A nursery is the special place where so much dreaming, playing and learning begins, so it should arguably reflect the wonder and natural curiosity of the little one who will inhabit it. San Francisco photographer and stylist Em Scott successfully designed such a spot for her daughter, Charlotte (affectionately dubbed “Charlie”). Em started with a pastel pink crib and then continued to layer in ultra-adorable touches. The finished product is the perfect blend of white space, cheerful hues and chic details—and we especially love that the Glitter Guide x Lulu & Georgia “Elodie” rug takes center stage! See more details behind Charlotte’s charming space below.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the design of your daughter’s nursery.
I never had a specific theme in mind for her nursery. I just knew that I wanted it to feel bright, happy and inviting, without being too pink or girly. Then I saw that pink crib, and slowly things started evolving from there. I found it helpful to be flexible and build things slowly so that the nursery could take its own shape in time.
We love that Charlotte’s nursery is colorful and vibrant but also clean and simple. Do you have any tips for how to pull off that aesthetic?
I like for a space to feel like a blank canvas, so I started by painting the walls white. It seems simple—but the previous owner of our home had painted the walls green, so I felt like I could breathe again after painting them white. From there I slowly started adding color in certain places, but I tried to keep most of the furniture natural and neutral. This way, a few items could remain focal pieces.
What are some of your favorite pieces in the room?
It took me the longest time to find the perfect rug because I knew it would be such a dramatic finishing touch. As soon as I saw the designs for the Glitter Guide x Lulu & Georgia “Elodie” rug, though, it just clicked for me. All the neutral furniture feels right at home on such a bright and happy rug—it makes me happy whenever I see it!
What is Charlotte’s favorite thing to do in her nursery?
She likes to pull clothes out of her drawer and put them in the hamper. And pull dirty clothes out of the hamper and put them back in her drawers. She also likes to pull the books out of her bookshelf and her toys out of her baskets, and basically just make a terrific mess.
What are your favorite things to do in the nursery?
I love reading to her in her chair. She doesn’t usually stay still for very long, but I love those fleeting moments of snuggles.
What items in the nursery are especially functional?
I get more use out of our video monitor than anything else in there. I love that I can see all of her hilarious sleeping positions. I also think her sound machine is the best! I was sad when we moved her out of our room when she was 4 months old—mainly because I missed sleeping with that sound machine on all night.
You have traveled a lot with Charlotte! Any advice for on-the-go mamas?
I think you have to be flexible and know that it’s going to be different every time. Beyond that, we bring our travel crib and a portable white-noise machine, and we try to let her sleep in a separate room if at all possible. Getting a good night’s sleep helps me keep my cool. Also, when we’re going through airport security, I try to wear her in a baby carrier and also wear a backpack so that my hands are free.
We love Charlotte’s crib! Tell us why you chose it for her nursery.
We were on our “babymoon” in Mill Valley when we walked past Sprout. I saw this pink crib in the window, and it was like a siren calling out to me! I’ve never been a pink girl, but the shade was the most perfect peachy pink. It just made me so happy. That was the first thing we chose for her nursery—we walked right in and bought it that day. It was perfect.
Since you’re a photographer and stylist, tell us: What’s the trick to getting the perfect shot of kids?!
I love to dress Charlie in classic but fun clothes, and then I just step back and shoot away. I always end up using my iPhone, but I also try to keep a few film cameras loaded on my shelf so that I can quickly grab one when she’s in a good mood. Usually she’s moving super fast, so I have to use a fast shutter speed and capture her in good light (otherwise, the photos will be blurry!). I also like to keep the backgrounds in my shots as clean as possible, so I’m always looking for a big blank wall or something when we’re out and about. Then I just let her run wild, and pray for the odds to be ever in my favor. Sometimes we get a shot and sometimes we don’t, but we are always having fun.
crib: Kalon Studios from Sprout // rug: GG x Lulu & Georgia // Hawaii print: Wendy Laurel Photography // dresser: Ikea (similar) // bookcase: Land of Nod // curtains: 3 Day Blinds // animal prints: Sharon Montrose // wall hanging: Kindred Confetti // baskets: Serena & Lily // stuffed animals: blabla kids // outfits: The Brass Razoo and Rylee & Cru
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