Gender neutral baby nursery with pops of colour!

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If you can believe it, this room is my minimalist approach to styling. I thought it was a calm and subdued space, but I can see from the images that I’ve managed to create another colourful, eclectic room. I put together this room before our baby was born and we did not know the gender, so I wanted to keep it neutral…but as you can see I’m not a neutral kind of girl…when it comes to colour at least. It started with a bright, gallery white canvas and the colours evolved to include a lot of turquoise, bright orange and red. I love it! My husband said that if it had any more feminine elements it could be too girly, but right now it’s just right!

You might remember, this room used to be a desert green colour, but I wanted to freshen it up with a bright white. We’ve kept the handmade palette daybed in the room for comfort.

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I moved the ‘hello sunshine’ sign that I made years ago from above our bed to above the IKEA crib. We ended up with a sea theme without really trying; the mobile is a thrift store find, the ship is a black pirate ship kite from Bali that I painted white (this took dayyyyssss) and all of the other items are collected from travels around the world. There is a postcard from Morocco, stuffed seahorse and loteria board from Mexico City, star and moon porcelain ceramics from Paris, paper flying fish from Tokyo and more.

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I repurposed this old family dining chair as a side table for now – this once belonged to Remy’s great, great Grandmother!  He’s also got a beautiful collection of books for when he’s a bit older.

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A favorite ornamental piece in his room is his framed feet and handprint from when he was 3 weeks old- that was tricky to do…hence why there is only one hand!

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I knew this amazing hat from Morocco would find a home someday (though I was hoping it would be on my head at the beach).  It makes me so happy to have his room filled with authentic mementos brought home from far corners of the globe; I hope he will be curious about the world one day.

He’s been sleeping in this room for about 3 months now and he absolutely loves it – we love the little bit of distance too 😉

I must give a special shout-out to my momma for all her help with getting this room into the final state that it’s in.  When I was 4 days away from giving birth, she arrived and got to work on drilling, hammering, (hammer drilling), sewing and putting together the crib that we picked up only the day before I went into labour that evening – and trips to IKEA are tiresome on the best of days, ha!

Photography: Jacqui Turk  Production & Styling: Nicole Valentine Don  Assisting: Kristy Lakomy