Collage the moment I saw it. It looks beautiful, but be forewarned that even Patrice, who is quite handy, had trouble setting it up.

I saw these animal pillows by Areaware at a Bubble trade show last year; Stella enjoys the company of this fawn ($84) as she slumbers.

And a close-up of the sleeping beauty. By the way, for a four-month-old girl, Stella has a tres chic wardrobe of European threads (Patrice’s family hails from France). Her onesie is by French brand Sergent Major.

Opposite the crib is a modern take on a “nursing nook.” No pastel glider chair here. Instead, modern design fans will recognize the Paulistino Armchair ($700) from DWR, a version of classic 1950s Bauhaus design. To brighten it up, Ann and Patrice opted for a colorful Missoni slipcover (they purchased it on sale for $250, now back at full price of $800) also from DWR. The personalized puzzle stool was a baby gift that works as a footstool now; when Stella is a bit bigger she can play with it, too.

And, the piece de resistance is this unique artwork- a framed pair of jeans. Ann wore these jeans so much as a little girl that they started to fray (that’s when her mom sewed the 70s style “love” patches on them), and once they no longer fit, Ann’s mom framed them to turn them into a keepsake. I’m not sure she envisioned them ending up decorating her future granddaughter’s room, but what a great idea this turned out to be! I love it.

What do you think of this modern New York nursery?

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3 Responses to Stella’s New York Nursery

  1. Nancy says:

    The framed clothing is a really cute idea. I like the mobile too.

  2. Yael says:

    What great style! Love the jeans!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don't like it at all. Too cold for my taste.

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