Photographer Sharon Montrose, founder of The Animal Print Shop
, has become a driving force in nursery décor and trends for tots. Her Little Darling Series
, featuring adorable captures of baby animals, has become the must-have item for a stylish nursery
. Not to be categorized, Montrose has moved into the interior design world and is working on, what else, nurseries. Inspired by the spring, Montrose created a modern space with unusual color combinations, eye catching textures, and of course, a hefty dose of cute.
"I wanted to create a space that was sweet, with a touch of whimsy," the artist tells us. A palette of various shades of gray, robin egg blue -- "to echo the sky" Montrose adds -- and deep pink and purple accents creates a soothing, yet sophisticated, feminine environment. Inspired by the fresh start and youth of springtime, the photographer anchored the space with a nature-patterned wallpaper in muted tones to complement the bright trio of her own Little Darling photographs, which hang above a midcentry-inspired crib
-- the perfect foil to the sweetness of the paper and soft blue trim.
So as not to isolate the modern lines of the crib, Montrose incorporated a coordinating -- but not matching -- vintage dresser and added a changing tray, a smart, temporary idea for transitioning furniture from a nursery into a more grown-up environment. A ceramic pendant with modern lines and an upholstered, angular arm chair round out the room's largest items and, due to their similar style, work in harmony in the space. Layered, plush rugs ensure there's a soft surface underfoot, perfect for baby knees and hands. Montrose nailed her inspiration and is understandably pleased with how the Los Angeles-area room turned out. "Like the perfect spring day, it's warm and as pretty as a picture," the photographer says. As adorable as a baby deer picture, we'd have to add.
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Photographs: Joe Schmelzer for The Animal Print Shop