We recently teamed up with Jen Szeto of @windowofimagination to help her create a modern, minimalist nursery that can also serve as a space for friends and family to visit when baby arrives. Read on to get a glimpse inside the serene nursery and learn more about Jen and how she’s preparing for motherhood.
What was the inspiration for your nursery/guest room and what went into planning the space?
Since moving to LA from San Francisco earlier this year, it was important for my husband and I to make our second bedroom a hybrid room for our little girl plus any out-of-town family and friends during visits. For that reason, we purposely chose minimal, modular, and multi-functional pieces that everyone could use. As for planning the look of the space, we lean toward modern, minimal home decor that promotes a calm living environment so we chose more neutral tones for the furniture and accented the room with pops of color for a little kick of vitality.
How have you been nesting and getting ready for baby?
Much of our family and friends have been incredibly generous with gifts and hand-me-downs, so lately I’ve been on a cleaning spree and ordering all sorts of last-minute supplies… I heard you can never have enough diapers and wipes! We’re also planning to have our families come down and visit as soon as the baby arrives, so my husband and I have been trying to plan out all of their travel logistics.
What excites you most about becoming a mom?
I’m most excited about creating this little human of ours and watching her grow and seeing what type of person she will become. I’m excited about passing down traditions that my parents taught me but also creating new ones with her. And I’m looking forward to traveling with her so that she becomes curious about the world, she embraces the people and things that are different than her, and that she builds the confidence to explore the unknown early on.
What (if anything) makes you nervous about becoming a mom?
A lot! There’s so much I don’t know about becoming a parent. I think it brings out a lot of fears that I never knew I had or enhances the ones I already do have. Since I’ll be her biggest advocate for at least the first 18 years of her life, I’m most nervous about making wrong decisions that will deeply impact her livelihood. The mom guilt is heavy and real and she’s not even here yet!
How do you relax and unwind at home?
Honestly, I love to clean. My husband can 100% attest to this. We both spend a lot of time at home because we also work out of the house, so it’s really important for me to keep it tidy and uncluttered so my mind can focus on other important things throughout the day. I’m also not a very sedentary person – I feel I’m my best self when I’m active. But as my pregnancy has progressed I’ve slowed down quite a bit, so cleaning is one way for me to stay moving.
How would you describe your style?
It’s evolved a lot over the years but at this point in my life I’m all about simple, organic, unfussy style that can grow with me. I was lucky that my pre-pregnancy style was neutral in tone and voluminous in shape so that I didn’t really need to buy any specific maternity wear for nearly the entire 10 months. My ethos has always been about living with less but better, so I want to continue that into my post-pregnancy phase.
Who or what inspires you?
I’d say my three biggest inspirations in life right now are:
My parents; because they sacrificed and devoted their lives to our family so that their children could thrive.
My husband; because he teaches me something new every day that I feel makes me a better person.
The close women in my life, such as my sisters and girlfriends; because they have been my pillars of hope and strength throughout my brightest and darkest hours of this most important transition in my life
Have you had any strange food cravings?
In my first trimester I was rather nauseated and the only thing I could stomach was bagels and cream cheese, oddly enough. By the second trimester I felt like my old self again and could eat most things, but now in the third trimester I’ve been craving tons of fruit – I can’t get enough watermelon!
Photos by Jen Szeto