The second you step into Jade Berreau's Brooklyn brownstone, a feeling of calm washes over you. The vibrating, sometimes maddening buzz of New York melts away. In its place is the sound of old jazz records wafting through the light-filled space. The Paris-born, Manhattan-raised artist and photo editor lives with her daughter, Secret (whose father is the late artist Dash Snow), in a home that is steeped in warmth and affection. Snow's spirit is felt at every turn, with family photos and pieces of his artwork scattered throughout the three fl oors. Not surprisingly, Secret's room-fi lled with plush stuffed animals, draped silk, and whimsical music boxes-is the most magical part of the house.
JADE ON MOTHERHOOD There's a piece of advice I heard when I was twelve years old, and it always made sense to me: Communicate with your child. Explain things rather than saying "because I say so."
HARDEST PART Consistency. I try my best to make sure that I make one-on-one time with Secret.
BEST PART Every time I look at her, I feel a sense of pride. It's mind-blowing to have been a part of creating a life.
ROOM STYLE Eclectic Cool Filled with family heirlooms, draped silk, and vintage music boxes, this girlishly whimsical space is the perfect mix of magical and meaningful.
She was three when we moved in, and it was going to be her first real bedroom, so I wanted it to be warm, inviting, and fun.
STARTING POINT The bed was the starting point. It's a family heirloom that began with my great-grandfather-it was mine when I was younger, too.
PERSONAL TOUCHES I put together a wall of family photos (shown at right) over Secret's bed. The one of Secret and me covered in paint was taken by my mom one summer in Sag Harbor. I want to keep adding to this collection.
Save: I've kept it pretty simple-I had a basic bookshelf built and stacked it with her toys and books. Splurge: If I were to splurge, it would be on bedding!
HOMEMADE TOUCHES She was once given about a dozen beautiful, handmade small animals. I found them too special to play with and possibly lose, so I strung them on fishing string, and they now float below the ceiling all in a row. She loves it!
THE LITTLE MOMENTS I always enjoy tidying her room and putting away all the tiny details-it calms me, and she loves to help.
SECRET'S ROOM IS . . . Pink, tranquil, and inviting.
I started off with all of the great hand-me-downs I've been given, and then I splashed the room with all of Secret's toys. Great bedding, a good lamp for atmosphere, and beautiful curtains pulled it all together. Still, it's always a work in progress! That's the fun of it.
Sarah's Silks canopy
LEFT A custom mural by Clamdiggin in Simone Harouche's son's nursery. RIGHT TOP To create a wall hanging similar to the one in Jenni Kayne's daughter's room, 1) cut out letters using paper or fabric, 2) choose your ribbon, and 3) select tape (optional: stencils to ensure that the letters look uniform). Jenni took the letters, created by artist Wendy Addison, and attached them to $10 floral ribbon from Olive Manna. Then she used $4 neon-pink tape from Etsy to place it above daughter Ripley's changing table. RIGHT CENTER The letter balloons from Ripley's birthday party now serve as permanent decor on the playroom wall. RIGHT BOTTOM Jessie Randall chose a felt garland and pastel prints from Etsy for her twins' bedroom.