August 23, 2011

boys, Erika Ward Interiors, nursery

Thank goodness Baby J did not arrive before I had the opportunity to finish his room. It could’ve meant trouble for me. How unfair it would be for his big sister to receive a new room, complete with canopy, and leave him with her leftovers? Unacceptable. I had to give this little gentleman a proper homecoming.

It’s nice to know he’s not waiting for me to finish his room. Instead we are waiting patiently for him.

Mission accomplished.

The daybed was replaced by the crib and the walls received a new wall color, Benjamin Moore’s Northern Air. Isn’t it amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to transform a space? And how handsome is that light fixture? See Dad…no chandelier in your boy’s room. I heard you loud and clear.

Semi-custom drapery were installed with a 3″ ticking stripe banding sewn on the bias. It costs a little extra, but the diagonal stripe adds more interest to the panels. Woven bamboo shades replace the white wood blinds and instantly makes the space feel warmer. The double layered treatment gives Nesting Mama the advantage of full light control especially since the panels also have blackout lining.

The front of the pillow was made from a fabric remnant I initially purchased for my kids’ playroom. When I saw how close the match was to Nesting Mama’s existing bedding, I had to do the right thing and hand it over. I’m so glad I did. Did you notice the pillow piping has the same ticking stripe and the drapery? Yup, I meant to do that! Design is in the details!

Nesting Mama previously selected the crib bedding and I took the opportunity to customize it a bit by having the crib skirt made in the same fabric as the drapery.

“I really want a circular pillow for the crib,” said Nesting Mama. Note: In case you didn’t know you always give a pregnant woman what she wants. It makes for a happy baby –ok, I made that up, but I used to tell my husband that all the time. It worked for me but I digress. I found this orange dotted fabric while shopping at my new spot, Artee Fabrics. The opposite side of the fabric is the reverse colorway which we used on the button and piping! Lastly, Nesting Mama needed a tight spot to do the dirty [diaper] work. I usual don’t like to hanging items over a baby’s head, but these cardboard letters are harmless. Yes, I said cardboard. I simply applied a metallic faux finish technique I learned from Janell. This has to be the easiest DIY project I’ve ever tried.

There are a couple more things I plan to do in the space:



Having to deliver these pieces gives me the perfect excuse to visit once the baby arrives!

Are you making room for a new baby or need help with your kid’s room? Contact me (404.507.6110 / info (at) erikaward (dot) com) today to schedule your consultation!

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Amanda Says:

    What a great little nursery. LOVE the detail on the curtains and bedskirt!


  2. Nikki Says:

    Erika, this nursery is very handsome. It's so pleasant and serene, good work!


  3. Sing Says:

    Looks good so far.


  4. La Monica Says:

    Love all of the custom details, the paint color and the letters. I'm gonna have to try that faux finish technique of Janell's. It's very masculine and sweet for a little boy's room. Oh, and I laughed @ your comment that you listened to the Daddy about not having a chandelier in his little guy's room. Totally something my hubby would say.

    Great job!


  5. Mrs. Chic Says:

    Congrats to your clients on your baby boy! The room looks great :) Love the color combination!

    I just finally finished out little guys nursery!! He's still sleeping in his cradle in our room – but its great knowing his room is done, we spend time in there everyday :)


  6. PitonJim Says:

    Where did you get the light fixture? We’re just changing over a girls nursery to a boy and the missus loves that light.




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