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Design Reveal: Homemade Modern

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.”

Child’s name: Sadie
Age: 8 months
Location: Victoria, BC

What was your inspiration for the room?
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 me. I also made the curtains, quilt, and flower pillow.

What best describes your decorating style?
Modern whimsy

Please share with us your choice of paint colors, furniture, art, diy tips, etc.
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.

What is your favorite item(s) in the room?
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.

Is there anything else you would like PN readers to know?
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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  1. avatar Justyna says:

    The room looks lovely! What is the crib you have chosen? I have been looking for something exactly like this.

  2. avatar Sarah says:

    Hi Katie,
    It’s actually just a chalkboard and I wrote the I love Sadie myself!
    Any square piece of MDF will do and you can get chalkboard paint pretty much anywhere…


  3. avatar Katie says:

    Just wondering where you got the I love sadie hanging. My daughter’s name is sadie and i would love to get that sign for her room.

  4. avatar Jean says:

    I love, love, LOVE the tree branch on the wall. So much so that I featured it in a round-up of fabulous DIY mobiles on my blog:

    The rest of the nursery’s pretty cute, too. I’m only about 8 weeks along, but I can’t wait to find out what I’m having so I can start decorating the nursery accordingly.

  5. avatar HamiHarri says:

    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?

  6. avatar Morgan says:

    Gorgeous! I love this room!

    I blogged about it and linked back here!

  7. avatar Reiza says:

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

  8. 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 :)

  9. avatar Beth says:

    The branch on the wall idea is soooo clever. This room is gorgeous!

  10. 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!

  11. avatar Pencils says:

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