One of my lifelong passions has been interior design. Having designed the nurseries for my two children, I became especially enamored with interior design for children’s rooms. When my friend Marina asked me to design the nursery for her newborn twin boys, I jumped at the opportunity. She wanted an airplane theme, which I thought would be perfect as it is a flexible enough for the boys as they grow older. The one restriction for the room was that she wanted to keep the room in the existing paint color. Without the ability to paint, the challenge was to add items to the wall that would make a big visual impact. I found a vintage airplane glider, circa 1950’s, on Ebay. It was in rough shape, as the red paint of the glider had faded through the years. I painted the airplane a masculine graphite gray color and added embellishments in metallic gold. We hung the plane on the focal wall between the two beds and applied vinyl lettering for the boys’ names. I created two cloud shapes by cutting foam board and gluing a thin layer of polyfill. Voila!
Marina asked if I could also design a gallery wall of custom prints for the boys, with a red and blue color scheme. Here is photo of the gallery wall. If you are interested in any of the prints, you can find them on my Etsy page in the printables section.
What turned out to be Marina’s favorite print, as well as mine, was a “new arrivals” print that listed the birth facts of the babies. This print can be customized on my Etsy page.
To house the growing collection of the books for the boys, we purchased BEKVÄM spice racks from IKEA. I painted them the same gray color as the airplane. I also applied a washi tape from Hobby Lobby, featuring a diagonal pattern, in keeping with the airplane theme.
As a surprise for Marina, using cross stitch fabric, I created a custom art piece. For this particular project, I hand-stitched lettering that read “You’re So Fly” and glued a red paper airplane to the art piece and hung it above the changing table.
Hope you like the nursery design. I would love to hear your thoughts!