Category Archives: nurseries & kids rooms

nursery update: table & chairs

First off, thank you for the kind comments on my son’s owl themed nursery reveal!

As I mentioned in that post, there was one final element to be added to the room and that was a table and chair set.  Back in July I showed you a few toddler table and chair options we were considering for our little man. After a bit of debate on quality, design, and price, we settled on a handmade round modern table with 2 chairs by Jessica Johnson via Etsy. It was one of the more pricey sets we were looking at but the fact that it was made handmade and unique in design sealed the deal. If you browse this vendor’s online shop you’ll see that you can choose from a variety of wood stains including vibrant colours but ultimately I decided to go with a simple dark stain on the base of the table and chairs, with a light stain on top to keep with the other woods in the nursery and the overall brown and green colour scheme.

Cute isn’t it?!  Modern lines but overall a classic set that should stand the test of time.  The quality is great -very sturdy- and most importantly the little guy loves it.

If you are in the market for a toddler-size or preschool-size table and chair set, I highly recommend this Etsy shop.

(image: d.simpson)

owl themed nursery

Months ago I shared an inspiration board for my son’s nursery but I never got around to posting any final pictures for you.  Since we’re starting to think about moving him into a big boy bed in the next few months I thought I better take some nursery pictures before things get changed up. We’re already in the process of transitioning him over, starting with a toddler table + chair set (not telling which one we chose yet…but it’s arriving next week!).

Originally I had dubbed this a “green and brown themed nursery” but as the room came together a few owl prints were purchased, then owl accessories were given as gifts, …..and now it is definitely an owl-themed nursery.  I know, I know, owls are everywhere these days. I didn’t start out with the intention of using this über popular accessory, it just  happened.  Admit it – they are cute. And my son loves his “howels” and “hoo-hoos”, so that’s all that matters.

Hope you enjoyed this little nursery tour. I’m sure I’ll have an update on his toddler room sooner than I’d prefer. Sniff. Sniff.

In case you a interested, here are a few sources:

  • Crib (yes, it does look small and that’s because it is a European/mini crib, which are hard to find in Canada!) – DaVinci AnnaBelle Mini Crib, in Espresso, purchased at Baby Shack but widely available in the U.S. We also have the matching change table.
  • Paint – Benjamin Moore’s Nature Lover (CC-726).
  • Pendant LightLERAN from IKEA
  • Picture Ledges - RIBBA from IKEA
  • ChairPOANG from IKEA. This chair made a great nursing chair since it bounces easily, is wide, and the leather can be wiped down easily. I made it even more comfortable with a sheepskin throw.
  • Lumbar Pillow – from West Elm, no longer available
  • Knit Pouf – from CB2 (fyi – the first CB2 store in Canada will be opening in Toronto this November!)
  • Playmat – by Skip*Hop in Green/Brown, widely available at baby specialty stores
  • Twinkle Twinkle Owl Print – from Etsy vendor Curry on the Couch


P.S. Here are a couple outtakes from the photo shoot – blocks get strewn down the hall, the little guy wants to climb into my shot, and we all take a Kraft Dinner lunch break….

(images: d.simpson)


UPDATE: I’m taking part in the ROOMSPIRATION blog hop & link party. To view many more inspiring nurseries, click HERE and enjoy!





[room of the week] shared girls room

I’ve had this darling girl’s room in my inspiration files for ages. Today is as good as any to pull it out and share with you:

The two IKEA Minnen beds (convertible from toddler size to regular twin size) have a vintage feel and paired with the large-scaled Marimekko flower wallpaper, this room is the perfect space for a fun sleepover.

The warm colours are girly but with a predominant red/orange/brown scheme, with only dashes of pink, it’s definitely not over the top. I’d say the lucky occupant(s) of this bedroom will enjoy the space for years to come.


(image: ohdeedoh)

striped ceilings in your child’s room!

Hands up if you have white ceilings throughout your home. Hands up if you’ve never ever thought of painting them anything other than white.

I’m not judging – my hand is up too.

If there is one place in your home that you might go out on a limb and add some colour to the ceiling, why not try it your child’s room?!  After these pictures you just might be inspired to….

So fun and cheerful, no? And this is totally a DIY project, see instructions here.

