More Earth-Friendly Nursery Options

by Sherri Blum

Today our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum talks about the choices we make when creating spaces for our kids. A pioneer specialist for children’s-room interior design, Sherri’s designs for celebrities, and for the baby next door.

In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to take a moment to share some great, earth-friendly decorating options for your nursery or child’s bedroom.

More Earth-Friendly Baby Rooms

Over the past several years, consumers have been educated on the importance of reducing one’s carbon footprint on the Earth. We are focusing on finding healthier, organic foods to reduce the pesticides and toxins we put in our bodies, as well as cleaning up the air we breathe daily. We are becoming more aware and focused on keeping ourselves and our earth, healthier.

Couple that awareness, with the parental instinct to protect and nurture a newborn baby, and you find the marketplace left with a great need to provide the healthiest and safest options in children’s products.

Baby Holding Fragile EarthParents are, and should be very focused on safety when designing their baby’s nursery or child’s room—much more so than the murals and fabrics used in the design. My job as a nursery design specialist is to provide my clients with a beautiful, functional and SAFE nursery.

I do realize that over the years, organic bedding options were very limited; furniture made of green-certified wood was scarce and our flooring and paint choices all seemed to produce off-gassing of toxic fumes. It was difficult for parents to find the “green” products they desired, while not drastically sacrificing style and design.

Just four years ago, I began designing my own line of nursery crib bedding. I wanted desperately to find pretty organic fabrics for my crib bedding line. I searched the world over (literally!) and came up with only a few, solid, muted fabrics from which to choose. No polka dots or striped options were even available! I used 100% cotton in the bedding I eventually produced, however I was unable to claim that it was organic. I was hugely disappointed.

Well, this is most certainly no longer the case! Manufacturers of fabrics and other children’s products have stepped up to the plate and have produced the safe products we desire and with the trendiest of style options. Below, you’ll find just a few nursery products that I believe stand out among the rest.

Furniture

The Eicho collection, made of 100% recycled/reclaimed, formaldehyde-free MDF, is offered in a bright white non-toxic finish. MDF is a wood composite product that is made from the otherwise unusable, wood scraps and sawdust — recycling at its best.

Spot on Square Eicho Crib

Bratt Décor is one of my all time favorite children’s furniture manufacturers. Stephen and Mary Bauer have produced wrought-iron furniture that is made to last for many generations, (making it easily reused over many years), the paint finishes used are non-toxic and iron is a renewable resource.

Bratt Decor Casablanca Crib

Find their extensive collection, including this Casablanca Crib (used by Jennifer Lopez for her twins’ nursery) at www.brattdecor.com

Bedding

Serena and Lily produces Maggie, made of 100% organic cotton. Such yummy, citrus colors…very hot in today’s nurseries!

Serena and Lily Maggie Bedding

Each Argington Organic Crib Bedding Set is made with unbleached organic cotton. The prints are done with low impact dyes using a low-impact printing process.

Comforters, bumpers, and boudoir pillows are filled with Eco-spun, 100% regenerated polyester fill that does not off gas or emit any traceable VOC’s. This Hearts and Flowers bedding reminds me of some sweet sun dresses I wore as a child. Very nostalgic, indeed!

Argington Hearts and Flowers Bedding

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or have a seamstress in the family, Mod Green Pod produces beautiful fabrics that are 100% organic cotton grown, woven, and printed in the United States using non-toxic pigments.

Mod Green Pod Wee Jubilee Fabric in Raspberry

I only wish they had been around when I was seeking such beautiful fabrics (like this one) for my bedding line!

Lighting

This LED bulb (and many others like it) screws into an Edison base.

LED Light Bulb

It is up to 90% more energy efficient than an incandescent bulb and can last up to 100,000 hours, over ten years, reducing cost and conserving energy. These bulbs use only one watt and do not heat up and don’t contain mercury.

Rather than purchasing a new chandelier or lamp for the nursery, you can recycle an old one. I have often designed nurseries where I purchased or recycled an old ceiling light fixture, painted and embellished it, and used it as a great focal point to a designer nursery.

This neon-glowing Quorum ceiling fan was found at a yard sale for $10 and was perfect for this teen boy’s groovy “Surfer Dude” room!

Teen Boy Surfer Dude Room by Jack and Jill Interiors

Paint

Not only should you not be breathing toxic fumes during your pregnancy, but traditional paint is not as healthy for your new baby, too. Consider using low-VOC paints the baby’s room.

Conventional paints are made from petrochemical-based solvents, which off-gas toxic indoor air pollutants called volatile organic compounds that have a strong odor and may lead to long-term problems over time.

Olympic brand now offers zero-VOC formula in many colors. Olympic can be found at Lowe’s.

Benjamin Moore Natura

Benjamin Moore produces Natura, a water-based, virtually odorless, zero VOC paint formula that can be mixed in any color. It is durable, washable and fade-resistant. Benjamin Moore carries the “Green Promise” designation, promising to continue its quest to meet and exceed all environmental standards.

 

Designer Sherri BlumSherri Blum loves putting her talents to use designing beautiful rooms for her tiny clients. Sherri’s designs are popular among celebrities and have been featured in numerous TV shows and publications.

Sherri shares with us trends, designer projects and advice for creating beautiful, yet functional kids rooms and baby nurseries.

Sherri operates her design firm Jack and Jill Interiors and she creates her signature line of children’s wall art, clocks and hand-hooked, wool rugs — Sherri Blum Designs. Sherri writes the Jack and Jill blog, and resides with her family in rural Pennsylvania.

 

These are just a few ideas on ways we can be more planet-friendly, and more safe, in our babies’ and children’s rooms

Please share with us: What you are doing to make good choices for the kids spaces?

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