Need help decorating your nursery? Tamara Kaye-Honey to the rescue! We chatted with the House of Honey owner, whose company sells vintage art, lighting, and pillows. Believe us, these pieces are to die for! Tamara’s a mom too, and she gave us the scoop on how to create a kid’s room with some serious charisma.
What should you always keep in mind when decorating a nursery?
Mixing old and new is the best formula. Create a timeless nursery filled with personality and charm by adding vintage lighting and art with a sense of whimsy and color. Search local flea markets on eBay for fun art and decorative pieces. It’s about creating an original room to inspire; an artful mix of old and new!
Storage is a must. A room without clutter is much more conducive for both rest and play. Think outside the box: Look for less obvious pieces for toy storage like vintage Lucite boxes or antique trunks you can upholster or decorate with the kids.
Look for pieces that will last. Try and steer clear of theme-based items—you may tire of them quickly. You’re better off investing in a quality crib and a well-made, inexpensive vintage dresser—just give it a fresh coat of paint.
What are some tips for styling the room?
Nurseries need to have four zones: sleeping, playing, changing/dressing and reading
Invest in a good rug that will survive wear and tear. I’m a huge fan of Madeline Weinrib’s well-priced reversible cotton weave rugs. Gorgeous prints and colors!
Add window treatments to punch up the décor. But keep it simple with flat Roman shades and ribbon banding for a graphic punch.
Paint the ceiling. This will give the room an unexpected look, as will accentuating molding trim with color, an homage to designer David Hicks.
Start an art collection. Create a salon-style wall for vision energy and to inspire creativity. My 7-year-old son has a wall of vintage ship paintings and my daughter loves big eye portraits.
How do you choose a color scheme?
Legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel was an inspiration for my line, with her love of all things black and white. But again, it’s about mixing it up. I think black and white looks beautiful with a pop of color—I love black and white with a bold stripe of citron yellow and black and white with a kelly green accent wall. Gorgeous.