We tend to get very excited when we get the inside scoop on a hot new collaboration and we’re bursting at the seams to finally share that two of our favorite home brands have a big announcement to make. West Elm and Pottery Barn Kids are expecting their first-ever nursery collection!
We’re huge fans of West Elm (who isn’t?) and admittedly their pieces are sprinkled throughout our home. We love their modern aesthetic and classic, minimal design in everything from blankets and pillows to sofas and side tables. Pottery Barn Kids has the most impressive seasonal collections and when our Co-Founder recently updated her little girl’s room, Pottery Barn Kids gave it the classic yet playful makeover we secretly wished we could have replicated for ourselves. So, combine these two brands into one? All we’re missing is a baby!
Lucky for us, our very own HEYMAMA member Paula Herrera is pregnant with her second babe and we invited her for a sneak peek to get a jump on her registry. A designer herself, Paula was impressed with the array of products from furniture, bedding, décor, storage, and lovies (there are over 50 pieces in the total collection!). Paula and her hubby are going to wait to find out the gender of their baby and each of the pieces could easily work for both a boy or girl. The best part is that everything is sophisticated and neutral to not only fit in with her existing decor, but it can also transition from baby to toddler and beyond. They’re modern day heirloom pieces!
With a little help from the experts at Pottery Barn Kids (did you know they can come to your home to help you with the design?!), we came up with the 4 top considerations when designing a new nursery.
HEYMAMA Paula Herrera and Pottery Barn Kids Design Specialist, Francine Kaskel
1. Transitional Pieces
To make the most of any nursery purchase, you always want to have an eye for what will become of it after the baby is grown (it happens!). Even though you may want to pick a theme to weave throughout the room, it’s best to do so with accessories. As already mentioned, the entire Pottery Barn Kids x West Elm collection is extremely versatile and could easily transition from not only one phase of your little’s life to the next, but the pieces could effortlessly move throughout different parts of the home. For example, even though the rocking chair is intended for a nursery, we can totally see it tucked into our favorite reading nook in the family room. Another fave are the amazing quilts which are soft and super high quality. We can see these living on as a family picnic blanket after your babe has outgrown his nursery. You get the idea, think of all the possibilities!
2. Playful Patterns
When starting a room from scratch, we highly encourage to take some design risks and try something fun and out of the usual safe selections you may opt for in other areas of the home. We love the honeycomb pattern on the Audrey collection and can totally see this in an older girls room with some glam accessories after the changing table is gone. The dresser and crib are super luxe with lacquer finishes and brass accents and playfully pull in the geometric shapes on the bedding we had our eye on. We also couldn’t get enough of the pillows, in fact, we’re going to be getting a few to update our living room and we have no plans of designing a nursery any time soon!
3. High Quality
It goes without saying that these two home stores mean business when it comes to quality and why wouldn’t you want to set your standards high when designing for your little? When we were planning our nursery a few years back, we may have been guilty of a few plastic pieces that we later regretted. (They broke. The baby cried. We really shouldn’t have.) With this new collection there is just no need as the entire collection is a blend of West Elm’s signature modern aesthetic and Pottery Barn Kid’s industry expertise and craftsmanship. Even the toys are well made and just plain adorable!
4. Non Toxic
Of course, our number one priority in all of this is finding the healthiest products for your baby and the planet. It’s still amazing to think that products are made that can be just plain harmful. The Pottery Barn Kids x West Elm assortment features GREENGUARD Gold Certified cribs and changing tables, all-natural, sustainably sourced materials, and GOTS-certified organic cotton textiles. Not only are these two certifications commendable, they’re kind of a big deal in the manufacturing world so kudos to Pottery Barn Kids x West Elm for making this a priority – because it’s definitely one of ours.
Even if you aren’t currently pregnant and planning on designing a nursery, there are so many pieces throughout the collection that you’ll want to scoop up for your home or to gift. We can’t wait to babysit Paula’s new baby when he/she arrives and luxuriate in her new gorgeously designed nursery.
The Pottery Barn Kids x West Elm collection hits stores today, May 10th.