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The green and aqua color scheme works for either sex and will also be appropriate as the baby grows up. “The secret to a great nursery is longevity,” says Bishop, who stays away from creating nurseries that feel "too baby.” “With the economy being in the state that it is, it just doesn’t make sense to have to redo an entire room only a couple years down the road.”
For each room she decorates, Bishop tries to make at least one accessory, such as this throw pillow topped with felt buttons. “I love giving them special, unique pieces,” she says.
Bishop admits that the kelly green paint color was a bit of a risk. Thankfully, due to the room’s abundance of natural light, the color worked. “When it comes to certain bold colors, you really need a lot of natural light to bring out their true beauty,” she says. Two IKEA Billy Bookshelves with an Ekby floating centerpiece supply the room with shelving.
“Always place breakable and collectible items on upper shelves,” says Bishop, “and leave the lower shelves for the toys and other things kids can grab.” A photo of the Flores’ is mixed among children’s books (found in the dollar bin at Joann Fabrics) and colorful knickknacks. “I always try to incorporate photos in all my rooms,” says Bishop. “Kids love looking at them, and they make spaces much more personal.”
A mirrored owl from Target keeps company with a stacked owl set from Urban Outfitters. “Knickknacks," she says, "are my favorite part of decorating.”
“The Flores’ knew my work really well, so they gave me free reign to do what I wanted,” says Bishop. “It’s the most daring I’ve ever gone with color, and it turned out great. It’s modern and bold, with just a touch of whimsy.”
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