CBB Exclusive: Katy Mimari discusses Caden Lane, celebrity nurseries and more
Katy Mimari has the fortunate job of designing some of Hollywood’s tiniest residents’ rooms. She’s the designer behind the beautiful nursery bedding line, Caden Lane, and proud mom of two herself, and she’s worked with Brooke Burke, Tori Spelling and Samantha Harris, to name a few, on making their nursery visions a reality. We spoke to her about on celebrity nurseries, bedding trends and more in an exclusive CBB interview.
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Working with celebrities:
Basically with Tori [Spelling] and Samantha [Harris], they both contacted us because they wanted the Caden Lane bedding stuff. We have two companies: Caden Lane, which is what we make and manufacture and Nursery Couture, which is our retail store.
So through Nursery Couture, Samantha called me up, and since she didn’t know what she was having we kind of had to design two nurseries. So, we went up just days after she had Josselyn and did her whole room. [Samantha] said this is my favorite girl bedding, this is my favorite boy bedding (she wanted to do pink and brown or blue and brown), which is beyond hot right now for nurseries. So, after she picked out her inspiration, which in any nursery is the bedding — that’s what we always tell our mommies that come to our store. Sometimes they’ll come in with a picture frame, and they’re like, "I wanna do the whole room around this,"or "I want a pink nursery…" But I don’t know how to expand on it, so the best thing to start with is the crib bedding because it’s such a focal point for the nursery. And then everything can grow around that. So then get over to Nursery Couture and they pick out furniture.
Tori’s nursery was really modern, because she went for the real modern Nursery Works crib and some real modern lines. She wanted it to be hip and cool for a little boy but she still wanted that baby, whimsical feel. We did both of her nurseries, and they were actually the exact same. The one in her house was its own room with the full, complete nursery, with everything — the crib, the chair, the changer, the bookshelf. [Tori] had just started filming [Tori & Dean: Inn Love] so she wanted to create a little nursery nook in their master guest cottage out there. So, it was in their master bedroom, but we did like a whole wall, so that when photographed it literally looked like the same nursery. It featured the same wall decor, same everything. She actually moved in the middle [of the pregnancy] and redid the whole nursery exactly the same way it was before. At her bed and breakfast it was just a crib with a changer and therocker and then the wall decor and it was the same bedding — Shewanted him to feel at home at both places. When you have several homes,why not create the same things so the baby has a little bit ofconsistency.When we did her first one she was desperate for the pink and browns for a little girl, so we’ll see!
Brooke [Burke] wanted to design a dream nursery that worked for her 15 month old little girl Heaven Rain, and her new little boy, Shaya! They would be sharing the nursery together, and since Brooke already had three little girls and this was her first boy, she wanted to design a nursery that wasn’t so frilly, and not gender specific. Brooke loved the Modern Vintage bedding collection and wanted to expand the look throughout the room. The matching 4 post gold iron cribs worked perfectly with the old world theme, and the custom wall mural and wall art helped pull all the colors together.
Brooke [had to have] her Caden Lane bedding, of course! She really wanted to focus on a gender neutral color palette. She loved how everything had a "new" vintage feel to it. We were able to incorporate vintage inspired pieces (like the play table and chairs and changing table) with more modern design (the iron cribs, and bedding), to create her dream nursery!
Where the nursery begins:
With all of our day-to-day [no celebrity] mommies always, ALWAYS,have one item that they’re like "I really want this in it …" Evenwith Tori’s nursery, she had a brown and white zebra rug that they hadpicked out before finding out the sex of Liam, and so it’s little itemslike that the nursery builds on to. Not necessarily designed aroundbecause the theme of Tori’s nursery was not zebra, but if you look atthe pictures it looks like it was purposefully put in there and it alljust goes together.
So it’s starting points like that, where we always ask themommies, like what do you picture or do you have a favorite item?Samantha had an armoire that she had as a little girl, and it had theold world, rugged look to it. So she knew she wanted her furniture tobe white, boy or girl — and she wanted it, too so she could use it fora second baby. And then she knew her desired color palette. So I thinkevery mom has that one little thing, it’s like planning your wedding,you picture something in the back of your mind. As soon as you getpregnant, the first thing you want to do is go pick out your nursery.
