Melisa & Pam

SPOTLIGHT

  Founders/Creators, Project Nursery

NCW: WHO IS MELISA IN 30 WORDS OR LESS?
M: I’m a design blogging, red wine loving, always renovating, mom of two sweet little boy monsters living in New York City and loving it.

NCW: WHO IS PAM IN 30 WORDS OR LESS?
P: I’m a design blogging, caramel-chocolate loving, often carpooling, mom of 3 under 7 enjoying all that beautiful San Francisco has to offer.

NCW:  HOW DID PROJECT NURSERY START?
M&P: We’ve always had a passion for interior design but it wasn’t until we had children when we finally got to act on it! We met in college, and after graduating, we both landed in New York City and shared a (tiny!) West Village apartment. We lived the single life, focused on our respective sales and marketing careers, met wonderful husbands, obsessed over two elaborate weddings, endured five intensive renovations and survived pregnancies on modified bed rest. While waiting for our little ones to arrive, we traded hundreds of emails about nursery design, decorating ideas and paint colors. Prompted by HGTV.com’s “Rate My Space,” Melisa posted pictures of her son’s new LA “crib” on the web, and the interest was overwhelming. After receiving hundreds of comments and attention that sparked online decorating debates, an idea was born: Project Nursery.

NCW: WHAT IS THE BEST THING IN YOUR JOB?
M&P: Helping parents achieve their dream nurseries! Every now and then, we’ll get a really cool letter or Facebook message from a parent telling us how they couldn’t have created the room of their dreams without our help or the help of the highly engaged parent and design community found at ProjectNursery.com.

NCW: WHAT IS ONE OF THE LAST THINGS YOU LEARNED THROUGH PROJECT NURSERY?
M&P: We’ve learned that there are no limits to what can be done with nursery design and our readers are to thank for that.  We are constantly inspired by their determination to create beautiful nursery designs on any budget. One of our newest community members said it best, “Never compromise. If you can’t find it, create it!”

NCW: WHAT ARE THE LATEST TRENDS IN NURSERY DESIGN?
M&P: Powerful color combinations have been a huge trend from brights like orange, turquoise and hot pink. If you are wanting a neutral, keep in mind that gray is the new beige!

NCW: NURSERIES AND ECO-TRENDS?
M&P: Eco-friendly, safe and healthy choices are incredibly accessible these days when it comes to decorating for your child. Eco-mattresses, bedding, blankets and non-toxic paint should be a given. We’re most excited these days about Sprout’s Exclusive Organic Glider on the market that is 100% organic from fabric to frame to filling. http://www.sproutsanfrancisco.com/shop/furniture/sitting/organic-glider

NCW: WHAT IS NEXT FOR PROJECT NURSERY? ANY NEW PROJECTS?
M&P: Loads! We’ve recently launched the new site for Project Nursery graduates, ProjectJunior.com targeting parents of children ages 3-9 years old. Also, don’t forget to catch us on YouTube (youtube.com/projectnursery) with our all new show where we review the very best of nurseries, children’s rooms and parties.