A few weeks ago, I got really #$%& bored sourcing product for two nurseries I’m designing: one in Venice, Ca., and another in Brooklyn, NY. Pink blah blah blah, baby blue blah blah blah, duckies blah blah, kitties blah blah. The regurgitation of the same ole, same ole, made me wanna slap myself in the face with a Sophie Giraffe — simply to escape the overabundance of you-must-like-this-because-it-is-baby-blue-and-or-pink nursery furniture.
Don’t get me wrong: I love using pink, and my entire Hollywood Hills home is bathed in shades of blue. But when it comes to baby rooms that break the mold, those outfitted with shades of green, grey and/or taupe are fresh, surprisingly classic and also pretty darn adaptable; all three colors can grow with a child, and take on totally different characteristics — both feminine and/or masculine. Much to my surprise, I stumbled across an excellent online source for nursery furniture, Oilo Studio. Designers, parents, and designing parents are certain to become fans as well. Although the company offers everything from crib bedding to throw pillows to wall art, I especially fell in love with their gliders and pendants. Anyone else looking to trick out their own tot’s digs, or designers/decorators in the mood for something new, take a look at all Oilo Studio has to offer. The next time you look at your little one’s Sophie Giraffe, and refrain from clubbing yourself in the sniffer with it, you can thank me, then paint the walls pea green or medium taupe. Wow, now I just sound outright pushy, huh?
The fabric-covered cylinder pendants are graphic and certain for a baby to rest his/her eyes on with adoration, plus they’re classic in style — an excellent combination to add something to a nursery which parents can enjoy every bit as much as their mini-me’s. Available in different sizes, shapes, colors and patterns, the solid spring green seems to be the favorite among my clients.
The very first item which drew me to Oilo Studio was the Cohen Glider which is a mashup of transitional, Hollywood Regency and contemporary styles. It was my glider of choice for the Brooklyn nursery I’m headed up to New York to install and photograph in a few weeks. Check out it’s low-sloping arms; this detail is fantastic for spatially-challenged nurseries since the low, light appeal of its lines seem to take up less visual space. Plus, that Stripe Large Cylinder pendant in Brown, to me, is preppy perfection.
And then there’s the Penelope Glider. Gigantic hit..HUGE here with my clients and colleagues in Los Angeles. Perhaps what resonates so well with people is the fact that it’s simple and traditional, yet with a twist. Its wingback style is totally classic; however, its clean upholstery and the graphic impact of its contrasting welt cord make it totally modern. For the Venice, Ca. nursery I am in the middle of installing for a 10-month-old boy, we’re using it in white with the spring green welt cord.
When it comes to original prints, Oilo Studio has it down to a science. Their patterns are medium to large in scale, super easy for a baby to read from different vantage points in a room. Above all, the cobblestone pattern, seen here in the bedding, is the one I find perfect for a boy’s room. Although the cobblestone motif doesn’t necessarily scream “Hey, I am a boy and I am gonna chuck rocks at stuff, then ride really hard in my truck”, there is still something sorta masculine in nature about the organic shape of the stones. Plus, of all the patterns offered by Oilo, I think this one would work perfectly in a full-out adult space.
Okay, that’s it for me right now. Before I wrap up these babyspaces, anyone else find any spectacular nursery furniture we should all know about? If so, thanks in advance, y’all!
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