Today, one of my favorite bloggers — Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! — is giving us a little peek inside the nursery of her four-month-old baby, Ruby. Over Christmas, I learned that both of my sisters are pregnant (surprise!), and in anticipation of my new role as aunt, I’ve been mining Oh Joy! for cute baby things. For the nursery, Joy wanted Ruby’s room to have a bright, fun feel that could grow with her. She started the project by creating these mood boards (here and here) so she could map out her ideas visually, and ultimately, pretty much followed her original vision of bold color and patterns offset with white and hints of gold. It’s become a place where mother and daughter spend most of the day together. Thanks, Joy! And a big thank you to Bonnie Tsang for the photos and Jen Gotch for the styling! — Amy Azzarito
Image above: We love lying around playing games and singing songs with Ruby. I’ve never spent so much time lying and sitting on the floor as I do now! It’s funny, before having a baby, I could never do silly voices or come up with songs to sing to my friends’ kids. But now, it’s like this stuff just flows right out of my head, and I find myself totally content to do whatever it takes to make this little nugget smile. (Ruby’s onesie by Egg Baby; hair clip by StellinaB; custom quilt made by Jennifer from Parallax using Nani Iro fabrics from Kicoli; neon dotted pillow cases by Castle; stitched pillow by Little Auggie; heart pillow by Nature Baby)
Image above: We wanted the furniture to be on the neutral side to get maximum use (for future babies) and brought in color with the accessories. I love mixing and matching bedding on our own bed, so it’s perfect for Ruby’s crib, as well. We keep her crib skirt on all the time and rotate the fitted sheet often, so there’s always a mix of colors and patterns going on there. (Duck crib skirt by Virginia Johnson; fitted sheet and bedding by Little Auggie; crib, changing table, storage bin/hamper and rug by DwellStudio)
See more of Oh Joy’s Los Angeles nursery after the jump!
Image above: Inspired by a project I saw in Martha Stewart Weddings last year, I made a whole wall of rose gold dots in my studio (before being pregnant) and loved them so much, I added them to Ruby’s room, as well. Since we rent, I didn’t want to put in anything too permanent. And since this is contact paper, it’s super easy to remove. We live in the hills of Silver Lake, so the windows are big and light-filled and look west towards the city. (Little felt birds by Lauren Alane)
Image above: I got these vintage dressers off Craigslist if you can believe it! A blog reader in San Diego came across them and emailed me because she thought I’d love them . . . and I did! They were so worth the four-hour drive back and forth. At the time, I was 35 weeks pregnant and couldn’t lift anything, so my awesome husband lugged these super heavy (but cute!) dressers up our stairs all by himself. On top of each one, we have lamps we use as nightlights and some other little vintage knick knacks.
Image above: I’ve always loved this bookshelf by Oeuf and thought it was a piece that Ruby could use as she grows. Eventually, it will have more books and toys, but for now, the containers hold extra diapers, blankets and first-aid baby stuff. The wall above it has a mix of prints I already had, polaroids of Ruby taken by my friends and a vintage abacus that I hope will inspire her in the future to be creative (or to be a math whiz!). (Bookshelf by Oeuf; storage bins from the Container Store; bird painting by Allymoon; pink Paris print by Famille Summerbelle; pink framed painting by Julia Rothman; cake print by Paul Ferney; family portrait by Rifle Paper Co.)
Image above: I’ve had these prints for years, and they’ve rotated around our various homes in different rooms. Finally, they seem to have a perfect home in Ruby’s room to represent our new little family. (You & Me print from One Point Oh; girl silhouette from Keep Calm)
Image above: In keeping with the pops of color and medley of shapes, this Artecnica mobile hangs over her changing table. I always wonder what she’s thinking as she stares at it.
Image above: Even though she’s not close to walking, we have the cutest shoes from friends as gifts. Eventually when she outgrows them, I might box frame them or turn them into a fun wall display.
Image above: I know everyone says this, but until you have your own baby, you don’t realize how amazing it really is. I am mesmerized every day and totally enamored with this little nugget and hope her room makes her as happy as she makes us. (Round pink pillow by Castle; others by Little Auggie)