ROOM WE LOVE: A Designer Nursery
Alexis Warren creates a classic nursery fit for a little prince
Alexis Warren, owner of Alexis Warren Designs, was 7-and-a-half months pregnant with her first baby when she and her husband moved into their new house in Myers Park. “The first thing I wanted to do was get the nursery done,” she says. “We knew it was a boy, but I didn’t want a blue nursery. I’m not someone who loves bubblegum pinks and baby blues.” She did, however, love the dormers, angled ceilings, and overall character of the 1946 home. She also knew she wanted the nursery to be a room her son could grow into. “I wanted it to feel more mature, so the core pieces are very neutral,” she says. “We have a lot of antiques, and I wanted it to flow with the rest of our home, so it has a more English feel to it. To me, an antique is a piece that’s lived a long time, so a baby’s not gonna hurt it.”
A CLEAN SLATE
The previous owners had painted the space pastel green and covered the walls with decals of tree branches and birdhouses. “The day we closed, the first thing I did was peel those decals off,” Warren laughs. She chose a pale gray wallpaper from Thibaut and painted the doors, trim, and baseboards in Farrow & Ball’s Card Room Green. For the windows, she had Roman shades custom made with a whimsical Schumacher fabric. The brass Kelly Wearstler pendant light came from Circa Lighting.
Warren found the striped rug at Hall’s Flooring. “It was a random remnant laying against the wall,” she says, “and it completes the space perfectly.” The Babyletto crib from Maisonette had the traditional silhouette she loves with the pop of color she wanted. She worked with Liven Up Design (through Etsy) to custom design the daybed, and upholstered it in a striped pattern from Lisa Fine Textiles with velvet piping for some contrast. The glider, from Serena & Lily, had to be durable, so Warren covered it with an indoor/outdoor fabric. “It’s my go-to,” she says. “Nothing will stain it, but it’s still comfortable.”
Warren decorated the walls with animal prints by Mary Maguire, a New England-based artist she’d had her eye on for a while, and rabbit art from her mother-in-law. She found the side table and floor lamp at Chinoiserie Squirrel and the red and green pillows for the daybed from Schumacher. “I wanted it to feel layered, but not everything to match,” she says. “It’s very welcoming. It’s supposed to be lived in, played in, and enjoyed.”