Winnie's Treasure Trove Nursery

Winnie's Treasure Trove Nursery

Nora Taylor
Nov 11, 2015

Name: Windsor —Winnie (5 months)
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Windsor's room was our home office for the last 8 years so it took some time to wrap my head around the space as a baby's bedroom. I have a little bit of ADD when it comes to interiors, having changed the office aesthetic a handful of times. I couldn't decide if I wanted Mid Century modern, cozy textural neutrals, or Scandinavian minimal. At about the fifth month of pregnancy I let go of the idea of perfection and embraced the urge to fill the room with lots of color, mixed patterns, vintage finds and some random items I've held onto over the years.

The Hatch Show print of the vintage ritz-craft camper trailer has been a constant in that room since Steve moved in with me and I knew I wanted it to be a focal in her room. I built the color palette around that piece and continued to build the outdoor/camp vibe with custom wallpaper, hand-made mobile, teepee, vintage cooler and other items.

The walls (Benjamin Moore grey), crib (Baby Letto) and rocker (Target) are all grey — our favorite color! I bought the rug off of one of my companies photoshoots - the fringe on the edges was an extra touch from the stylist.

I grew up on a farm in the most beautiful part of Minnesota - the driftless area - full of rolling hills and beautiful bluffs. I wanted to incorporate as much of the farm into Winnie's room as I could. My mom and I sourced the birch branches from the woods and wrapped them with yarn. The garland was made from felt balls that we made from leftover dyed wool off of my mom's sheep. We sculpted mobile figurines of our favorite farm animals and buildings — our dogs: Jackson & Ruby, our donkey: Libby, a teepee inspired by the one that my mom's hippie friend lived out of in the 70s on the farm, the big red barn.

There are many little treasures within the shelves in her room - vintage cards with numbers (her dad is a math teacher), an illustration of Steve, Winnie and I - decked out in plaid (a staple for her dad) and leggings (a staple for me) by my friend Heidi Schwiegert, the talented designer/illustrator behind the stationery line- Red Cruiser. A puzzle of the London transit system purchased on my most recent trend trip, books from Steve and my childhoods, a vintage cooler my parents dug out of their garage, old globes collected by her Grandpa Ralph, many great Easy finds and one of my favorite candles my company has made for Anthropologie - painted by a very talented designer on my team - the St.Bernard is our Ruby!

My favorite part of this room is the custom wallpaper that I had made on Spoonflower. The illustrations were painted by another very talented designer on my team. My old Woody is pulling vintage campers with painted canoes and paddles on top. Our dogs Jackson and Ruby are looking on sitting next to teepees. Steve promises to teach Winnie to count by counting all the Jackson and Rubies. Winnie loves to stare at the paintings while being rocked in her rocker.

All of these things come together to make this room on of my most favorite places to hang out. It gets great light and one of her windows faces the chicken coop so you can hear our girl making happy chicken noises during the day.

Thanks, April!

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