It all started at a neighbourhood store when I spotted the lions and tigers crib set by Pixel Organics and thought to myself "if I ever have a baby..." Fast forward ten years and I have never forgotten that gorgeous pattern. I took a chance on a google search for "lion and tiger crib set" which suprisingly led me to it– only to find the manufacturer is defunct. A Kijiji ad appeared and I took a chance. Turns out a lovely woman in Toronto had bought the crib set and never used it and she shipped it to me! And so the nursery began.
The bedding came with a bumper and a bedskirt, two things I knew I would never use and so I pulled them apart, re-purposing the fabric to make curtains, change table covers and fitted sheets. Surprisingly easy to do if you have basic sewing skills and way less expensive then buying them at the store. The nursery is a cozy, little room with a few awkward nooks and crannies that we made the best of with shelving and a mid century modern dresser as a change table. The stuffed animals, for the most part, were mine as a child. I had a 1920's alphabet book that I took apart and framed. I was blessed by my girlfriends who threw me a baby shower where everyone brought a children's book and I love seeing them on display. My colleagues pitched in and bought our beautiful standing giraffe who will guard the baby as it sleeps. Friends have gifted us some beautiful and thoughtful things including vintage Paddington bear prints and a mid-century modern Scandinavian growth chart. A homemade quilt from my sister-in-law is waiting for us to snuggle up on the chair and read together all winter long.
Paint: "Vanilla Ice Cream" by Benjamin Moore
Giraffe: Melissa and Doug
Whale: Boolah Baguette
Papier Mache bear wall mount: MaryMake
Frames and Shelves: IKEA RIBBA