More than just a nursery.
One of the most exciting things about being a first time parent is planning the baby’s room. Putting together what will be (essentially) the sanctuary of your first-born child. Getting a project like this always makes me incredibly giddy. It means being able to bring a mother’s vision to life and hopefully making it everything she thought it would be, if not more. But what makes these projects so special is the time I get to spend with the soon to be mom: Getting to know her, listening to her dreams, hopes, fears, and sharing mom stories. The journey in motherhood is not easy and sometimes lonely. If we can let another mother know that she’s not alone (ever) in this journey, it may really help her during the harder days and nights. So designing a nursery doesn’t just mean meeting the needs of the baby, but also meeting the needs of the mother.
I had the pleasure of putting together this baby boy’s room and I cannot be happier with how it turned out. Light and airy, gender-neutral, and lots of natural wood tones was the goal for this magical room.
We left the walls white as this space was a rental unit and the parents preferred not to commit to a specific colour. Rather, we broke up all the whiteness with some wall decals (Urbanwalls) and made a feature wall right by the changing table.
We changed the hardware from a used dresser to match with the new crib and everything else just fell into place.
These IKEA drawers were actually meant to be floating drawers such as bedside tables but we added footings to it to create a low level table play area for the active toddler years (always thinking ahead…).
Having a place to hang all the little items that makes a mama smile is a good way to remind her of all the positive things to come. We really took advantage of the one wall that wasn’t taken up by the crib. This area will later be a place to stick family photos, artwork, and even little love notes for the little one to see while playing (have a quick read about how this helps with social and communicative development in our Functional Design blog)
One of my favourite things in this room is the incredible macramé (Saige and Skye) and custom floral ring (Posie and Pine) above the crib. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the room and the combination of the two works of art is beyond words.
This mama had an incredible collection of books for her little one. So to display them all, we hung a dollhouse on the wall to add some extra shelf storage for the books. The books can easily be exchanged out for other toys in the future. The rest of the books are in the crate box on the floor for accessibility (more on our Functional Design blog. Seriously, it’s good stuff).
When renting a space, it is imperative that things can easily be moved around. Furthermore, being in a condo means sacrificing space for location. So the goal was to create a room with multi-functional furniture that can be used not only for this temporary home, but for their future forever home. And I think we did just that.
Get the Look:
Crib: Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1 Crib (white/washnat) – Westcoast Kids
Crib sheet: Organic Bamboo Fitted Crib Sheet – Numpfer
Macrame Wall Hang – Saige and Skye
Custom Gold Ring Wall Hang – Posie and Pine
Palm Branches Wall Decals – Urbanwalls
Chunky Knit Heart Blanket – Lil Fox Shoppe
Lighting – IKEA
Rocker – Rove Concepts
Pegboard – Sprig West
Modern Baby Book – Mushybooks
Low Cabinets – IKEA
Custom Wooden Acron Garland – Coral and Cloud
Modern Kids Side Table – Wire Home
Wooden Dollhouse – IKEA