Lauren Behfarin saw a need for sophisticated design geared toward growing families.
Arriving home from the hospital with your newborn for the first time, rocking your infant child back to sleep, reading a book with your talkative toddler — a nursery will become the setting for endless, lasting memories as your child grows.
From falling in love with their first smile to cheering along their first steps, parents will inevitability spend many heartwarming hours in their child’s nursery — which means the space should bring joy to both parents and children for years to come.
Designing the perfect nursery may seem intimidating, but luckily this interior designer understands the importance of creating a space filled with love, care and joy.
Five years ago, Lauren Behfarin designed her daughter’s nursery in preparation for her first child’s arrival. She quickly discovered a gap in family-friendly design, and created Lauren Behfarin Design. “Once I had a family, I wanted to do more work geared toward children and younger families,” says Behfarin, who previously worked for Drew McGukin Interiors.
With a growing clientele, the trendy NYC-based interior design firm now designs spaces for new parents and growing families that are vibrant and sophisticated yet comfortable and livable. Understanding the emotion and love that goes into each space created for a child, Behfarin has found that “nurseries and children’s spaces often become an extension of a home.”
Although she designs a range of spaces, Behfarin’s favorite projects are always nurseries for first-time parents. “Nurseries are always so fun, and so full of hope, life and excitement. It is such a special time to watch new mothers experience pregnancy and for parents to experience a baby for the first time. We are always honored when families include us in that time,” says Behfarin, who works alongside her associate, Abby Gruman.
As a parent of two, Behfarin values convenience and function. After designing a nursery, first-time parents may soon realize that a makeover is required less than two years later. In order to keep the transition as simple as possible, Behfarin tries to “anticipate the next steps of a child’s life” with her designs.
Using various patterns, textures and bold colors, the team is sure to incorporate fun elements that feel young while also considering the next five or 10 years of a child’s life. “As I experience these phases with my own children, I am really learning what works and what does not work long-term in a space. We are learning what elements transition with your child and which do not,” Behfarin says.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Behfarin also understands the need for storage in a compact apartment. Utilizing items such as cribs that turn into toddler beds or bunk beds that double as two twins beds, Behfarin “makes sure that clients have the best items for their children to grow.”
Whether it’s furniture that won’t cause injuries to a newborn or toys that won’t grow tiresome, first-time parents often look to Behfarin and her team for more than simple design tips.
“They’re looking for great design, but they are also looking for advice. We take relationships to heart when we have clients who are experiencing this for the first time,” Behfarin says. “I am here to guide, push and challenge clients, but I always deliver something that they love.”
How to Design the Perfect Nursery
Accent Walls — “There is always an accent wall, whether it’s a really cool decal, cool paint color or interesting wallpaper,” Behfarin says. “There should always be a fun backdrop to one of the walls in a nursery, and it’s usually the one with the crib.”
Minimal Themes — Cautious to not take a theme too far, Behfarin always suggests incorporating components from a theme, such as accent pieces or different colors. “There are ways to bring in a theme that are not too thematic,” she notes.
Neutral Colors — “There has been a shift toward gender neutral colors, such as grays, creams and whites,” Behfarin says. “People are prioritizing style. The standard pink and baby blue are not popular right now, and I think it is because style, form and function are so big in the city right now.”
Acrylics — This year, Behfarin is seeing a lot acrylics. “Homeowners are loving acrylic cribs with acrylic bars, or chairs with acrylic legs,” she explains. “Acrylic accents have shown up a more recently, I think as way to make a nursery modern.”
Organized Spaces — Whether it is a bunk bed with shelves, a coffee table with compartments or an ottoman with storage inside, Behfarin appreciates and understands the fluidity of space. “Homeowners are constantly reimagining how their space is being used,” she explains. “The hustle and bustle of the city has caused us to pay attention to creative and innovate ways to save space.”
CIRCU, a unique design brand geared toward imaginative children, curates furniture that merges creative design with exceptional quality.
CIRCU creates a world full of magic and fantasy for children. Whether it is sleeping in a princess castle or doing homework “in the sky,” children may turn their dreams into reality with these pieces of furniture.
Golden Princess Castle
Castles have always been a source of inspiration, adventure and fantasy in the magical world of children. Whether in the role of prince or princess, this castle bed will delight any child in love with fairytales.
This romantic fantasy item is perfect for kids to live a real fairytale with a happy ending. With an inspiring design, the intention is making sleepy times increasingly wanted by little princes and princesses.
Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky Desk, a desk inspired by Disney movie “Planes,” is the perfect combination for your aviator inspired bedroom decoration. Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom.
With a creative and playful design, the Sky Desk is the best addition for the little pilot’s room. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments.
This cloud shaped lamp has a cotton-like texture that replicates the fictional feeling of a fluffy cloud.
Inspired by the Pixar short-film “Partly Cloudy,” the design relates to the sense of serenity and peace transmitted by clouds, the same feeling we want to create in the children’s rooms with this realistic Cloud Lamp.
With a sound system and color changing RGB light remotely controlled, this suspension lamp can be used to create a calm atmosphere for the bedtime.
Sky One Plane
The Sky One Plane is an airplane-themed kids bed with a playful design that it’s both didactic and fun. An airplane inspired decoration for kids’ rooms is perfect to encourage the little explorers to develop their creativity.
This airplane-shaped kids bed is inspired by the Disney movie “Planes” character Skipper, an iconic Navy Corsair aircraft, providing this way both a modern and vintage motif to the bed.
The Rocky Rocket
The Rocky Rocket it’s a children’s interactive chair, painted in red and white checkered pattern.
The moon rocket has become an iconic symbol for kids, while parents will recognize it from the adventures of Tintin, kids will relate it to Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story.”
This interactive chair features an educational light and sound system to foster curiosity and excitement among kids.
This bed, reinvented by CIRCU, is perfect to bring some fun and imagination to any space. Inside it contains several storage compartments, a bed, a TV, a desk, a mini bar and a sofa.
Parents will recognize the inspiration for this piece, one of the most remarkable vehicles ever produced and at the same time, one of the most iconic and magical symbols of fun and freedom!
Few other vehicles have the ability to turn heads and conjure a spirit of freedom, adventure and open roads.
photos courtesy of Circu