On the brink of Emily’s second daughter Lyle being born, it came time to start thinking about transitioning her older daughter Wallis’ room into an easily adaptable future “big girl” space. She looked to create a place that both related to the rest of her home yet felt appropriate for a toddler and would evolve with her as she got older. The result is something perfect with just the right mix of girliness and sophistication, making it abundantly clear that this mama not only has a knack for designing clothes, she also has a way with creating spaces.
Emily mentioned, “Wallis’ room has become such a hub of the house, where both my girls play together every day!”@emilyandmeritt @thisisthegreat_
Build the room around an anchor element, theme or color such as a rug, lamp or standout piece of furniture – be sure to think about how that central component will graduate over time as your kid grows up.
Emily: “Being the mom of two girls, I was pretty determined not to create a pink room (I was certain I had plenty of pink ahead of me in the coming years), but when (interior designer) Amber Lewis showed me this rug, I changed my mind in an instant. I liked that it was an orangey-pink with hints of black, which was perfect because I wanted to use black and white bedding and textiles. I worked with Amber to get the whole room in order quickly because I was due any second”
Think different shapes, sizes, textures and colors all layered together on the bed or in a woven basket. This adds dimension and a certain softness to the space plus it creates an opportunity to play with fun shapes and quotes.
Emily: “I worked in as much black and white as I could to off set the pink rug, like custom-made black and white ticking stripe curtains and the Emily and Meritt for Pottery Barn Kids Sleepy Lion pillow on the bed.”
Here’s a chance to go beyond your standard utilitarian ledges by mixing multiple shelving styles throughout the space such as chunky wood or thin and transparent, adorned with tiny touches that make a space feel warm – your fave vintage book collection, little brass animal characters and/or a sweet pair of ballet flats.
Finding a place to store the endless stuffies, lovies and toys that your tot accumulates, can be a challenge, therefore seek out interesting textured baskets to pepper throughout the space. Baskets work in twofold by adding a warm element to the space as well serving a much-needed function of “storing stuff”.
Two important factors are in play when it comes to the details, the items themselves along with the way they’re styled (same as fashion!). Think about it, you could have a bunch of beautiful little decorative pieces but if they’re all thrown together in a pile they could look like nothing but a mess, however if they’re thoughtfully placed they can suddenly transform a space.
Emily “Together with my interior designer Amber, we made some pretty amazing custom pieces like our slip covered daybed and a functional night stand, and we also used accessible pieces like the West Elm mid century dresser and the ikea step stool. We used a copper Tom Dixon pendant ceiling light that added a nice hit of metallic and incorporated our PBteen black and white Bunny Lamp.”
Love an ultra simple crib or bed with elegant details such as mixed bedding and fun elements like a lion blanket or a family of lambs. In Wallis’ room she’s in the process of transitioning from a crib to a bed and still has both in her room allowing for several opportunities to play with the bedding.
Emily “I knew I wanted to use all of our black and white Emily and Meritt for Pottery Barn Kids crib sheets (scattered stars, xo, placement star) in the crib, as well as the Emily and Meritt for PBteen heart sheet set on the day bed that my daughter hasn’t quite transitioned into yet.”