I’ve had exactly two dream jobs in recent years: world traveller extraordinaire and interior designer. Completely opposite career paths but both equally fun in my books. But since the former requires significantly more money in the savings account (although my hubby might disagree based on my monthly Ikea trips), I’ve been focusing on the latter this past year.
When we moved into our place last year, the kids room / nursery was by far my favourite room to design. And also the hardest because I could not for the life of me narrow down the 100 different ideas I had for their room. I would really need either triple the number of houses or triple the number children to have the chance to design enough kids rooms to make me feel like I’ve used up all of my ideas. (Here I’d say my hubby definitely prefers the former.)
I knew right away that I wanted to give the kids the master bedroom. Keeping this post PG-rated, an adult bedroom is really only used for one thing: sleeping. But a kids bedroom? It’s used for so much more. Yes, it is of course a space for sleeping. But also one for playing. And dancing. And singing. And pretending. And just all around creating childhood magic.
Our master bedroom is not only the largest bedroom in our house but it’s also the brightest. (Another thing not needed for an adult bedroom. In fact, the darker the better.) So it was an absolute no brainer for me that we “swap” rooms with the kids. I wanted to keep the place airy and bright, with lots of white to play off the gorgeous afternoon light that this room gets. Unlike the rest of the house, I also wanted to add some colour in the form of pastel pink and mint green. Childhood is just so pure and innocent and, for me, pastels embody that sweet innocence so very well. Mix in lots of light woods for warmth and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for a sweet Scandinavian-inspired kids room.
We took the popular Ikea play kitchen and made it our own with a bit of spray paint, faux butcher block contact paper (such a good hack with virtually no effort!), and new hardware (including adding these as oven knobs). A tip for anyone considering updating the handles: most don’t actually cover the giant hole used by the original handles. Of all the ones I tried (and I tried about 5 or 6), these Vinna handles were the only ones that actually covered the holes completely.
That pear print above Nicky’s crib was the very first item that I knew I absolutely wanted to have in the nursery. In a sense this print was my inspiration for the whole nursery: sweet, muted, Scandinavian. (Anyone who hasn’t heard of Fine Little Day seriously needs to check them out. I am drooling over every. single. item. No joke. Pure Swedish design heaven.)
My husband and I are both really tall (I’m 5’11” and he’s 6’4″) so finding a changing table that worked for us was near impossible. I gave up on traditional changing tables early on (they’re seemingly all made with the 5’4″ mom in mind – um, hello, dads and us tall moms change diapers too!) and settled on dressers that fit our height and width requirements. Which wasn’t all that easy either since the space where I wanted to put the change table was only 80cm wide and most changing pads were wider than that. I finally found a pad that was 79cm so basically it meant I needed a dresser between 79-80cm wide and between 95-100cm tall to make diaper changes comfortable for us.
When I was designing the nursery (and by “designing” I mean pinning like a mad woman), I knew that I wanted a white iron bed for Isabelle. The Ikea Minnen bed has always been my absolute favourite and, I hate to admit it, but I was totally gutted when they decided to update the design from the old (and absolutely perfect!) scroll bed rails (check them out in this absolutely adorable Polish kids room!) to the new fan design. But it was still our best option in terms of affordability, so we went for it anyway, and, I’ve gotta say, the fan detailing has definitely grown on me.
We also did a little IKEA hack with the nice and inexpensive LÄTT table + chair set. We spray painted it white, added chalk paint to the top + added little DIY seat cushions to make the chairs more comfy.
This mini round carpet is another Ferm Living item that I knew I wanted in the nursery right off the bat. It’s actually the very first piece of non-Ikea Scandianvian home decor I bought.
I made this wooden mobile from an embroidery hoop and some cute little wooden ornaments from Etsy. It’s actually a blatant copy of this DIY tutorial, so I take absolutely no credit there except to say that making the embroidery hoop hang level with 6 pieces of string attached to it was way harder (and took about 10 times longer) than I imagined. So #skills. Haha.
I hope you enjoyed this little nursery tour photographed by the lovely Elza of Elza Photographie. If anyone is looking for a Toronto-based natural light photographer, I highly recommend her! She specializes in maternity and family photography and one look at her portfolio will have you convinced that you need another newborn just so you can have Elza work her magic. (Don’t tell my hubby.)
Our kids room was also featured on the 100 Layer Cakelet blog last week if you want to see even more photos (I know, hard to believe there’s more lol).
In this post:
IKEA toddler bed, crib, shelf, play kitchen, table + chair set, rocking chair, stool, wall shelves (similar), London print + cushions (1, 2) | CB2 poof | South Shore dresser (with new H&M knobs) | Ferm Living round triangle carpet, cushions (1, 2), mint shelf brackets | House Doctor toy bins (1, 2, 3) | Tellkiddo bear paper toy bag | Grida Studio trees paper toy bag | Fine Little Day pear poster + trees blanket | Anny Who alphabet + numbers posters | Tiny Love Design you are my happy poster | Little Minimalist crib sheet + dream print | H&M twin bedding (similar), cushions (similar) + wooden dresser knobs | Kaydee Baby changing pad cover | Society 6 pillows (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) | Ma Petite Maison house wall shelf | GenWoo tassel garland