Closing my boutique, has allowed me the opportunity to pursue another one of my passions: interior design. Unlike running a retail store front, design allows me the flexibility to work some from home and define my own schedule, so that I can spend more quality time with my family. I can take the baby with me to Lowe’s or a lighting store. I can swing by to look at samples or a project on my way to pick up my older son at school. I’m not married to store hours any longer.
Luckily, I’ve been able to jump right in on numerous projects which has made the transition seamless. Personally, we recently sold our own home, which we bought in 2013 as a flip. Over the past three years we slowly fixed it all up and sold it just a month ago (whole house reveal with before and afters coming soon!). And now we are building a new house so I am busy making selections for that project. Professionally, my family is in real estate so I am doing the design for two flip projects and three spec homes! I plan to share my design adventures here on the blog and on my new Instagram page: DesignedToFlourish.
Today, I’m excited to reveal our nursery. Our son, Thieren is named after my paternal grandma Rachel Elizabeth (Thieren) Cooreman. If you knew Rachel, you knew she loved nature. She loved to garden, and loved animals like deer, owls, rabbits, etc. So when I started working on Thieren’s nursery I settled on a Forest Animals theme in honor of his namesake. I added in some trendy tribal details too. Colors such as navy, mint, ivory and gold combined with geometric shapes and patterns to complete the look.
This wooded landscape artwork from Hobby Lobby brought together the different metallic colors in the room; including silver, gold, and bronze. Soft touches like these stuffed animals from Amazon are perfect for a nursery.
Custom details like monograms and name pillows personalize spaces and don’t have to be expensive when you use a site like I did with Etsy.com!
When decorating a bookcase, add visual interest by placing books horizontally as well as vertically. Use vintage or thrift store figurines as bookends too! These bronze deer were originally black and I hand painted them to better suit the room. Use a can of spray paint to transform a vintage find from your Grandma’s collection but keep family pieces in your decor.
These prints tied together the room’s colors of navy, mint and gold. I found the frames at Hobby Lobby, and they worked perfectly to accent the space between the two windows.
And of course, a nursery reveal wouldn’t be complete without my little man! Nothing completes a space quite like the people you LOVE!
*Meagan Gilbert Photography