Monday, December 9, 2013

Nursery Design Series: East Meets West Coast


I'm excited to share today's nursery with all of you! Mika designed this beautiful room with interesting geographic and cost considerations, and made an airy, lovely nursery for her 17 month old daughter. She was even able to incorporate her Japanese roots into the room!

We bought our first home in Oakland, CA in December of 2011 and a few days after closing we discovered that we were pregnant with our daughter, Emi. Now, 2 years later, most (or all) of our rooms are still works in progress including Emi’s, but here is a little peak into our little lady’s room.


The lilac walls came with the house and although it would not have been our first choice for the nursery, we found that it really works with the white, gray, and pink accents and wall hangings we chose.


The first thing we did in her room was put up the cherry blossom decals from Amazon.  It gave the room the Japanese touch I was looking for. We also wanted to avoid anything that could fall over our little one’s head in an earthquake as we live adjacent to the Hayward fault. 

Emi's crib is also from Amazon and is a gift from her grandmother.  It’s versatile as it converts into toddler bed, daybed and a full-size bed. Instead of getting a bedding set, which can be super pricey, we decided to get zigzag bumper from Amazon (yes, we are Amazon prime members and are suckers for the 2 days shipping) and we have been buying different patterned crib sheets to go with her room. 

The curtains from West Elm are our most recent addition to her room.  The bamboo printed curtain overlays the blackout curtains to keep her sleeping even after the sunrises (if we are lucky!). 

Emi’s dresser is from Ikea and we LOVE how much room there is for her clothes, blankets, accessories, etc.  We even keep our diapers in one of the top drawers to keep the clutter to a minimum.  We decided to get a dresser without an attached changing pad so she can still use it after she grows out of diapers.  We decided on colorful floral decals to, again, keep hard objects from falling on our lady in the event of an earthquake.  She pulls off some of the decals during diaper changes, but she has learned the word “flower” and “cho cho” which is butterfly in Japanese, so I think it was worth it. 


We also recently switched out the top 4 knobs with animal knobs from Cost Plus World Market to give it a unique look.  


We found these colorful cards from Papyrus that we framed to make quick and affordable art. 



There are a several small upgrades we are planning in her room: 

We had a bed skirt that initially fit perfectly, but when we lowered her bed (almost a year ago now) it became too long. I just ordered the replacement since I had the incentive to get her room blog-ready

We are planning on getting tie backs (option 1 or option 2) for her curtains.

We are thinking about getting a glider. Her room is relatively small so we want a compact one that won’t take up too much room… our 8 year old Poang works well for now. 


I love Emi's nursery... what a perfect, East meets West Coast, dainty and feminine room! Thanks Mika, for giving us the grand tour!

Take a look at other sweet nurseries hereherehere and here

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