i have been waiting to reveal this fabulous ALICE LANE nursery for FIVE months! wow. finally! when i married Alex, i moved into the home he purchased 10 yrs ago while playing basketball overseas until we could settle on a new home. because we weren’t totally sure how long we would stay here, i haven’t been motivated to decorate or complete the home. happily, we decided that we wanted the nursery to feel special and finished so we enlisted the experts at ALICE LANE HOME COLLECTION.
on our first consultation, we met with the designers in our home (led by principal designer and friend, Jessica Bennett) and talked about my vision for the nursery and they took measurements of the room and looked at my art- in case we wanted to use any of it- and we did. what i loved most of all, was that they were listening to what i was saying but also looking for clues about my interests and preferences based on the items i already buy so they could really nail my style. i feel so often that designers have ONE style and it goes all over every client. ALICE LANE does unselfish designing, i guess. they wanted to make US happy and US comfortable in a space that felt like US. i like that.
ok… so here’s the direction that i gave them:
- i wanted the nursery to have pieces that could transition later in life into other rooms and not be limited to “nursery decor.” you know, like, maybe pieces that would fit in her “little girl’s room,”or a formal living room—i feel that in nurseries and handbags, they should reflect the mother’s style and not the baby… i’m the one spending the hours awake in that room & carrying the diaper bag! I don’t want it to look goofy. i also wanted it to be visually stimulating for the baby.
- the words i gave them were “light,” “breezy,” “moroccan,” “dreamy,” “sweet-but-not-toooooo-sweet.” haha. so vague.
- we wanted a rocking chair that would fit 6’8″ alex and 5’3″ me.
- i had an existing crib that my nyc girlfriends gave to us for our baby shower so i needed them to work with that.
- i wanted a space for books. we love books.
- i wanted it to be peaceful, above all.
- at this point, we didn’t know the gender of the baby so we wanted a gender neutral nursery that could easily enhance with gender specific accents later.
Alex didn’t think he’d have an opinion about any of it….. until we got to our presentation:
so on the day of the presentation, they sugar’d me up with tiny pastries and loaded me with diet coke in their gorgeous design center. they had pieces from the room on hand and our rocking chair in the room so we could catch their vision. it felt really really special.
first they presented us with the sketches: