When Modsy’s VP of Style, Alessandra Wood, found out she was pregnant, she was thrilled—both by her growing family and her chance to design a nursery with historical style.

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Name: Alessandra Wood

Occupation: VP of Style at Modsy by day, Design History professor by night

Location: Pacifica, CA

Her Style: Less is More Chic with a whimsical antique flair

Real Home Nursery Design

The Backstory

My husband and I purchased our home 2 years ago. It was our first home together, and we knew it was the place where we’d start our family. We loved that there was this tiny room off the main bedroom that we hoped one day could be our nursery.

Like many women, I experienced challenges getting pregnant, so the room began to take on a sense of heaviness. The space was supposed to be our nursery, but it was still just a dressing room.

Before I got pregnant we used the space as a dressing room, which was nice, especially after years of living in a tiny, 495 square foot apartment in San Francisco. But, like many women, I experienced challenges getting pregnant, so the room began to take on a sense of heaviness. The space was supposed to be our nursery, but it was still just a dressing room. Fortunately, after a lot of meditation, a little luck, and a good dose of science, I finally found out I was pregnant in March of 2020!

small and narrow nursery with a victorian style wallpaper accent wall

The Design Dilemma

Once I knew I was having a baby, I quickly began the process of transforming this space into a nursery. The biggest challenges were the size of the space and, after years of waiting for this moment, the pressure I put on myself to make it perfect.

Once I knew I was having a baby, I quickly began the process of transforming this space into a nursery. The biggest challenges were the size of the space and, after years of waiting for this moment, the pressure I put on myself to make it perfect.

Not only do I teach design history, but I’ve worked in tech and

San Francisco interior design at  Modsy for over 5 years. I knew using Modsy’s life-like 3D designs would help me find the right layout and furniture for my nursery and alleviate the pressure I was putting on myself.

Real Home Nursery DesignMy vision was to create a space rooted in classic design with a few modern pieces sprinkled in for a collected vibe. I also wanted to buy furniture that would last for years so my baby could grow-up with beautifully crafted pieces that had ties to the past while being part of her future. But I struggled to decide what pieces I really needed in the room—did I want a regular size crib or a mini crib to save space? Did I need a changing table? What about a glider? I clearly didn’t have room to squeeze in both.

I also had a few unique pieces in mind that I wanted to see designed into the space to make sure I loved how it looked. The first was an antique-inspired brass crib. I knew it would fit perfectly in the space based on measurements, but I wasn’t sure if it would look too big or bulky. The second was a gorgeous William Morris wallpaper called Pimpernel. As anyone who’s listened to my podcast, The Render, knows, I’m a huge fan of Victorian-era design, and Morris is one of my all-time favorite designers.

One of my favorite details is the nursery’s pièce de résistance—a Picasso print of two doves that my mom, Ermelinda gave me. 

Lastly, one of my favorite details is the nursery’s pièce de résistance—a Picasso print of two doves that my mom, Ermelinda gave me. Doves symbolize peace, love, and fidelity, so including this gift from her in the space really brought home the importance of surrounding the baby with art and storytelling.

Real Home Nursery Design

The Modsy Moment

As both a design expert and someone who’s used the tech, I can tell you that seeing your space in 3D with all the design elements in place is really empowering and was really reassuring for me with this important project.

Seeing the Modsy 3D designs made everything feel so much more real as we waited for the furniture (and baby) to arrive.

The best part was the 3D designs made it easy for me to share my vision with my husband, so we were both invested and happy with space. Plus, his parents wanted to gift us a crib, and being able to show them the antique-inspired brass one we wanted via the 3D design was a great way to share our vision and excitement.

Seeing the Modsy 3D designs made everything feel so much more real as we waited for the furniture (and baby) to arrive.

Real Home Nursery Design

The Real Results

Now that the designs are complete everything in the space feels specifically chosen for our baby. I wanted her to be surrounded by good design and imagery that would shape her childhood memories as well as pieces that could be in her room and our home for decades to come. Using Modsy, I was able to fully ensure that my design vision was realized and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Using Modsy, I was able to fully ensure that my nursery design vision was realized and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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