Today I’m excited to share with you the images of Capri’s first nursery shot exclusively for one of my absolute favorite interiors site Domaine.
At the time little Capri was just 6 months old and I remember rushing back from work at E! News (no hair and make up!) so I could jump into a shot at the end. It was an exciting, busy time in my life filled with a lot of rushing, but once I stepped into Capri’s “secret garden” all that went away.
That room was a magical place I would spend many hours (at all hours of day and especially night!) The design was my lifelong love of Chinoiserie hand painted silk wallpaper dream realized for me. Looking back, I think the serenity and exuberance of this room influenced the early formation of Capri’s personality; at once calm and full of life and wonderment. I also didn’t know at the time that my private little design projects would go on to be one of the most “pinned” nursery’s that year.
We have since moved home and left this special room behind for another young couple to make their own, but these images protect it in my memory forever.
So if you’re looking for inspiration for creating your own baby’s nursery or just seeking a break from the daily grind, I it’s such a joy to share these images and the accompanying article with you. I hope you enjoy and remember as Frances Hodgson Burnett in The Secret Garden once said, “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
This Garden-Themed Nursery Will Leave You Absolutely Enchanted
With a name like Capri, two powerhouse parents, and a set of sparkling blue eyes, it’s no wonder that her nursery is pure elegance. Baby Capri, the daughter of fashion and lifestyle head for E! News Kathryn Eisman, and Siimon Reynolds, famed mentor to executives and entrepreneurs, is truly a lucky one-year-old. Custom hand painted silk chinoiserie wallpaper in a sunny lemon sorbet hue creates a lively backdrop for a room that Eisman says is “the happiest place to be.”
“I think I was about six months pregnant when I started to get the room together,” says Eisman. Although the couple found out they were having a baby girl, they wanted to keep it a surprise for the rest of the family. “There was also a little part of me that was a little skeptical of the doctors. I kept on going, ‘Are you sure it’s a girl?’ Because you hear all these stories of people painting the room pink and then they have a boy.” The couple decided on a gender-neutral yellow palette for the room.
“I’ve always had a love of traditional chinoiserie hand-painted wallpaper,” says Eisman. “When I was a child I had this beautiful wallpaper in my bedroom with a garden theme and little rabbits. It kind of imprinted on me that enchanted garden feeling.” Eisman set about researching the best companies for creating a similarly magical environment for Capri using non-toxic waterbed paints and the finest silk panels designed exactly to fit our room’s dimensions.
Second to the hand painted silk wallpaper, Eisman’s favorite feature of the room is the large, soft trellis-patterned area rug. “You end up spending a lot of time on the floor,” she says. “I can’t speak highly enough of having a great big area rug, it makes everything better.” Here, baby Capri shows off her crawl in a Doloris Petuniadress.
Eisman customized the motif herself in Photoshop, adding in birdcages, butterflies, and redirecting the flight patterns of birds so they were flying upwards (and not nose-diving). “What’s fun now is when Capri will point out a butterfly or bird in the wallpaper,” says Eisman. “She’s starting to discover parts of the wallpaper she didn’t notice before.”
A Bugaboo stroller is Capri’s preferred ride, and because of its custom pink shade, it looks right at home in the nursery.
Storage is always in high demand in nurseries, so the couple purchased a bookcase from Pottery Barn Kids with a similar trellis design found in the rug. That, along with built-in closets, keeps Capri’s clothing, books, and toys in order. “It would be enough for most adults,” admits Eisman, “and she fills it quite amply!”
Spend an afternoon with baby Capri and you’ll be dumbfounded to recall a happier or calmer baby. It’s undeniable that her environment plays an integral part in her positive mood. “Every night we plug one of our phones into a charger disguised in a stack of books, put on the spa channel, and dim the lights,” says Eisman. “The room looks like you are in a garden and sounds like it too.”
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