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My Modsy Story: How Modsy’s VP of Style Designed a Small Nursery With Major Style

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.

 

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!

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 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.

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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.

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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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5 Stylish Nursery Designs for The Chic Little One in Your Life

Awaiting the arrival of a joyful new addition to your family? Needless to say you’ve got a lot to think about with a new baby on the way—but it’s never too early to start thinking about nursery designs! It’s important to think about comfort and functionality in a nursery. And since you’ll be spending nearly as much time in the new room as your baby will, you want the nursery furniture and interior design to reflect your personal taste.

If you are planning a nursery, you may have noticed the growing trend toward super chic and simple nursery decor. Out with the clutter and cramped spaces and in with a new nursery interior design that embraces both form and function for a stylishly chic space both you and your little one will love! Take a look at these 5 nursery designs that are as stylish and fun as you are.

blue nursery duesignClassic Blue Babe

There’s no doubt this nursery decor is in vogue! It centers around Classic Blue, the Pantone Color of the Year. This stately, warm blue is kind of the millennial pink of blues and doesn’t feel gendered at all. It’s a calming shade that works well for accent walls, floor-to-ceiling drapes, wall art, rugs and nursery decor items.

This room balances it out with neutrals to make the space even more serene. A few smart storage solutions help keep the clutter at bay and there is plenty of space to change into a kids room as your little one grows. (You can even add an additional bed if a sibling joins the party!)

boho nursery ideasEclectic and Artsy

If you want to pass your boho tastes on to your baby, this eclectic and artsy nursery interior design scheme might be just the thing. The room features patterns galore so the nursery will be alive with unique design elements! It also features fun art on the walls and stuffed animals to make it extra warm and inviting. Try to anchor the design on a color palette to make sure your nursery feels cohesive and not too busy.

Cozy and Colorful

If you’re into plush and cozy nursery designs, try out a cozy and colorful scheme like this. It features warm tones, natural materials, and extra cozy touches all around. The rainbow tapestry behind the crib is a family favorite and the soft colors pull together the make the room feel bright and sunny.

Pro-Tip: For the kiddo prone to ripping things off the wall, pull crib into the center of the room—that way little hands can’t grab onto any wall decor.

nursery ideasMagical Playspace

Nothing says nursery interior design like baby animals, unicorns, and stars! These elements make for a dreamy nursery escape that you and baby will love. It features a peachy shade of pink that casts a warm glow throughout the room. Pair that with lots of cozy textures and you have a delightfully decorated dreamland for your new babe.

The room also has a cool dresser with a changing table top. It’s a great investment piece—when baby grows out of it, just take off the top and use it as a regular dresser for years to come!

tropical nursery designTropical Tot

For a little taste of paradise in your nursery designs, try out the tropical flavor of this room! It is packed with gorgeous leafy prints, natural materials and a neutral color palette to complement the wallpaper. Add in a few fun animal touches, like the safari animal wall-mounted decor here. The future animal lover will be excited to find them and you can add to the collection as your little one gets older!

 

Need help with your nursery project?

A nursery is such a wonderful addition to your house because it means a little one is on the way! Maybe you’ve started gathering style inspiration for your nursery design already—looking at Pinterest boards, asking friends, or checking Instagram hashtags.

If so, you may have discovered that few home projects are as monumental as decorating a nursery! From finding the right nursery furniture to thinking about how the space will grow with your child over the years, a nursery project is certainly no easy task. But don’t fret, consider us your personal nursery interior designer—from the layout to the furniture, we can help you complete your project and design a beautiful baby nursery you and your new family member will enjoy.

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