The floor-to-ceiling library rails, the garland-decked zebra head, the zingy bright art work; we had serious nursery envy when we saw little Charlie’s mood-lifting space. His parents Sarah (Hair Stylist) and Matt (Painter and Creative Executive) wanted to fashion out a space that felt “optimistic and fresh” for Charlie in their top-floor Williamsburg apartment.
“I wanted to invest in minimal basics that we could use in other parts of the house and add pops of color that we can easily refresh,” says Sarah who kick-started the makeover by painting the dull beige/grey walls with an eco version of classic Decorators White paint.
Her three go-to stores for kids interiors are ABC Carpet and Home, Zara Home and Sweet William. And she’s big on DIY adds; one of Charlie’s favorite toys is a refrigerator box that the couple turned into a make-shift play house and he loves his Washi tape car park and road (below).
“My favorite thing in Charlie’s room has to be the book shelves,” says Sarah. “They were super-affordable (just $9.99 per ledge), fit a ton of books and really make the most of the wall space behind the door. Charlie loves picking out a book – normally Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins! – and curling up to read in the chair.”
Shopping list: Little yellow truck, Land of Nod; Blue train, Mini Jake; Crib, Ikea; Rug, Joinery; Picture ledges, Ikea; Blue chair, Zulily; Trio of round boxes, H&M Home; Mini table and chairs, Zulily; Curtains, made using Ikea fabric; Dog pillow, Areaware; Zebra head, Anthropologie; USA print framed on wall, Matt Sohl; Short chest of drawers, cb2; Multi-colored ink on canvas, Matt Sohl; Woven/straw sack for toys, West elm; Wooden fish mobile, Mini jake.
Photography: Nina Postans