Carter's Sweet Secondhand Nursery

My Room

Name: Carter John
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada

With Carter being our second child, I felt less inclined to spend a fortune, and more inclined to find ways to create a beautiful space on a budget. I wanted to keep the major pieces neutral and accent the room with colours and childlike details.

I was inspired by photos of my husband and I throughout our childhoods - Raggedy Andy, Curious George, Little Golden Books, Pinwheels etc - vintage 70's and 80's styles. I scoured the web for inspiration, and delighted in crafting most of the art elements in this room, by hand. I bought most of the furniture secondhand, and used the glider I bought for Carter's big brother's nursery (splurge).

My favourite part of the space is the little reading/play area I've created for my first son. The boys are only 18 months apart, so it was really important to me that Jack felt like a part of the new baby's life and space.

I tackled several DIY projects in Carter's room. I wanted two-toned dressers to match the crib, but wasn't willing to shell out Carter's education fund. I got two Ikea Malm dressers (secondhand!) and covered the drawer fronts using walnut print contact paper. It was super easy to do, and looks very convincing. For the ottoman, I bought one secondhand for $10 and made a slipcover out of a coordinating fabric I found on clearance. I also made the mobile from a purchased photomobile kit by making paper spheres from scrapbook paper and brads.

Furniture:
• Glider: EQ3 Karbon (pulled from big brother's nursery)
• Crib: Status Mod (from IKEA - only "new" piece in the room)
• Dressers/Shelves: IKEA Malm (2nd hand off Kijijii)

Thanks Misty!

(Images: Misty Pictures)

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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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