Decorating a nursery can be tough—especially because you’re designing it for someone you haven’t even had the chance to meet yet! These days, it’s not enough to stick to the traditional pink or blue color palette. There’s more freedom than ever when it comes to nursery design, which is actually pretty daunting. Luckily, Hayley Howard, of Happily Hayley, is here to let us in on the process she experienced while working with designer, Laura Cadenhead, to choose the perfect palette for her baby’s nursery.
As the mom of a 2-year-old boy, my life revolved around bugs and dirt. So, when I found out I was having a little girl, my wheels started turning about all of the fun I was about to have. I knew I couldn’t tackle designing the nursery on my own, so I teamed up with my friend and the creative designer behind The Avery Grace, Laura Cadenhead.
There were a few must-haves when we began discussing the design. One was a clean, classic, white crib and the other was the Elodie rug. The design of the nursery happened very organically. Once we brought in the rug, everything else seemed to make sense. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the sweetness of a little girl! We did tap into that, as it is almost impossible not to. We began discussing paint colors, and I knew I wanted something neutral and soft. I threw around the idea of doing a light gray, but in the end I am so happy with the soft mint we chose.
I will admit, though, that choosing paint colors can be very overwhelming. Laura brought over three different sample colors and I had a couple of days to make a final decision—something about making a decision and being pregnant is no easy task! I think I probably went back and forth at least 10 times narrowing it down between two colors that were practically the exact same (and driving my husband nuts in the process).
There were more nights than I can count leading up to my due date, that I would go into her room just to fold clothes or sit in her rocker and picture how my life was about to change.
The nursery really has its own little personality. I can’t define it to any particular style—it’s hers and it’s perfect. The changing station really captures a modern element with its simplicity and undone look. We would sit on the floor and analyze each blank wall, and when it was time to decide what would go above the changing table, we wanted something unique that has not been seen everywhere. We reached out to our friend and businesswoman, Andrea, of Fig & Flourish Calligraphy, to create the custom “Let Them Be Little” sign—so cute, right? It’s probably one of my favorite pieces.
I originally intended to go with a very neutral look, but I couldn’t help myself when I spotted the Elodie rug. It quickly became my staple piece. I wanted to create a room that would grow with our daughter. A place she will dream and imagine, somewhere that evolves with her personality, as she becomes her own self. I really wanted the big investment pieces to be hers for life and tried to think of classic designs that could be updated over the years. The Elodie rug really captures just that.
I wish I could take credit for this special little space, but I really have to thank Laura at The Avery Grace. She took my vision and created something beyond my expectations. I look forward to the days my daughter and I will sit and have girl talk and play dress up in this magical little room, but for now, I will enjoy the late nights rocking her to sleep.
I look forward to the days my daughter and I will sit and have girl talk and play dress up in this magical little room, but for now, I will enjoy the late nights rocking her to sleep.