soothing nursery moodboard

As I mentioned yesterday, my goal is to update the nursery without exerting a lot of energy (I don't have much to give at this point!) and without spending an exorbitant amount of money. I'd also like to soften the space up a bit and make it more soothing and calming for a new baby. I've allowed myself to modify the following items: curtains, rug, bed linens, wall art, and accessories. I'm hoping these small changes will have a big impact on the space. Here's the moodboard I've created to help me get there.


1. Linen Curtains - These are from Restoration Hardware but I'll probably do custom made ones. They'll actually be less expensive than these ready-mades.

2. Lillian Crib Sheeting and Pillows - I picked up the crib sheet  from this line when I returned one of the Duvet covers that I didn't end up using for Henry's room at Pottery Barn Kids. I like the quilted sham as well.

3. Dash and Albert Yacht Stripe Woven Rug - This will be the most expensive addition to the room ($284 for a 6 x 9 rug) but I also think it will have the most impact.

4.Wooden Elephant Toys - She's going to need a few new toys of her own and I love this dark grey elephant!

5. Sheepskin - I admit that these are one of my go-to items for immediately changing a room. They add a lovely, soft texture and are perfect for babies to lie on. Plus, I already own an extra one!

6. Booties, shoes, dresses and hats - Baby clothes are so adorable they can easily double as room decoration. I'll probably put a few of the really gorgeous items people have already passed along to me out on display.

7. Baskets - For dirty laundry and anything else you don't want to look at. I love that this one has a lid.

8. Serena & Lily Sumba Stool - I remember when I was breast feeding Henry that it was nice to have something to put your feet up on while you were in the rocking chair. I think this woven grass stool would work nicely.

9. Inke Heiland Wallpaper Elephant - This will probably be my solution to the large holes that will be left in the wall once I remove the Ikea Lack shelf. And yes, I guess I have a bit of an elephant theme going on!

Do you think these changes will be enough to soften the room? Anything else you think might work? I'm hoping to finish off this room by next week!



updating the nursery

Some of you have been wondering what I'm going to do to update the nursery. The truth is not much! I have neither the time, patience, money or heart to change something that doesn't really need fixing. (How terribly wasteful that would be!) However, the designer in me would love to make a few small changes to the room to make it a little softer and more soothing for a new baby. I think with a couple minor variations I could make a big difference in the room. Let's start with what is staying.

Obviously, I'm not changing anything that requires a lot of labour (removing wallpaper, repainting walls) or money (the furniture). What I am willing to update is the rug (this one is currently in Henry's new room), the curtains (these are inexpensive window coverings from Ikea that don't block the light), and the bed linens.

The other big change will come on the other side of the room where we have moved the credenza from our former dining room. Installed above the credenza is an Ikea Lack shelf that has never hung perpendicularly (I blame our not so flush plaster walls). It's been a pet peeve of mine ever since it went up! I can't wait to take it down and hang something else in its place.

I'll be back tomorrow with my ideas of how to update the space quickly and inexpensively!

Image credit:
Per Kristiansen



post baby summer wardrobe

Henry was a winter baby so I spent my first few months huddled inside venturing out only when it was necessary. It was a lovely, cocooning time but there were moments when I couldn't wait to escape the house. This time around I hope to be outside enjoying the good weather and going for long walks with my little bundle. If I hadn't given away all my money to the taxman earlier this week I might be sporting something like below. If I'm lucky I might be able to afford the espadrilles!

1. Emerson Fry - 2 Button Skirt - Tiny Navy Pinstripe
2. Stella McCartney Aviators
3. Soludos Chambray Espadrilles
4. Lemlem Loomoot Skirt
5. Emerson Fry Crowned Monarch Necklace
6. Wildhagen Miss Wren Hat
7. Claire Vivier Messenger Bag - Cognac
8. Matta Miya Stripe Tunic Dress

Have you started thinking about your summer wardrobe yet? What's on your list?

henry's room - the reveal

We made it! With only a matter of weeks before baby number two arrives we managed to get Henry moved from his nursery and into his new bedroom. The other night he told me as he headed to bed that he thought his new room was really fun. I'll take that as a huge compliment coming from a three year old boy! Here it is.

I painted three of the four walls Benjamin Moore - Old Navy. The ceiling, trim and remaining wall were painted Alpine White also by Benjamin Moore. I found the antique bed with intricately carved posts of palm leaves topped with what appear to be pineapples at The Barn in Mississauga, Ontario.  For linens, I paired indigo wood-block printed pillows I found at Haveli Home with a red and white striped duvet from Nautica. On the wall, is a Stendig calendar from December 2008, the month and year that Henry was born. Awhile back, I noticed it hanging in the office of a friend of mine and I thought it would make an interesting piece of art as a reminder of the day he was born. I'm trying to think of a good way to identify the date. (I'd love to hear your suggestions!) Once I figure that out I will be probably get it framed in a shadow box of some kind.

You might recognize the kilim rug on the floor. Up until now, it has been in our front hallway. However, I thought it would work well up here so I moved it upstairs. (I'll show you what happened down in the entry way at a later date.) Also making it's way upstairs was the vintage Union Jack I found at the Christie Antique Show a couple of years back. It just seemed to fit the vertical space beside the bed so perfectly. The white ceramic garden stool is also something I've had for awhile. It works for now as a small bedside table. Rounding out the image is the Noguchi paper lantern I purchased for the room.

I covered the window in Henry's room with a wooden roman blind and then layered an Indian printed fabric over top. I made a simple curtain tieback using a length of nautical rope and a simple ring attached to the wall.

For toy and book storage, we created this stacked arrangement of vintage wooden crates. We nailed each of the crates to each other and then secured to them wall. I then filled the crates with a selection of sea-faring treasures, favorite toys and books. On the wall, is a string of old cork buoys I found at a vintage store a couple of years ago. They too seem to have finally found their home!

A close-up of the shelves. The red "X" by Leanne Shapton was given to me by my Hello! Neighbor photographer Kristin Sjaarda and the carved wooden dog bookend came from my husband's childhood bedroom.

A collection of old sporting photographs my husband has started collecting will probably fill the one white wall in the room.

Finally, finishing off the end of Henry's bed is his treasure chest. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him he has his own special box to store his found bounty! We still need to find a way to stop it from crashing down on his little fingers but I don't think it will be too hard.

I'm so happy we managed to get him moved over before his baby sister arrived. Now, I can concentrate on making the nursery  a little more feminine and getting it set up for her appearance.

I'd love to hear what you think of Henry's new room!