My Room: Sage

Toronto, CA

I think Sage's room is one many of us, old and young alike, would love to live in. Joelle shares: As soon as I found out I was pregnant with our little girl, I realized that my home office (and headquarters of my graphic design firm) would need to be converted into a nursery! However we were on a pretty tight budget, so we implemented many of the elements ourselves. A lot of the room is actually DIY which made it a really fun and satisfying project, and resulted in a room full of personal touches.After much deliberation about the paint colour (Is pink too cliche? Or is a soothing taupe too blah for a baby?) we decided to go with a really pale yellowy-beige colour that looks like filtered sunlight - Benjamin Moore's Almond Bisque (CC-280) which is really warm and lovely and we were going to pair it with pink accents. But then I spied the cutest little turquoise dresser on Craigslist. That cute little dresser, my friends, changed my entire design plan! I said bye bye to the pink accents, and instead went with a turquoise and yellow colour scheme! Or 'goldenrod and robin's egg' if you want to be all fancy!

For the crib bedding, I made my own crib skirt with from Tonic Living. I didn't actually make the blanket and crib sheet though - they are from Pongo Baby. But I did paint the owl and framed it with an IKEA Ribba frame.

Last year we babysat at a friend's house and they had the most comfortable, cushy glider ever! I swore that I would get the same one, and so we did! That was our only splurge in this room and it was a good one. Many an hour have been spent in that chair already, rocking and nursing the babe.

I created the 'You Are My Sunshine' print to add some colour to the shelf, and it's now available in my Etsy shop, inBloom Boutique. The doll was sewn by my great grandmother! And the little dress is something I made a few years ago - I just mounted it onto a canvas.

The chandelier was on sale from Canadian Tire for $50 - down from $80. But it was gray with pink crystals, so I spray painted it yellow and found the clear crystals on clearance from Rona.

The lamp and side table were cheapy cheapies from HomeSense, and the flower pot was an old one that I spray painted blue to match the decor. The plant is, believe it or not, a cutting from a plant that was in my own baby nursery - yes, the plant is still alive and kicking. And I decided to give the side table a bit of a sprucing, and so painted a chevron pattern on top for fun.

For artwork in the room, my sister bought me this awesome wooden laser cut alphabet from Toronto's own Bookhou. It's gorgeous! But the colour of the wood blended so perfectly into the wall colour that you literally couldn't see it. I decided to cover a canvas with burlap, and mount the alphabet on top to make it stand out. And my favourite piece in the room is a collage from my friend Céleste Gagnon, a children's book illustrator. It is so delicate and beautiful and so perfect for the nursery - I love to stare at it!

Here she is - the little turquoise dresser from Craigslist that changed the original plan for the room! We use it as a change table too. Above I 'framed' fabric scraps using embroidery hoops - cheap and easy. Sage loves to stare at the colours and patterns when I change her!

Thanks Joelle! Readers, in addition to her Etsy shop, you can find Joelle at her design studio, inBloom Studio.

(Images: Joelle Segal, inBloom Studio)

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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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