Design

Tour Ariel Kaye’s Dreamy Nursery

Written by
Parachute Team
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
Maddi Bukaty for Parachute and AARON BENGOCHEA for Domino

When Parachute Founder and CEO, Ariel Kaye, began preparing the Venice Beach bungalow she shares with husband, Trevor, and their dog, Lox, for their newest addition, she knew she had to create a space that would flow with the rest of her home. After refreshing the space early last year, it was time to turn their only guest room into a nursery for their, now, 10-week-old daughter, Lou James. With the help of interior designer Jess Diab, professional organizer Julianna Strickland and Parachute Baby, Ariel was able to bring her dream nursery to life. Here Ariel gives us a tour of the room, and shares her design process with us...

On creating comfort…

With a newborn baby, it’s all about having the essentials on hand. We knew our nursery wouldn’t be complete without our Baby Quilt and Cashmere Baby Blanket. The quilt serves as a perfect place for tummy time or changing diapers. We chose the dusty rose cashmere to complement the neutral tones of the room.

On not sacrificing style…

Knowing that I was going to be spending a lot more time at home, it was important that the space represented who I am. I’ve always believed your home doesn’t need to change, in terms of aesthetic, when a baby is born. The core pieces we have in the room have the ability to have a life outside of the nursery. The crib converts into a daybed and the rocker is stain resistant ensuring its longevity. 

On wallpaper…

I’ve never had wallpaper in any home or apartment that I’ve lived in, so I wanted something in the room that was a little more whimsical and fun. The pattern was influenced by my foremost pregnancy craving: fruit!

On storage…

Our home is 850 square feet so when we found out we were pregnant we needed to optimize space. We brought in the help of Julianna Strickland who lead our home organization.

We knew that creating a functional storage system in the garage was the best place to begin. Once we had that set up, we could organize the rest of the house easily by storing lesser used items in the garage. Julianna insisted that function always comes before aesthetic – at least when organizing. There’s no point in having a beautifully organized home if the systems don’t make sense. She recommended picking a color scheme and sticking to it – in the garage, we went with a white and tan palate. Neutrals often work best with organizational systems because they help make spaces feel calm and inviting.

Moving into the nursery, we have minimal closet space, so my husband has used the guest closet as his own since we moved in. That’s something we aren’t changing. Instead I hacked an IKEA piece that fit the function but customized it with doors from Semihandmade x Sarah Sherman Samuel. Inside, Julianna organized bins for the countless baby basics like white onesies, while cuter baby outfits are displayed on dowels to serve as functional decoration.

On special moments...

My motto for motherhood, Be in the Now, was inspired by the title of the wave print, by Gregory Beauchamp and framed by Framebridge, above Lou’s crib. I want her to look at it and feel the same wave of calm motherhood has provided for me. We also installed a handmade baby mobile by niknik studio. The natural wood and organic shapes brings in the laid-back California style in the rest of the home.