As Cinda gets ready to convert Baby B’s girly nursery into one fit for a bouncing baby boy, we thought you might enjoy a peak inside what she originally created for Belle. Belle has grown a bit since these pictures were taken, but the room hasn’t changed… yet.
We also quizzed Cinda about the nursery and got some juicy insights, tips and resources.
We hope you enjoy!
Q What was your vision for Baby B’s nursery?
A Our goal was to create an eco-friendly, reasonably affordable nursery that was beautiful, calm, modern and chic. But here was the kicker…we wanted to do all that using ONLY items made in America. Having this stipulation meant it took a bit more time to complete the room, but I am proud to say that everything (paint, carpet, drapes, crib, bedding, even the diaper pail) was made in the USA.
Q What is the one piece in the nursery that Mommy, Daddy and Belle couldn’t live without?
A Hands down, the changing table is our most essential piece. It is actually a vintage bar that we converted into our changing table by constructing a simple walnut topper, giving it a fresh coat of paint and polishing the hardware. The walnut top has separate sections for the Colgate Kids EcoPad, diapers, wipes and creams. Behind the doors, we store linens and extra supplies. The drawers help us organize all her little accessories. We also love the beautiful, ingenious and indispensable changing pad cover and topper by Olio Studio.
Q Is there a history or a story behind any of the pieces you chose?
A We had a very narrow space for a bookcase and were having a hard time finding one that fit the space and that was made in America. Then I remembered a piece that my parents had in their dining room when I was little. It was a Herman Miller inspired modular bookcase my Dad built while he was in architectural school. Luckily, my parents still had it in storage. It is the perfect fit, holds all of Belle’s books and toys perfectly and helps give the room its modern feel.
Q What are your favorite pieces and why?
A I actually have three favorite pieces that I love for different reasons.
The first favorite item is her Spot on Square Roh Crib. We all absolutely adore it! It is so modern and fabulous with its perfect combination of chic lucite and earthy walnut. It makes me happy every time I see it.
I also love the pair of paintings that we hung in her room – and that her Daddy, Mark Boomershine, painted for her. I must admit, it is handy being married to an artist as I can “commission” just about anything my designer mind can dream up. In this instance, I told him I wanted paintings that reflected our love for the sea, that were somewhat girly and that worked within the color scheme I gave him. He ran with that and painted these amazing sea creatures complete with the Roman numerals for 2012, the year Belle was born. These two paintings make the room! For more examples of Belle’s Dad’s art, visit www.boomershine.com.
Q Where did you find everything for the nursery?
A I did a ton of research online to find eco-friendly products made in America. However, whenever possible, I chose to buy locally to support my local economy and my favorite local stores. One of my favorites is New Baby Products. They also value the importance of American made products and have a nice selection from which to choose. I got my Colgate Kids eco-friendly crib mattress from them. I got my glider and ottoman from B Braithwaite, which is another one of my favorite Atlanta stores. I also raided my parent’s basement for the bookcase and found our changing table at a thrift store in Palm Beach, Florida.
Q Do you have any decorating tips to share?
A My best decorating tip is to find something that inspires you and use it as the springboard for your design. In this case, I used my cinda b Scala Ivory Babe-A-Licious Baby Bag II as my springboard. We loved how the Scala Ivory pattern blends soft pink, grey and ivory so I used that as our color scheme for the whole room.
Q What is your favorite spot in her nursery?
A Odd as it may sound, our favorite spot as a family is the floor. We love playing on the floor, rolling around and just generally having a merry time there. Belle plays on a quilt the sewers at the cinda b factory in Fort Wayne, Indiana made for us. It is composed of all the different cinda b custom fabrics so like all cinda b bags, it is machine washable and water & stain resistant – which comes in handy. It is also beautiful and something that I know Belle will cherish for many years to come.
Q How are you planning on converting this girly nursery into one fit for your new baby boy?
A When we originally designed the nursery, we knew that we wanted to do something that would be perfect for our baby girl but also could be easily changed should we ever be blessed with a baby boy. To do that, we kept the core items (the ones that are difficult or expensive to change) gender neutral. Paint is easy to change, so we painted the ceiling a soft pink shade. To convert it to a boy’s nursery, all we need to do is paint the ceiling a more masculine color, change out the accessories and voila! We will have an equally charming and fitting nursery for our baby boy once he arrives.
To see more inspiration for Baby B’s nursery, visit Baby B’s Nursery Board on Pinterest.