Congratulations are in order for Nate Berkus Associates Creative Director Lauren Allan, who welcomed baby girl Cleo to her family last month. While all of #TeamNate has been swooning over her beautiful daughter, we’ve also been busy admiring photos of her nursery, which we’re excited to share with you today. Not only is it a picture of joyful glamour, it’s got a few ideas to steal that won’t break the bank.
This is not exactly Lauren’s first time designing on nursery. “Apparently I requested a wallpaper change for my own nursery when I was three!” she tells us. So in case her daughter inherited those genes, Lauren set her sights on creating a room that was “spirited and colorful, yet practical – as well as classic.”
Her jumping off point? A vintage Matisse book. “My husband and I loved his cut-outs of botanical and abstract shapes – the perfect inspiration. First, we thought of painting, but what better homage than to literally… cut things out. I had the idea to use solid color removable wallpaper and cut-out shapes to stick to the wall, our blank canvas.”
Happily, her co-worker, the ever-creative Gabby Exner from Nate Berkus Studio, was up for the challenge to help turn the inspiration into reality.
“When it came to lighting, we didn’t leave anything up to chance,” says Lauren (spoken like a true designer, and mother of a newborn!). “Having all of the fixtures on dimmer switches allows controlled lighting at any time. And blackout roman shades should help ensure naptime will go smoothly. Plus, her room has great windows which overlook one of our favorite trees in our yard, making it feel like you are in a tree house.”
Of course, you can take the girl out of the office, but you can’t take the office out of the girl. Case in point? “I chose two cozy chairs from Nate’s line available at Target – one for my husband, and one for me. I love the idea of each of us having a comfortable seat to read to her.”
Nate isn’t the one in Lauren’s life who contributed key design moves to the space. “This room is filled with so many thoughtful gifts from friends and family, from a quilt made by my grandmother to the art on the wall. I can only imagine how much she’ll love this room, created by her design-obsessed parents, and inspired by one of the greatest artists of all time.”
And if she wants to re-wallpaper when she turns 3, like her mother? Well, we doubt it. But if so, she’ll have some top-notch parental guidance.