If there's anything I was more excited about than Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton, it was the royal baby. I don't know why we Americans as a whole (I know it's not just me) have such an obsession with those classy Brits, but whatever the reason, I don't care. Because the arrival of the future King of England—His Royal Highness George Alexander Louis of Cambridge—has allowed me to bring you this blog post and gush about some of our favorite nursery decor from stores on this side of the pond.
"The current trend in nurseries is a curated, collected style," says Mary Lauer of Oh Baby! in Edina. "Modern, vintage decor mixes with treasured heirloom pieces to create distinct and personalized nurseries. Especially for the royal little boy, luxurious textures such as cashmere, linen, and silk are prominent, and monogrammed neutrals are always a classic."
Just as Princess Diana set the precedent for all young mothers in the '80s when William and Harry were born, Lauer believes the Duchess will do the same. "Kate's taste is inherited and acquired from a history of tradition, and there's nothing more inspiring," she says.
Without further ado: our baby room picks that even the Queen would approve of.
Crib. Sturdy for a baby boy, but undeniably sophisticated for a royal. Umbria convertible crib ($1,349), from Baby Grand, 1137 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-4414, babyongrand.com
Wall art. There's nothing like showing a little love for your city! Prince George can get acquainted with his from the comfort of his nursery with this Tower Bridge artwork. Tower Bridge wall art ($119), by The Land of Nod, from Crate & Barrel, Galleria, 952-920-2300, crateandbarrel.com
Stroller. Elegance and style radiate from this traditional pram, inspired by the British Court. No doubt Prince George will be riding around in one of these for all his royal appearances with mom. Classic pram stroller ($1,299.95), from Oh Baby!, Galleria, 877-417-9119, ohbabystyle.com
Chandelier. A touch of sparkle makes everything more regal. Jules Chandelier ($650), from Creative Lighting, 1728 Concordia Ave., St. Paul, 651-647-0111, creative-lighting.com
Chair. Classic and comfortable, your personal throne awaits. Swivel glider ($799), by The Land of Nod, also from Crate & Barrel
Rug. The ultimate show of affection for British culture comes in the form of this decorative floor covering. Jack rug ($449), by The Rug Market, also from Baby Grand
Pillow. "The child's name, birth weight and length, and birth date can be hand-stitched onto organic linen for a one-of-a-kind and personalized addition to any nursery," says Lauer. Personalized birthday pillow ($269.95), also from Oh Baby!
String art. "Each piece is custom made with love from recycled wood in Minnesota," Lauer says. "This art will never be out of date and will go with them to a big-kid room, to a college dorm room, and to their first home." Custom string art ($159.95), also from Oh Baby!