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Like babies each nursery project is unique and beautiful, this nursery design for Natalie Ehrlich is no exception. Nor was this mama's honest account of pregnancy whilst raising a toddler and all the tough stuff that sneaks up and tries to steal the bliss of motherhood.
Natalie is a mama already with a little girl Lilly – a lively, now two year old, girl who ruled her world. But as only a mother knows their world was about to change with the arrival of her second baby, a boy to be named James.
While this Type A personality planned and prepared for becoming a mother of two, Natalie's family battled some wicked sicknesses (both her and her daughter) and after giving birth she was covered in by a thick veil of postpartum depression. Natalie opens up about both on her Instagram and website Mindful Mama Collective so do check out her heart felt sharing.
"I had no idea how esSential this service would end up being between getting so sick during my third trimester and potentially being induced early." –Natalie E.
Natalie's YouthfulNest design team was, Ali Forman and myself, Lisa Janvrin. With Ali taking the lead on all the main client communication and bulk of the design process. I jumped in here and there to help decide between this amazing piece of décor or that amazing piece of décor. Ya know, the fun stuff.
Ali was fortunate to be working with a homeowner like Natalie who had an amazing aesthetic herself and a true appreciation for the work we do to create a space that allows mothers and fathers to feel more at ease as well as set them up to be more confident caretakers.
Natalie also had established vision for a soothing environment inspired by cuddly Llamas and lots of creamy textures in neutral colors. All this was infused with pops of baby blues and tons of texture. Natalie also already had the crib, dresser and a set of framed Llama prints to get us going.
The other bonus for this project was being given a blank canvas. The room had been painted a super subtle gray. Of course within there were still so so many decisions to make and design choices to approve. So let's dive right into those now.
The Llama Mama StrUggle Is Real
We had been working with Natalie for about a month and her design was almost finalized, just tweaking a few product selections. She was ready to start using her clickable shopping list when sickness for both her and her daughter took over their lives and we realized just how helpful this virtual design process could be to an expecting mother.
First Natalie's little girl, Lilly, got Croup and landed her in the hospital. Unfortunately, she also passed it on to her very pregnant mom. Ugh, we can't even imaging that level of pain that sort of coughing is at 34 weeks pregnant! Natalie went on to experienced additional physical complications between insomnia layered by heartburn and topped with Braxton Hicks contractions.
With Natalie busy taking care of her daughter and herself we were all thankful to take care of her nursery and simple shopping platform. Usable by her mobile from a hospital bed or comfy home sofa.
DEsign IN PROGRESS
Like I said, from day one we had a clear direction on style and inspiration so our first style board doesn't look wildly different than the final board. But in between there was lots of swapping out of pieces like throws, mobiles, book storage, etc.
A few pieces that were must haves passed through to the final design and were made up of some old and new YouthfulNest designer favorites.
Let's start with a new favorite for in the nursery like the the adorable easy to maintain air plant trio in Tillandz Stand plant holder from The Sill. Both plants and stands can be ordered online and shipped directly to your home. Yes, plants shipped to your doorstep, what a breath of fresh air!
We suggested these live plants because they only take a little misting here and there to stay perky. However we know how hard it is to care of a newborn baby so we all agreed on bringing in another larger spot of flora in the form of a larger faux plant.
While curating designs with stylish pieces from Paynes Gray isn't that new to us this textured Karim throw pillow is. Mama's deserve top style and lumbar support!
Back to our favorites for comfort and practicality is a Kroma Carpet faux fur rug. When working with lots of neutral layering in lots of textures and patterns helps to create cozy space. This is new large machine washable, faux fur rug from the Kroma Carpet's collection fills the space with softness and tons of space for mommy & me time.
One other perfect touch we introduced to Natalie was the cuddly creature of Slumberkins crew. Not only are these plush toys totally loveable they come with stories that help little ones and parents talk about their feelings in regard to like gratitude, stress, affirmation, conflict and many other common emotions.
"To be honest I would be quite stressed right now under normal circumstances because aesthetics and how spaces feel are so important to me — it affects my mood, my vibe, my energy, everything. But instead of feeling stressed, I’m pretty calm because even though everything hasn’t been built and installed, I know it’s all going to come together beautifully and it was so easy to just order everything once it was all selected."