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!


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  1. Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    So beautiful Emma! it looks perfect. Good luck. Sending positive mommy wishes your way.

  2. Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, Emma – it’s beautiful!! I love how it turned out, you guys are going to be so happy in that room :) Good luck!!

  3. Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

    This is so beautiful Emma, calm and soft and summery.

  4. Danae
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    Absolutely lovely.

  5. Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    So sweet! And as I have learned it is very important to have a nursery that the parents, particularly the mom, enjoy. You end up spending so much time in there, especially if you breast feed.

    Good luck bringing baby girl into the world. I hope all goes well!

  6. Posted May 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

    Emma – the room looks fantastic!!! I personally love that you didn’t do a 100% facelift. It was so gorgeous and gender neutral before. The elephant is my favourite, I think!

    I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and that your baby girl is here soon!

  7. Kim
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    Nicely done, Emma. What a difference a rug can make!

  8. atclenk
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

    looks lovely. best wishes for an easy and healthy delivery!!

  9. Posted May 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM | Permalink

    Super serene and cute. Nice use if textures and a soft palatte. Enjoy your new love and good luck on the delivery.

  10. Posted May 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    It’s so beautiful and calming!

  11. Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

    Great job! I’m always so impressed with how you pull it all together and how every nook is so thoughtfully treated. I’m crazy about the wallpaper elephant and all the cute linen dresses. Congrats on the new addition to your family!

  12. Wilson
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

    Where did you get the changing table??

  13. Posted May 25, 2012 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

    I love the textures and how peaceful it feels. she is going to be so loved! congrats :)

  14. Posted May 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

    So sweet. And I still love that Tord Boontje garland light after all these years.

  15. Posted May 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    @WIlson – The change table is from Nurseryworks.

  16. nicole
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 5:40 PM | Permalink

    Just lovely. I know what you mean about baby things being beautiful design objects. Long before I had a baby of my own I’d cruise through Kol Kid on a weekly basis and buy decorative things for our home. I think the owner got quite the chuckle out of me (or perhaps I made her nervous?). Anyway, I wish you the best of luck as you get to know and love your new baby!

  17. Posted May 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

    Lovely nursery room. I love the elephant made with pastel flowers. It is a very soft and relaxing room. Your baby will love it! I am so excited for you and your family. Best wishes and take care.

  18. Posted May 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM | Permalink

    Just beautiful. I did the tree for my sons nursery.. not as nice as yours as I painted it and used vintage wallpaper for the leaves but the one you have was my inspiration.

    Stunning room , she will be one happy little lady x

  19. janet bailey
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

    Lovely room, Emma! She’ll sleep so peacefully in there! xo

  20. sharon
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 8:59 PM | Permalink

    Hi Emma, the room looks beautiful particularly with the sweet cream and white outfits hung on the hooks. As for the elephant did you order the large or small elephant? I loved the scale you used.

  21. Mary Anne P
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM | Permalink

    Hi Emma, The nursery is so lovely, serene, tactile and comfortable. Looking forward to meeting your new baby girl soon! Take care of yourself xoxo

  22. Posted May 25, 2012 at 9:52 PM | Permalink

    @sharon -I picked the tree up at a store here in Toronto. I’m not sure if it is considered large or small. It measures about 4 feet tall.

  23. Susan
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 12:32 AM | Permalink

    Lovely, but styled for a magazine. Where does one walk?

  24. Posted May 26, 2012 at 6:13 AM | Permalink

    Emma, it looks wonderful! I have been eyeing that same elephant wallpaper design for over our son’s crib but haven’t made the leap yet. Did you find it easy to put on? And did you get the small one or the large one?

  25. Cathy
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    How peaceful and relaxing your nursery is. I like how you have refreshed the room and not gone so overboard. This is a nursery that will be used not just looked at.

  26. Posted May 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    @Kiana – It was fairly easy to put on. Having two people do it would definitely be easier so one person can line up the seams while the other smooths it down. I wasn’t aware they came in two sizes – someone else also asked me that. This one is about 4 feet high by about 4 feet wide.

  27. Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Permalink


    This is such a beautiful baby’s room! Congratulations :)


  28. Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

    Look so cozy! Love what you’ve done. Once again Congratulations!

  29. Lisa
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

    What a beautiful room!!!

    May I ask where you got the sheepskin rug? I have seen them at Ikea, but they seem so small in comparison to yours.

    Thank you!

  30. Leanne
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    So lovely! The rug and stool look absolutely perfect (and I may have to copy). Where did you find the undercrib storage baskets?

  31. Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM | Permalink

    This sheepskin rug we bought at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. You’re right it’s a bit bigger than the Ikea one.

  32. Posted May 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM | Permalink

    @Leanne – The baskets are from West Elm.

  33. Posted May 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM | Permalink

    Lovely room. Is that crib as narrow as it looks? I love those woven boxes underneath it.

  34. Posted May 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM | Permalink

    It looks very calm and peaceful Emma. Good job! Love that elephant on the wall!

  35. Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM | Permalink

    @Victoria B Beyer – it’s a regular size crib!

  36. Posted May 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

    It’s beautiful !!!

  37. Posted May 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    WOW! this is the perfect nursery. the change table is my fave. i have to look it up.
    all the best wishes for the arrival of your baby girl.

  38. Lindsay
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM | Permalink

    This room is amazing! Do you mind me asking where you got the crib?

  39. Posted May 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    @Lindsay – The crib is by Nurseryworks and we bought it at Ella & Elliott in Toronto.

  40. Posted May 31, 2012 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    Your baby is one lucky gal! gorgeous room.

  41. Ali
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

    Hi Emma, how did you do that tree wallpaper? I absolutely love it. any guidance appreciated. have boy/ girl twins coming in late August :)

  42. how2home
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    this is such a beautiful nursery, soft and calming. where did you purchase the wallpaper tree, its really beautiful!

  43. Posted June 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    I bought it at Ella & Elliot in Toronto.

  44. Posted June 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM | Permalink

    EMMA! What a stunning nursery – your little girl is likely LOVING IT! Hope you are enjoying the early days and getting a little sleep :P All the best,

  45. decoguy
    Posted June 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM | Permalink

    Im loving this room, its very pretty and very suitable for a beautiful baby girl =) I wanted to ask you about the wall picture that is beside the crib, I am loving the different texture in there, definitely very different from the standard wall papers. Where is it from?

  46. Posted June 22, 2012 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    Lovely! I love the credenza in there. Just the perfect mix of softer, crisper, light, and colour.

  47. Posted June 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    I’m in desperate need of some baby room inspiration. This room is so soothing and beautiful!

  48. Ngaire
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 6:54 AM | Permalink

    I love it but would love to know how you did the wall paper tree, it looks gorgeous and I want to copy it ASAP!!!

  49. Posted July 5, 2012 at 2:26 AM | Permalink

    Beautiful and peaceful,love it!!

  50. Posted July 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

    Gorgeous nursery! Where is the dachshund from in the first pic?

  51. Lauren
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM | Permalink

    I love this nursery! Where did you purchase that lovely tree wall decal? Thank you!

  52. Posted January 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    @Lauren – The tree mural is by Inke Heiland.

  53. Zanicca
    Posted March 1, 2014 at 2:41 AM | Permalink

    I love the tree decal. Where can I buy one?

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