Design inspiration can strike at any time, so as an expectant parent you have to be ready for it. If you are mom Amy Kummer, being ready means having your DVD remote in hand. Amy designed her son Preston’s nursery after the iconic scene in Father of the Bride 2, when Martin Short’s character Franc opens the door to reveal his finished nursery project for Steve Martin’s George Banks. “I always tear up at that part, because it’s just such a sweet moment when everything comes together after months of planning,” Amy said. That’s exactly how she felt when she got to share her finished dream nursery.
With the Father of the Bride 2 nursery serving as inspiration, Amy used its design to strive for the following: a classic, non-themed nursery that provided a serene calming feeling and appealed to her love of all things French. “My style is all classic; I am a traditionalist so I was striving for a timeless and sweet look that could possibly lean towards gender-neutral. I wanted to fill it with things that were special. I framed and hung 4 Peter Rabbit prints because I used to love Peter Rabbit as a child and we always had bunny rabbits as pets growing up; I used a mirror and frame that belonged to my grandmother; the clothes hanger is from my nursery when I was a baby.”
Amy chose a bed crown from Horchow and got the monogram “K” for her last name Kummer, so she can use it for future children. The bedding fabric is silk dupioni and called “Marais Stripe” in Ciel by Kravet Couture. The hanging shelf was found at an old antique store. “My mom, sister and I searched all day for the perfect shelf, and alas, we found it. From the moment we laid eyes on it we knew it was perfect. The distressed look matched all of the other furniture in the room, and it was the perfect shape and size. Arranging all of the cute little things on the shelves was the fun part! Another little shelf hangs behind the glider where Amy wanted to display cute little outfits on. The outfit on the left is from her sister and was Preston’s “coming home” outfit.
The antique mirror and frame belonged to her grandmother, Nanie. “It was hanging in her house when my mom was a little girl. It was a brassy gold color, so we had it painted cream with blue flowers on top. The frame was also gold but we had it painted cream and distressed it, and then we covered the background in a blue velvet dot fabric that I fell in love with. I put a picture of Winston in it until we have Preston’s newborn photos. I love having something so special in Preston’s nursery. If only Nanie was still around, she would be so happy and excited that we were using it!”
Amy ordered four framed Beatrix Potter prints from Encore Editions. “I just love Peter Rabbit.” She found the French toy basket at a little store and thought it would add a unique touch to the nursery, instead of just buying one from Pottery Barn. “Right now it’s filled with a lamb floor mat from Preston’s Grandma Kummer, and the boppy and slipcover. We found these old block letters at the same antique store we found the shelf at. I thought they were super cute and we sat on the floor and dug out all the letters to spell out his name.
Amy also monogrammed the end panel of his bumpers. “I tend to like white-on-white monogramming so it’s not so obvious. If we use these bumpers for our next child, I can just flip it around and re-monogram it on the reverse side.
My mom gave me this little book a few years ago, and inside she wrote the following message: “Poor old Mister Rogers got a bad reputation for being ‘nerdy’ but I always liked his simple messages-that’s why I always encouraged my little girls to watch him.” I thought it was a perfect book to display on Preston’s bookshelf.”
Winston just hopped right onto the palace, thinking the bed was for him. He really wanted to be in this one frame of pictures today too. Sometimes I tell him to move, but he seriously likes being in pictures. And what did Daddy Brett think? “Well, he’s just like George Banks. He didn’t like how much of a perfectionist I was being about finding the “perfect
everything,” and he was worried I would spend too much money, but in the end, when he saw the finished product, I think it really struck a chord with him. He said it was “absolutely beautiful” and it was worth all of the effort. Aww!!! Thanks Amy for sharing this gorgeous movie-inspired nursery with us!