Chris and I have been working on a secret project. And when I say “secret” I mean, it isn’t our business to share all the details and photos. Chris’s brother, Brandon and his wife, Stephanie just closed on a house 5 minutes from us–in the same little town!!!– last week. We are thrilled. Their house is huge and newer, but still needs a little work. Unlike us, they are tackling most of it before they move in. Painting 3000 square feet. Replacing all the floors. Putting up wall treatments. It is a LOT of work–like a year’s worth of blogging squished into 10 days. Chris and I have been over there almost every night helping out and the whole process is exciting and fresh. I can’t wait to do a little house crashing over there and show you their gorgeous house. They have so many great ideas.
Because we have been in the fixing up phase for a while now in our own casa, or maybe they just know I have an opinion about everything decor, house and design related–they have been asking me so many questions. I’m flattered. From paint colors, to brushes to advice on striping a nursery and I am loving every minute. It has been fun to go over and paint a new color and a new space. I am trying to balance the act of giving my opinion and lending advice without making any decisions for them. So Brandon and Stephanie and anyone else looking for some inspiration, just in case you were wondering–here’s a few of my favorite striped nurseries (hehe):
1. Found here, this is one of my favorite striped nurseries of all time. Although the stripes make such a great statement, they don’t hit you in the face. It’s gender neutral and bright. It’s soothing, but the pops of color are so stimulating. I love all the different textures and patterns. Well done! And I can’t not talk about how I wish I had that chair and ottoman to prop my feet up when Greta was still a baby. Next time. Next time.
2. Packed full of inspiration (hello built in bookcases–must remember you), this is such a preppy little boy’s room. I love how the soft blue stripes coordinate with the dark gray paneling without being so matchy. The whole room is a confident, modern mix of “baby cool”. More pics here.
3. Polar opposite of clean-lined preppy number 2, this nursery is eclectic and a little vintage looking. The stripes are vertical and multi-colored and bunched together. A great option when you want to add a punch of color without totally overwhelming the little tyke’s room…or your eyes.
4. Vertical stripes done a different way can be less eclectic and more contemporary and sophisticated. Have you ever seen such sophisticated stripes? I love that they aren’t all the same width (yet all on the narrow side). They are crisp and subtle and soothing. Oh, and they happen to be done by the royal couple of DIY, John and Sherry. See more of this nursery here.
5. I am gearing myself up to paint a ceiling. If you have neutral walls, striping a ceiling would be a total home run in my opinion. Love this. And, yeah, love those book shelves too. This Elizabeth Sullivan space just seems like such a happy room.
I hope this round up gives you some great ideas! Anyone else have/love a striped nursery? Anyone else drooling over the West Elm rug? Anyone else have baby fever bad-style now…yeeesh.