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

April 4, 2011 1 comment

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!

 

 

RELATED POSTS:

1. Nursery for a baby girl

2. [inspiration board] Green & brown nursery

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

lighting for everyone in the family

March 7, 2011 Leave a comment

I am supposed to be sourcing furniture, accessories, fabric, and lighting for a school project.  However, I’ve been procrastinating for more than an hour by looking at way more lighting than I need to.  But I can’t help it!  I’ve come across too many amazing light fixtures that I can’t stop admiring. And now I’ve decided to take a full break  to do a quick post on my favourite finds.  I’ve chosen one for each member of my family…

For my son: Spectrum Pendant Shade from Urban Outfitters, $69

For me: Etch Pendant by Tom Dixon from Design Within Reach, $375

For my man: Chandelier by Lindsey Adelman, *$

I’m not sure he would necessarily want this pendant if he saw it in a retail store (even though I know it is amazing) BUT Lindsey Adelman provides down-loadable instructions on how to make this yourself so he did say he would be interested in making it for me!  (check out a finished version over at The Brick House).  *The cost is only the parts.

And finally, for our dog Lucy: Begging Buddy Lamp by Offi, available today at Zulily for $41.99


[diy] “where did I come from?” map

February 22, 2011 2 comments

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

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

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….

Sources:

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

February 3, 2011 2 comments

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)

[inspiration board] baby girl’s nursery

January 10, 2011 1 comment

I recently completed a nursery project and I thought I’d to share a bit of the design process with you. My client’s wanted to convert their small home office (8’8″x8’2″) into a nursery for their little bun in the oven.  Wishing to keep the gender a surprise for everyone including themselves, I was asked to make this space gender neutral until the little one was born.  The advantage of doing so, was that all the major expenditures (furniture and art) would be usable for the next time ’round.  As soon as the little one was born (a girl!) I added some feminine accessories.

Here are some of the design elements we discussed during the initial consultation:

Once my client and I had decided on a design direction for the nursery (modern but not stark), I came up with this design board for the nursery.  (rug + pillows added after the birth)

Stay tuned for the second installment of this posting, where I reveal the final nursery!

[inspiration board] green & brown nursery

December 13, 2010 1 comment

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on my son’s new nursery.  I am taking inspiration for the room from a fun green/brown/gray foam play mat I purchased.  I want to keep things in a natural palette, working with the espresso crib and changer he already has. To do so, I am using soft greens, browns, and whites.  To warm things up, I’ll add some wicker and linen accessories. I have settled on the room colour and that will be Benjamin Moore’s ‘Nature Lover‘. I’d like this room to grow with him and not be too babyish, so I have chosen a few owl accents.  It’s not done yet but for now, here is a preview of my design board….