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DECOR SCORE- Gentle the Decor When Baby Makes Three PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rose Bennett Gilbert Creative Syndicate   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 03:08


Babying those eyes: Bottoms-up Roman shades soften a big-city view from a high-rise nursery.

Q: Baby coming! We live on the l8th floor of a high-rise. My wife is all hormonal, worrying about making our little daughter's room "warm and fuzzy." I'm in IT and don't know what to tell her. Can you help?

A: Don't start pacing the floor yet! "Warm and fuzzy" comes from holding, rocking and loving, not from a decorating store.

But there are ways to make Baby's room more nourishing for Mommy, which will calm the situation down considerably.

Here's inspiration from a New York designer who specializes in furnishing spaces for newbies. Zoya Bograd ( was dealing with an even higher-rise room when she signed on to do a nursery in the ultra-luxe New York apartment where this year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House was staged.

The penthouse was Contemporary Frigid in style, with windows that ran wall-towall and a view through them that was, as Zoya puts it, "too strong" for the infant girl she imagined living there. It overlooked a skyline spiked with chill, gray, big-city buildings.

Among Zoya's warm and fuzzy solutions: walls painted a tender "blush" color, Gustavian-style furniture of her own design in soft white — including a crib ruffled and canopied in soft, silken fabrics. There was also a large easy chair for Mommy, tufted and covered in a silky velvet (plus a small, initialed fauteuil waiting for Baby to grow into it).

But what about those glaring, in-your-face wide windows? Zoya tamed them in an inspired stroke; she installed upside-down Roman shades (Vignette Tiered Modern Roman Blinds by Hunter Douglas with Top- Down/Bottom-Up option; .

Topped with sheer curtains of India silk, the shades were easy to pull up against the glare while still letting the daylight shine in.

Another thought about making Baby comfortable: read the label before you buy paint for the nursery. It seems that wee ones are extra-susceptible to the fumes that may be offgassed by some paints. Lullaby Paints, one source of environmentally friendly paints that also come in 34 likeable colors, claims to be the only paint recommended by pediatricians (check it out at

Q: Summer's over. Ready to toss your old yard furniture? A: Good idea. We're just back from the Casual Furniture and Accessories Market in Chicago, full of news on what's in for the great outdoors come Spring 2013. Catch our report next week.

Q: What's new for the Great Indoors?

A: Think Baroque and bejeweled; think luxe and lace, pearl-encrusted fabrics, metallics, mineral colors, pattern- on-pattern, recolored paisleys, and "miles of fur," the real thing, plus animal skins (ditto), such as snake, ostrich and elaborately hand-stitched leathers. In fact, we're in for a virtual renaissance in handcrafting, especially "lost art" techniques, such as soutache embroidery and applique.

That's the latest word on design, brought back by industry savant Hermine Mariaux, who covered the latest Maison et Objet show in Paris last month and aired her findings with members of the International Furnishings and Design Assn (

In a word, the word is "more," as in "Less is not enough any more," Hermine sums it up.

Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of "Manhattan Style" and six other books on interior design.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 03:10