Halle's Treasured Nursery

Halle's Treasured Nursery

Katie Steuernagle
Oct 17, 2011

Name: Halle (2 months)
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Room Size: 10' x 10'

When we first stumbled onto Halle's nursery, we immediately fell in love with this sweet but modern space. The large windows on the sloped walls bathe the room in warm sunshine, and the yellow and turquoise accents are beautiful stand outs against the clean, white backdrop. But what's really special in this room is the details. The wicker chair sat in the nursery of Halle's mom, Kerry. The tiny shoes sitting atop a stack of Beatrix Potter books were worn by Halle's grandfather. And the wooden puppy plaques were actually made by Halle's great-great-grandfather and originally hung in her grandfather's own nursery. There's definitely a lot of history and a lot of love layered into this room.

What was your inspiration in designing this room? When decorating Halle's nursery, our very first purchase was her brown bedding. Once I had that I knew I wanted to incorporate turquoise and yellow, and the fabric used on her curtains was my jumping off point. Using that fabric, everything else just seemed to fall into place perfectly. Really, I just knew that I wanted a room that was girly, but not too girly. I just wasn't feeling a pink and frilly nursery for our baby.

Was giving up your master bedroom a difficult decision to make? Deciding to give up our master bedroom was easy. Both bedroom's in our home are roughly the same size, and we had been planning to move into the other room for a while before we found out we were pregnant. The second bedroom had my larger closet in it, and it was also time to sell our old bed frame. I was thrilled to move rooms and was excited when my pregnancy got the long awaited project of a new bedroom, moving along.

What is your favorite part of the room? It's so hard to pick one part of the room that is my favourite. It's such a small space, and I really just love all of it. I guess if I absolutely had to choose it would be the dresser. We gave that old dresser new life, and it turned out so much better than I had envisioned it. It's such a happy piece and adds so much colour to the room, which was my plan the whole time.

You have some very special family heirlooms in this room. Can you tell us about them? My favourite piece in the room that was passed down has to be the wicker chair. That chair was in my nursery when I was a baby, and right through until I was a child. My parents kept it and offered it to us when I was designing the room. I was thrilled not only with the sentimental value of it, but also for the fact that the white wicker, and the scale of the piece worked perfectly in the room (and it saved us a ton of time and money).

I also have a pair of my father's baby shoes that were given to me by my Aunt at my Baby shower. She must've had them in among things that she got from my Nana when she passed away in 2007. It's so special to me to have this part of my father's childhood.
On the gallery wall, there are some small wooden plaques with puppies on them that my parents gave to us. From what they have told me, my Great-Grandfather made these and they once hung in my father's own nursery. I never met my Great-Grandfather, so having these to hang in Halle's nursery is very special to me.

What was your biggest challenge in designing this room? The biggest challenge for me was probably the space. The room isn't very big and having the sloped ceiling's on either side meant coming up with the best possible furniture configuration to make the best use of the space. I always pictured the crib on the side of the room that it ended up on, so it only made sense to put the dresser opposite. The small nook behind the door worked perfectly for her bookshelves and huge book collection. As much as the size and shape of the room challenged us, once we started putting everything into the room, it all really just fell into place. One tweak we've made is that the dresser is now pulled out further into the room to accommodate for head room when changing baby. No one needs to be smacking heads off ceilings during a nighttime or early morning diaper change...

You obviously have a very handy family. Can you tell us about some of the DIY projects? We tried to DIY as much as we could in this room - from her dresser right down to the mobile that hangs over her crib.

The dresser we had pulled from the garbage area behind our old apartment before we moved into our home. We had given it new life in our home, but when we found out we were pregnant, we knew it would be the perfect piece to fix up (again) and add to the nursery. We sanded and primed it, and then painted it in CIL's Thai Teal, before adding Anthropologie knobs to the drawers, and lining them with vintage wallpaper I had in my office.

The curtains were old white tabbed panels that we had received with the house. They were too short for main floor windows, and too long for either bedroom. When I found the fabric for the nursery, I asked my Mom if she could had panels to the top and bottom of the curtains, and create pocket panels instead of tabs. My Mom is an incredible seamstress and the work she did on these curtains is fantastic. Personally, I think they are the star of the room.

The bookcases behind the door were made b my father, who is a carpenter and all around handyman. I got the inspiration from something I had seen on Martha Stewarts website. I showed him the picture and gave him creative reign of the project, and he did such an incredible job!

The mobile I did myself using an embroidery hoop, fishing line, styrofoam balls, fabric and my glue gun. It took quite a while, but it was so worth it... especially now when I see our little girl smiling and cooing at it.

We also have some beautiful toys and picture frames that my mother-in-law made using the receiving blankets that match the bedding.
We love having so many pieces in that room that were created out of love by those that love our little girl. It makes her nursery that much more special!

Source List:
Hamper: HomeSense
Area Rug: HomeSense
Chair Cushions: HomeSense
• Elephant Ottoman: Reiner's Original
Crib: Wal-Mart
Bedding: Dwell Studio for Target
ABC I love You Print: Pink Peacock Designs
Owl Hanging: Hilary Cosgrove @ Toronto One of a Kind Show

Thank you for sharing Halle's beautiful nursery, Kerry! Check out Kerry's blog, First Time Fancy, for more details and beautiful pictures including the awesome turquoise dresser makeover.

(Images: Kerry/First Time Fancy)

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