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Family Matters

One Aesthetically Minded Mom on Prepping for a New Baby

Family Matters 11/16/2016
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As a textile pro who specializes in bringing graphic shapes to cuddly blankets and pillows, Savannah Hayes was uniquely qualified to knock her new-mom shopping outta the park. Now that little girl Lola has arrived, we asked her for her short list of the stuff worth stocking-up on. “My biggest advice is just to have fun with it!” she says. “There’s no shortage of beautifully designed baby items out there. And I love reading Mother and following Sarah Sherman Samuel for more design ideas.” Here’s how to dive in or, ya know, take baby steps.

 

THE BIG STUFF

“I’m a big believer in slow-decorating and slow-purchasing in general, especially when it comes to design items. When I began to think about designing our nursery, I created a digital mood board and added pieces to it for months. I brought my personal aesthetic in with furniture pieces from Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod. We also repurposed non-nursery furniture—instead of buying a new nursing chair, we used an armchair that previously sat in the living room.”

 

 

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THE SOFT STUFF

“My daughter Lola is just a couple of months old, so we’re still very much in the mix-and-match onesie and legging stage. I love mixing patterns, stripes, and solids and keeping either the top or bottom neutral. Cotton is the perfect fabric because it’s machine-washable and breathable. Lola’s day-to-day style is simple, but baby dresses are definitely my weakness! I love a cute romper with a great girly print. In addition to my own throws, I also stocked-up on these super soft swaddle blankets.”

 

THE DECOR STUFF

“The nursery is a room we’re in all time, so I kept it very neutral with lots of white, cream, and grey. We added pops of pale pink and coral. For the fun stuff—like this counting sheep mobile!—shops like Petite Pehr and Bitte are great.”

 

THE PLAY STUFF

“I am always partial to geometric patterns and motifs and sourced some great elements for the nursery, like this black and white activity gym. I mixed it in with more traditional pieces, like this amazing rocking elephant.”

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