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Designing A Royal Nursery

I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the ideas flying around for the new ‘Royal Nursery’ decor. England’s Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton, or Princess Kate as everyone seems to call her, is due to give birth any day now, and the infant prince or princess will no doubt be taken home to a splendid royal nursery. (The birth is a little behind the due date, which is highly unusual for the British monarchy as they are usually so prompt in their schedule!)

But when the baby does appear, he or she will spend the first few years of life in a royal nursery that might look like this, according to British interior design company Oliver Burns. (Click the photo if you want to see it larger on our Pinterest page.)


It’s not too surprising that the designers opted for such an elegantly traditional look for the royal nursery. However, Oliver Burns added a lovely touch of whimsy in the umbrella addition to the chandelier, which evokes images of Mary Poppins! The room has a nostalgic feel, aided by the narrow stripe wallpaper, wall lamps, and the vintage style dressers lined along one wall. The dressers add a touch of retro character to the room, rather than modern built-in closets.

This is another very traditional idea for the royal nursery, designed by Guy Goodfellow.

Guy Goodfellow interior design company in London is famous for its restoration of period houses with classic interiors. Their rather posh clients include the Duchess of Marlborough and Lord and Lady Dashwood, so they probably have a good idea of the type of decor that will suit Kensington Palace! The wallpaper in this design is by Alexander Beauchamp, with 18th century scenes of Hyde Park. The park surrounds Kensington Palace where the baby will live in the same apartment where his father Prince William and uncle Prince Harry were raised.

Here are my design tips to create a traditional style nursery like these:

  • Keep the colors in the decor fairly pale and elegant. There will be plenty of time for bright primary colors when the child is a little older and running about. Pale tones convey a vintage mood and are more restful for mother and baby to create a sanctuary together for baby’s first years.
  • The designers of both of these nurseries opted for flowing, floor-length drapes and a deep pelmet. That window treatment immediately conjures a traditional and relaxed air for a nursery. A few details like pretty vintage chandeliers, a rocking chair, or chests or dressers to hold baby’s clothes also create a vintage mood.
  • A large framed antique or reproduction mirror on the wall reflects light into the room and adds to the traditional design, and a vintage dressing table with a looking glass for mom can achieve the same effect as well as being practical.
  • Old-fashioned toys immediately encourage a sense of nostalgia, making the nursery a place where everyone wants to play! A rocking horse is the classic nursery toy, as well as teddy bears or a doll’s house or train set tucked on a shelf. Perhaps you have some heirloom toys from your own childhood to share with the new baby?
  • Of course, a four-poster or canopied crib with swathes of lace is the bed of fairy tales and is sure to add a traditional and regal touch.

Every baby is a prince or princess and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these inspirations for your very own royal nursery!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

Client Spotlight: Baby Makes 8! Plus Using Antique Furniture in a Child’s Bedroom

Photo of our clients Bruce and Julie with baby Bruce Junior and newborn Bella Lynn.

Baby Bella makes…eight! Our clients Bruce and Julie pose in front of their new antique French Brittany buffet with Bruce Junior and Bella Lynn.

When we last visited Bruce and Julie of Whitmire, SC, they had just purchased an antique French Brittany armoire from us to use in their master bedroom. When we visited them again a couple of weeks ago to deliver their new antique Brittany buffet for the entryway, we discovered another new addition to the master bedroom: a crib for baby number eight! Little Bella Lynn joins seven siblings, all under age 14. Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographic proof children and antique furniture can peacefully coexist! Bruce and Julie's daughters' room is decorated with an antique bed and other furnishings. I love the pretty Barbie doll in a pink ball gown decorating the mantel!

Photographic proof children and antique furniture can peacefully coexist! Bruce and Julie’s daughters’ room is decorated with an antique bed and other furnishings. I love the pretty Barbie doll in a pink ball gown decorating the mantel!

On this visit, I was struck by how Bruce and Julie have successfully incorporated antique furniture into their children’s rooms. Many people don’t think children and antique furniture can coexist peacefully, but Bruce and Julie prove that’s not the case. Not only do their children live with antiques, they seem to love them. I especially got a chuckle out of seeing the Barbie dolls neatly lined up on the mantelpiece in one of the girls’ rooms. Charming!

Bruce and Julie’s home is blessed with a large entryway, and they’d been making routine trips to our bricks-and-mortar gallery in Newberry to find a suitably scaled antique French buffet to furnish the grand entry. Luckily we just received a new container from Europe, and we could hardly get this particular buffet off the ship fast enough! Bruce and Julie snapped it up, and as you can see it’s the perfect fit for their decor.

The antique French Brittany armoire Bruce and Julie purchased from us last year. Note how Bruce has embellished the original mantel in the master bedroom. Love the chandelier, too!

The antique French Brittany armoire Bruce and Julie purchased from us last year. Note how Bruce has embellished the original mantel in the master bedroom. Love the chandelier, too!

Bruce is quite a woodworker, and I admired all the embellishments he’s made to the original mantels throughout the house. I also love the way Bruce and Julie use chandeliers throughout their home (because, really, who can have too many crystal swags near the ceiling?!). Note how they scale the size of the chandelier to suit the room.

 

 

 

 

Great use of color in Bruce and Julie's dining room! Red can feel overwhelming, but the white fireplace, patterned upholstery, and glass decor balance the burgundy nicely.

Great use of color in Bruce and Julie’s dining room! Red can feel overwhelming, but the white fireplace, patterned upholstery, and glass decor balance the burgundy nicely.

We’ve been discussing the use of color all month, and Bruce and Julie’s home makes a great study in how to use rich paint colors and colorful furnishings in a harmonious design that’s not overpowering. I love the fact all the fireplace mantels are white, for example. This technique unifies the design throughout the house and helps balance the vivid wall color. In the dining room, red walls are balanced by patterned upholstery and glass accents. In the bedrooms, red furnishings contrast neutral wall colors. Well done!

We appreciate the repeat business from Bruce and Julie and wish them all the best with their new little one, Bella!

If you’d like to see your home featured in a client spotlight, email me photos! We love to show off our clients’ great interior designs.

 

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Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband and best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!