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.
SCHEMES AND DREAMS
True to form, the design direction I chose for Cameron's nursery started with pattern and fabric. Kennedy’s nursery (my first born) featured a muted lavendar palette that I loved, so I knew ahead of time I wanted to stay within that colour range. Peter Dunham makes incredible plum fabrics and since I was seeking cooler tones, I didn't mind splurging a little. I had also been coveting the Cole and Son "Whimsical Stars" wallpaper, so I was thrilled to have a project where it could be featured. It was just an added bonus that the stars gave the A-frame ceiling a certain twinkling finish.
SAVE AND SPLURGE
We recently moved into this spacious 1920’s Craftsman style house. While it boasts traditional architectural elements, it ultimately gives off a relaxed, cottage vibe. With two little ones, I didn’t want anything that felt too sophisticated for the home.
That being said, I wanted Cameron’s nursery to embody a classic, timeless style that wouldn’t date itself. The wallpaper is one of the room's most expensive elements, which made it important that this space could grow with her. I prefer nurseries that aren't too juvenile - and since I knew I’d be spending a lot of time in here with my girls, I wanted to enjoy the space too.
So, I committed to some design elements I knew I’d never tire of. Cameron already stares up at the stars, so at least I know we both like what we see! Splurging on the wallpaper and fabric meant I had to save on the rest by reusing Kennedy's nursery room accessories and furniture (like the SRD Grace rocker chair, Stokke Crib and change table). It's the patterned elements that really give the nursery its unique aesthetic.
FUNCTION MEETS STYLE
The biggest goal with this nursery was that it needed to be dual purpose; I can’t stress how important it was that Kennedy could enjoy spending time in here. I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t too precious - that she’d feel comfortable hanging out while I’m busy with Cameron. The tent has definitely given Kennedy (and our dog, Axel, who loves to sleep in it) a relaxed place to play. And the rug doesn’t show dirt, so there’s that.
The highlight of this room is definitely the gold-star wallpaper. I spotted it years ago while sourcing for a client’s bathroom - I couldn’t use it on that project, but have literally been planning on using it somewhere in my own home forever. The pillow and stool's bold lilac coloured fabric paired perfectly with the subdued grey Grace rocker and Sarah Style Pebble Stripe Throw Blanket, striking a dynamic balance between sweet and strong. Aside from a vintage bookcase (sometimes, you just gotta have it!), there’s no new furniture in this nursery. And when it comes to stars, well, they never go out of style!
When I knew Cameron was on the way, I wanted to find a way to emulate Kennedy’s first nursery without replicating it verbatim. The soft purple palette definitely remained, but the first nursery featured a bit more contrast with black accents. Both rooms had a delicately patterned wallpaper - Kennedy’s was cheetah pattern, and Cameron has gold stars - which I think creates a similar effect in terms of pattern density. In all honesty, I didn’t really set out to do anything majorly different; I kept all the same art, linens, and furniture. Only the patterned accents changed, and I'm just as happy with the results the second time around.
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