A Room to Grow (Up) In
Designing a nursery is such a sweet task. With baby on the brain, it’s easy to get caught up in the vision of tiny bassinets beneath floating mobiles. I chose nursery furniture very carefully when I was getting ready for baby. Or so I thought. I was, (and am, still), in love with the Stokke Sleepi crib, a beautifully-designed piece that grows with baby from birth to about twelve years old–transitioning from bassinet to crib, crib to toddler bed, toddler bed to junior bed. I had grand dreams of the Stokke as the focal point for my son’s room for many years to come. Sooner that I could believe, he had grown to be the length of the crib. I set out to research the hardware extension kit needed to transform the crib from the toddler bed to the larger junior size. My next thought was, “Wait. What if we have another baby?”
One thing that doesn’t come to mind when expecting your first child is that you might eventually be planning on a second. Living in a 1950-built house in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, my home is not the most spacious in the city. Knowing that it’s likely I’ll have another baby, it became obvious that I needed a better sleeping solution for my kid(s). If the crib became a junior-sized bed, where would the new baby sleep? Where would my parents sleep when they come to visit? It was time to rethink the whole “toddler room” thing. Why spend hundreds of dollars on an interim bed, only to make an additional bed purchase in another ten years? Kids just sprout up so fast!
Furniture can be expensive, and with such high price tags, I expect to get more than a couple of years out of each piece. I set out to find furnishings that wouldn’t look out of place in a three-year-old’s room OR in a thirteen-year-old’s room. Land of Nod is such a no-brainer when it comes to room design for children, because the pieces aren’t child-like. The furniture is modern and hip, yet functional and durable, offering a much longer lifespan than an expandable crib can. I started collecting ideas on my “A Room to Grow (Up) In” board on Pinterest.
From there, I hired our fabulous resident interior designer, Alyssa Boland, to help me pare down my inspiration board, source additional pieces, and sign off of the final room design. She bills the room as “Hip Digs for a Hip Kid,” and I couldn’t be more in love with her design. We’re near completing the install of the room, and I simply can’t wait to share the big reveal with you next week!
Also, be sure to enter our “Sprouting Up” Pin it to Win It Sweepstakes to win a $250 gift card to the Land of Nod, (have you seen all the cute pieces designed by Oh Joy! ?), and a prize pack from The Honest Company! You for sure don’t wait to snooze on that!
What do you think is the most important thing in designing a room for children? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!