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Not all mama birds need our help designing a youthful nest. In fact, it was rather clear from our first conversations that Ashley had amazing design vision and style. It was about one year ago that we met and I learned that she was managing all the design decisions for a home they were building. She passionately spoke about finishes and layouts.
While it was obvious Ashley wouldn't become a YouthfulNest client, I knew I needed to find a way to collaborate with her. We decided that her writing for our blog would be one of those ways – a win for us and our readers. Today she shares a peek into a very special room in her new home, her daughter Ever's new big girl bedroom. GUSSHHH! - Lisa Janvrin, owner YouthfulNest
We recently moved into our dream home. It’s been such a long but rewarding process. The one thing I’ve been most excited about is designing my daughter Ever’s new “big girl bedroom”! Don’t get me wrong, I love design in general, but kids’ rooms are so liberating. There really are no “rules”. Bring on all the whimsy and magic!
I’m not going to lie, as excited as I was to start the design process, there were some hiccups. It’s hard to design a room when you’re not living in the space. And not to mention you’re also trying to get an entire house put together at the same time. I had my work cut out for me, but I also love a good challenge.
I was so thankful for my friends at YouthfulNest for making some of that process easier. For example when I couldn’t decide on a rug I reached out to them to get their input. Having an expert set of eyes and ears was so helpful and guided me to make the right decision.
Another big decision in her room was the bed. Not only the bed frame, but the mattress. Recently ther's been a lot of information shared about all the harmful chemicals they put in mattresses and it blew my mind. (Check out the YouthfulNest Interview with Naturepedic for tons of educational insight on this topic.)
As a mother what my child comes in contact with is so important. We try to use almost all organic products. Her skincare, shampoo, food, etc. So why not her bed? That is where they spend eight plus hours a day/night.
So when YouthfulNest recommended that I try out a Naturepedic organic mattress I was sold! No harmful chemicals, allergy-friendly design, natural/organic renewable materials whenever possible and an easy-to-clean exterior. They also give a firm support system, which our growing little ones need from a mattress.
I decided on the Verse mattress style since my little girl is good to go all night without any accidents. For those still doing night time training they have a great option, the 2 IN 1 with one side that’s waterproof and the other side quilted for comfort when they are fully trained.
Once the big decision of the Naturepedic mattress was made, it was on to the pretty stuff! The bed frame and bedding!
All dolled up.
I had already picked out the bed frame long before we moved in, a Jenny Lind daybed style. I always wanted a daybed growing up and when I showed Ever a picture of it her face lit up! Not only would she be able to sleep here, it would become her cozy reading nook, a place to lounge and hang out with friends as she gets older. I just loved the idea of this bed.
I also wanted to make sure she had organic sheets and there are lots of great options these days. She has a busy wallpaper print behind her bed so I selected bedding that was more subdued. I picked out crisp white sheets with a pink fringe detail and paired them with a blush colored, linen duvet.
Ever helped me pick out some colorful decor pillows and cushions to add some pizazz and she did a great job. Of course, we couldn’t forget one of her favorite stuffed dolls. I am so excited about this new space and can’t wait to watch her grow in it for years to come.
Next up, teaching Ever how to help me make that beautiful bed of hers.