They say that girls are sugar and spice and everything nice, and boys are into frogs, snails, and puppy dog’s tails. And they’re all little angels, especially when they’re napping … in a soft crib surrounded by cool things that mom and dad lovingly picked out just for them.

Happy little girls’ rooms and nurseries begin with a dreamy design concept, and these magical spots for little divas can easily grow and change as their pint-sized occupants get older. First, they’ll need a place to play with their toys and imaginary friends; later on, a space to hang out in with real ones and do homework. Just add a comfy big-girl bed, desk, and beanbag chairs.

ROOM TO GROW

This one has it all: Cute storage ideas, fun bedding and accessories, and cool wall decorations that spark her imagination.

“The nursery (my little kiddo’s) started with the world map that’s above the [Wayfair] changer — it set the mood — and it built from there,” says Crystal Sinclair of Crystal Sinclair Designs, who lives in Baldwin and works with Homepolish, a unique service that provides clients with accessible design expertise and gives designers access to clients.  

“I knew we needed items to be kid friendly and fun, nothing expected,” she adds. “Takes some sourcing out of the box, meaning I steered clear of kid shops for items that weren’t baby oriented (lights, rugs, dresser, etc.). And I wanted a ceiling paper, so the self-adhesive panels from Chasing Paper were perfect!”

The expectant parents didn’t want a girly room for 14-month-old Mira, but a space that could grow with her — playful enough for a nursery but serious enough for a tweener who would one day make it her own.

Sinclair’s nesting instinct took over and she enjoyed gathering everything she’d need for baby’s new digs: Delta crib from Amazon, Wayfair glider and square bookcase, Ikea floor lamp, and RH Teen rug; the West Elm mobile was modified to fit the space better.

“We painted the walls Chantilly Lace. Floors were great, just needed a rug. We wanted to see the crib as we entered, making it the focal.”

The windows are offset, so she added extra wide custom drapes from Loom Décor to give the illusion of larger, more centered, windows.

“I was careful with lighting placement; you want light for specific tasks but nothing too bright to wake baby at 3 a.m.,” Sinclair explains. “So, we have a plug-in wall sconce by the changing table, a light for nighttime stories/feedings, and an overhead pendant too.”

So, how will the room grow with Mira? 

“The colors and patterns are perfect for a baby to teen,” she says. “Only the furniture needs swapping as needs change.”

FUN & FEMININE DIGS

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