(images: 1-pinterest, 2-ohdeeoh, 3- houzz, 4-elizabethsullivandesign)

eames rocker for the modern nursery

The iconic Eames rocker is a must-have for the chic modern nursery. Whether you’re going for a mid-century vibe, a clean streamlined look, or a bold geometric aesthetic, this classic rocking chair is the way to go.

Available in a wide range of colours, this chair can be incorporated into just about any chromatic scheme. Bright and vibrant (above), or neutral and calm (below).

Designed in 1948, this style of chair is also known as the RAR (rocker height, armchair shell, rocking base) was out of production for 30 years but is back now and more popular than ever.  Originally made with fiberglass-reinforced plastic, these chairs are now composed of more eco-friendly polypropylene.

The original colours were ‘Aqua Sky’ and ‘Wafer’ (similar to those shown above) but as I mentioned, it is now available in a wide spectrum of colours.  A licensed original will set you back almost $500USD but a good looking knock-off can be found at many retailers.

Now let me be straight with you Moms-to-be: this chair is all about style and not necessarily about function.  At least not in the short-run.  A nursing chair this is not!  That said, as a chair that adds a whole lotta style to the nursery, a chair that your toddler will love to climb in, and a chair you can eventually move to another room in your home, I do think you’ll get a lot of use out of it in the long-run.

(images: 1-apartment therapy,  2-decor pad, 3-alexander van berge, 4-flickr, 5-decor pad, 6-project nursery, 7-decor pad, 8-le blog)

white & bright week- nurseries & kids rooms

If you already have white walls and white furniture, don’t stress over which colour to paint the walls in your child’s room or nursery -consider keeping the room fresh and bright with white.  Neutral doesn’t mean the room will be blah.  As a matter of fact, white is a fantastic backdrop for a rainbow of colour and loads of personality.

How stimulating!


(images: 1-pinterest , 2-elizabeth sullivan design, 3-milk magazine, 4-nickey kehoe, 5-covet garden issue 1)

[etsy] decor ideas for nurseries and little kid’s rooms

Hey Moms. I know time is precious when you have one or more lil’ munchkins running around so I thought I’d save you some time and do a round-up of some super cute and affordable decor items for the kiddos.

Etsy is such an excellent source for access to fresh, creative, inspiring, handmade items and art. If you aren’t a regular already, I hope this post will inspire you to browse the online market-space and sign up for an account.

First I’ll start with all things girly:

1. Wall decal – Windy Tree Fabric Reusable Decal  ($87.00 USD) by trendypeasdecals

2. Print – Small Map of Canada ($20.00 USD) by englishmuffinshop

3. Pillow – Baby Pink and White Zebra Print ($35.00 USD) by MiCasaBella

4.  Print – You are so loved ($8.00 USD) by  jessgonacha

5.  Pom poms -  ($4.00 USD) by orangekisses …..(psst- you can totally make these yourself, just Google it!)


And for the little men in our lives:

1. Mobile – Nova Baby Mobile, in Spectrum ($68.00 USD), by thewonderlandstudio

2. Prints (set of 4) – Royal Safari Nursery Print Set – Unframed ($92.00 USD) by LeoLittleLion

3. Bunting – Vintage Little Golden Book Bunting ($30.00 USD), by collectingfeathers

4. Wall decal – Baby Zoo Lion King ($49.00 USD), by  LeoLittleLion

5. Print – Personalized ‘Big Deal’ 11.5 x 11.5 Size ($25.00 USD), by pennypeople


And for you parents who want to keep things strictly gender neutral, I’ll have a post next week just for you.

If you’d like some help decorating your nursery/child’s room or want more decor advice, feel free to contact me!



1. Nursery for a baby girl

2. [inspiration board] Green & brown nursery

3. [diy] Where did I come from map?

[diy] “where did I come from?” map

Ok, so to be upfront (in case you are looking for real advice), I’m not helping you answer the REAL “where did I come from?” question.  Ha! I have a few more years before my son starts asking about that.  Rather, I am sharing a little project I did for my son’s room, showing where exactly he came from – on the map.  And since I’m being honest, I should also say that I am not a real DIY’er.  It is more of something I admire from afar.  Not that I don’t appreciate the skill, creativity, and perseverance of DIY’ers, I do! I follow a number of DIY blogs on a daily basis (especially home reno ones), it’s just that I just don’t have the time, nor space.  So this project is an exception.

