Design #1: Feeling blue
In what must have been a feat of patience and restraint, Toronto designer Meredith Heron waited until her son, Luke, was nearly two years old before she decorated his nursery. “By then, he had a personality and I knew what would suit him,” explains Meredith. She treated the nursery’s main wall with wide horizontal stripes in deep indigo and creamy white. “I’m a bit obsessed with horizontal stripes,” she says. Obsession aside, decorating with stripesserve a purpose in the small seven-by-10-foot space. “They create depth and make the room look bigger,” says Meredith. The handsome result – much like its occupant – was worth the wait. Wide horizontal stripes in indigo and white and a classic Jenny Lind crib create a focal point in this nursery. Homeowner and designer Meredith Heron’s mother made the crib’s quilt, giving specific instructions that it not be just for display but actually get daily use. Meredith had the bolt of blue plaid fabric sitting around for ages and realized the nursery was the perfect place to finally use it; she had the crib’s skirt and the drapery sewn from it.
Chest of drawers and floating shelves
A small chest of drawers serves as a change table, with floating open shelves above for holding baskets of baby essentials and playful accessories. White wooden blinds with contrasting black tape and lined drapes help darken the room for nap time. Favourite stuffed animals include a sock monkey made by Luke’s aunt and a bunny that belonged to his older sister.
Design #2: Tickled pink
“Modern, fresh and fun – that’s the look we were going for,” says Cindy Bleeks of Feasby & Bleeks Design in Toronto. She and partner Erin Feasby designed this room for a tween girl, incorporating plenty of colour, playful patterns, bold gestures and youthful energy. The custom headboard in a vibrant pink and green paisley was designed to appear large scale in the modest 10-by-10-foot room. “We don’t believe in scaling things down for smaller rooms – doing things full scale or even oversize helps spaces appear that much larger,” explains Erin. Similarly, the horizontal-striped wall makes the room feel wider. Modern? Check. Fresh? Check. Fun? Check.