Nursery Styles 7
So you’re pregnant. Congratulations! Right about now you’re basking in the bliss counting down the days until you can tell your family and friends. Once that’s over you know you’ve got about 7 months left until that precious little baby arrives. LOTS of time to figure out the nursery right? Wrong.
My name is Jackie. I’m a TV Host and Interior Stylist from Burlington, Ontario and that’s EXACTLY what I thought too. I currently work for Karin Bennett Designs and we were lucky enough to design the entire Nestled Store in Burlington. We made vision boards, 3D renderings, virtual floor plans, styled and decorated 22 different nurseries. Are we crazy or what!? Now I’m expecting (Yay!) and you’d honestly think I’d have this whole nursery thing down pat by, but I don’t. I popped into my closest Nestled store the other day and started shopping the floor drooling over the amazing selection that they have. I guess I didn’t truly appreciate it when we were designing all of the rooms. I asked Cindy, the store manager, for some help and she said, ” it can take about 4 months to order your nursery set”. PARDON!? I’m not one to stress out easy but I could feel the sweat dripping down my forehead. You mean that I have to order my nursery set at the beginning of July to get it by Mid-October!? GULP. I guess I’ve been slacking!
Ok, let’s go over the basics. If you’re like me and you think you have lots of time… you don’t. Where can you start in order to figure out what you’ll need for your nursery and what’s most important? Here are some simple guidelines to follow:
Who knew that your nursery furniture would require such a long lead time!? A few things come into play to make this such an extensive process. Things like… is it Canadian made, does it have a low a VOC level and what is it made from? All of these things can either speed up or slow down the lead time of your furniture so to be safe you’ll need about 4 months. And keep in mind… you’ll also want to set it up before the baby arrives so by the time you’re 5 months pregnant you should have your furniture figured out. Guess what, I’m already 6 months pregnant and if you’re like me you probably thought this was a bit early to start shopping for your nursery. We were wrong my friend. Don’t worry though, your baby will most likely be sleeping in a bassinet in your room until the nursery fully comes together and who knows, just like baby, it COULD come earlier than expected.
Safety of course this should be your #1 priority when purchasing anything for yourself or your child and when it comes to safety, most brands come with tip kits. What’s a tip kit you might ask? It’s a kit that allows you to screw your dresser into your wall to avoid your dresser from tipping over. Some companies provide an entire kit that you need to install to the back of the dresser and then adhere your dresser to the wall. Others come with it attached and you just simply screw your dresser to the wall. You want to make sure you do this! These are definitely some of the things you should be asking your in store rep.
Natart actually safety rates their dressers with a 50 pound tip test. This ensures that the dresser will not tip over even with 50 pounds in one of the dresser drawers. This can give you some added security when it comes to your nursery furniture.
Ok, for most of us style comes into play when we purchase our nursery furniture. It’s so fun to see all the pieces come together right? Are you looking for something retro chic, modern, rustic, contemporary, traditional? The list goes on and on. And guess what? If you have NO CLUE what your style is I’d suggest you go to the showroom floor. I totally get that it can be overwhelming to choose your nursery. The good news is… Nestled has an amazing variety that showcases all of these styles. In fact, a lot of momma’s will just point and “say I want that.” It’s a great way to get a sense of what your nursery could look like and will help you decide which furniture line to go with.
Your nursery furniture doesn’t have to match! You can 100% mix and match your items. Lets say you fall in love with a Natart dresser but you absolutely love a Dutalier crib. Go for it! I would just try to stick to the same colour palette if you can.
Speaking of furniture, keep in mind that each line has different features when it comes to longevity. Is this important on your list? Are you looking for a crib that is 5 in 1? Do you want your crib to become a double bed? A twin bed? Or do you figure you’ll be switching out your furniture by then and you just want a crib. THIS can really change which brand you end up choosing and can limit your crib selection. If you’re looking for a 5 in 1 I’d recommend a Natart Crib. Maybe a bed with a toddler conversion kit? Try Davinci Designs or Babyletto. Maybe you’re just looking for the perfect crib for your space. You want it open and airy and don’t want to worry about the look of your future headboard… Dutailier is for you. There are so many styles to choose from and of course they all have a different look. If you want a bed that will convert here’s a tip… if the back of the crib looks like a headboard, then it most likely will be a convertible because that’s essentially what it is!
