Iris's Warm Whimsical Space

Iris's Warm Whimsical Space

Lauren Hufnagl
Jan 11, 2013

Name: Iris (4 months)
Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn NY

This room started with the Dasara Curtain I found on sale at Anthropologie before I was even pregnant. The print appealed to my sense of whimsy and my love of bright colors. I knew it would be perfect for a boy or a girl.

We didn't move into our place until a month before I was due, so everything had to come together in the frenzied last weeks leading up to Iris's birth. Thanks to the tireless efforts of my mom who flew across the country to help (and basically unpacked everything!) it got finished in time.

My main goal for this room was to create a mood that was playful and spunky. I figure most new parents make a lot of mistakes in choosing functional furniture, so I didn't stress too much about that part. As long as I got the feel right, the rest of the room could evolve.

For furniture in this small (8'x13') room, I chose a mini crib to start. That way we could see how our family's sleep patterns would develop without a full-scale commitment. I picked a changing table from JC Penney with a removable top so that Iris could use it as a small bookshelf later. The temporary window seating is a cast-off IKEA cabinet. The side table was a cheap (and great looking!) Urban Outfitters find. The one big splurge was the La-Z Boy rocker/recliner, which some may argue is ugly, but I say comfort wins the day! The room was too small for the daybed I originally envisioned here, so I figured a really comfy recliner would work for tired parents who are taking the night shift with a sick or teething baby. It will be a great size for story time for years to come, and eventually it can transition downstairs into our den.

To echo the curtains, I wanted the walls to have the feel of old parchment without being brown or beige. Benjamin Moore's Whispering Peach had the right warmth I was looking for.

I loved that the curtains allowed me to play with color without being too sweet. The black and white animal prints came from Society6. To frame them, I wrapped the mats of some cheap IKEA frames with fancy, jewel-toned wrapping paper from The Paper Source - one of the few DIY projects I could manage while nine months pregnant. My aunt Debra made a gorgeous orange quilt that fit perfectly with the color scheme. (That with the beautiful animal-themed quilt that my mom made ensures that this girl will never be cold!) My in-laws gave us the flower artwork from an artist in Maine. The rhino and hippo prints are 18th century illustrations I found in a print shop while on vacation this summer. Oh, and you probably recognize the newspaper animal heads, a gift from my mother and also from Anthropologie. They were just too perfect to resist.

While the room is in for lots of changes in the months to come, I feel like it evokes many of the wishes I have for my daughter - that she live a strong, fearless life full of lots of color and adventure.

Thanks, Heather!

(Images: reader Heather)


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