Getting your home ready for a baby!
by Agent Kate Broddick – Real Estate Sales Representative
Team Kate is switching gears on the blog this month from our “MUST HAVES” in a home and moving forward with how we would decorate certain rooms.
2017 is a big year for the Broddicks as we welcome our son, Finn, into the world. In light of this celebration – I’m going to chat about how I would decorate the most serene and sacred room – the nursery – for that perfect little bundle of joy!
Neither Ryan or myself are into the “themed” nursery rooms. While many parents load a room up with either pink or blue, jungle animals or Winnie the Pooh, we enjoy more of a calming and tranquil room with neutral colours and different tactile and natural elements that play on woods, metals and rustic pieces. Think “RESTORATION HARDWARE” and that is right up our alley!
For Jack, our first son, we kept his room’s wall colour light with “French Grey” by Sherwin Williams. We chose furniture that was Canadian made, medium distressed oak with an element of metal on the sides that created a urban/rustic feel. In doing so, we felt he could use this furniture for many, many years as he transitioned from toddler, to teenager, to adult. We added navy, white, red and orange colours through his sheets/fabrics and a beautiful grey rug to warm the floor.
Now, with babies, there are always lots of accessories so storage is important. We chose a rustic barn board shelving unit held together by heavy rope as a focal point to hang “decor” pieces. On this shelf we chose metal JAX pieces (how fitting, right?) to be book ends for all the fabulous books we were given. We also included a large leather/metal J, an antique globe, some old model cars and some framed photos of his maternity and new born session. We added a wicker-weaved basket for blankets and stuffies on his floor and most toys that we had out were eco free wood in a natural stain to compliment the look we were going for. We hung black and white photos around his room to keep with the calming feel of him and our family.
Once we transition Finn from our room to his own, we will likely go with the same idea that we had for Jack. As we get to know his personality, we will likely choose something like old fighter planes, trains or boats instead of cars. I love the idea of a barn board feature wall, crisp and cozy cottons for fabrics and a neutral palette with a pop of bold colour – boys are bold afterall, aren’t they?
Whatever you choose for your precious bundle of joy, I suggest calming tones and a warm, cozy space for your little one to relax, play and enjoy for years to come!