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How To Decorate a Baby’s Room

Hello friends! This month we will begin working on our baby boy’s room. It’s the tiniest room in our house, a former guest room, but I’m still so excited to transform it! I’ve been thinking of what I’d like to do and am flooded with ideas. I want to incorporate all of the things that we love as his parents (for now) until he is old enough to find his own style and turn his room into whatever he would like.

How To Decorate a Baby's Room

I want to incorporate Liberty London prints because I don’t want a typical boy’s room in the sense that I really don’t want to raise a little man to be scared of floral prints disregarding them as “girly”. There are so many stylish men running around wearing colorful trousers, floral bow ties (like my husband), and flashes of neon on their shoes (my husband has a pair with neon blue soles)… So why not bring these touches to his room too? I also want the room to fit the rest of our home for now until he decides to pin up Transformers posters later on (which is fine!). But for now, mommy and daddy make the decorating decisions so I’m going to rule with my heart and go for it.

The first step to any decorating project, at least for me, is to collect inspiration. Is that how you begin? I’ve been collecting ideas over at Pinterest (here), but I’m still on the fence with lots of things and cannot decide. This is rare for me, but given that I’ve only designed a few nurseries for clients in my life, I lack experience with them so I’m not so sure where to begin. Nothing like learning with your own child, so this is a fun chance for me to explore something new. I’m thinking to begin in the way I would embark on a living room or bedroom, so I’ve put together this list and plan to follow it!

How To Decorate a Baby’s Room

1. Start pulling magazine tears or start a Pinterest board dedicated to your project. From there, locate a single source of inspiration that will inspire everything else. A piece of fabric. An image. A painting.
2. Measure your space and create a mood board – a physical board or a digital one works.
3. Decide on a basic color scheme (usually pulled from your inspirational source) then mix in fabric choices, though remain flexible. Look for patterns in several scales.
4. Decide where the focal point should be in the room and start “building” from there.
5. Buy your key piece of furniture, which is often the largest and most used in the room. For this space, it will be the crib. So I will buy his little bed first.
6. Decide how to make your focal point a genuine focus. For this space, I will need to strip off the current raufausertapete (it’s a bumpy woodchip wallpaper in white that is throughout our home, sadly thanks to the landlord) and then either hire someone to plaster the walls or wallpaper them. I may paint or wallpaper the wall the crib is on in a different color.
7. Clean out the room, strip the walls, paper or paint, let the room air dry for a few days and then clean it top to bottom.
8. In the interim, decide on what else is needed in the space, at least for furniture and lighting - a dresser? A pendant? A lamp? A changing table? Rocking chair? Bookshelf? Closet? Start collecting pieces that you love (photos) and move them around on your mood board until pieces begin to “fit” together visually. Also MEASURE every piece to ensure they would fit. Start working on a floor plan and sketch something up to add to your mood board.
9. Order the pieces that you decide on or start flea marketing to find what you need.
10. Consider soft furnishings. A soft rug to crawl on, pillows, blankets, window treatments. For this space, I want a roman blind because I don’t think curtains and kids work so well together and don’t want curtains hanging to the floor in that room (dust collectors and easy to pull down). I will most likely have one custom made since the window is an odd size and I want a blind that blocks out light at night.
11. Consider storage. What do you need to store now and what can you imagine needing to store once the baby arrives?
12. Think of decorative ideas. Back to your focal point. What can you do to make the focal point more interesting through decorative elements? Start making decisions.
13. Shop and Decorate! Buy what you need for storage, soft furnishings and decorative accessories. Once your furniture has arrived and is in place, begin your decorating plan of attack. Arrange, hang, etc. Also think of what you can make by hand. This is a special little space, bring lots of mommy love to your little baby love.
14. Wash all of the cute little baby clothes you’ve acquired over the months (if you’re like me you already have enough for the first few months) and enjoy the process of folding and hanging sweet little sweaters and trousers and stacking all of your hats with ears (my current obsession).
15. Take a final inventory. What are you missing? Burp cloths? A diaper bin? Something to hang on the wall that is a family heirloom? Is the lighting adequate? What is missing? NOTE: It’s better to have only key elements in place before the baby arrives and not to obsess over making the room perfect or packing it with stuff “just in case”. Like any room in your home, it needs room to breath, to expand, to evolve. Even more so with a room that will have a brand new occupant whom you’ve never met before, who will have their own needs and those needs will only be known after the little one arrives. Just have the basics in place for now.
16. Have you “babyproofed” the room? There is a great article about this on Lifehacker, so please read it if you’re soon to be a new mom like me. Also remember: There should be nothing in the crib with your baby but the baby and the bottom sheet which should fit snugly over the mattress – no covers, pillows, bumper pads, no positioning devices and no toys. If you have these things “displayed” in there before the baby arrives, remove them and place on a chair until he is older. Read more about SIDS prevention here.

That’s my list and is all I can think of for now. I can’t wait to start my mood board and really begin on this space. I would love any baby room tips that experienced moms out there may have to share, so please add them into the comments section below.

