Designer Spaces

Whimsical Nursery

A professional couple with a young son and a baby on the way, the homeowners lived in a small two bedroom condo in East Vancouver. They approached Designer Lori Steeves with the desire to furnish the main living space of the condo, upgrade the bedroom and “find room for the baby”!

The couple had considered accommodating the baby in their own bedroom or into their son’s room however both seemed impractical at the time. Repurposing this small space into a nursery was the answer but the space had no windows so it was important to design in such a way that it would feel light and airy with references to the outdoors.

The couple enjoy whimsical touches, thus the wallpaper and “cloud” light fixture. A favorite feature in this room is the wallpaper that stretchs up on to the ceiling above the crib! Because of the small space, this extra splurge fit nicely into the budget. Using low VOC recycled carpet tiles on the floor and toys and clothes they already owned as accessories also help to keep the budget reasonable.

Lori’s advice to parents designing a nursery is not to overspend. The baby will never remember the nursery and while it is nice to provide a pleasant and fun sensory experience, it is not necessary. Keep it simple and don’t overuse bold patterns or an abundance of bright colors.

Design by Lori Steeves
Photography by Tracey Ayton

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