Tuesday, July 19, 2011

You Are Here: Rohen's Nursery Design

a vintage school map with a construction paper message for Rohen: You are here.
I just finished baby Rohen's nursery and it was truly one of the most fun and fulfilling projects I've worked on.  My dear friends asked for my help in putting their nursery together a few months ago, with one twist - they weren't going to find out the sex of the baby.  Hmmmm - how to pull off designing a nursery when you don't know the sex of the baby?  Well, in three words: I found out.  My friends had their doctor write the sex of the baby on a card and seal it in an envelope, which they delivered directly to me.  And I was off and running on a baby boy's room.  Now, it would still be extremely difficult to go through approvals in a process like this - if approvals were necessary.  But somehow, I landed friends who trust me (yay!) - so for the last 5 months, they have not known one tiny detail (can you imagine?!?) and furthermore they never even flinched, not once.  I never received a frantic freak out call begging me for details. . . well, Brandon might have text once or twice but only to try to get a hint on the sex. . . never the nursery details.  Amazing.

They did supply me with two amazing things that were the initial inspiration for this baby boy's nursery - my friend Risa had a couple of twenty year old collections: bouncy balls and key chains. SO. Groovy.  And right in my comfort zone as they aren't really about the sex of the baby, they are just cool and perfect for any baby's room.  That's sort of my mode for these rooms. The colors, shapes, spheres, places and time captured in those two collections led me to a map which led me to colorful fabrics which informed the whole room.   

You Are Here, Rohen - here in the world, here in Dallas TX, here in your room with your lovely, amazing parents - You. Are. Here.  And a lucky, loved little guy you are.   Thanks to the Phearse's for letting me be a part of this journey.  

The bouncy ball lamp is my favorite thing in the room.
Traditional mobile - nah!  Instead I strung globe stress balls and colorful twine wrapped balls to the ceiling for a color and thematic connection.  I love how the big clump drops right into the room and works perfectly with the vintage map.
I made the yarn pompoms myself to top off the cream panels.
(Bad shot here, sorry) Risa had the crib and furniture already so no stress in picking the wrong thing there!
Bouncy balls and key chains fit perfectly into these canisters and will soon be bookends.


  1. Molly, I absolutely love it! Risa and Brandon are so lucky to have a wonderful friend like you!! Thanks for making an amazing nursery for my nephew. Love you!

  2. So glad you like it, Regan! xo

  3. I am in LOVE with the bouncy ball lamp. So creative and fun!! Chic Rooms

  4. Amazing! I got teary reading the blog and the room is perfection! Risa and Brandon...and Rohen are so blessed to have you!

    Michelle C.

  5. Jones - Thank you - I'm so flattered coming from you! and Michelle C. - thank you soooo much!

  6. so damn creative. what a badass idea on the bouncy balls. you are one kickass mama & designer. uber-impressed... and green with envy!

  7. Bill and Eilene - y'all made my day. thx. hope to see your mugs soon. xo

  8. Brandon,
    Your BAC Vendor Management friends miss you and want to seem more pictures! : ) Cindee


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