Best Children’s Room or Nursery
A Modern and Minimal Kid's Room | Urbanology Designs
When Urbanology Designs Owner Ginger Curtis tackles a project, perfection is never the goal, but rather the opportunity to infuse interest wherever possible. And she would know as the creative designer, who launched her biz in 2015 and is beginning an extensive renovation of an old firehouse in North Richland Hills that’ll serve as her new company headquarters. Her design personality is fresh, simplistic, yet chicly modern, and always comes with a unique approach, much like the one she took with this sweetly modern, neutral-themed kids’ room. One of her most popular design projects to date, Ginger started from the ground up with handmade wood. “Floors set a very powerful foundation for every room, so I chose flooring that was really special,” says Ginger. “The goal was to create a minimalist children’s room still loaded with texture and playful interest. The room delicately entices the imagination of little ones without being over stimulating.” Oversized windows provide ample natural light for the space, which features raw wood accents like a rocker by Monroe Workshop in L.A. and a custom-made bunk bed and rolling pallet bed, clad in dream-worthy bedding. The white dresser and simple bookshelves from IKEA serve as displays for the modernly minimal-style wooden toys, while dark gray, triangle vinyl wall decals from UrbanWalls add visual interest. But modern and minimal never equate to boring when Ginger’s designing, so she added adorable custom-made flag and pompom banners and a sweet little table set with chairs from The Container Store for a picturesque finish. She says, “It’s the most serene and dreamy place to rest and play.”
An Outdoorsy and Rustic Nursery | MTK Design Group
Rustic and sophisticated were the inspiration points for this nursery makeover, a room that MTK Design Group owner Megan Kranz was already familiar with. She originally designed the space as a guest room in a similarly rustic style anchored by the wood accent wall — Megan had a local contractor cut real logs in half and install them. “The father is an avid hunter, and the room’s previous design had three large deer heads on the log wall,” she says. “Convincing them to take them down is never what hunters want to hear, but we still incorporated two that were smaller in scale.” Megan incorporated soft white furniture from Pottery Barn Kids and built on the outdoorsy vibe by adding a hide rug, faux fur ottoman and diamond-patterned draperies, custom made by her local workroom. “The tree decals were such a playful finishing touch that accentuated the architectural features of the room,” Megan says of the RoomMates Decor mural on the column. “I also loved the metal branch wall hooks for diaper bags. The little details are always so fun.” Details also include space planning, for which Megan draws out the room to scale, identifying the most sensible options for function and design followed by aesthetics. “The prominent profile of the crib contrasting against the logs was the right focal, and it allowed us to break up the wood furniture with just enough space for a soft rocker.” But the best aesthetic of all is undoubtedly the sweet babe occupying that crib, wondrously gazing up at his daddy’s deer and the colorful new world around him.
A Colorful Boy's Room | Beckley Design Studio
When we first started designing this room, the little boy was still in a crib,” says Kelley Roberts of Beckley Design Studio, which she co-owns with friend and fellow designing talent Rebecca Atkinson. “So we wanted a room that would easily transition into his big-boy room.” The Perch bunk bed by Oeuf, made of Baltic birch wood, was the perfect solution for the space as the twin bed and loft bed can be separated or reconfigured into various arrangements. (It was also appropriate that the bed, as well as the dresser, was made by a New York-based company as the clients lived in New York City for several years, hence the small “New York” pillow by Jonathan Adler on the lower bunk.) And in keeping with their client’s vivacious personality and youthful age, Kelley and Rebecca enjoyed bringing in fun details. “Children’s rooms are so much fun to design because you can get really creative with color and pattern,” says Kelley. “We presented three completely different schemes to the client, and each one had a bold wallpaper. Nothing makes a statement more than that.” The blue-and-white zebra print wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils accentuated the height of the room and the vaulted ceiling nicely. A mixture of other patterns, like the gingham pillows, custom rug by Interior Resources and striped Roman shades — made by Interior Fabrics with fabric by Villa Romo and trim by Samuel & Sons — ensured the room was just as fun and playful as its occupant.