(Photo: Norwegian photographer Elisabeth Heier, visit her blog – it’s gorgeous!)

Posted in Decorating Tips on October 08, 2013

I’m Loving: White Brick Walls

Hey everyone! You know, after reading Gudy’s microtrend report (here) about bread and brick, I thought about her closing question when she asked what trends are we spotting…. And I thought about it… And for me, I’m seeing painted brick as trendy, especially painted in white. Have you noticed that too? Seems that lots of people are painting brick walls or brick fireplaces white these days. And though it is HARD (some say nearly impossible) to ever restore the brick back to its original glory, many who do go with painted brick are fine with that – they are content to keep it painted for years to come. Last year, we photographed a loft in SOHO and the homeowner had amazing brick walls that she painted in a very deep eggplant. I’m not a fan of purple walls, but in her home, it looked almost black until the light came in and wow – it was magical. For me, when it comes to brick, I love seeing it painted in black, gray or my favorite, white. Here are some examples of white brick walls that I love. For more inspiration showing rooms with white brick walls and fireplaces, visit my White Brick pinboard!

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: micasa

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Kevc

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Parlour Treats

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Small space living in Japan

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Dwell Studio

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Bungalow Classic

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Fritz Hansen

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: Pretty Stuff

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: the red house

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: 79 ideas

I'm Loving: White Brick Walls

via: home decor obsession

So what do YOU think? Would you consider painting brick walls or is that, to you, the ultimate taboo – like painting an antique piece of furniture? Or have you done it and love the results? Are you a little on the fence? 

(images: linked to their sources above)

Posted in Decorating Tips on July 09, 2013

New! Sweet Paul Kids Issue

I’m was so excited when Paul Lowe asked me to be a contributor to his very special issue for Kids that just released, thank you Paul! Inside this issue, I wrote an article about decorating for kids and how to go about it in an easy and fun way for you and your child. I loved writing the article and included only rooms that I styled for my book, photographed by Debi Treloar, to illustrate some of my tips. It came out so cute, thank you Paul for having me!

Decorating For Kids by Holly Becker

Decorating For Kids by Holly Becker

To read the article and see the rest of his beautiful magazine, please click here and turn to page 49. The image above is from the home of Sania Pell in London, I loved working in that room for my second book, thank you Sania – it was such a sweet little place to play. The other rooms are from homes I styled for Decorate Workshop in Paris, Den Hague, Amsterdam and London.

Congrats Paul on another lovely magazine!

(image: debi treloar)

Posted in Decorating Tips on May 01, 2013

Inspired By Plants

I have been positively obsessed with plants lately, from house plants to the balcony garden and beyond. I don’t know what’s come over me! I’m a fresh flowers girl and okay, total succulent lover, but plants? Plants remind me of the late 70s and 80s when my mother was hanging them around in her macrame holders that she made with her girlfriends. Plants remind me of my years in corporate when a plant was the closest thing we start up geeks ever came to nature. Plants kinda felt dated  over the past ten years or so and it’s sorta sad that our little green friends have gotten a bad rap. NOT anymore. Greenery has pulled out its big guns lately and is popping up all over. I predict people are going to start decorating with plants more and more, are you feeling that too? I have no clue why stuff like this happens but it just does and when I happen to LIKE a trend, I just roll with it. Plus, having plants in the house is totally healthy.

Inspired By Plants

I started a little plants pinboard to fan the flames of desire with hopes it will not only motivate me to water the ones that I have but to also inspire a visit to the garden shop. AND (warning: big plans for this city girl) if it EVER stops being so stupid outside, I’m going to totally go all Isabelle Palmer on you and churn out an actual balcony garden. I met Isabelle, a lovely British author, at my Anthropologie book signing in London recently, and she gave me copies of her new book – The Balcony Gardener – in both English and German (Mein Balkongarten). I’m so inspired by her book – it definitely got me pumped for spring despite that it’s still winter in April. I tell ya though, the second temps rise, I’m going for it and turning my balcony into something that doesn’t look like a scary eye sore.

Inspired By Plants

I love this image from Nicole Franzen that I found on SFGirlByBay. Gorgeous!

Inspired By Plants

Ok and this image from photographer Nicole Franzen, too.

Inspired By Plants

Sorry, last one – but Nicole’s portfolio is stunning and lots! of! plants!

Inspired By Plants

This is from Seesaw and wow, I just loved how they set up this shot by collecting greenery from their backyard.

Inspired By Plants

This indoor/outdoor plant sanctuary shown in Skona Hem makes my heart turn to mush. I love this so so SO much.

Inspired By Plants

The home of Sophie Schellekens as seen on Design Skool is so pretty and casual, but I especially like this relaxed shot in the window with feet up and a big plant nearby.

Until my home has more plants and my balcony is an urban oasis, I always have Pinterest for dreaming and ok, Kinfolk mag because honestly, Kinfolk people are total plant people, right!?

(images: collaged: svermeri, shelterness, a beach cottage, william dangar & associates.)

Posted in Decorating Tips on April 05, 2013

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