When Brett Lapeyre decorated her children's rooms in the spacious Victorian House on St. Charles Avenue that she shares with her husband, James, she knew that she wanted the look to be playful and fresh while introducing timeless furnishings and art that could grow with them into adulthood. For Iris, named after Brett's grandmother, she chose a yummy, delicate pink — Frosted Petal by Benjamin Moore— and for Jay, named after his father and nicknamed after his paternal grandfather, she selected Borrowed Light by Farrow and Ball. The side by side spaces look so beautiful together. Iris's big girl statement pieces are an iconic "Gerrie Bed" named after the late grande dame of New Orleans interior design, Gerrie Bremermann, and a fabulous lighting fixture from Scout Design Studio in Dallas. When Jay moves from his Crate & Barrel crib, it will be to a roomy Casita Dallas daybed with built-in storage and Sandra Jordan prima alpaca upholstery. An Alexander Calder print sitting above the mantle and a George Dureau painting above the bed are two works of art that he will never outgrow.
It doesn't get more sentimental than seeing things you loved and cherished as a child in your own baby daughter's room. Brett grew up with the whimsical suite of hand decorated furniture — a charming painted table, a chest of drawers covered in flowers, and a doll house complete with storybook shutters, window boxes, and gardens. Other sweet handcrafted touches include an "Iris" basket toted back from Jamaica and a Burton Designs ceramic bowl topped with pink posies from Hazelnut. In Jay's room, furry forest and jungle friends pop up in stuffed animals, toys, and colorful art from Hazelnut. It's adorable to watch these two little bffs play for hours in both rooms, and I can't wait to see how their classic décor matures with them over the years. And who knows? We may see Brett's childhood furniture appear again in future generations.
This article appeared in the August 2021 Issue of Adore Magazine.