October 19, 2011

Carnival Dreams

A couple of years ago I bookmarked this gorgeous wall paper from Catherine Martin for a friend of mine who is in love with all things Circus/Carnival.  My guess is, if you have been hanging around shelter and design blogs for a while, you’ve been there, seen this and most likely bought the T-shirt.

Don’t get me wrong…it is still cute and I still lurve it more than life itself…but lately I’ve been on a more sophisticated nursery design kick.  So when I saw these ABSOLUTELY-GORGEOUS-CARNIVAL-PRINTS from Irene Suchocki at Eye Poetry, I just knew I had to make an inspiration board for a sophisticated, carnival nursery.

Here’s my take on the sophisticated, carnival nursery (PS – you can click to make it larger)…

As a base for the room I would totally use FLOR’s Round Button tiles in Red.  Other ‘base pieces’ include the Skylar Crib from Pottery Barn Kids in white/espresso, a really fun Eames Rocking chair like this red and white one found at Alibaba and Heellloooooooo-lover…this amazing, mirrored glass dresser from Anthropologie.  For a touch of whimsy, I would do an installation of paper lantern shaped spheres like these from Martha Stewart…but I would add in some other elements like this fun, vintage style hot air balloon from Loopy Mango.  I also fell in love with this little, silver elephant and think it would look amazing on a bookshelf.

After I made this collage I found the perfect piece to tie it all together.  Imagine the crib against the wall with the gorgeous prints above the crib and this awesome piece from Urban Outfitters.

I know, I know…it isn’t that practical to have a large, marquee light above an infant’s crib…but I still like it and I think it takes this room to the next level.

What’s your favorite carnival element?

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