Monday, March 25, 2013

Royal Baby Nurseries

With the upcoming birth of a new British royal baby, and the first in many years, the blogging and decorating world has been abuzz with guessing who the lucky nursery designer will be.  Word has it that English designer, Stephanie Hoppen, is the chosen one.

If what is being reported is to be believed, she is also the chosen designer for William and Kate's Kensington Palace apartment.  What a great assignment!  I can only imagine the world of nursery decor she would be exposed to while working for the royal family.

I've done a little research on high end nurseries, and I can tell you it's been a real eye opener for little old me down here on the east coast of Canada!

Today, I want to share some very posh items and room ideas I've come upon and tomorrow, I will begin to share my own moodboards and color schemes that I have come up with.

Some of the following items will be completely over the top (OTT) and some so expensive that only the likes of Beyonce and Jay-Z could afford to indulge.

Speaking of Jay-Z and Beyonce, let's start with a show of some of the items they have bought for Blue Ivy........

How about a $5,000 baby bathtub covered in swarovski crystals?

Then there is the $600,000 solid gold rocking horse.

Oh, and let's not forget the $15,000 swarovski crystal encrusted Carla Monchen highchair.

And then there's the $20,000 hand made, custom crib from Poshtots.

You get the picture - when money is no object, you can be OTT.........and drip with bling!!

Then, there is really beautiful classic furniture that will last a lifetime and remain in a family's home for generations to come, such as the following:

A gorgeous baby armoire from Art for Kids

A very traditional crib from Poshtots - $8,000

And we must consider the decorating styles to choose from - will it be English country, traditional, shabby chic, modern............look at a few of the different styles below:

A nicely outfitted, traditional nursery from Art for Kids.

An antique ivory collection would work well in the palace and I could see Kate going with something like this!  Very neutral and traditional.

A more spacious nursery with room to play....very traditional.

How about shabby chic?  All white and pink with roses?

This looks like a palace bedroom, but the very low bassinet isn't really practical and even the cradle seems low.

And one more totally decadent, but exquisite piece.

This is so decadent!  For £7,000 you can have this beautiful bassinet with swarovski crystals on the antique lace skirt.  From Dragon's of London.

Now that you've had a taste of the possibilities out there, what do you think Kate would choose?  Will it be a unisex nursery with neutral tones, a girl's, a boy's, light furniture or dark furniture?  We may never, ever get a glimpse of the completed royal nursery, but, in the meantime, we can imagine.

I have a feeling the royal nursery will be elegant and low key with very soft tones.  Tomorrow, I will show you a very delicate pink and ivory moodboard.

Until then!

Art for Kids, Poshtots, Dragon's of Walton Street

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