It’s All In The Details

Sarah Martin Photography001Rules go out the window when accessorizing a nursery. This is the time to get creative and have fun! When it came to Accessorizing Mia and Everly’s nursery, I wanted it to feel airy, whimsical and cheery. I kept the palette fairly neutral and light and brought in pops of colour with yellow accents. I did as many DIY projects as possible, including the flower art and nest and yarn wreath. I wanted to add a sentimental touch, and to do that I hung a yellow dress that I wore as a baby and framed it. This also added more texture to the wall. Anywhere I could use natural and reclaimed items, I did. The result: a very serene and calming nursery, which still to this day, is everyone’s favourite room in our home. Photography by Sarah Martin Photography.
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Blogging after 4 kids

image-15I have been struggling the past few months with finding time to write on Nesting Story’s blog… understandably so.  Anytime I would sit down to write I wouldn’t know where to start. In one sense I felt like I had too much to write about and other times I was drawing a blank. So I just decided to take a break and focus on organizing life at home.

Now, for the first time since finding out I was pregnant a year ago almost exactly I feel like I am ready to not only return to blogging but enjoy it like I used to. Only this time it will be more organic and dynamic. Less forced and more personal. I have spent many hours over the last few months, most during night feedings struggling with organizing all of the thoughts and ideas I have about Nesting Story, motherhood and life as a creative and artistic person. I have been trying to fit it into a box and map out a really specific path for my business. But I have decided that especially while my kids are so young to let it take me where it naturally goes and document the journey on my blog.

So here it is world, some posts may be about art, decor and great finds, others may be about parenting: twins, advice, life lessons and venting. Posts may document times past from when I was pregnant with my twins to those very first days they joined our family.  Some may also just be about where I fit into the mix. My posts may not be perfect and some obvious signs of sleep deprivation may be very apparent but at least you will know it is coming from a very honest and real place.

So stay tuned… this could be very interesting!

Nurseries We Love!

One of the best sources for nursery design inspiration is Project Nursery.  I am constantly pinning nurseries from this website’s projects and thought I would share some of my favorites!

Jude’s Vintage Nursery

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I am obsessing about this nursery because of the retro and eclectic vibe it has going on. There is such a warmth to it and it could truly work for a boy or girl.  The fact that there are re-purposed pieces in this nursery inspires me to start checking out my local thrift shops.  Plus, I am loving the unexpected colours in this mural.  This nursery is by Ginny Phillips who is a very talented photographer and Etsy shop owner.  Check out Ginny’s work:  



Ava’s Sweet Gray and Pink Nursery

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This nursery really works for me because it is girly and formal, yet clean and sophisticated.  I always appreciate it when I see a nursery design that isn’t themed and can grow up with a child without having to do much to the room.  The white paneling on the walls give a great relief to the grey and there is just the right amount of pink to soften the room and make it fit for a princess!  This nursery is by megandwade.  Check out their blog


Eclectic Wood-Paneled Nursery

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I think this is such a fun nursery (despite my phobia of garden gnomes).  Anytime I see reclaimed wood used in design I gravitate to it!  I LOVE the wood-paneled wall.  It adds texture and a natural element to the room that balances out all of the bold colours and large graphic prints.  This room also has a fantastic sense of humor with it’s touches of whimsy including the mustache hardware on the dresser and the… eeek… orange garden gnome.  This nursery is by and J Design Group.  Check out more of their stunning projects on their website:


DIY – Beef Up Your Baseboards On A Budget


I saw this idea in the February 2013 Canadian House and Home magazine issue and thought it was so clever!  This is a fantastic way to beef up the baseboards in a nursery (or anywhere in your house) for very little cost.  This DIY idea gives the illusion of much higher baseboards.


Simply build onto your existing baseboards by adding a bevelled base cap 1″ – 2″ above the baseboard. Then paint out the baseboard, wall gap and new trim piece all the same colour to give the appearance of tall baseboards.


I also loved the idea of painting out your baseboards a rich contrast colour, but instead of using an earthy hue shown in the photo, I would suggest going for a soothing sophisticated pastel for a nursery.  Some of Pantone‘s 2013 Fashion Report’s colours would be perfect!  My favorites are Greyed Jade and Linen.

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Goldie Blox

I saw this product a couple of months ago and I thought it was fantastic. Goldie Blox is a new educational toy specifically designed for girls. The designer is a female engineer who saw the lack of educational engineering toys geared towards girls that used problem solving skills. The toy is cleverly designed with mechanics themed around a book about a character named Goldie. Using ribbons, cranks and blocks, your little one can engineer a solution to Goldie’s predicament.


This idea made me think a lot about my own daughter Beau, who is almost two. My husband Mike, who is a Civil Engineer will spend hours with our 3 ½ year old son building these elaborate hot wheels tracks and although Beau will get a turn here and there to race a car down the track we naturally play with her with her dolls, her toy kitchen and indulge in the fact that she loves doing housework. But, do we ever really sit down with her and try to build anything? Yes, she is young and doesn’t seem overly interested in engineering, but have we truly planted the seed to have an interest? I will definitely get in line to purchase this toy for her.