My Room: Ava

Ottawa, ON

Shannon says it was hard to know when to stop decorating her daughter Ava's room, but we think she stopped at just the right point. Charming and sweet with lots of visual interest: I wanted something cozy and calm – but not too serious. Children always love birds and butterflies (Ava likes seagulls, go figure) and their silhouettes are simple and pretty. So that’s where the idea for the mural came from.

I know it’s old-school, but I still love a neutral palette and funky accents.

The chair and the credenza came with the house when we purchased it five years ago. The credenza was a utility piece built by the previous owner with plywood and faux paneling. I painted the base white, wallpapered and painted the doors, and added the handles. It does a great job of holding all the diapers, wipes, blankets – you name it. The chair was slated for donation by the previous owners, but I asked to keep it. It’s comfy – and perfect for nursing.

I bought the rug at HomeSense. It’s sweet and seems to hide stains pretty well so far.

Months before Ava was born I had cut out the bird stencils and painted the mural on her wall. The wallflowers above her bed are from Umbra, and just happened to coordinate perfectly with the mural.

One of my favourite things in the room is the pair of Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal prints (from Berkley Illustration) that I found on Etsy. Not only were they cute, but they remind me of a pair of cardinals that had nested in a tree just outside Ava’s window this spring. We literally watched as the little birdies left the nest. I thought I was busy with Ava until I saw those cardinals toiling away for their brood.

I loved the simplicity of the Oeuf crib, but didn’t have the budget. Luckily, I have a very talented father who always loves a new woodworking project. The crib sheet, quilt and curtains I sewed myself.

The only issue I ever had with Ava’s room was figuring out where to stop. There are so many sweet little tchotchkes, fabrics and toys out there, I had to make a conscious effort to stop adding and just let the room be. It’s her room after all!

Thanks Shannon and Ava!

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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