BABY'S DOMAIN

The playroom is gender-neutral and designed to grow along with little Tatum's interests. Someday, it may be a craft room or a study area.

Kara and Vince Bellino wanted the gender of their first child to be a surprise at birth, so they kept the nursery palette neutral with grays, golds and whites and personalized the space with pops of color once Tatum Olivia arrived.

Kara spent a lot of time looking at cribs. "For us, it was the focal point of the room since everything was so neutral," she says. Her search ended at Pottery Barn. "I love it," she says of the minimalist crib design. (Featured on the cover of this issue.)

But the rocking chair — also from Pottery Barn — is her favorite furniture piece for the space. It sits in a corner along with a fluffy foot rest and side table and is the perfect spot for precious mommy-daughter time.

A second bedroom on the second floor of the Bellino home — next to the nursery — provided an opportunity for a playroom. "I wanted a place for our little one to hang out and to feel like it was her own space for toys, books, etc.," Kara says. "I am sure the space will evolve into perhaps an arts and crafts room, or a place to do homework."

The playroom and nursery are separated by a laundry nook. "That works with how our family lives," Kara says. "Most of the laundry is coming from the bedrooms, so we wanted it to be close by."

Floating shelves and patterned tile add personality to the nook and tie it to the playroom.

"We are loving everything about it," the new mom says of the layout.

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