At least a dozen whimsical woodland creatures adorn the wall of a recently redesigned nursery, located on the uppermost floor of a home in Stouffville, Ontario. The 2,900-square foot property encompasses three floors, four bedrooms, three and a half baths, a finished basement, and an adventurous family of five.

The homeowners, both educators, approached interior decorator, Robbin Caskenette, with a strong and clear design vision, born from their self-professed enthusiasm for the outdoors. “As educators, we have observed in both our professional and personal lives that children thrive most when surrounded in a natural environment, free of distraction and noise,” says Jennifer. “Our ultimate goal [for the nursery] was to create a space that reflects peace and serenity.”

Robbin, a Certified Interior Decorator with an affinity for family-friendly design, feels that the nursery project was a true collaboration. “My client knew that she would be spending a lot of time in the nursery and really wanted to love being in the space too. She wanted it to feel cozy and serene.”

Upon entering the nursery, a tepeestyle reading fort serves as a focal point. The apex of the fort draws the eye up to a dainty geometric mobile and a collection of nature-inspired wall art. In keeping with the outdoorsy theme, furniture with visible wood grain, a honeycomb light fixture, and a cluster of animal figurines make up the landscape of the nursery. Though the rustically-inspired theme of the room is discernible, the muted color palette was intended to be ambiguous.

“When we began the process, the baby’s gender was not known,” reveals Robbin. “So we chose a very soft and serene color palette that would lend itself to a wide range of accent colors when the gender was eventually revealed.”

Gender neutral or not, the color choice was a practical choice. “Choosing a neutral as your main color gives you the flexibility to change up your accent colors,” says Robbin. “This is especially important in a children’s space so that, as your child grows, you won’t necessarily have to completely start from scratch.”

When asked about the budget for this project, Robbin notes that splurge items included the custom designed, blackout drapery panels and the crib and dresser set that was sourced from a Canadian company that makes furniture that is Greenguard GOLD Certified for low VOC emissions. As for the wall art, most of it was obtained at a reasonable price from Etsy and Pinterest.

For Jennifer and her husband, the nursery ended up being everything they imagined it would be. “Our designer, Robbin, was instrumental in bringing our vision to life and achieving what still is, to us, the perfect nursery for our tiny adventurer.”

Space Designed by Robbin Caskinette, www.robbincaskenetteinteriors.com; Photography by Stephani Buchman, www.stephanibuchmanphotography.com; Wall Color, Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore, www.benjaminmoore.com; Teepee, Custom Through Etsy, www.etsy.com; Crib And Dresser, Natart through Dearborn Baby, www.dearbornbaby.com; Frames, Wooden Side Table and Pendant Fixture, West Elm, www.westelm.ca; Glider, Monte, www.montedesign.ca; Rug, Pottery Barn Kids, www.montedesign.ca http://www.montedesign.ca; Deer And Rabbit Wall Mounts, Minimioche, www.minimioche.com; Bedding, Woolf With Me, www.woolfwithme.com; Table Lamp, Pouf, Book Caddy, And Drapery Hardware, Crate & Kids, www.crateandbarrel.com/kids; Drapery Panel, Lisa Sinclair Sewing, www.lisasinclairsewing.com; Wooden Wall Hooks, Etsy Studiolicious, www.etsy.com/ca/shop/StudioLiscious; Book Ledges, IKEA, www.IKEA.ca; Teepee Pillow, Etsy BunBun Baby Designs, www.etsy.com/shop/bunbunbabydesigns

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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