Here are a few images that inspired this project….

As a child, my sister and I had a huge map book and we would pore over it for hours, quizzing each other on all the American capitals (funny enough, I don’t remember looking at Canada). Maps are cool. And a great learning tool.

Since I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of cash on a giant map or wallpaper, my map project is scaled down in size. Anyway, isn’t saving $$ a major goal of DIY?  I already had an IKEA RIBBA frame (16″x20″) that was sitting around and while I was making an Etsy purchase for something else, I noticed this shop also sold vintage maps of Canada for only $5.00.  Score. $5.00 was the total cost of my project!

To give some real meaning to this project, I decided to use only maps that had meaning to our little family.  I made a collage using the whole map of Canada, the map of Alberta (where my man was born), the map of Ontario (where my son and I were born), and a snapshot of Montreal (where my man and I met in University).

20 minutes later I was done.  Easy! DIY is not so bad after all.

What do we think?

Now, if you aren’t into DIY but you’d like to add a small map to your child’s room, I would highly recommend checking out the Montreal-based Etsy shop English Muffin Prints & Posters.

Or if you want to go big, you could always pick up this large canvas from IKEA (78.74″x55″).

I’m not quite ready to debut the photos of my son’s room but stay tuned. For now, you can check out my inspiration board here.

(images: 1-lonny, 2-cox&cox, 3-kids room decor, 4- remodelista, 5&6-me, 7-english muffin)

nursery for a baby girl

A couple weeks ago I shared a nursery design board I made for a recent project. Today I am pleased to show you some photos of the finished room!  Initially, the design of this nursery was gender neutral. My clients didn’t know whether they were having a baby girl or baby boy, so the main elements chosen would suit either gender.  The starting point was the artwork, which I found via the nursery of a friend.

{How darling are those little babies? A wee girl AND boy!}

So with this colourful and modern piece of art chosen, we decided to keep the pale blue colour in the office (now nursery), which we had originally chosen several years back when my client moved into their home.

As for the furniture, we went with solid hardwood made by College here in Canada (though rumour has it some of their lines will soon be coming from China). Some good features of this line are (1) the dresser/changer can be used for years down the road since once the change pad is removed, it simply looks like a great modern bedroom piece, (2) the dresser has tons of storage, and (3) the crib converts to a double bed.  Tip – when selecting furniture and accessories for your nursery, consider that your newborn won’t be an infant for long! Think long-term and select pieces that can grow with your child.

Although this room started out as gender neutral, I had a few errands to run once the baby (girl!) was born.  I accessorized with a few hits of pink (rug, pillows, etc.) that can be taken into her big girl room once the nursery is needed for the ‘next one’.  No pressure guys.

Just kidding. This wasn’t their office.  But I did a very bad thing and forgot to take a “Before” shot.  You get the point – it used to be a home office  and now it is this serene nursery….


1. Crib & dresser, Offspring by College, available at baby retailers across Canada

2. Glider, Dutalier, available at baby retailers across Canada

3. Side table, Martini by West Elm

4. Shelves, Ekby by IKEA

5. Artwork, Birds in a Tree by Dwell Studio, available at baby retailers across Canada

6. Pendant, BLVD Interiors

7. Mirrors, DeSerres

8. Rug, custom, available at baby retailers across Canada

9. Toy bag, Three Sprouts, available at baby retailers across Canada

10. Accessories, most from Home Sense

(images: 1-Short & Sweet Photography, all others by me)

[room of the week] floral nursery

This week’s Room of the Week is a darling little nursery in NYC.  Featured in the latest issue of the oh-so-fabulous RUE magazine, Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 is the designer (and mum) behind this lovely space. (You should also check out the rest of her home!)

I really like how feminine (but not babyish) and contemporary the space feels thanks to the combination of the traditional floral wallpaper and the modern streamlined furniture. I am also drawn to the small painting of the two little girls on the feature wall, it reminds me of the fabled Anne & Diana (yes, of Green Gables), though I know the blond should be a brunette. And how about that mini Philippe Starck ghost chair?  How cute is that?  Overall, this truly sweet space will grow along with the lucky little occupant.

(images: Nicole Cohen)