An Eclectic Nursery That’s Effortlessly Chill
Cyndi Ramirez, the founder of NYC self-care destination Chillhouse, has an aesthetic that is predictably, well, chill. And that effortless cool echoes throughout her baby Hendrix’s eclectic nursery.
She describes the finished nursery as an extension of their broader apartment design and a reflection of both her taste as well as her husband’s.
“We had come to an agreement about décor. I kept in mind his colour preferences while exploring my texture preferences,” she says. “We brought in colours that already existed in our home—greens, grays, and wood.”
SNOO’s modern white-and-wood design fit right in with the rest of their decor, so from a design standpoint, it made total sense. “It matches perfectly with our room, so it doesn’t feel like a distraction or obstructive object,” she says.
In addition to fitting in style-wise, SNOO is also a fit lifestyle wise—it’s helped everyone get much-needed sleep.
“I’m loving it. He’s sleeping really well the second you put him in there,” she says. “When he’s out, he stays out a long time, which is hard to come by in other bassinet and bed options.”
Cyndi also leaned into a slight animal theme with the nursery, aiming to make the baby room kid-friendly without being overly cutesy, she says.
You can see a handful of overt animal elements in a few spots around the nursery—like with a couple of pieces of art, stuffed critters, and the jungle-cat-print pillow.
There are more subtle nods to the animal kingdom as well. “The lamp has a fish vibe to it with the scales and looks a little bone-like. I liked that to tie in the theme,” Cyndi says.
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But to mix things up are some eclectic—but totally personal—pieces of nursery art.
“There’s a vintage banner with his name on it that we had custom made, so there’s a collegiate vibe. Then there’s a fun little street sign to bring in the city vibe,” Cyndi says.
These one-of-a-kind finds are part of what makes the cot area Cyndi’s favourite part of the room.
“That whole area is very unique. It’s his own little corner that brings in the mix of things that are custom to us. It’s just very cosy and cute.”
For the cot itself—where Hendrix will sleep once he transitions out of SNOO—Cyndi chose one that complemented the other wood elements in the room, but also featured acrylic slats.
“I loved the acrylic paneling so we can actually see him, and I like not having a super bulky-looking wooden crib which would make the room look smaller,” she says. “It opens up that area a bit, making the overall room less cluttered.”
A vintage rug cloaks the dark hardwood floors, and a modern dresser serves as Cyndi’s changing table.
“It was the right colour and right size and height for me. I’m short, so I want to be level to the changing table. I don’t have to tip-toe,” she says.
The mirror above Cyndi’s changing table was another thoughtful choice. “We have a lot of brass and a lot of arches in our home, so the mirror ties in with that.”
And, a bit of Chillhouse has crept into this corner of the room as well.
“We have a self-care area forming, with body lotions and face creams…stuff I’m excited to start using and exploring.”
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