Does it matter to you if your drawers are plastic vs. solid wood, safety tested or made for a Canadian climate? If so, make sure you ask the right questions and don’t be afraid to pull open the drawers or lift mattresses to inspect the furniture. If you’re seeing solid wood then your crib has a solid construction and is going to last you years to come. Does the wood have a low VOC level? These days cribs can be made that are extremely environmentally friendly AND have a Greenguard certification to maintain low VOC levels and other chemicals that can be harmful to your baby. Who would have thought right? Some brands even provide a dust cover beneath your drawers to avoid dust bunny entry into your furniture. And some provide stabilizer bars in your drawers so that they don’t sag. This can also prevent your drawers from splitting and cracking in our Canadian climate. If these things are not important to you that’s totally ok but if you’re looking to invest in quality pieces for your nursery and beyond, I would be sure to ask a floor rep to point you in the right direction.
If you have any nursery questions PLEASE leave me a comment below and we’ll be sure to get back to you. Have an idea for a future blog post? We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for following along,
Jaclyn Colville is a Southern-Ontario based TV Host, Interior Stylist and first-time mom due in October. Follow her Nursery planning tips and tricks through this series “Nursery Style” with Jaclyn Colville and check out her blog on her journey through pregnancy and into parenthood on “Baby Talk” with Jackie.
You are pregnant and the list of what you need to buy is getting longer and longer! Although it might feel like pregnancy lasts an eternity, forty weeks will go by quick and babe will be here before you know it. Did you know some cribs are available in-stock and others can take up to 14 weeks to be manufactured? That’s longer than a trimester! With so many styles and colour options to choose from it is best to get a jump start on buying your nursery furniture to save yourself from any stress before baby comes.
Here are a couple tips that will hopefully make your crib decision process a bit easier:
1. Know your budget: There can be a big variance in crib prices. Cribs alone can cost anywhere between $400 and $1,500. Have an idea of what you are willing to spend so you don’t fall in love with that one crib that is out of your budget. But remember there are reasons as to why you would pay top dollar for some cribs.
2. What’s your style? Like all furniture, cribs come in variety of styles. You can find cribs that speak to traditional, modern, rustic or contemporary furniture styles. If you have an idea of what style you are looking for then it will drastically cut down the amount of cribs you will need to look at.
3. Colour: Grey and White cribs are very trendy right now but there are many other colours to choose from. Some people will buy a crib to fit their nursery decor, other people start with the crib and figure everything else out later. If it is all too overwhelming, you can always stop by the Design Centre in Nestled by Snuggle Bugz. One of the lovely associates will happily help you create the perfect nursery!
4. Made in Canada? If you prefer to buy local and support the economy, then there are many Canadian made cribs available to you. Natart Juvenile and Dutailier are two popular Canadian nursery manufacturers. Just remember, you will pay a premium for Canadian made product… but it is totally worth it!
5. GreenGuard Certified: A GreenGuard certified crib means that it has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Look for the GreenGuard certified logo. We all want what is best for our babies!
6. Convertibility: Did you just buy a crib or a Transformer? Standard cribs are still available, however most cribs these days will convert into a toddler bed, day bed and even a full sized bed with just a few extra pieces. This will allow your child to continue using their crib well into their teen years. Don’t forget to buy the conversion pieces while you are buying your crib. You never know when a manufacturer might discontinue a collection.
Happy crib shopping!
I confess: I love colour. But there always needs to be a neutral somewhere to tone down the colour and ground it. In this green and blue nursery I’ve chosen brown as the grounding colour.