It’s the only thing that keeps you sane until the 40 weeks areover. And that’s why the mommies who don’t know what they’re having,bless their hearts, it’s a big thing to do a nursery with thosemommies. They want to do a nursery that can go either way, but we tryto tell them that as soon as they see that baby and know if it’s a boyor girl they’re going to want to make it more unique to them. So we tryto keep those nurseries like a blank slate, let them pick neutralcolors, and then explain to them how they can bring in more accentsthat are boy or girl specific.
And some women are like, "I’m not a girly-girl," and it’s notabout being a girly-girl. You don’t have to have a ballerina room withtoile everywhere and put a 3-inch bow in her hair the second she comesout. BUT, you’re going to want it to be feminine. And you want it torepresent her style, which is usually the mom’s style, but you want itto set a mood and make it her own, too.
The shift to modern nurseries:
It started about three years ago where people started going, "Oh, I don’t have to do themes," like they kind of lost the theme-y idea, where they used to go " I want my whole nursery to be butterflies … or choo-choo trains." And instead, now it’s more about the color and the feel of the nursery and like setting a mood.
I hear it a lot from all the mommies, "I want it to be really tranquil, but I want it match the rest of my house," and they want it to be a reflection of their style but they still want it to be a nursery. And what we always tell them, too, is it’s the one room in your house where can get away with doing anything, your husband doesn’t get to have an opinion! So, if you want to put rhinestones on the wall,
and hang a bright pink chandelier, it’s your place to do it. It’s like that one room where you get to go above and beyond.
There’s three top designer nursery companies, Dwell, Serena & Lily and Caden Lane. Dwell’s kind of the right end of it, they’re the ultra-modern — they use repeat patterns and they go VERY bold and it’s very retro and it looks really good on a modern crib. I would put [Caden Lane] in the middle because most of our line you can put on a really modern crib or you can also put it on an iron Corsican, kind of vintage crib, as well as a traditional sleigh crib. And then Serena & Lily is the most traditional. They were the first to redefine the whole Pottery Barn look, but their look is still very traditional, it’s not "modern" it’s just that they took away the idea that everything has to be focused on ONE thing.
So moms have the options, they don’t have to be totally contemporary, but you can have it be more about the patterns and the colors, and the feel and the look, and the texture and the mood that it sets. A couple of months ago we launched the Modern Vintage line, which is our new bedding, and it kind of has an Anthropologie feel to it. And that’s what we ended up using in Brooke [Burke]’s nursery. The colors are what’s so cool about the line, the turquoise and the pinks, and the teals. Our Lux collection is launching this summer and it’s going to be pinks and grays, and blues and grays. If you had ever said to any of our mothers or mother in laws 10 years ago that we were going to put brown or gray in your nursery they would have said, "UGH, NO!" And now that’s cool.
Going green in the nursery:
There’s also more options now, "green" used to mean it had no color, it just came in that oatmeal color. Halle Berry did a green nursery, she wanted all natural products and I think that’s less about the look of the nursery and more about them wanting to do something that feels right for environment.
Great ideas start somewhere:
I was pregnant with my first and that’s when I designed Caden Lane. I was out shopping for baby bedding and I was like, "No, I won’t do Winnie the Pooh." And, I didn’t want blue gingham — that was the only thing out there was not super babyish or super frilly. So I came up with the Classic Collection, because I wanted those colors for my little boy.
And then, being pregnant with a little girl, the Modern Vintage came about, because I love how Anthropologie has that old-world feel to it, they kind of take what’s old and make it new. And by taking old colors and prints I feel like the Modern Vintage has a Moroccan feel to it. So the nursery is real funky, it’s anything but traditional. I wish I could do my whole living room in it.
Aging up and out of the crib:
We get asked [about toddler bedding] ALL THE TIME! The love and focus of the company is to focus on baby & nursery items. We’ve considered several times expanding into twin and full bedding, but for right now we offer all of the printed fabric by the yard. In fact, just this year I had the most adorable duvet and pillow with the Classic Boy collection for my three year old son!
Don’t let the idea of designing your child’s nursery overwhelm you. If you keep Katy’s tips in mind, you will be able to create your dream nursery in no time. Simply start with these steps:
- Envision the room
- Set the mood
- Find a center piece or one must-have item
- Pick the color scheme
- Select the bedding
- Make it comfortable (for baby and YOU)
- Don’t be afraid of color and bold statements
- If you’re waiting to find out the gender go neutral and add colorful accents after the birth
- Have fun!