Last Look With Kristi Hopper

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Kristi Hopper nursery
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When a Texas couple planned to adopt a baby, they needed a nursery that was as comfortable as it was functional. Designer Kristi Hopper created this neutral-yet-playful space that pairs muted colors with bold prints and has ample storage to minimize clutter.

1. When designing this very special nursery, our client wanted to convert a guest room into a nursery for the baby they planned to adopt. This couple wanted a baby, no matter the gender. She wanted a design-focused space that was gorgeous that did not scream “nursery.” Our goal was to create a gender-neutral nursery for this adoptive couple by using a high-style color palette that could be easily gender-specific once they are blessed with a child. 

2. The couple wanted to save the existing drapery in the room. Comfortable seating and a changing table with storage were another requirement for the room. The clients wanted a design for their nursery that spared no expense. She wanted the nursery to be beautiful. It was not about the price; it was about the fantasy of having a child. This would be the couple’s first child, so part of the design needed to include items that would help these new parents. When our client saw an acrylic crib in a magazine, she fell in love with it and had to have it in her nursery, no matter the cost. Because she could not be dissuaded, we searched high and low until we found a vendor that offered the crib at a better price.

3. We created a room that is perfect for this couple when they welcome their baby home. We decided on a color palette of blues, gold and greens. We also brought in whimsical art from Paragon that contained blues, greens and pinks. The black and white bedding was a perfect quirky complement to the gold and white wallpaper from a London vendor. For the drapery, our solution was to add colorful tape from Stacy Coulter & Associates that would tie the colors in the room together. We also purchased new gold and acrylic drapery hardware to tie it into the gold and white wallpaper. A cozy glider from Charles Ray in the Dallas Market Center was perfect for mother to bond with her precious baby. To ground the space, we purchased a round rug with shades of blue, green and yellow. After the baby arrives, we will create a wall hanging with the name of the baby above the bed.


Kristi Hopper
Kristi Hopper

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