OCCUPANT: Valentina, two years old + Theodore, four months old
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia
“I wanted to create a space that felt bright, cozy and happy,” says Tatiana Gurubatham, about the nursery style she originally created for her daughter, Valentina, who’s now two. When little brother Theodore joined the family four months ago, the Atlanta-based writer behind the lifestyle blog Flora & Fauna made a few tweaks to turn the room into a shared space for the siblings.
A new toddler bed from the same collection as the crib helped keep the look cohesive. And while Theodore is still bunking with Mom and Dad for now, Valentina is anxious for her new roommate to move in. “She’s obsessed with having her baby brother in her bed to cuddle with. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever!”
Tatiana tries to add vintage touches to each room in her house and is particularly drawn to decor styles from the late ’60s, so she lucked out with the sideboard—a new piece with a retro flair.
The walls were painted white to highlight the art. “I’m always drawn to beautiful and unique artwork and feel that it shines in a fairly neutral room.”
“I absolutely adore fun prints and colour—it’s my love language,” says Tatiana, who added personality to the space with bright bedding and accessories.
Extra storage was added to the room to accommodate more toys.
Valentina loves to spend time exploring her space. “She really adores her room.” Personal touches, like initials and monograms, help create a special spot in a shared space.
Tip: Be fearless and mix bold prints for a custom look.
DaVinci Jenny Lind crib and bed, “Hit the Town” duvet cover, and all bedding, landofnod.com; TOO by Blu Dot sideboard, Target; Bunny lamp and Pia Wallen cross throw blanket, urbanoutfitters.com; Apple Papple poster, finelittleday.com; Cookie Loves Milk print, society6.com/jessfink; Fergus the frog, blablakids.com; Lappljung Ruta rug, ikea.ca
A version of this article appeared in the February 2015 issue with the headline “A room of their own” p. 61.