Room Tour: A Minimalist Yet Cozy Baby-Boy Nursery |
December 10, 2013
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I have so much to tell you, but let me start by giving you a room tour of this cool, minimalist baby-boy nursery. When I spotted a photo of this room on insatgram I just had to ask Efrat to feature it here. I find that so many times even people who are into decor get stunted when they decorate the nursery, playroom or kids’ rooms and end up with a cliché design that has nothing to do with how the rest of the house looks, do you agree? This is also a great opportunity to hear about the decorating process from both the client (Efrat, who has a rich background in design and is the designer behind Petek Design Studio) and the designer (Galit Elia).
Efrat: When we decided to leave Tel Aviv for the suburbs I knew this is going to be an exciting adventure, and so I decided to hire an interior designer that will help us be decisive and focus on a cohesive style, as well as utilize the time and the budget that we’ve got. I connected to Galit via a friend’s recommendation and the moment we got together I knew it’s going to be a fun process! The general concept we worked with for the house was a clean minimalist vibe, with items we’ve collected throughout the years, and this philosophy is probably what made the rare chemistry and collaboration between Galit and I. Since I work in the design field and deal with colors and patterns all day, I felt that my home needs to be a calm sanctuary from all of that – and extremely relaxing for the eyes. Finally, we decided on a hybrid of urban, industrial chic with a wink to mine and my spouse’s sentimental memories of places we love.
It was clear to us we should start with Jonathan’s room to make the move easier and fun for him. For the whole apartment, we chose two shades of grey that we’d use in three walls throughout. For the baby’s room, we chose a lighter grey. Galit and I agreed grey is a great way to add depth and definition to areas of the apartment as well as spice up the white walls. We painted the wall across the way from the nursery grey, to connect the room visually with the entrance and dining area. This gives the area an aura of an intriguing little urban alley, and I regard grey (like white) as a basic and neutral color that complements the white walls.
I knew I don’t want to paint a wall mural because it might get old very soon, so we went for prints and drawer-shelves that can function as storage and display for rotating toys – according to the age and changing tastes, which will also be easy to change once in a while. Most of the things in the room are from our former place and we just tried to rearrange them creatively and without creating visual clutter.
Our relatives brought us the cool cloud lighting and the uniquely cut mirror from the UK. The lucite table and chairs are inspired by Phillippe Starck. The happy, colorful illustration above the crib was a gift from my talented friend, Illustrator Racheli Shalev. The adorable stuffed elephant, too, is from amazing doll-maker Yfat Forsher. Carmit Klein made the cloud pillow. We got the red bus from a neighbor who knows how we love Britain, and I designed the Queen’s Guard growth chart decal myself. You can see him winking when you’re at the dining table and I feel like he guards the nursery.
Galit: It was always clear to me that clean, simple lines are my big love. People usually call this style minimalist or modern, but even under a title – each designer brings his or her unique personality into each project. And along the way I’ve learned to leave my own stamp on each room I design.
While designing Efrat’s home, I took into account Efrat and her spouse’s tastes, the themes they adore (like London and red buses) but I tried to keep it all abstract and minimal. That’s where the grey walls came from – to define the spaces within the house and give it an urban look, and the reds and blues – to add depth. That was also part of designing the nursery. I strive to create a playful nursery that’s also simple. Working with Efrat was special because the collaboration between interior and graphic design created a synergy that gives the apartment that special personality you can’t find anywhere else.
Thank you, Efrat and Galit! I hope you’ll share the rest of the apartment with us someday. Check out Petek Design’s Etsy shop and Facebook page (below are some of my favorite items of hers) and also Galit’s page! Have you decorated a nursery before? What where the challenges you faced?