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Behind The Design: A Global-Inspired Nursery for a Baby Boy

JULY 6, 2016
Photo credit: Jessica Sample [Styling credit: Hannah Polskin]

The Project:  A chic, globally-inspired nursery - done in a rush timeline!

The Designer:  Melissa Schenck-Thomas

The Client:  A busy, well-traveled Southern California couple expecting their first child

Client’s Style:  Mid-century modern with global influences

Budget: $6,000

Client’s Requests:  

  • Transform a nondescript room with dark wood floors into a nursery for a baby boy
  • Echo the clean and organic mid-century modern design style prevalent throughout the house, but inject a little fun and whimsy
  • We've travelled extensively throughout Africa, especially Morocco, and we'd love to bring in some design elements to get him inspired about seeing the world some day
  • Plenty of stylish storage for books and toys would be a !
  • Is there any way we can do this under 3 weeks?

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Design by Melissa Schenck-Thomas, Decorist Classic designer


Melissa's Design Diary:

  • Both concepts are designed with an eye towards what can easily transition well as he grows up - the cribs transition to a toddler bed, the changing tables can function as  regular dressers, the lighting and rugs would all look great in an adult space
    • Concept 1: Clean & Bright Mid-Century Modern - white and gray palette with pops of turquoise with a fantastic light that echoes tree branches
    • Concept 2: Global, Vintage & Found - warm wood and leather, interesting textures, grounded by crisp white
  • The client liked elements from both design boards so I pulled from both concepts and the result is a merger of the midcentury look they love with well-traveled touches throughout
  • Safari animal accents and tribal-inspired patterns done on a small scale are a subtle way to bring in the global-inspired look without it looking overdone
  • The turquoise vintage rug is a great sophisticated pop of color to the space and is a contrast against the cool palette of the rest of the room
  • Using multiple open shelves and baskets for storage allows for greater flexibility and is a good alternative to an additional piece of furniture
  • Doing this under 3 weeks was tight but the client was such a great collaborative partner and I love how the room turned out...  we even came in 1 day early!


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Global inspired nursery


Melissa Schenck-Thomas really hit it out of the park with this adorable nursery. And she made sure it was quick, easy and convenient for her client who was in a rush. If you’re interested in working directly with Melissa, you can check out more of her design portfolio or start a project a request Melissa as your designer.


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