nursery is ready!

I think this might be the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle. The nursery is updated and ready - all we need now is the baby! You might remember that I wanted to freshen up the nursery without exerting a lot of energy or money. My goal was to soften the room and make it a soothing, calming place for both me and my newborn. I think I achieved that! {Here's the before photo for reference.)

The most dramatic change I made to the nursery was the purchase of this new striped cotton kilim by Dash & Albert. It's soft underfoot and on the eyes. I also opted for some warm grey curtains in heavy linen to replace the thin, cotton drapes I had there before. I made up the crib in simple white linens from Virginia Johnson and Pottery Barn. {And yes, I am well aware that bumper pads are not recommended for newborns! No worries they will be coming down before any baby sleeps in that crib. I just wanted to get an idea of what they would look like.}

As a treat to myself, I purchased a woven rattan pouf from Serena & Lily. I'm looking forward to having somewhere to put my feet up when I'm breastfeeding in the rocking chair.

On the wall opposite the crib I removed the Ikea Lack shelf that never hung straight and replaced it with this Inke Heiland wallpaper elephant. You'll notice that our white oak credenza works quite well in this room which is a good thing as this is the only wall in the rest of the house it fits along!

Most of the small details in the room like these sweet booties and soft animals have come from generous friends and family. Decorating with baby items is inherently easy because these pieces are in and of themselves delicate and lovely.

Finally, all of Henry's plaid, blue button-up shirts have been replaced with cream and white dresses for now. I certainly hope the ultrasound technician got it right when she told me I was having a girl!

Okay, baby we're ready for you now - come on out and meet the world!


new kilim rug in hallway

You might remember that I told you a few weeks ago that we had a new kilim rug in our hallway due to the old one being moved up to Henry's room. New is probably not the right word as this carpet has been lying around in our basement for at least a year or so waiting for its rightful home. I actually purchased all three of the kilim rugs in our house (there's one in Henry's room , one in the dining room, and now this one in the hallway) at the same time at the St Lawrence Antique Market in Toronto. I paid just over $300 for all of them - an absolute steal - if you ask me.

This rug is a bit more vibrant than the one than use to reside here. However, I'm finding it really brings out the colours in the stained glass transom above our front door. I find myself delighting in its cheerfulness every time I walk down the stairs.

And here is a little before shot to remind you of what the hallway looked like with the other kilim rug.

A welcome change! Wouldn't you agree?

Image Credits:
1 - The Marion House Book
2 - Kristin Sjaarda