Name: Raegan Elliette (newborn)
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I have always loved nurseries that fit into the overall feel and look of the house - but there is definitely something special about a baby's room! With our first, we wanted it to be extra special. We tried to balance meaningful with fun, sophisticated with playful, and serene with eye-catching.
I'm always inspired by natural colour palettes, vintage treasures, gold detailing, and a gender neutral, organic modern feel. Because we are renting our house we had to think carefully about how much work we wanted to put into it, but it's amazing how a fresh coat of white paint, curtains, $50 on wall moulding, and mounted wall sconces can transform a room! The rest seemed to come together from there.
My favourite pieces in the room are the treasures I found along the way, personal touches, or family heirlooms. The little lion collection from a local auction, the Israeli tambourine, the vintage persian rug from our church that we cleaned up to look new, the teak credenza passed down from our family, the wall weaving that I made while I was on bed rest for four months of my pregnancy, and the oil painting of my grandma that reminds our daughter of her long heritage of beautiful, creative and hardworking women. I also am a little obsessed with the pom pom curtains - which took just 30 minutes to detail myself! It's a fun addition to the room and I just know Raegan will love playing with them when she looks out the window.
Whether we had a girl or boy, blue is a consistent colour in our house, and it's just so classic! And with my husband being over 6 feet tall, we wanted a chair that would have some presence in the room and be comfortable to sit in (or sleep in!) Ikea's blue Standmon arm chair was a perfect fit. We paired it with West Elm's corner fringe pillow in Pale Harbour to soften it up and highlight the Max Wanger print. We added a little gold spray paint to Ikea's Vittsjo bookshelf to display some special pieces, along with her book collection.
And any room looks great with a big giant plant in it! Monstera plants are almost impossible to kill, and can withstand a lot of wear and tear (and poop).
Thanks for sharing, Nikki!