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Oh Baby!

by habituallychic

03 . 06 . 09
The fact that I, single girl in the city, am designing a baby’s room right now makes everyone laugh. Considering that this is really not my department, I’ve had to do a lot of research online and in stores. I had no idea that a crib needed so many accessories and linens and after seeing the prices, I might have to think about getting into the business! Geez they are expensive! But it has been fun looking at all nurseries and children’s rooms for inspiration. The couple isn’t learning the sex of the baby before the birth so the color scheme will probably be green and yellow but the pink rooms are adorable!

Katie Ridder



Katie Ridder

Katie Leede

David Netto


Amanda Peete in Domino

Jonathan Adler

Katie Ridder

Ruthie Sommers in Domino

Philip Gorrivan


Miles Redd
Ruthie Sommers in Domino
Jenna Lyons in Domino



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  1. twin2trip March 6, 2009 | 2:59 am

    Thanks for sharing and make sure to keep us posted. I am really excited that you have this project.

  2. ArchitectDesign March 6, 2009 | 4:33 am

    They’re all so cute that they ALMOST make me want to have little kids; the problem is they grow up into TEENAGERS! Seriously, how cute are these spaces?

  3. Suzy March 6, 2009 | 5:01 am

    Good for you! How exciting!

  4. Laura [What I Like] March 6, 2009 | 5:10 am

    The yellow stripes on the ceiling are awesome!

  5. Anonymous March 6, 2009 | 5:34 am

    You will make a beautiful room no doubt, but as a mother of two I can assure you that a crib really doesn’t need that much linen and stuff. Both from a design and safety perspective, less is more!

  6. columnist March 6, 2009 | 6:57 am

    Good luck. Not my department either, and unfortunately not something I could get that excited about doing. But as you note, a lucrative element of the business. Well, at least it was. Perhaps people will “make do”, as in days of yore!

  7. Dagny @ Beautiful Living March 6, 2009 | 7:32 am

    Green and yellow sounds like a fabulous idea! Can’t wait to see pictures! 🙂

  8. The Antiques Diva™ March 6, 2009 | 9:23 am

    It’s confession time. I’m a mid 30’s gal (married happily for over a decade) and I’ve never felt the proverbial clock ticking! My maternal instinct only comes out when I view baby rooms – I want a bassinet swathed in yards and yards of fabric. I imagine how I’d decorate the room, with delicate blush and lots of lace and eyelet (maybe some pastel stripes for good measure). But here’s the real confession – I don’t necessarily want the baby to go along with the bassinet!!!! Tell me I’m not alone!

  9. Rose C'est La Vie March 6, 2009 | 9:38 am

    This is a fabulous post! I adore the Philip Gorrivan bedroom, particularly the giant houndstooth check.
    My recommendation for a crib (we call them cots in England!) is from the Stokke range. It’s on wheels, with brakes of course. Will adapt and grow with the kid.

  10. Your House and Life March 6, 2009 | 9:52 am

    Heather, sadly up at four thirty with pregancy number two (my new third trimester habit!), but it was great to open up the blog and get some inspiration for the baby’s room. Good luck!

  11. Things That Inspire March 6, 2009 | 11:15 am

    A similarity that I see in all of these rooms is that they are not too ‘babyish’ – just remove a few accessories, maybe paint a wall, and they can transition into a great room for the kid when he/she is no longer a baby.

  12. Miss Eve Bognar March 6, 2009 | 11:34 am

    Thanks for this lovely post Heather. My friend will have her first baby soon, so I know from her how difficult is to find the right crib and things for the baby (not to mention the price) :-)…I will link your post to her, these pictures are so adorable. Have a nice day.

  13. pve design March 6, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    oh baby, bet this will be a fun project.
    hop on over for today is fab friday and a give-away is taking place! Perfect for a nursery too.

  14. Coffee with Cathy March 6, 2009 | 1:19 pm

    Lovely rooms and gorgeous photos, as always! And y’all are so right that baby rooms are less baby-like now. I helped my daughter decorate her nursery for her first baby — a boy — this past year. She and her husband went with blue and brown, with trees and owls as the theme and it turned out so adorable. Here in the South, it’s still pink ruffles for little girls. And the poster who reminded us of safety issues is correct: When it comes to crib linens, for the baby’s sake less truly is more.

  15. Ivy Lane March 6, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    Congratulations on a new project! I am excited to see your posts as you are working on it. These images are all wonderful. I love the hanging light fixtures and the other different lamps etc. Green and yellow sounds like a nice scheme. Good luck Heather! I know it will turn out fantastic! 🙂

  16. Anonymous March 6, 2009 | 2:15 pm

    Having almost 4 yr. old girl/boy twins, this is something I learned about quickly even if it is my one and only maiden voyage. One piece of advice would be to make sure to keep the room safe. The baby will put EVERYTHING in its mouth as it explores the world, especially when it begins teething – so make it as safe as possible (my son chewed on the darn plastic pull attached to the shade – broke it of course in his mouth – fortunately nothing bad happened but it was scary). Curtains are used for climbing (make them sturdy), mom’s makeup makes for good artwork on the walls (make them washable below chair-rail height if you wish to wallpaper or mural) and above all make it all easy maintenance. After changing diapers, feeding, clothing another person (besides oneself), you have little energy left to tidy up. Also, I have found it helpful (having twins) to teach them early that when the day is done, things belong in their rightful place – baskets for toys, shelves for books. I’m sure you have it all under control but perhaps you wish to consult a baby proofing specialist to make sure your gorgeous room will also be safe & practical. Oh, I’m so looking forward to seeing the results of this exciting project! You go girl!

