Calvin's Room The Victorian House

What’s Black and White and Red All Over?

Yesterday I shared the early plans for Calvin’s nursery, but today I thought I’d share what could have been.

What's Black and White and Red All Over?

Months back, I was looking through my wallpaper samples while thinking about what I was going to do in the nursery. The Scalamandré zebras have been a favorite for a long time, and Eleanor had even requested ages ago that we use them somewhere in this house. So I thought, hey! Maybe for the nursery! But then, perhaps you remember what happened with a certain little boy and his wallpapered room? I was not eager for a repeat.

Soon after scrapping that idea, I’d spotted a really cute zebra rug. Maybe the room could be inspired by the wallpaper instead! I already had those pillows elsewhere in the house, so I gathered them together and brought them up to the nursery. I found a red that was similar to the background of the wallpaper, and I went out to pick up the rug.

It wasn’t coming together though. The room would have needed a lot of art on the walls to break up all of the red, since I wasn’t going to have the pattern of wallpaper anymore. I could have switched to a different wall color of course, but the bigger problem with the plan was that I wasn’t a big fan of the rug in the room. The wood floor isn’t in the greatest condition (some discoloration from water damage, wear and tear from when the room functioned as a kitchen), and the rug only called attention to it. Back to the store it went, and back to the beginning for the room. I had Calvin not long after, and now that we’re past the newborn phase, I’m finally feeling ready and able to take on the design of his room again.

I still think the zebras could have led to a great nursery, but it wasn’t right for our house.

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  • Staci
    January 22, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I really like the way this room concept came together, but somehow I don’t get “baby” from it. Maybe the bold contrast seems more appropriate for a small sitting room (and the fab wallpaper might survive a bit longer in there). Looking forward to seeing how Calvin’s room comes together using your current green and blue inspiration.

  • Anne Marie | Grass Fed Salsa
    January 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I’d love for you to actually use this wallpaper! I am dying to be able to include it in my future house.

  • Kayla AKA Kilo Bravo
    January 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I fell in love with that same wallpaper (in green!) years ago and promised myself I would use it in our nursery – but as many concepts change over time, when we finally got around to doing our nursery, that paper didn’t fit in at all anymore. And – now that I think about the direction our house has begun to go in, I can’t imagine it in any of our other rooms either. Alas, I’ll have to save it for our “Someday Second House”. (Read – never going to use it.) I’m still clinging to the idea of birch tree wallpaper SOMEWHERE in this house though…

    I didn’t comment yesterday, but we are totally going with a mossy/olivey green in our family room whenever we get around to it. Love it its richness!

  • Danielle
    January 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    What if you framed long sections of the wallpaper, similar to the prints you were thinking of using? LOVE the concept!!

  • Monica
    January 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hi there! I too love the Scalamandre zebras and based my baby’s nursery on them. I opted to frame two of the samples.. It’s plenty of zebras to enjoy! I’m not sure how here but I’ll be happy to send some pics!

  • RebeccaNYC
    January 23, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I second and third the idea of framing some of the Zebra paper for somewhere in the house. Maybe Eleanor’s room?

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