Designing a nursery is not always easy. For many, choosing its main color is sometimes the hardest part, but for Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes, that was an easy choice. She decided on the color pink as soon as she found out she was expecting a baby girl, and didn’t back down even when friends offered other suggestions—and we are glad she didn’t because the result is stunning! Julia is here to give us the scoop on the process of designing her daughter’s pretty-in-pink nursery.
What was your initial design inspiration for the nursery? Did you have an idea about how you wanted the space to look?
As soon as I found out we were having a girl, I knew I wanted the nursery to feature a lot of pink. My friends all voiced their opinion that I should make it gray and white with pops of pink, but that was far from what I wanted! My vision was pink, pink, pink without being cheesy. I knew that would be a tough task, so I enlisted the help of Allison, a designer at Serena & Lily, who made it happen for me.
She added touches of raffia and jute and convinced me that the accent color of sage green in the wallpaper would tone it down perfectly. I was skeptical but she was right!
What did you start with first?
I knew that I wanted an accent wall, so we started there first. As I mentioned above, we went with a pattern that incorporated pink, green and white and wasn’t too baby-ish. It felt chic, but whimsical enough for a nursery.
After that was picked, we were able to choose fabrics for the rugs, a glider and sheets!
What’s your favorite part of the room?
I love the little nook with the glider and bookshelf. It’s where we spend most of our time in there, so it feels cozy. We’re still on the hunt for perfect artwork for behind the glider, so any recommendations are welcome!
How has pregnancy been for you?
Pregnancy wasn’t easy for me physically. I was sick more than not, but powered through and, of course, it was all worth it. I think women feel like they have to put on a smile and pretend it’s all good for nine months, but that shouldn’t be the case! It’s OK to feel grateful for your baby and also feel not so hot at the same time. Read more about my experience here.
What are you most looking forward to about motherhood?
I’m looking forward to watching her grow up and become her own person. I can’t wait to see what she loves, what she hates and what kind of person she becomes. I hope that I do a good job in shaping her to be a kind, empathetic woman!