Baby it’s Warm in Here: A Nursery Story

Every once in awhile you meet people who actually make you want to be a better version of yourself. People who, without even knowing, inspire you and motivate you. I’ve been lucky enough to have people like that in my life, and two of them are Dave and Joy. I’ve watched them parent their two children, Ben and Aria, in such a gentle and loving way, and they are turning out to be just the loveliest of little people. When they told us they were expecting their third baby (another girl!), we were obviously ecstatic! And that’s when the wheels started turning, and we came up with a plan to make over the space with and for them. Dave, half of the dynamic duo The BroLaws, and a master of all things related to building and renovating, would take the reigns on the renovating part of things, and I would design the space. Let’s just say this partnership is making some dreams come true for me as well because I no longer have to worry about whether my own DIY skills will cut it – I know Dave and Joey have got this!

Our first plan for the room was to have some kind of accent wall but rather than doing something dramatic or too baby-like, we went with something that can grow with their littlest girl – shiplap. Using Metrie’s Option {M} materials made all the difference here and made Dave’s job super easy since the pieces fit right into one another. To finish off the space, we added some new baseboards, casings and crown moulding – all from Metrie’s Modern Farmhouse Collection. All of these were then painted in Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and the remainder of the walls were covered in Benjamin Moore’s Sun Washed, a soft peach that makes me think of those gorgeous summer sunsets we’re so lucky to enjoy every now and then.

Now it was time to bring in the furniture, and again, to keep this room slightly grown up for this new little lady, we went with the Cameron Contour Convertible Crib, the Cameron Dresser and the Cameron Changer Top all in cashew. The crib can eventually become a toddler bed, a daybed, and a full-sized bed, so it can really grow with this baby, and the changer top can be removed when it’s no longer needed. This is furniture that is meant to be around for a long time, and I just love the idea of having a bed for years to come that was once a crib! For now, the crib is adorned with beautifully Canadian-made bedding from Sweet Kyla.

Creating a space for Joy and Dave to have special alone moments with this new baby was also high on the priority list. To help with that, we chose the DiCarlo Power Recliner, a great spot for late night feedings, bedtime stories, or a little quiet time. Next to the recliner, we used more “grown up” furniture – a sweet little gold table (the Harlan End Table) and the Glennon Accent Cabinet in weathered white, which will be a great way to add storage to the room.

Mixing and matching pieces was key to making this room come together so that it felt collected and like it was always a part of the home. To help with that feeling, Joy and I used an old window she had kicking around and added a simple wreath to it. A sweet friend made a quilt that perfectly fits the colours we chose for the space, and it can double as a mat to play on. Using pre-existing things and handmade pieces makes the space extra special – and we need extra special for little baby girls, don’t we? Being that it’s her first Christmas, she got her very own tree and we placed some twinkly lights around, which will be sure to delight this little one as she explores this room.

The best part about all of this? Seeing the joy in all of their faces as they talk about how excited they are for this new little family member to join them. I’m overjoyed that they let me be a small part of it!

GET THE LOOK:

Cameron Dresser

Cameron Convertible Crib

Crib Mattress 

Cameron Changer Top

Beautycool crib mattress cover

Harlan End Table

Glennon Accent Chest

DiCarlo Power Recliner Beige

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