The first item I chose for this room was the Skip Hop Bookends (4). I suggest starting with your bedding or your curtains though, but I usually choose the hard way to do everything so there we go. Good job, Sarah. Way to start with the least important thing in the room. I guess I’m also at an insane advantage/disadvantage having done all the Trendwatches and knowing which colours are rampant among the Snuggle Bugz inventory. Anyway. I based this room around the blue and green of the favourite Skip Hop Zoo character: the dog. Alongside the bookends on the night table is the famous Gro Clock (2) which will function as a nightlight for your baby and a VERY helpful tool for your toddler.
The crib (3) and dresser (11) that I choose are the sleek Leander pieces – the crib converts to be a bed and can pretty much stay your child’s bed until they go off to college. Inside the crib I’ve placed a blue jersey-knit crib sheet from Kushies (1) and a moving gears blanket from Skip Hop (6).
On the walls there’s a unique mobile (5) from Boon (attaches to the wall beside the crib.) and a set of Twelve Timbers dragonflies. Also on the wall, but functional, is the 3 Sprouts crocodile organizer.
While we’re talking about organization, the tall box (13) by Munchkin will help to keep things in order.
Cushion your footfall and provide a great place for tummy time with a Nook Pebble Lily Pad. Ribbit.
To keep things smelling fresh and looking great, grab an Ubbi diaper pail in either Robin’s Egg Blue or Pistachio. The Munchkin Port Hamper comes in the perfect blue to match the room and attractively store lil one’s laundry.
As your baby turns into a toddler, a Cubino chair (6) will truly make their space their own.
Paint the walls a blue-toned grey with a brown or green accent wall and a pair of light blue curtains and you’re all set! Bring on the baby!
A charmingly bright design for your nursery that isn’t overwhelmingly girly. Pink, orange and some grey to keep it all grounded. If your second child is a boy, swap out the pink for blue and keep the orange and grey and you’re all set!
I based this room around the Sweet Kyla Kooky Bird set and included only two pieces from the actual set – the hamper (7) and the two fabric birds on the wall – sold separately in orange and fuchsia (2). On the walls for the other side of the room I’ve included Roommates Wall Pockets in pink and orange. For just a touch of character there’s a 3 Sprouts Elephant Photo frame for the side table or bookshelf (5).
Inside the crib I’ve placed a pink jersey-knit crib sheet from Kushies (1), a grey sleep sack from Aden and Anais (3), and an orange zebra blanket from Kushies (6). The crib itself is the grey Alma Max from Bloom (4).
Every room needs a dresser and I’ve chosen the Alma Dresser from Bloom for this one.
I included a dove print lumbar pillow from Sweet Kyla for you to throw on the glider or rocker in the room.
Paint the walls a light grey with an accent wall and a white curtain with a pink or orange or black pattern on it to complement the Kooky Birds pattern and you’re all set! Bring on the baby!
Hi folks! Sarah here. We’ve invited Joanna from Nesting Story onto the blog to share a nursery design with us and we’re majorly swooning over this woodland nursery she’s put together. Check it out and leave her a comment or two! —————————–
When creating your little one’s nursery the ideas are limitless – this is the time to get creative, use colour and create some whimsy!
When creating this Modern Woodland Nursery I was inspired by Dwell Studio’s Woodland Tumble crib bedding set because of its playful yet modern graphic print, and its cool neutrals.
The bedding (including the Dwell Chevron Chocolate Crib Sheet) paired with a modern crib (the Dutailier Pomelo crib and dresser, not shown) and glider that have clean lines give the nursery a calming, unfussy vibe.
Some decorative elements that give the room texture and sophistication are the woven grass shades on the windows, green shag carpet, barn board wall and the industrial lighting.
When approaching the colours on the walls, floor and ceiling, keep it light and airy on the walls with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Lake and a slightly darker shade on the ceiling like Benjamin Moore’s Night Mist.
Have fun with the area rug by pulling in an acid green or teal blue. Toss a cushion on the glider that has vibrant colour and a dynamic print, such as an Ikat for a finishing touch.
What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know! Would you want this nursery in your home?
– By Joanna Venditti, Nesting Story for Snuggle Bugz
Nesting Story provides Interior Design and Mural services. Please visit Nesting Story for more information.
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