As every mother knows, flexibility is key to successful parenting. It’s also key to creating a chic nursery that can adapt as baby grows up. Just ask interior designer Katrina Stumbos, who kept flexibility top of mind when she designed a stunning pink-and-gold nursery for her daughter, Gisele, born in November 2018. “Children’s needs and styles change much more rapidly than adults’ do,” she explains. “So I made all my choices as adjustable as possible.”
Stumbos started with peel-and-stick, removable wallpaper in an eye-catching pattern of large pink and white peonies. “It’s a loud print,” she admits. “While I love it, Gisele may end up hating it, so it can be changed easily.” To furnish the space, she selected versatile pieces, like an upholstered glider chair and ottoman in soft white velvet and a dresser that does double duty as a changing table. To up the glam factor, Stumbos replaced the bureau’s hardware with unique pink-geode knobs from Anthropologie. “They weren’t cheap, but they really upgraded the piece,” she says. Custom draperies in soft pink linen can be used in the future in another room, and a big mirrored cabinet that now provides storage for books and diapers will work well into Gisele’s teens. A soft shag rug provides a cozy spot for Gisele to play with her older brother, Santana. The room’s pièce de résistance: a gold crib that Stumbos searched high and low to source. “I was obsessed with having a gold crib,” she says. As for Gisele? “She loves her room,” her mom says. “It’s so sweet.”
Katrina Stumbos’ tips for designing a nursery:
Be bold. In a nursery, you can’t really go wrong with color, Stumbos says.
Select pieces that are versatile. A dresser, for instance, can double as a changing table.
Include a chair. It’s a great place to cuddle up and read with baby.
Use blackout curtains. They help a child get to sleep—and stay asleep.
Stash toys in pretty baskets. It aids in cleanup and makes the room look neat and organized.
Glider and ottoman: Wesley Hall Furniture
Dresser: Crate & Barrel
Drawer hardware: Anthropologie
Wallpaper: House of Hampton
Crib: Corsican Furniture Company
Butterfly mobile, bunny plush rocker: Pottery Barn Kids
Artwork: Leftbank Art
Side table: Noir Furniture
Pillow fabric: Fabric Hut
Organic bedding: Burt’s Bees