Welcome to my absolute favourite room in our house – Elle’s oh-so-elegant, pink and gray nursery.
I could seriously spend all day and night in this space (and trust me, before she finally started sleeping through the night, I did)!
This nursery was a labour of love for Aaron and me. When I was six months pregnant, we spent three weekends installing the beaded wainscoting, painting the walls a calming gray and assembling the drum chandelier and white furniture. It was gender neutral perfection – if not a tad on the feminine side!
Let’s check out the details:
1) Sophisticated Silver Tufted Crib
You know in the movies when the bride-to-be tries on a wedding dress and just knows it’s the one? Ya, that was me when I saw Elle’s crib for the first time. I’d been shopping online and was 100 per cent convinced I was going to get the infamous (you know you’ve seen it) Blythe convertible crib from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s gorgeous!
Edmonton doesn’t have a Pottery Barn Kids though, and checking things out in person is SO much fun. So I rolled out to West Coast Kids with my Mum and Mother-In-Law and… That’s. When. I. Saw. It.
I swear I held my breath. It was standing at the back of the store, and I made my way towards it slowly, almost scared it wouldn’t look as good up close as it did from far away.
But it did! It was gorgeous and perfect and absolutely out of my price range. But that day there were two first time grandmas and a first time mother making decisions so you KNOW we were irresponsible and just went ahead and got it.
My dream crib has a name; it’s the Natart Juvenile (yay, Canadian-made!) Allegra convertible crib with a diamond tufted headboard. I creeped their website and it’s available at numerous North American specialty baby stores.
Here are some other glamorous cribs that were at the top of my wish list:
2) Watercolour Peony Wall Decals
If you’re considering jumping on the wall decal train, do it! I can think of no easier way to add some serious wow factor to a room. Plus, you can remove them easily without causing any damage to your walls.
I’m all about giving credit where credit is due, and I love these watercolour peonies by Rocky Mountain Decals. Not only are they beautiful, but they were so easy to install – like smoothing silk onto my walls.
I’ve tried a few other brands that were finicky… like when you put a screen protector on your iPhone and it keeps trapping air bubbles. So I really appreciated how easy these decals were to install. Plus, they’re made in Canada!
Here are some other fun decals and removable wallpaper prints I’ve been crushing on. I’m such a fan of using a fun print to create a nursery feature wall.
3) Blush Pink Sparkle Canopy
Okay, just for the record, I did not drive three hours to Calgary just to go to Pottery Barn Kids. We WERE going there anyway but yes, I may have insisted that hubby direct our car towards Chinook Mall. My reason? I was on a canopy hunt!
I’m just going to go ahead and blame this one on Instagram. Photos of gorgeous, romantic canopies were filling my feed. I’d seen some in person that didn’t quite have the wow factor I was looking for. However, the Emily & Merritt Sparkle Ta-Da Canopy had the perfect amount of feminine elegance in a beautiful blush pink tone.
Just to note, in case anyone is wondering, we screwed the canopy into a stud to ensure it can’t be tugged down. Each night I wind up the tulle and pin it out of reach, just to be on the safe side.
4) Dove Grey Glider
This chair swivels, glides and reclines, making it perfect for late night feedings and baby snuggles.
With this piece, I was thinking longterm. I went for a gender neutral, dove grey colour that will work perfectly in future nurseries (yay, more babies!).
For texture, I added a chunky blush pink merino wool blanket from Princess and the Peas (another fab Canadian shop)! A grey Mongolian fur pillow and an “I’ll love you forever” canvas pillow add extra comfort to the chair.
5) Swan and framed wall decor
As you may have read, Elle had a swan princess-themed first birthday party and I wanted to bring this elegant bird into her bedroom.
I found this plush swan head on sale for $40. I painted it’s orange beak gold and tied some blush pink tulle around it’s neck to give it a more feminine look.
Above Elle’s dresser I have three white framed prints. I love their look and they were SO affordable. I purchased two instant downloads from Etsy for only $7 each and then printed them on thick card stock at Staples for under $1 each.
To match our crib, I went with the Natart Juvenile Allegra three-drawer white dresser. I love it’s elegant shape and decorative handles!
Here are some other gorgeous options I’ve been admiring. The pink dresser is seriously stunning and would look gorgeous in a pink and gray nursery!
7) Cute Little Details
I think if you asked Elle, though, she’d say her rocking sheep is the best part of her room. It has four programmed songs that really get her jazzed. She also adores her fuzzy sheepskin rug. She face dives into it, giggling hysterically, to let Mum know it’s time for a nap.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out Elle’s pink and gray nursery!
Xo Holly Hunka