When it comes to baby’s and kid’s rooms, it seems like even people who don’t have an abundance of love for home decorating get in the spirit: The chance to make something special for your little precious nugget proves too hard to pass up. And unlike, say, kitchen design, you don’t have to be a decorating genius or even have much vision to do up a nursery — you just need a special touch here or there. With that in mind, we rounded up three pros — artists and artisans, really — who make beautiful things for kids’ rooms. PS. Everything here makes for pretty awesome baby gifts, as well!
A hand-painted mural.
A friend of mine has the most darling nursery walls, covered in a hand-painted scene of blue sky, green grass, charming, cheerful hot air balloons. Her muralist? Clare Norris, owner of Clare’s Custom Studio, who is actually based outside D.C., but who happily travels for commissioned work. She’s an art teacher who paints both small and large-scale projects, as well as quilting and sewing (meaning she can also quilt you a blanket, or sew you pillows or curtains to match your walls — so you can get the whole shebang in one place, if you want). Clare can work with you to create a vision if you don’t quite know what you want, or she can take your specific ideas and bring them to life. You can see some of her work (and reach out to her) on her Etsy page, or Facebook.
A custom rocking chair.
We’ve written about Rocker Refined before, but it bears repeating, because these chairs are so beautiful — like, heirloom quality. Local artisan Carla James works directly with you to create a special piece (she does chairs, couches, ottomans, even cribs) or to assist in picking a chair from the fantastic current collection. All of the furniture is made in the U.S. — by hand — using sustainable wood, chemical-free stuffing and designer fabrics. And they are without question gorgeous … definitely standout piece that can carry a room.
A personalized wall hanging.
This is an especially nice option if you’re buying a gift for someone, or if you want a little something personalized but aren’t in the market for a big project: Local artists Kathy Cochet and Anne Flynn makes very cool, modern, typographical art through their company My Subway Sign. The personalized signs — which you can customize with a child’s name, birth date, the name of your city, places that are special to you, or basically whatever you want — are nice because they don’t scream “nursery” , and are also customizable in terms of colors and size. And we’re happy to tell you that we have a discount code for Wee readers who want to order a Subway sign in the next week: When you visit the site and order, type weewander as the promo code.
Photo credit: Rocker Refined (Steve Mitchell, Abstract Studios); My Subway Sign.