This Ralph Lauren-Inspired NYC Boy’s Nursery Has Strong “Grandfather’s Study” Vibes
Names: Anna; husband, Nathan; baby, Sam; and dog, Banks
Location: New York City
Size of home: Approximately 1000 square feet
Anna Page and her husband’s New York City apartment oozes with old-world charm tempered by flairs of modernity. From an intimate corner with a bistro table and green velvet chairs that’s wrapped in a mural that’s expansive yet intricate, to a kitchen that radiates with artistic moments and golden glows, to a well-appointed living room that lacks nothing in comfort for all its aesthetic finesse, Anna’s space is a feast for the eyes.
Her newly decorated nursery fits right in. Inviting and cozy, the nursery, with its plaid wallpaper, dark wood tones, equestrian-themed decor, and perfectly placed lighting has some strong “grandfather’s study” vibes! Here’s the story of how it came to be.
Anna and her husband, Nathan, ended up in New York because they decided to make their dreams come true. Both of them were born and raised outside of Atlanta, but “had always dreamed of living in New York.” In 2019, they made it happen.
Their city life began in a high-rise. They lived downtown with “a beautiful view of the city.” However, they soon realized they were missing something. “After a year, we longed for a bit more character out of our home,” she shares. They moved into their current apartment in 2020 and “fell in love immediately!”
When she began designing her baby’s nursery, Anna’s goal was to create a classic space. “I had seen a lot of nurseries that were very whimsical and light, but I craved something really cozy for this room. I wanted something that made you want to curl up in it,” she says. “Classic was the goal and nothing says classic more than tartan wallpaper!” she continues. She found just the thing with Burke Decor’s Mind the Gap Equestrian Plaid Green wallpaper, which Anna says is her favorite part of the entire nursery. “The design of the room was built around that wallpaper and even though I loved it, I didn’t want to overpower the room with print so I decided to put it inside of wall molding. In true RL fashion, we added in some equestrian themes. Here’s to hoping Sam loves horses as much as I do!”
The overall themes of the nursery, according to Anna are “very Ralph Lauren or ‘grandfathers’ study.’” Indeed, Baby Sam’s grandfather and great-grandfather feature prominently in the room’s decor. The gallery wall includes a framed watch that belonged to Anna’s grandfather, a cross-stitch piece that was her late father’s (who is Sam’s namesake), and a photo of her father.
While the nursery definitely lives up to Anna’s hopes of creating a classic space, it still boasts fun touches, such as the pair of shoes hanging from a wall sconce. Anna explains: “Although I wanted this room to have a traditional feel, it was still going to be for a baby boy! I wanted to balance a cozy and traditional design with a kids’ room so we did so through accessories.” One such accessory, which feels like a portal to another world, is the gorgeous Federal mirror that Anna scored from Facebook Marketplace.
One challenge that Anna foresees is an issue common to most New Yorkers: storage. “I imagine that will continue to get difficult in a fairly small room,” she admits. But she is upbeat and optimistic: “We will incorporate more storage for books, toys, etc. and continue to get creative in that sense!”
Anna feels like the nursery is well-poised to grow with Sam. “Stylistically I think the design is more suited to grow with him than other traditional nurseries would be! It’s already a bit of a grown-up-looking room so I hope that he will be happy with it as he gets older!”
When it comes to balancing life as a digital creator with life as a mom, Anna and her husband have made some important choices. “We made the decision to not share much of Sam on my platform so that whether he is on the internet or not is a decision he is able to make,” she shares. In terms of content, Anna adds that she “didn’t plan to make a shift” when she became pregnant and had a baby. “However,” she continues, “anyone who has had a baby knows how all-consuming it is, so when your job is to share your life but you’re choosing not to share the biggest thing in it, it can be tough!”
Juggling her job with new motherhood has “challenged me to get creative with the content I share and continue to create around what I love for my brand: home and style!” Anna divulges. Through it all, she shares, “My online community has been so insanely supportive and wonderful every step of the way.”
Thank you for sharing your beautiful nursery with us, Anna!
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