Meet Tori, Finn's mommy, who called upon our VIRTUALLY CHIC (e-design) service to decorate his nursery.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO ENLIST THE SERVICES OF A DECORATOR FOR YOUR NURSERY?
I tend to get very overwhelmed with home decor. You are often making an expensive purchase that you have to live with and look at everyday. Who wants to be stuck with a constant reminder of an expensive mistake? It is one of the few areas in my life where I do not trust my own judgment. I like way too many different looks and I need someone to help me edit and stay on track. I also have no idea where to source unique pieces and I didn't want my son's nursery to look like I opened page 4 of a nursery catalogue and ordered everything. I had definite ideas about what I wanted but I would freeze up before I could hit "purchase" because I wasn't sure how to make the whole look come together in reality. On top of all that, the room that we put our son in has some very unique design challenges. It has a full wet bar in it (complete with dishwasher!) that we didn't really want to tear out, but we also didn't want it to feel like we stuck a crib in the middle of a bar. We weren't sure how to incorporate or hide that area. That is when and why I knew I needed professional help!
WHY E-DESIGN VERSUS FULL SERVICE DESIGN?
I didn't think I needed my hand completely held. I knew if someone told me what to buy and put me on the right track I could make it all happen. And it was also much more affordable!
HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT SISSY+MARLEY’S SERVICES?
A girlfriend had mentioned their website and blog about a year ago. Whenever I had spare computer time (which is never as often as I like) I would check out the latest updates to their blog and dream about their gorgeous inspiration boards. When I was struggling to put together my son's nursery I remembered they offered different services and checked it out. I could pinch myself that they actually decorated my nursery!!
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE E-DESIGN PROCESS?
It was really wonderful, shockingly efficient, and super fun! I had a chance to pour out my dreams and hopes and desires for my son's nursery and my overall (lack of!) design aesthetic to SISSY+MARLEY and a few weeks later I had a beautiful e-magazine and pdf with my nursery all laid out. Then I just had to click on the link and bought what I wanted. (Which was all of it!) If I had questions or concerns they were amazingly quick at responding. Their communication was truly incredible and should really be said again. They are great communicators, which is so important when you are doing things virtually. I thought maybe I just sent them what I wanted and they sent back their ideas and that would be that but they were really involved the whole time, even with silly questions.
DID YOU HAVE AN INITIAL DESIGN DIRECTION BEFORE STARTING THE PROCESS? DID THE ROOM GO IN THAT DIRECTION? IF NOT, WHY?
Yes. I wanted something airy, modern, and fun. I also wanted the room to not be too over the top "baby." It is a very unique room (as I mentioned above, complete with wet bar!) that if we sell our apartment I still wanted to be able to showcase the versatility of it. The ladies at SISSY+MARLEY went above and beyond what I had envisioned. It's absolutely perfect!
WHAT DETERMINED YOUR NURSERY BUDGET?
With this being our second baby we didn't feel we needed to go too crazy and wanted to keep things simpler.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF FINN’S COMPLETED NURSERY?
I adore it. I absolutely love it. It is my favorite room in the house. I find excuses to go up there and just hang out. Our friend made the comment that really great design has a wonderfully calming effect and I feel that is true in Finn's room.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE IN THE ROOM?
Ugh. That is hard. I truly love each and every piece and they all work so well together. My favorite functional piece is the rocker and the pouf. So comfortable (and I had my doubts)! My favorite design piece is the giant elephant head on the wall. It makes me smile each time I walk in.
WHAT ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS CONSIDERING E-DESIGN?
Do it! It's such a wonderful and affordable option. Be very honest about what you want and what you want to spend so that it can actually work for you. And measure everything carefully!
Three Kisses Chelsea, Rachel and Diana