Homemade Modern

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Let’s see…Who’s cuter the baby or the nursery? Well the baby of course but Sadie’s Mom and Dad did a superb job in making the nursery too! The most impressive aspect? It’s mostly handmade. From the contemporary crib to the creative tree branch art, this goes to show us that homemade doesn’t have to look overly “homey”.

Design Inspiration

Woodland animals and nature, with a foundation of modern design and colors that would be suitable for either gender, as we weren’t sure if we were having a boy or girl. The furniture was designed and built by my husband and I. I also made the curtains, quilt, and flower pillow.

Decorating Style

Modern whimsy

Project Details

We chose neutral colors, Ralph Lauren’s Edwardian Linen for the walls and Cobblestone for the furniture (accented with white).  The Eames rocker added the contemporary element we were looking for. And as mentioned earlier, my husband and I designed and built the crib and change table.

Here are some more shopping details: Rocker from Nood, Artwork from Amber Alexander, Mobile created from Wee Gallery Art Cards, Orgel Ikea Floor Lamp, and Plush Animals from Koo & Poppet.

Favorite Items

I love the rug, which I got from a small shop in Victoria’s chinatown called Fan Tan Gallery. I also like the tree branch on her wall with little wool birds hanging from it.


I actually scavenged the tree branch after a windstorm! then I painted it brown and nailed it to her wall. Every season, I add something new to it (ie. colored leaves in autumn).


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    Pencils says:

    August 10, 2009 at 3:27 am

    I love the room! But you don’t mention where the rug is from–it’s one of my favorite parts of this nursery.

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    Grammyladyjane says:

    August 10, 2009 at 4:17 am 

    The room is adorable! And she is priceless…
    I love the clean lines of the room,it has a timeless look as far as growing with her! Very inspiring!

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    Little Apple Design LA says:

    August 10, 2009 at 4:35 pm  

    Pencils – the rug is great, isn’t it. It’s from a small gallery in chinatown in British Columbia. They don’t have an online link that I can find :)

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    Reiza says:

    August 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I love birds and I really like the ones used here. They’re simple without being cutesie.

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    HamiHarri says:

    August 26, 2009 at 8:04 pm 

    Lovely nursery – Sadie is adorable! I’m in Victoria too and just ordered the child rocker from nood on Saturday :) They’re currently having a 50% off everything sale instore :)

    Was it challenging to make the crib/changing table?

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