Elouan’s Heirloom Chic Nursery

Elouan’s Heirloom Chic Nursery

Jackie Boucher
Apr 22, 2011

Name: Elouan
Age: 9.5 months
Location: Montréal, Québec
Room Size: 9' x 14'

Elouan's room started with a slate grey room, a Great Uncle's armoire and some botanical vintage wallpaper. After some expert sleuthing through garage sales and second hand stores this vintage chic treasure of a nursery came to fruition. We asked Luce to answer a few questions about the process of designing her son's heirloom inspired nursery.

What was your inspiration for the room?
We wanted a room that was contemporary, somewhat offbeat and definitely vintage/heirloom. We started with what we already had, which was a slate grey bedroom and worked from that color which we love. Even though it's quite a dark hue, we were sure we could make it work by adding whimsical elements to it. Years ago, I'd purchased a beautiful botanical 30s wallpaper in New York at Second Hand Rose. Not knowing exactly what I would eventually do with it then, we decided to use it in the nursery which spurred the colors and the general feel of the room. Everything was pieced together around the color and the wallpaper.

Before starting, what did you know you wanted to include, for sure?
We have a big wood armoire which used to belong to my favorite uncle who passed away and left it to me. It's one of my favorite pieces from my family and I wanted my son to grow up using it and living with it. We also knew we wanted to have the grey medical cabinet, which to me is such a nice piece of commercially designed furniture that adds just so much caracter to the room.

What is your favourite element in the room?
Definitely the wallpaper! It gives me joy every time I enter my son's bedroom.

And your biggest indulgence?
Also the wallpaper! I know I tend to harp on about it, but I'm so in love with this pattern! It was quite expensive when I bought it, but I just somehow knew that it would be put to good use. And it is!

How is the room similar or different from the rest of the house?
The style is quite similar to the rest of the house. I've been collecting family pieces and really good antiques for 10 years, slowly building a look that I love, which is modern yet warm. The baby's room blends in perfectly with the rest of our house.

Were there any surprises? Good or bad?
My mother and I decided to hang the wallpaper together. It's quite a differe