Harper's "It Started With Fabric" Nursery

Harper's "It Started With Fabric" Nursery

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Carrie McBride
Mar 28, 2015

Name: Harper (1 month)
Location: Toronto, Ontario

Long before Daniel and I even knew were going to have a child, we found and fell in love with a cotton fabric adorned with woodland creatures and foliage, so we bought 2.5 yards of it to have on hand just in case. A year and a half later that fabric became the inspiration for Harper's colourful nursery.

Out of the fabric I made curtains, a pillow, and an ottoman, and then we bought or crafted everything else to complement them. The one challenge we faced throughout the design process was the small size of the room: at 11' by 11' its dimensions required that every item of furniture be carefully selected and serve a distinct purpose.

The first decision we made, after the fabric, was the room's colour. We wanted something bright, cheery, and gender-neutral, so we opted for Benjamin Moore's creamy orange. Then we purchased two splurge pieces, both at a discount. We bought a used Stokke Sleepi crib (currently in its mini size) and the floor model of a Monte Como glider.

Finally we filled out the room with a number of items that I either handmade or hacked in some way: a mobile constructed out of yarn, felt, cork, and paper; an IKEA side table topped with Japanese handmade paper and custom cut glass; and a collection of generic fiberboard shelves made interesting by being covered with adhesive rice paper window film, trimmed with painted or stained wood, and hung on the wall in a visually dynamic configuration.

Thanks, Corinn and Daniel!

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