For little baby Anya, designer Chérie Stein made a peaceful room overlooking Washington Square that is full of crafts and creativity to inspire her early years.
Photos by Chloe Berk.
Nurseries are tricky rooms. They have to be all at once child-proof yet welcoming. Light and airy yet warm. And ideally, they are spaces that can grow with the children, so a redesign isn’t required every five years. Laura Spain and Alex Levit lived just steps from Independence Hall in Philadelphia’s Washington Square. A small room overlooking the park was set aside for their new baby girl, Anya. Being a stylish couple, they had done most of the work of choosing foundational furnishings, but they needed someone to come in with the finishing touches that would make the room truly unique for their little one. Homepolish’s Chérie Stein was a dream come true for a dream space.
Painting the walls in a light blue (who says it’s only for boys?), sunlight bounces around the room and illuminates the white furniture. Practicality is key, with pieces that are unfussy and highly functional such as a dresser that doubles as a changing table. Noting the importance of those seminal developmental years, Chérie introduced beautiful craft pieces. Framed paper dresses are made out of vintage maps, and they look almost as if they can be taken out for a Sunday stroll. Paper butterflies burst forth from the top of the crib and they are sure to inspire baby Anya’s early dreams.
Flexibility and lack of guilt in changing out pieces is key to designing a space for a young child. As they soon grow into little adults (and this comes before you know it), they want to dictate their own decor.- Chérie Stein, Homepolish designer