If you haven’t heard the exciting news I’m expecting a little boy at the beginning of May. This will be child #2 in our family. I’m really excited for my daughter to have a little brother, my husband to have a son, for me to not be pregnant anymore (haha), and to feel the joy and happiness a new baby brings into the family. I knew I wanted to do something fun, quirky, and stylish for his nursery but wasn’t until I watched my local news a while back, I received my inspiration for this room.
As I was watching, they were talking about the U.S initiative to encourage students of all ages to take STEM courses. If you haven’t heard of STEM it stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is a curriculum program that is to encourage U.S students to go into careers that are in these high tech industries so we can compete with countries like China and India. I guess there’s not enough people in the U.S to fill these jobs so a lot of them are going to people overseas. So Obama is backing up the STEM initiative to encourage students to go into these fields.
I have a lot of people in my family who are engineers, my husband and dad are, it kind of runs in the family. Science, technology, engineering, and math aren’t the most sexy of topics, so that’s why I thought it would be really fun to do a nerdy, hip, and modern Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) themed nursery. There will be physics, math, science, and engineering all rolled up into one room.
Ok great, I got my design idea, but seriously, the thought of designing an entire room from scratch was too much for me. I normally would delight in the challenge, but sometimes life gets really busy, you run out of energy (being 31 weeks pregnant), and sometimes you just don’t have the time.
When I attended Alt Summit back in January I met the lovely ladies of Decorist, an online interior design site where they offer affordable, bite-sized Designer Services packages, where you can get one of their talented designer’s advice on your decorating challenge. Making interior design personal, affordable, and easy.
I was so thrilled to make their acquaintance and told them of my dilemma of wanting to design my sons nursery but not having the time, and they were so awesome and said, “We want to help you!”
You can get complete design for any room in your home for $199, that’s a freaking good deal. Especially with all that is included (more on that below). I know this is a great deal because a couple years ago I hired an interior designer to design my living room and she charged me $350, and the sad thing was my husband hated the design. It was a sad day.
So when you go to Decorist, you’ll want to click on the “Get A Makeover” button on the top right portion of the screen. The first step of the design process is filling out the questionnaire where they’ll ask you a couple questions like:
–Details about the space you want designed: A modern, hip, nerdy STEM themed nursery for my son.
–Your goals for the space: Comfortable, practical, modern, stylish, fun, quirky, and a place he’ll be able to grow into as he gets older.
–Dimensions of space and placement of windows, closets, air vents, and etc: 11 X 10
–Colors, patterns, and material preferences: Neutral walls and furniture, with pops of bright color. Want lots of different textures to make the room interesting and cozy. I’m completely open to patterns. Materials all need to be machine washable, and be easy to clean.
–Items in the room you want to replace, keep, or add:
Keep-dresser, a rug I already have on hand, carpet, and the grey walls
Replace- crib, rocking chair, (I’m going to paint baseboards and doors)
Add- accessories, book shelf, lamp, wall decor, and side table
-Budget for the room: $2,000
–Online retailers you love or dislike: I really LOVE Wayfair
–Your inspirations (I included the link to my Pinterest board I created just for this nursery, you can see it here)
The last step you do is upload pictures of the space. I took pictures with my phone, so they’re not the best quality, but they work.
You’ll submit your design and about a week and a half later, you’ll receive your complete design on your Decorist profile.
It was like Christmas morning when I opened up my design. To my surprise my designer Lauren included TWO completely different designs, specific recommendations on how to layout the items best in the space, a map of where everything should go in the room, a shopping list and links to the items I needed to purchase for each design. The best part, if you purchase your items through Decorist, you receive a discount, heck ya!
Here is design #1
Here’s the extremely helpful and detailed instructions they gave me for my room:
The visual map of where to place the items in my room:
The shopping list and links of where you can find the items your designer, in my case Lauren hand picked for me.
Because I loved elements of both designs I picked the items I wanted to keep, asked my designer to find items I wanted to spend less on and splurge, and fine tuned it to fit my budget. She was able to help me create the final design for the room.
I’m so happy with how it turned out. This room totally reflects my vision and style, and they helped me to create it. I’m going to add some diy projects to this space like making my own pillows, adding some other unique artwork, and creating my curtains.
I can’t wait to share with you how the room turns out. I’ll be working on this for the next several weeks and can’t thank Decorist enough for helping me design this room.
Not sure what your design style is? Take Decorist’s style profile quiz everyone is talking about! It’s “so fun!” and “scary accurate”. Go here to take it!