Today’s Parent named woodland and nature inspired nurseries the #1 top trend for 2017. And although I’m tickled to be starting out 2017 “on trend” without even planning it, I’m more excited to share that over the last few months, I have been working on creating a super dreamy woodland nursery room for a young, vibrant and expecting family in Waterloo region!
This whole project came together late last year, after I met a rather fabulous team of women who own and operate Sweet Kyla – a premier designer and creator of the best locally-made baby bedding in Canada. I love supporting local talent whenever I can, so the fact that this company is right here in my own backyard is just extra icing on the cake and was a match made in design heaven. There baby bedding collections are not only incredibly soft (anyone would sleep like a baby in their fabrics!), but they have a really great selection of playful prints and patterns to choose from that work great in a nursery but also easily transition as your baby grows – another topic I’ll be tackling in a future blog post.
Here’s a few shots from their design studio which I had the pleasure of touring. This place was bursting with inspiration and it was clear to see the amount of heart and passion that the whole team puts into their work and their mission. Total boss babes! It’s also nice to see a company that takes equal amounts of pride in both baby safety and customer care.
Now, planning a nursery is an extra special project for a family that is quite different than planning any other room of the home. You are allowed (and encouraged) to think a little out of the box, get a creative and create a space that is not only is an adorable room that functions for your baby, but one that you as parents can also enjoy. Reality is, you will be spending a lot of time and many late nights in there, so you better make it a comfortable one that you love to be in too. For more tips on how to plan and what to include in your own nursery space, check out Sweet Kyla’s blog.
As for my clients….. they are a young family of three who already have a 3 year-old little man who’s about to become a big bro and are expecting their second little guy to join their family in April. They fell in love with the Grey Deer collection from Sweet Kyla and so, we’ll be starting with this as the main inspiration for the nursery design while mixing in a few other complimentary prints throughout the space to create more interest aiming for a less uniform look.
Although woodland and rustic nursery’s continue to be a popular, and I’m totally loving the versatility of this theme because there are simply so many directions you can run in with it! After discussing their hopes and goals for their nursery together, my clients wanted their new son’s nursery to be a more neutral and sophisticated nursery with a dash of rustic woodland charm. Based on their needs, here is the initial vision board I created to help guide the rest of the design choices for this new little baby’s haven.
Here is a snap of the “before” closet space. The couple bought the home and moved in last July, and since, this room has been sitting untouched and has been patiently waiting for a total makeover. It was initially painted a bright baby blue with Winnie the Pooh and friends decals that danced all over the walls, and though I’m all for Winnie and friends (loved these characters when I was a kid!), it was time to say so-long to Winnie and his pot of honey.
As with any neutral space, it’s all about creating interest through lot of layers and texture. And that’s exactly what I plan to do with this new space! These elements are also highly important for a little one’s room as it provides a sense of warmth, but also encourages development.
This project has been a joy to work on so far and I think it’s simply because children bring so much joy and happiness to a home. As a designer, it’s also nice to be able to put my Minnie Mouse ears on to inject a bit of magic to a space (and we all want to believe in magic, don’t we?)!
So, stay tuned over the next few weeks to watch how I transform this room from a Winnie and friends energetic playroom into a soft, soothing and sophisticated woodland retreat for a new little baby boy, his parents and proud big brother.
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