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Online Interior Design with YouthfulNest

If you’ve been following along on our Instagram, you know that a MAJOR nursery redesign is underway!  We couldn’t be more excited to be working with the children’s online interior design service YouthfulNest on this project.  Today we are going to give you some ‘behind the scenes’ on the experience thus far before the BIG reveal.  I’m almost embarrassed to show the ‘befores’, but you can’t have a full appreciation of the transformation without seeing them.  So, let’s start with one of the pictures I sent YouthfulNest for inspiration on my Pinterest board.

And now that you can see where my mind was going, I will reveal the embarrassing ‘befores’!

So, you can see that the room is suffering from a MAJOR identity crisis.  Adorable pink stripes and a cloud ceiling, which is perfect for a kid, but then an adult bed and decor situation.  So what gives? We moved into our house about four years ago and the owners had two little girls.  Both rooms were beautifully painted and as we are growing our family, we had no idea what the gender of our kids would be.  So, we decided to keep the rooms as-is until we knew what we were working with.  In the meantime, we used this room as a guest room / playroom!  When we found out that our newest addition to arrive in June is a BOY, we couldn’t wait to paint.  But where to start?

The Online Interior Design Process

Enter YouthfulNest.  I have used online interior design with great success a few times, so I was excited to learn about a service completely geared towards children’s rooms.  I was super impressed with the rooms on the website and eagerly signed up to collaborate with YN  to transform this space.  The online interior design process started with an easy questionnaire, phone call with a lead designer, and a Pinterest board I created.  I could hardly believe it when I received the below ‘design board’ – YouthfulNest completely nailed my taste.

I can wholeheartedly say that I have never had a design experience that has had this level of quality or expertise.  Of course I pushed back on some things, but ultimately put trust in the team and was blown away as items started to arrive.  I think it was incredibly important to get pushed a bit out of my comfort zone or this nursery would be looking very cookie-cutter.  For example, Lisa (lead designer & CEO) thought a big piece of art (30×40) would be best over the crib.  I was nervous it was going to be TOO big, but as the room came together, I realized it was perfect.

Online Interior Design: The Shopping List

In addition to the design board, I also received a shopping list of items.  Two favorites for amazing products at reasonable prices included buybuy BABY and Minted.  I can’t get enough of their nursery art!!  Lisa worked with me to stay within my budget and also shopped places (i.e. PBK) which I had gift cards.  I loved that she gave me so many items to really fill the space vs. leaving me to figure those out on my own.  I was skeptical of the $10 curtains she recommended from IKEA but I went with them, and they look amazing!!  Additionally, I welcomed some ‘splurge’ items that I know I will have for a long time. These items include: a gorgeous pillow from LOOM Decor and an incredible rug from Kroma. These pieces really pulled the room together and gave it an extra richness. I was amazed and thrilled with the mix of high-low priced pieces and how good they look together.

Online Interior Design Floor Plan

The YouthfulNest team also prepared a Floor Plan for my space, which was focused around functionality of the room for an infant and child.  It made the vision much more of a reality as I start to set up the items in the places that the team suggested.  Additionally, I received a Room Installation Guide.  It’s a combo of the continuous designer notes plus guidance on how and where to hang things like my curtains and nursery art.  It also included the styling of small decor items throughout the room. It really gave me everything I needed to help you bring the room together myself.

Paint Color Consultation

Additionally, the Color Consultation was a total lifesaver, as I was a bit lost with the pink walls and my off-white furniture.  The team went as far as to buy the paint color of the furniture and samples of Colorhouse paint before recommending a wall and trim color.  I am beyond obsessed with the paint we went with (Bisque .02). It’s so soft on the eyes and really pulls everything together.  It’s certainly money well spent!

You can see all of YouthfulNest’s services here and see what makes the most sense for your space.  The essential package starts at just $299 and you can add on additional services if you decide you need them.  We went with the premium package, which is $549 and it is certainly worth every penny.  We have saved SO much time, money, and headache doing it ‘right’ from the start.

Feel free to leave any questions below on our experience, and follow along with us on Instagram before we publish the big reveal!!!

With love,


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