Photography by Janet Warlick

 

John Gibson, designer and owner of Urban Pad, has worked with this North Little Rock, Ark., family for two years now. Initially, his work began as an update to an existing home, a redesign to fit their lives and their style aesthetic. He and assistant Lana Ellison returned this past summer to convert an older child’s room into a nursery for their latest addition.

In this lovely reading nook — complete with books from WordsWorth — Gibson created a peaceful setting with soft textures and a comfortable rocker. The homeowner loves the softness and the room’s color scheme, which coordinates with the remainder of her home.

In this lovely reading nook — complete with books from WordsWorth — Gibson created a peaceful setting with soft textures and a comfortable rocker. The homeowner loves the softness and the room’s color scheme, which coordinates with the remainder of her home.

Keeping with the ultra-modern design of the home, Gibson worked to fulfill the homeowners’ desire for a “dream … a room that was real soft, serene and tranquil” without the bright colors and characters often found in nurseries.

The result is a room that is sleek yet comfortable, modern yet warm and a perfect fit for the sleeping beauty who slumbers here.

TIPS:

Use and reuse. “We used furniture that could be used later or in other places in the home,” Gibson said. The draperies and mirrors, which are securely adhered to the wall, as well as the changing table, later to be used as a dresser, are pieces that will remain as this child matures.

Remember function. While Gibson needed to design the room in the same color scheme as the rest of the home, the furniture and accents needed to be items that were beautiful as well as useful to fit the needs of both mom and baby.

Get in shape. Gibson introduced geometrics to the room using circles throughout: the beveled-edge mirrors on the wall and on the side table; the fabric used for the curtains as well as the tieback; and the round ottomans. This creates visual interest and a design flow.

Less is more.  Be sure you avoid clutter. While babies need stuff — diapers, toys, diaper bags, strollers, chairs, etc. — make sure you leave room for them to move around, sit and crawl.

Resource List

Urban Pad
3513 Old Cantrell Road
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 664-4202
urbanpad.net

John Gibson

John Gibson

Cantrell Design Center
7619 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, AR 72227
(501) 225-0002
cantrellfurniture.com

Dreamweavers
1200 S. Spring St.
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 371-0447

Bevy’s Custom Draperies
1022 W. Oak St.
Conway, AR 72032
(501) 329-4530

WordsWorth Books & Co.
5920 R. St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 663-9198
wordsworthar.com

Pickles & Ice Cream
10301 N. Rodney Parham Road
Little Rock, AR 72212
(501) 225-7199
picklesandicecream.com

 


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