Kelly Harris and Paige Appel have become some of the most desirable people to have around you when you say "I do." The creative event and styling production team Bash, Please, are known for being "Los Angeles' nexus of matrimonial cool" and one quick glance at their portfolio confirms it. Luckily - for us - Bash, Please, joined by new colleague Heather Heron, is setting their sights on interior design. "Interior design came as a natural progression from our event design work," the team says. "Designing someone's home or office space is even more intimate than their wedding, and that brings a new passion to our work." Nothing seems quite as intimate as designing for your own newborn, though. The birth of their new design branch coincided with the birth of Harris' daughter, Lucy Roux Harris (Roux for short). And if the design (or her name) is any indicator of what's in store for her future, she'll soon be the coolest kid on the block. Here are three tips to follow in order to get the look.
Bash, Please took their inspiration for the color palette from the rest of the house - a wise choice. Too often young parents decorate their nursery in colors that don't match the rest of the home. Using one wall color throughout the home is a great way to unify. "We've used Intellectual Gray in every other room of our house, and knew we wanted to incorporate it into the baby's room in some capacity." But of course, a nursery can't be merely gray - baby Roux would never approve - a pop of pastel is needed too. "The melon was a color we weren't seeing much of in the world of design, so we went on a hunt for the perfect color that complemented the gray. Sunset Strip by Behr was just the girl we were looking for." Having the two colors meet on a diagonal line makes for a graphic focal wall, which balances out the softer, more delicate nursery furnishings.
Incorporating macrame was a key decorating strategy for Bash, Please. "Mixing textures was really important to create a sense of warmth and coziness for family time spent in the room." The knotted textile art was most popular in the Victorian era, and then again in the 1970's. Bash, Please has used it in a modern way, giving the neutral large-scale color a chance to pop against a dark gray wall. Also, helicopter parents can take solace, macrame is a perfectly safe piece of (light) art to hang above a crib.
Let's face it: babies have a lot of stuff. And that collection will only grow with every inch on the measuring chart. Prep for the onslaught of goodies by investing in some good built-in storage. The best aspect of Roux's built-ins are the enclosed bins at the bottom, which she can easily access to get toys out (and hopefully put them away). Bash, Please also has future plans for the built-ins, "Once Roux grows out of her crib, the window seat could be removed leaving just enough room for a twin bed." Yet another design feature that makes this room one she'll love in every stage of life - from toddler to teen. The nursery is not only a promising start for Roux, but also for Bash, Please's future in design. The three seem to work better together than apart, and to have an overflowing source of inspiration. "We're very excited about the new direction and creative endeavors that interiors has for us." Trust us, you're not the only ones. There will be many begging to attend your bash - please. - By Peter Dolkas
|Anderson Crib, $1099, Land of Nod||Banksia Rug, From $448, Anthropologie||Large Brass Himmeli Heart, $215, HRUSKAA|
|Brass Peanut Box, $25, High Street Market||Macrame Wall Hanging, Price Upon Request, Sally England||Thonet Rocking Chair, $600, Ebay|
|Baby Mobile, $109, Patricija||Mid-Century Dresser, $999, West Elm||A New Home in the Sun by Xochi Solis, Price Upon Request, Xochi Solis|
|Woven Wall Mirror, $19, Urban Outfitters||Bumper Cross Stitch, $150, Auggie||Retro Bullet Planter, $150, Hip Haven|
Photography: Shade Degges