photographs by Kelly StuArt text by Brittany S. Chevalier
Kelly Stuart and Violet Gaynor first worked together at Elle.com and soon became
good friends. In January 2011, when they noticed a hole in the parenting blogosphere for
stylish professional women, they set out to create a unique and inspirational web space
dedicated to the grand balancing act of motherhood. “There was a gap—no one was
showing women balancing career, home life, and style,” says Stuart.
And so, The Glowwas born. While there were countless
blogs that gave advice to mothers, Stuart and Gaynor’s site
offered something new. “As much as there is out there about
this topic, it’s still hard to balance career and friendships,”
says Gaynor. “Adding children is a universal element, and
it’s a comfort to hear what other women are going through.”
The pair’s new book—The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish
Motherhood, published this month by Stewart, Tabori &
Chang—is an extension of their blog, a celebration of women
in the beauty, fashion, and publishing worlds who have
maintained careers and busy family lives while never losing
track of their innate, personal style.
here is one of our favorite chapters, on decorating
a special space for your little one that balances
stylized design with smart functionality.
More than any other room in the home, the
nursery holds the most promise. Whether
spacious or tiny, luxe or minimalist, its four
walls will provide security, inspiration,
entertainment, and tranquility for your little
one (not to mention the countless hours you’ll
spend playing, reading, and likely sleeping
there). From almost the first moment I found
out I was pregnant, I began envisioning the
space I’d soon create for my new baby. After
sharing the news with Kelly, my partner on The Glow and best friend, we immediately
started brainstorming ideas. Side note: Kelly
has the most amazing collection of antiques
culled from her world travels, including pieces
that will be perfect for her future little one’s
room. Smartly, she’s always on the lookout for
beautiful, one-of-a-kind items, like the
reclaimed-wood horse-fence planks with
weathered blue paint she and her husband
found in Vermont. “Perfect for open shelving,”
according to Kelly. For the small office that
would soon become my baby’s nursery, Kelly
and I ruled out pink and blue, since I decided
not to find out if I was having a boy or girl.
From there, the possibilities seemed endless.
Should I choose a theme, like designer Jenni Kayne did when
she centered her son’s Native American–meets–safari-themed
bedroom around a neon-accented teepee? For interior
designer Athena Calderone, the design process started with
her son’s name, Jivan (“to give life” in Sanskrit), which she
turned into graphic wall art. Her decidedly unconventional
approach included covering another entire wall with an acid
yellow-on-gray design she sketched herself. From there, she
cleverly mixed in her nine-year-old’s favorite things—like
handmade artwork and a treasured surfboard given to him by
legendary surf pro Jeremy Flores. Laura Poretzky-Garcia took
a similarly artistic approach for the design of her brand-new
baby girl’s Upper East Side nursery. Not one to shy away from
a challenge, the former fashion design darling and current
creative director chose wall-to-wall white carpet (the brave
mom swears it hides everything). Next, she accented
the walls with bold art, like a floor-to-ceiling hot-pink silkscreen of
Elizabeth Taylor by Russell Young.
From clever storage ideas to a DIY-wall of family photos, these
five moms each capture that delicate balance between stylized
design and smart functionality. Here you’ll find their design
philosophy, inspiration, splurges (and steals!), and the biggest
hoops they had to jump through to achieve their desired look.
The result: unique, stimulating, and inspired interiors for their
little ones to treasure for years to come.
Want a sneak peek into these stylish nurseries?