Anatomy of a Room: Jeffers Design Group

I thought it fitting to study a nursery for this week, with spring rapidly approaching (hopefully!).  I happened up on the design portfolio for Jeffers Design Group while researching last weeks blog posts, and I fell in love with every single project.  As soon as I saw this room I knew it was perfect for the Room of the Week.  Though this space is for a baby, this nursery has lots to teach us about good design for any room of the house.

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EMPHASIS: The beautiful, large window and built-in window seat definitely command all the attention in the room.  Creating the window and window seat as the focal point makes this space very welcoming.  It invites you to come in and relax in the beautiful sunlight.  The stunning draperies frame the window nicely, while softening the edges. And the whimsical tissue paper pom-poms tucked between the draperies and the window help draw your up and out.  It’s helpful in a room like this, with so many little parts (poufs, books, toys, art, mobile, pillows, etc) to have one large focal point so the eye can find rest.

RHYTHM: The bright pop of yellow helps to draw your eye to key points around the room…first to the window and the window seat, then to the glider and the toys on the bookshelf.  It takes a little extra thought to make sure that even the smallest accent color is represented throughout the room for a more cohesive design…but, it sure pays off.

TEXTURE:  Though, there is plenty of wood furniture in the space, the room feels very soft and kid-friendly due to the fabrics and soft furnishings, including the knit poof, the soft rug on top of the wall-to-wall-carpet. and the fabric on the crib, chair and throw pillows.

ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE:  Using asymmetry creates a playful, relaxed space, perfect for this nursery, or any room you want to be less-formal.  The large bookcase on the right wall of the room is balanced by the weight of the crib on the other side of the room and the height of the artwork above the crib.  The glider is balanced asymmetrically using the stacked pair of poufs.  The asymmetry makes the space relaxed, while still pleasing to the eye because it is balanced.

PATTERN: I can count at least 10 different patterns in the room, but it doesn’t appear overwhelming or messy because the patterns stay within the color palette of pink, yellow, white, and lots and lots of gray to mellow everything out.

SCALE:  When we design for residences (and most interiors) we talk about the design being in human scale…versus the monumental scale of buildings and large sculpture or the natural scale of mountains, caves and large trees in a forest.  But, when we design for children we have to think in kid-sized scale.  The tall ceilings, large bookshelves and art hung high on the wall are of scale to the child who lives in the Room of the Week.  But, there are a few things that made this room scaled-down for a child.  For example, the chair-rail around the perimeter of the room breaks up the large expanses of wall making them feel shorter.  And, the addition of lots of soft places to sit on or near the floor helps to make this room scaled more for a child.

What’s your favorite design element of this room? I’m excited to share a few of my favorite things about this room throughout the week.

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