  17. Julie at BV March 6, 2009 | 2:20 pm


  18. EHWalt March 6, 2009 | 2:42 pm

    HC- Love your blog and felt compelled to leave my first comment. I have a 2 year old and one of the biggest things I learned is make sure EVERYTHING is washable when it comes to linens and any other textiles you may use, including rugs and fabric covering -babies have an amazing way of drooling, spilling, peeing, etc on everything, including things you would never think of:)

  19. vicki archer March 6, 2009 | 3:06 pm

    What gorgeous rooms and what fun to create a nursery – look forward to seeing what you do, xv.

  20. AlwaysMe March 6, 2009 | 3:39 pm

    I have four words of advice: make sure it’s washable! Oh, and have fun!

  21. Jennifer March 6, 2009 | 3:49 pm

    I’m not planning a nursery either, but these were fun to look at. I love that they aren’t too “baby” could easily go from baby to kid to teen with just a few changes. I think that will be important. and it sounds like you got some great advice!

  22. Cathy March 6, 2009 | 3:52 pm

    At one point I had a ton of sources for kids furniture but I have misplaced the list somehow. I don’t have children myself but I do have an obsession for things in miniature versions – kids tuff is just so cute!! Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost chair is now available in kids sizes and they are ADOREBLE! I saw them in a display in front of the BCBG shop at Macy’s 34th St. yesterday and almost wanted one for myself in each color! Unica Home has them (http://www.unicahome.com/p43974/kartell/lou-lou-chair-by-phillipe-starck-for-kartell.html) at a very reasonable price. Verner Panton’s iconic chair is also available in kids sizes (http://www.modernseed.com/pantonjunior.html). (Modern Seed also has tons of other cute kids furniture.) You can see the kids Panton chairs in person at Kid O on West 10th between Greenwich and 6th Aves, and they also have more modern kids furniture on their website http://www.kidonyc.com/about:our_store/. Hope this helps!

  23. Caroline @ Absolutely Unique March 6, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    These bedrooms are gorgeous! I fell in love with that little owl sitting on a pink striped bed. Too bad I only have boys!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Habitually Chic March 6, 2009 | 4:19 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions! I actually have to go over to the sit in a minute but I wanted to assure everyone that safety is our number 1 priority and I’m reading up on the requirements now! I also make sure everything is washable and has slipcovers when possible.

    I was noticing that for the crib there is a bumber, fitted sheet, dust ruffle, quilt and/or blanket and then for the changing table you have to buy the top separate from the bottom and then the pad and covers. There is a lot to buy and you definitely multiples of all the linens and covers since you will have to switch them out for washing on a regular basis. No wonder mothers are always exhausted! They are always doing laundry!

  25. Magchunk March 6, 2009 | 4:35 pm

    No kids myself so no words of wisdom, but I love the second room and the last room. They both are fun and youthful but gender-neutral (or could be easily adapted for a boy or a girl).

  26. Anonymous March 6, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    I agree about the Stokke crib. LOVE it, and it is being used by kid #2 now and looks totally new. And, it looks much better without a dust ruffle, and bumpers are unsafe (so that will save some money and washing, even though they might look cute. Less baby’ish too!)

  27. Sabina March 6, 2009 | 7:25 pm

    What a great selection of inspirational photos. I am at the begining of a major remodel for my two little girls and this is very helpful – thank you!!

    Happy Friday!!


  28. Lucinda March 6, 2009 | 7:26 pm

    Great post, I am designing a guest room turned nursery right now too, thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Meade Design Group March 6, 2009 | 11:38 pm

    This is such a cool selection of children’s rooms.

    I really like the ones by Katie Ridder and Kelly Wreastler.

  30. TheBambinaBlog March 7, 2009 | 11:07 am

    wow! It has taken me years to amass the above collection of inspiration. when i was designing my daughter’s nursery it was exciting as well as overwhelming. hope you have a great time!

  31. Anonymous March 7, 2009 | 2:11 pm

    Can anyone give a rough estimate of what those built-in shelves around the bed in the Katie Ridder photo cost? I love that and almost need it since I have my Manhattan boy crammed into a maid’s room.

  32. Habitually Chic March 7, 2009 | 2:14 pm

    Anonymous – if you email me, I can give you the name of a contractor who does reasonably priced work.

  33. Anonymous March 7, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    Zara Home Kids has a very cute and economic line of linen and objects for babies’ and childrens’rooms!


  34. Colour Me Happy March 8, 2009 | 1:17 am

    Beautiful babies rooms you have found. If you want a green, paint it BM Pale Avocado or Hawthorne yellow!

  35. Felt Rugs March 8, 2009 | 10:42 pm

    I’m loving the cute little wardrobe with all the pink stuff in it although I could see my three year old niece trashing it in seconds…look forward to seeing what you decide on…

  36. Danielle March 11, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    If you need any more inspiration you should head over to the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. Over the weekend I went and saw their “Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpapers and Books” and it was wonderful!

  37. K @ Blog Goggles March 11, 2009 | 5:53 pm

    I’m so in love with that first one. Kelly Wearstler – you are one cool lady.

    However, I’m also completely in love with that Philip Gorrivan room. I’d kind of like to have it now.

  38. kt March 12, 2009 | 5:34 pm

    i love the all the yellow, especially in the last photo… so cheery for a child’s room.