Star light, star bright - delicate gold stars make a nursery shine day and night! Team SRD designer Lindsay Mens Craig takes us inside baby Cameron's sparkling nursery.
I prefer nurseries that arn't too junvenile — and, since I knew I'd be spending a lot of time in here with my girls, I wanted to enjoy the space too
I’d have to say that the biggest challenge in Cameron’s nursery was the ceiling. Our new house is quite old - over 100 years - and the ceiling was understandably uneven. We played with the idea of only using the star wallpaper on a portion of the wall, and painting the other half… but I’m happy I stuck with my original vision. The downside was that it took the installer about twice the time and paper, which meant I spent double on labour and star wallpaper. The plus side? It was totally worth it!
The other challenge with this room was nailing down a layout I liked. The empty space looks a bit like a bowling alley (7 ft 9” by 16 ft), so I broke up the space by using two rugs and creating an anchor in the corner with the textured shag rug and tent. Now there’s two friendly zones to hang out in, and no bowling alley vibes to be found.
Tricky Window Treatment
Cameron’s windows are pretty low, which made them tough to design - it didn’t help that the A-frame ceiling prevented us from installing wall to wall drapes. The previous owners had mini-blinds installed within the frame of the window, and I didn’t want to revisit that. We decided to have the installer follow the ceiling line and mount the Roman shade outside the window, letting us install them as high as possible while maintaining clean lines that mimic the A-frame ceiling. As the installation was expensive and this was a custom job, it was crucial that I save on materials. I chose a great stripe fabric that cost $9.99/yard, and trimmed it with ball fringe as a sweet, inexpensive finishing detail.
In keeping with the relaxed nature of this room, I wanted to buy crib linens that would pair nicely with the simple white Stokke crib. Among my rotation of pretty patterned crib sheets is the Pebble Crisscross crib sheet from the Sarah Style Home Textile Collection - it’s made of 100% cotton, and I love the subtle pattern and soft grey neutral colour. It adds an additional splash of pattern without competing with the rest of the room. Even though the crib sheet is made for a standard rectangular shaped mattress, I tailored the crib sheet to fit the oval mattress by tucking the fabric under and firmly fastening it in place with safety pins on the underside of the mattress.
chandelier (vintage), Around the Block | wallpaper, "Whimsical Stars" Cole and Son from Lee Jofa | crib, stokke | crib sheet, Sarah Style | crib blankets, handmade gift | chair, SRD Grace chair turned into rocker | throw blanket (on chair), Sarah Style | chair pillow fabric, "Shiraz" Peter Dunham | foot stool (vintage) upholstery fabric, "Sari" Peter Dunham | change table (converted media console), Homesense | change table topper, Pottery Barn Kids | change table crystal knobs, Lee Valley | mirror, Decorum | framed prints (above crib), Tony Koukos | painting (adjacent tent), vintage | side table, Vintage Fine Objects | lamb rocker, Pottery Barn Kids | mobile, Snuggle Bugz | rug, Elte Market | shelving unit, Sharon O’Dowd Custom Furniture | tent, Pottery Barn Kids | floor cushions (in tent), "Shiraz" and "Sari" Peter Dunham | Roman blinds fabric, Designer Fabrics, fabrication by Wesley Setto Designs | mouldings, Lowe’s | stripe baskets, Ginger's | sheepskin shag rug, Homesense | toy briefcases, Elte | paint colours: moulding and trim, Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17, below moulding, Benjamin Moore Bonne Nuit AF-635