College Hill is a quaint neighborhood in Cincinnati with homes that alternate between Tudor Revivals, Craftsman bungalos and quiet culdesacs of early ’60s ranch time capsules. Tucked away in one of those easy-living ranch homes is the Rosecrans family, newly minted as a 3-piece thanks to infant daughter Lucinda June.
Mom Michelle is an avid curator of wonderful, quirky things and her ability to edit around strong graphic pieces is evident in Lucinda’s nursery. While the ten week old bundle of cuteness doesn’t spend much time in her room yet (apart from feedings and diaper changes), it’s set to adapt with her as her size, interests and abilities grow.
Wall art plays a huge part in the aesthetic of Lucinda’s nursery. As you were forming this collection, what did you feel was the most important: the subject matter, color palette or something else entirely?
For art to make it into our nursery collection, it had to be an appealing mix of colors and subject — basically, if it fit my aesthetic, it was welcome. I was originally drawn to woodland critters — foxes, raccoons, owls, birds — but didn’t stick to a strict theme. We already owned the 2011 calendar print before finding out I was pregnant, but it seemed fitting that it would hang in Lucinda’s room since that would be her birth year. The Cranky Rapunzel print worked because of the colors and also because of its twist on the usual princess idea. I actually ordered it before we found out we were having a girl — one of our friends would’ve lucked out and received it as a gift if a boy had come our way instead.
After the art hung on the walls, the second most important element seems to be fibers. Whether stretched on hoops or draped across chairs, quilts and strong graphic print fabrics are everywhere. I’m always surprised at the incredible fabrics you find. What are your primary sources for yardage? Are you going to be one of those moms that makes clothes? (If so, I’d like to place an order!)
We joke that a fabric addiction is hereditary in my family. My mom and her mom both have ridiculous stashes of fabric and I’m heading down that same hoarder’s path. I mostly stick to easy things like pillow covers and curtains, but I hope to put some of my stash to good use in an eventual quilt and clothes for Lu. My favorite fabric in the room is the crib skirt fabric, which is by Anna Maria Horner and was purchased here in Cincinnati at Sewn Studio. If you like to shop for fabric in person, seek out a modern quilt shop and you’ll be in fiber heaven. When I’m in Atlanta, I like to hit up Intown Quilters. If I’m shopping for fabric online, favorites include Pink Chalk Fabrics, Fabricworm and the vast array of fabric shops on Etsy.
The importance of family is evident everywhere in this nursery, from hand-me-down furniture to gorgeous art created by your sister and grandmother. Was this intentional or a matter of coincidence or convenience?
It’s important to me to have a balance of old and new, and in the nursery that meant the bookshelf and crib wound up being the only new pieces of furniture. The inclusion of art from family members was more of a coincidence. My sister surprised me with the owl pencil drawing and I was thrilled to hang it over Lucinda’s crib. I actually purchased the kit for the crewelwork alphabet sampler, then realized I didn’t have the skills or patience to make it myself, so I asked my grandmother to complete the project. Whether by design or just the way things turned out, I love that Lu is surrounded by items that represent family and creativity.
What would you consider the one extravagance in the nursery? Where did you splurge?
The bird mobile that I ordered from a German shop on Etsy was definitely a splurge. It was $80 at the time, though I noticed the price has dropped. We are still looking for the perfect rug to finish off the room, and I’m afraid that whatever we choose will qualify as an extravagance. You know, the crib could easily have been the most expensive piece in the house… if you want modern nursery furniture, you have to be willing to pay! Fortunately, I found a fantastic knock-off of an Ouef crib at Walmart.com.
As Lucinda gets older, the nursery will slowly evolve into a “little girl’s room.” What are you looking forward to adding/changing as the crib and changing table are no longer needed?
Great question… When I was a child, I loved having a desk in my room, so I’ll want to make sure she has a place of her own for creating and studying. I’m especially fond of the desk-under-a-loft design for its coziness. I also think that built-in bunk beds can be a fun space saving option when you’re working with a smaller bedroom. The thing I most look forward to as Lu’s room evolves will be incorporating whatever she’s into… Trent and I are both so curious to see what interests her!
Your Pinterest boards are fantastic and I’m so glad I have one convenient place to follow your ideas and finds. Apart from other Pinterest users, where do you find art and design inspiration?
Pinterest was a great way for me to put all my nursery ideas in one place, while also having the benefit of other people’s pins for outside inspiration. But even more influential in my design aesthetic are the many, many blogs I follow (thank goodness for Google Reader, no?), from fabric designers, interior designers and party planners to mom bloggers, graphic designers and professional crafters. There are so many talented people on the interwebs and fortunately, they’re sharing their ideas with the rest of us. Some of my favorites include Posie Gets Cozy, Anna Maria Horner, The Purl Bee, Lay Baby Lay, Little Green Notebook, Making it Lovely, Creature Comforts, Design Mom, Lovely Morning, Oh Happy Day, Oh Joy, and You Are My Fave.
Nursery Art Sources
- The owl and raccoon letterpress prints are from YeeHaw
- Owl watercolor painting by Lucinda’s aunt
- Knit Fox, Socks the Fox from BlaBla
- Songbird mobile by Snug Studio
- Calendar by Oh My Deer
- Graphic Owl Print,”The Hopeful Sooty Owl” by In a Luxe
- Rapunzel print by Heather Ross
- Embroidered alphabet by Lucinda’s great-grandmother
Furniture / Other Sources
- Paint: Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige, matched to Olympic zero-VOC paint
- Crib: BabyMod Olivia, Wal Mart (!)
- Crib sheet by Dwell Studio
- Crib skirt fabric by Anna Maria Horner
- Sideboard, Rocker and Side table: Vintage family pieces
- Metal pagoda shelves were a Craigslist find
- Frames: IKEA Ribba
- Lamps: IKEA