“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy” – Juan Montoya
A soft and soothing palette with a splash of colour, little woodland details sprinkled around the room and a whole lot of love for a new little addition to the family are what make this room so incredibly special.
If you’ve been following along over the past few months, you’ll know that I’ve been working on a very special nursery project for a young expecting family with my friends over at Sweet Kyla – Canadian designers of premium baby bedding and nursery décor that is lovingly made.
I’m happy to say that the family’s new additional has arrived and the soft and sophisticated woodland nursery I designed with the family is all set for the littlest bear and his tribe to enjoy. Welcome to the world Baby Bryson!
With the help of Ashley from Yellow Brick Road Photography, we were able to capture some special moments of Baby B, his beautiful mother and proud older brother in his new nursery space. Let me forewarn you that these photos may cause non-stop smiling, a tear or two and an uncontrollable load of warm and fuzzies!
The family wanted a woodland nursery theme without going full blown rustic. So, I kept the design fresh, airy and modern by adding little woodland details throughout the room to compliment the bedding they chose from Sweet Kyla that still stuck to the theme in a soft and subtle way. For an unconventional twist, we mix-n-matched the Simply Navy, Grey Deer and Aquila collections from Sweet Kyla and the results are pretty fabulous! The blue triptych mountain art set was a major jumping off point that set the stage for the rest of the nursery design.
As this family was expecting their second child, I not only wanted this experience to be exciting for the parents, but I wanted it to be special and memorable for big brother too. So, what better way to do this then to get their eldest son involved in the room makeover! I tasked big brother with making a special piece of art that he could hang up in his little brothers room. He must have loved this idea a lot because on the day of the photography session, I asked him if he remembered when he painted the picture for his little brother and he said to me “Yeah I do, I’ve been thinking about it allllll day!”. Kids seriously do say the darn cutest things! Not only is his piece of art the perfect addition to the nursery space, but it also holds a lot of meaning as it was made with love from one brother to another.
For an added surprise, I got to tackle their closet which was an amazing size for a nursery (and will certainly come in handy as this little one grows – you can never really have enough storage!). They already had some shelving build in and I used Sweet Kyla’s storage baskets and hampers to help organize and optimize the storage space even further. These catch-all baskets are really great for storing anything from diapers, lotions and wipes, extra blankets and bibs… you name it. Giving items a “home” in a room will also help keep clutter under control.
As a designer, you often get to spend a lot of time getting to know the families you work with, which kind of makes you feel like you are a part of the family for a short while. This family was incredibly fun to work with, open to ideas and even weren’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty with some DIY projects. Thank you Richia and family for inviting me into your home to help you create a dreamy nursery for your little man. I hope you love your nursery as much as I loved helping create it for you.
Big thanks to Lynda, Pamela and the team at Sweet Kyla for being an incredible partner in this collaboration! If Sweet Kyla made adult versions of their products, I would totally own the whole kaboodle of their bedding, blankets and pillows!
Planning a nursery of your own and need some inspiration or design help? Connect with me and we can chat over coffee… or tea – where are all my fellow tea drinkers at? 🙂
Happy nursery planning to all our readers who are expecting a little bear cub of their own!