After focusing first on a career in business, Emily Ruddo eventually got to a point where she was knew she was ready to take the leap and turn her passion for interior design into a career. “I have never regretted making that change and am grateful to wake up every day working on something I am passionate about.” Emily’s fresh take on traditional has become her calling card, evident in the recently completed nursery she is sharing with us today. Learn more below and in the slideshow.

What were your client’s requests for this nursery?
This nursery was for an existing client who already had one son. I worked on their previous home when their first son was still a year old so I had an idea already of their design style and preferences. They sold that first home before becoming pregnant with their second son so the first thing we had to do is map out where the new existing furniture was going to go in the new house. About a year in to living at this new and spacious home, they told me they were expecting a second son. And since the first child was five weeks early, we all agreed we wanted the installation date to be over a month before the due date to avoid any stress. Allowing this new nursery to grow with both sons was a priority so we stayed away from any themes and patterns that were too precious and that wouldn’t fit for an older child. We knew that this room could potentially turn into the boys hang out room when they are teenagers once some shifting of the guest bedroom and boys’ bedrooms was completed. This is a large room so it was easy to visualize this becoming a multi-purpose room for the boys to hang out and play games.

So I knew immediately I wanted a wallpaper that was appropriate for teenage boys. The wallpaper was the first item selected and the inspiration for the room and then the color palette was rounded out and everything flowed from there.

Where there other aspects of the design intended to grow with the boys?
One of our goals was to add items that could be used later when their son moves to a big boy bed. So the changing pad will be removed and he still has a dresser with ample storage. And once the crib is removed that wall will be perfect for a desk for homework or a media console and tv in his teenage years. All of those stages of life were thought through when the design was created so that the client felt the room could grow with their son.