Baby Shane's Vintage Modern Nursery Tour July 09 2016, 0 Comments
We were invited into 7 week old Baby Shane's beautiful home by his parents, Alison and Faiz, to take a tour of his nursery and how they designed the space. Their style is a mix of vintage and modern pieces that carry through a color palette of plum, whites, greys with mediterranean blue, avocado, orange accents.
The Living Room Sets the Tone
When we walk into their home, we get a feel for the couple's sense of style and colour. Above the fireplace, is a painting by Rowell Newton Bowles. Classic and iconic the Little Globe chair, designed by Pierre Paulin in 1959 for the Dutch furniture manufacturer Artifort, stands opposite of Baby Shane chilling in his Baby Bjorn bouncer balance chair. His mom purchased the beautifully hand made carpet on a trip to Morocco.
A Vintage Modern Nursery
We love the feeling of calm when we step into Baby Shane's nursery. Soft accents from the living room's color palette carry through to the nursery. There is also an element of fun added in with pops of bright color from pieces around the room.
The modern crib has a natural wood finish that contrasts beautifully with the white edges. The baby change table is converted from a vintage dresser that Alison's mother stencilled in avocado and mediterranean blue, reminiscent of the watercolor painting by Rowell Newton Bowles in the living room.
A diaper genie is placed off to the side of the change table but within close reach making for easy changes throughout the day (and night).
Art and Keepsakes Shelf
A shelf is centered above the change table and baby's crib. Creating a sense of balance and cohesion between the two larger furniture pieces.
The artwork featured on the shelf is Anne Luxton's Elephant, Fine Art Print from ednasroom.com, a gift she received at her baby shower. This piece is extra special to Alison, because her best friend is the artist's daughter. They grew up together in Southwestern Ontario before moving to Toronto.
There are also some vintage keepsakes on the shelf such as Alison's hand painted birth announcement on a framed ceramic tile. On the other side of the fine art print is a black and white photograph of Alison's father, Shane, when he was about 10 years old, who the baby was named after.
A Calming Place to Nurse
The modern grey with white piping wingback glider sits beside the window where the natural light comes in. Grey triangle decals create a patterned feature wall behind it.
The round side table is an antique given by Alison's mother. A Canadian pine antique bench sits in the corner as a book stand. Above it, a painting hangs on the wall, painted by Faiz and Alison's nephew, who is 3, with his nanny.
Pops of color
In the window hangs a souvenir baby Shane's grandparents bought when travelling to Argentina. It is handmade of felt and knitted wool and adds bright colours; pinks blues, greens and oranges that shine through the soft light of the window's pull down shade.
Every nursery needs storage. A grey whale laundry bin and mouse storage caddy are cute solutions that keep nursing accessories within arm's reach and all those little baby clothes out of sight when they've been worn.
Baby Shower Gifts
Alison was given some lovely shower gifts. The monkey hanging on the crib was given as a gift with a Curious George book.
Art makes a wonderful shower gift for someone special, such as Anne Luxton's Elephant framed Fine Art Print.
Black & white art cards keep babies enthralled by their high contrast designs. Babies only see black, white and shades of grey when they are first born.
Little toes fit into these adorable Canadian made minimocs and little rabbit rattle were given at her baby shower.
Sources for Baby Shane’s nursery
The Nursery Collage
Pops of Color
Baby Shower Gifts
Mommy & Baby Shane
Original Photography by Kelly Kirkpatrick & Annie Duong (Bird Painting, Alpaca Pendant, Art Cards for Baby)
Newborn photo by Alison Curry