This post comes to us from Anna Whitworth of Chicago.
When we first came up with the idea for Simon’s room, he was just the size of a banana and we had no clue if he was in fact a he or a she. We wanted to keep the room in gender neutral colors. We chose seafoam and white for the accent wall and kept all furniture white as well, timeless, bright and happy.
Once Simon ripened from a squishy little tot into a rambunctious toddler, we felt the need to spruce it down, make it more boyish to fit his little bouncy personality. However, I didn’t want to let the nursery atmosphere go completely, hoping I could bring one more baby into it, in the not too farfetched future.And so the white birch-forest stayed and so did his changing-table-turned-shelf and crib-turned-toddler-bed pieces.
We brought in some items we thought would make it more entertaining, we were inspired by pop-art colors and pop-art toys, the monkey posters and the rocking airplane fit into this circus-y idea, and so do the little collector toys. I really wanted a tepee since I still remember an old one my brother and I had, little campouts in the middle of the room are what toddler dreams are made of. Simon truly loves it, we read bedtime stories in it every night. We also got him a little piano, I naively thought it will be the cutest sight to watch him compose sonatas and etudes, but for now it has served faithfully as a stepping stool. Lately, however he has been more inclined to play it, I am not holding my breath for a great composer in the making though.