Like I said before … when it rains it truly pours!!!! We have been decorating Leo’s Vancouver nursery since AUGUST and it finally came together just before Christmas. This just goes to show for all you busy mama’s out there that it is A-OKAY to take your time with your nursery … start off with the necessities and slowly build it into something that you love. Which is exactly what we did for Leo’s VANCOUVER nursery!!! If you haven’t caught on, we film Love It Or List It Vancouver IN Vancouver so travel between both Kelowna and Vancouver every week. Meaning, we had to create TWO nurseries!!! I just wanted to clear that up so that you aren’t confused before diving into our Vancouver home tour …
When Leo was born, as most of you know, I still wanted to keep everything VERY neutral. I wanted to use whites, creams, greys, and oatmeals as much as possible. But with THIS nursery … I decided I wanted to add COLOUR!!! Although it may not look like a tonne of colour to some of you, it’s A LOT of colour for me … and I must say … I LOVE IT!!!! I’ve started to notice how Leo reacts to colour and I definitely want to continue to incorporate it into our decor to keep stimulating his senses and helping with his development.
While we were at it and planning out Leo’s nursery, I decided that I wanted to update the ENTIRE Vancouver home at the same time so that it was up to date and “kid friendly”. I wanted it to feel like a designer lived there while making it bright, airy and beautiful. It ALSO had to be more “homey” feeling and comfortable yet still practical since I knew we would be spending a lot more time here.
This space is surprisingly quite small so we had to get creative with storage and organization systems so that everything was easy to find and easy to put away since I’m always on the fly. We brought in a TV stand into the living room in place of a demi round table for the extra storage space. This is where I tuck away the majority of Leo’s diapers, toys, formula, and other baby supplies.
We got rid of the large glass coffee table and brought in a tufted ottoman so that it’s more approachable for Leo with the soft corners and rounded edges. We tried to think of this for almost every piece of furniture.
We replaced the thick shag carpet with a thin pile wool fabric carpet from Caitlin Wilson. I like that it’s a natural fibre, making it easy to clean … and great for Leo’s messy growth stages!! I also decided to add COLOUR with the carpet so that it was easy to pull different pops of colour for the decor depending on the season. We also added graphic art with colours that are good for babies mental stimulation and to help pull together the rug and decor
The couch is oversized but we found the room was slightly too small to incorporate another large piece of furniture (like a love seat or chair) anyway so why not make this one piece the statement piece and make it large and comfy! It is also slip covered so we can clean it when it gets dirty (definitely something to look for if you have kids!!!) AND it doubles as a bed!
Last but not least, before Leo, we used a trunk as a side table, as much as I love the way that looked, it wasn’t practical. Since we are limited for space, adding in as MANY storage solutions as possible was key, which is why we decided to add in an end table with once again MORE storage!!!
As you can see, even though this space may not SEEM very kid friendly at first glance, it truly is!!! What I’ve learned throughout this transformation … a space can still be BEAUTIFUL and designed with kids at the top of mind. There are so many great options out there, and the ones I’ve picked for this space are a great place to start.
photo credit: Janis Nicolay
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I can’t wait to hear what you think … leave me a note in the comments below and let me know which piece is your favourite!!! Don’t forget to check ou the awesome sale going on until February 1st, where you can find all of my items or similar ….
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