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It’s official, January 2021 is the month Bridgerton took over our Netflix binging and our social media feeds. It turns out this Regency period romance is exactly what we all needed after 200 years in quarantine.
There is so much to love about the show – from Daphne’s gorgeous gowns from the Modiste to the opulent events of the season to well, every scene with Simon Basset. Naturally, we were particularly drawn to the décor. From the Bridgerton family home in London to the Duke’s residence to Lady Danbury’s ballroom – the inspiration is truly endless.
But our favorite room of all (no surprise here) was the nursery at the Duke and Duchess’ newlywed residence. That veiled bassinet, the sun streaming in with an almost heavenly glow, the opulent yet appropriate simplicity. It’s a design dream.
While minimalist nurseries will always have a place in our hearts, we are expecting a surge of Regency-inspired design boards in our future. The options for seamlessly blending the classic pieces of eras past with functional upgrades from the present may just be the match of the season.
It’s no secret that Daphne and Simon’s relationship challenges hinge on Simon’s complicated feelings about his own father. Daphne longs for a child but Simon has vowed not to continue the family line. (And we thought our struggles over deciding what to name our babies were challenging!) But in all seriousness, we all come into parenthood with our own baggage.
The entry into parenthood can be complicated whether you’ve dreamed of being a parent all your life or came to the decision later on. The pressure to love every moment and bond immediately with your baby can be, as the Brits would say, well, a bit stifling to say the least.
Creating a space that not only looks beautiful but serves the family in bonding and connecting with their newest family member is crucial to the design process. A pretty space without adequate snuggly seating, soft lighting, and play spaces doesn’t serve the family well.
With that in mind, we’ve selected some lovely pieces that will serve both form and function for families. We’ve also kept in mind that for fathers in particular (we’re looking at you Simon), bonding with your new baby in the early days can be a bit more complicated, especially if the mother is breastfeeding. Which is why we’ve selected pieces that will involve both parents in having those special moments in the nursery to foster closeness for the whole family.
Plenty of Places to Cuddle
A glider or rocking chair fit for a royal is a necessity for those around the clock feedings and sweet snuggles. Something we’ve come across as we’ve worked with many families is that more seating options may be necessary. Particularly if there are other young children or parents are doing bedtime together. Incorporating additional spaces for the family to sit can ensure everyone has a place and feels welcome.
If space is at a premium, a plush ottoman can help foster a sense of togetherness. (Bonus points if this creates more room for storage!) If there’s room for a bit more, a child-sized rocking chair or an upholstered accent chair may be just what the governess ordered.
Soft, Ambient Lighting
Setting the tone for relaxation and sleep in the nursery is crucial whether it’s 1813 or 2021. Lighting is a key element in so many of Bridgerton’s most memorable scenes. Whether it was the light shining through the dome at The Duke of Hasting’s country house in Yorkshire or the infamous bulbs hanging from the wisteria tree, the lighting truly cast an almost magical spell over the entire show.
Taking a cue from the Bridgerton family sitting room, we love the idea of light reflecting off of the glass details of an Empire chandelier. We also love the idea of incorporating sconces reminiscent of their Regency-era candlelit predecessors for a warm, soft glow. Can’t you just picture Simon gazing lovingly at his newborn in the dim candlelight? Swoon.
Sleep-Inducing Window Treatments
The whole family is happier when the baby is able to get some decent stretches of sleep. While we all know the early days can be hit or miss with sleep, it’s important to set the stage for the months to come. We have no doubt that statement window treatments were de rigeur in Regency era nurseries.
We particularly adore the way light filters through sheers with a heavier blackout weight drape that can be closed for night and naps over top. This valance and drape set in a dusty Wedgewood blue would fit right in at the Bridgerton house and would look soft yet elegant in the nursery.
Dreamily Detailed Walls
Preparing the nursery is a lovely way for parents to prepare for this major life change together. Envisioning the space and creating it gives both partners the opportunity to daydream together about what life will look like with their little one. A hands on project like hanging wallpaper provides an opportunity to work together creating new memories in the space.
We can’t get over the jaw dropping wainscotting and molding at the Bridgerton residence. We’d love to recreate that gorgeous texture using this wallpaper. It's paintable so you coat it in your favorite regent color.
If something less labor intensive is your thing you really can’t go wrong with a classic textured damask wallpaper in the Bridgerton’s signature blue. For something more organic and inherently vintage looking colors this laurel wallpaper design will take you back in time.
A Moveable Bassinet
One of the key elements of Simon Basset’s former nursery was the classic Regency bassinet. While babies in the Regency era would most likely have been cared for by a Governess exclusively in the nursery, a bassinet or cradle ( walnut or white) that can be easily moved around the house is practical for today’s parents. We can achieve the look of the classic bassinet while making it function in a modern home. This way the baby can nap around the house during the early days providing plenty of opportunities to stare in awe at your sleeping beauty.
In each stately room is a stately oversized area rug. The nursery should get no less attention with a decorative and cushioning floor covering. Regency prints are ornate with intricate patterns inspired by organic flowing floral and fauna. Featuring curvy patterns rather than hardedge geometric designs. In keeping with the pretty pastels of the era and the Bridgerton Wedgewood blue we loved this rug with a central medallion and ornamental border pattern.