For her latest interiors project, design maven Emily Henderson teamed up with Sara Sugarman of Los Angeles–based home furnishings shop Lulu & Georgia. Their mission? Create a fun feminine nursery in Sugarman’s midcentury West Hollywood apartment. A fan of the Lulu & Georgia brand, Henderson jumped at the chance to collaborate on a space that would be, in her words, “approachably glam.”
Henderson and team laid out a vision that balanced sweetness with sophistication. From the custom floral wallpaper to the bookshelf brimming with fun accessories, feminine flair—grounded in shades of blush and pale green—shines throughout. “I always work off of how we want the space to feel, not just look,” says Henderson. “We all wanted it to feel really feminine and glamorous in a non-garish way.” The nursery is happy and high energy, with moments of softness and simplicity.
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Custom pink floral wallpaper makes a big statement and sets the tone throughout the nursery. Designed in collaboration with the Lulu & Georgia team, the wallpaper was the product of a girly-meets-modern vision and an attention to detail that guided final decisions on color, scale, and even types of flowers. “We worked with the Lulu & Georgia team to create a large-scale pattern so it felt like a mural,” remarks Henderson. The wallpaper, now available through Lulu & Georgia, ended up being Henderson’s favorite part of the room design. She adds, “I’m supremely jealous that that paper isn’t in my baby girl’s nursery.”
The design color story began with Sugarman’s request for pink and green, the catalyst for the wallpaper and many accessories choices in the nursery. From a faded floral rug to pillows, poufs, and throws, the room feels cohesive and connected through a tight palette. Henderson incorporated well-placed pops of white to keep the space feeling clean and bright. The final design, however, was not without a few bold risks: In the end, a happy shade of yellow completed the look. “We pulled the yellow from the wallpaper into the drapes to really round out the color story,” notes Henderson.
“The easiest way to make sure that you don’t go overly girly or glam is to keep your lines clean then bring in the girly in all the accessories,” Henderson advises. She opted to adorn the space with simple, clean furniture that would come to life among the bolder statements in the room, like the wallpaper and the eclectic bookshelf décor. Henderson appointed one of her lead designers, Ginny MacDonald, to help land the perfect aesthetic for the room. “Ginny and I really balance each other out,” Henderson explains. “I’m more balls-to-the-wall and she is more refined and elegant, so together you get this balance that is fun and whimsical but not annoying.”
If the wallpaper is the headliner in the room, the accessories definitely garner the second billing. The nursery is filled with glam accents, from the brass hardware on the dresser and changing table to the copper wire basket filled with blankets beside the crib. The bookshelf is quite literally a shining moment its a delightful mixture of metallic accessories, cute animal figurines, and small artwork that's high on smile factor.
Recognized for her versatility and eye for eclectic décor, Henderson describes herself as a style “chameleon.” That said, she prides herself on a common thread that runs through her team’s work. “All our projects have a few things in common,” notes Henderson. “They are never stuffy, never generic, never cheesy and are always approachable and happy.”
As a mom herself, Henderson understands the importance of balance in nursery décor, knowing that the space should feel youthful but be sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy as well. “Parenting is hard enough,” she laughs. “You don’t need to torture yourself by looking at Dora The Explorer wallpaper when they are babies.”
Henderson's main piece of advice on designing and decorating a nursery is simple. “Nurseries can be any style, any color palette. Mine has a huge tree mural in it, and we just designed one with wave wallpaper,” coaches Henderson. “More than any other room, HAVE FUN.”
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