Vancouver TV personality and designer Natalie Langston creates a bright, sunshiny playroom and peaceful woodland nursery for her two sons.
“Yellow drapes are a fun way to bring sunshine and brightness to the room.”
A Storage Story
When Natalie Langston and husband Gary Botterill realized they weren’t using their den to its full potential, she reimagined the space as a playroom for their sons, Pierce, 3, and one-year-old Bence. Adding a built-in bench and open and closed storage ensured the cheery spot was orderly. “I wanted to get everything off the ground and keep it organized,” says Natalie. Drawers, shelves and cupboards share the space with marigold-adorned baskets tucked under the bench for easy access by little hands (Pierce’s much-loved Hot Wheels are stashed here).
Design, Natalie Langston. WALL UNIT, Stor-X Organizing Systems. BENCH CUSHION, DRAPERY, i4Design. BASKETS, Pehr. CUSHIONS, Tonic Living.
Natalie opted for customized, peel-and-stick growth charts to record the boys’ height, so the family can take them along if they ever move. They’re positioned beneath a custom-made woven rainbow. Natalie says, “I love the colour and texture it provides.” The boys’ reading corner is topped with a bookish sign and features floating shelves that both display books and make them easy to grab. All are complemented by starry wallpaper and adorable polar bear chairs.
The Wooly Canvas RAINBOW; Spring Meadow Co. SIGN; Lauren Lash CHARTS; Blue Pine Innovations BOOKSHELVES; Etsy. Five Point Stars WALLPAPER, Urban Walls. Polar Bear CHAIRS, Posh Baby & Kids. fresh greenery and florals (throughout), Maple Ridge Florist. SEAT, TOSS CUSHIONS, Tonic Living. RAINBOW CANVAS, HomeSense.
Cushions, fabrics and floor coverings up the comfort level. Pierce is pretty pleased with it all. “He loves this spot and it’s quickly becoming his favourite place to relax, look at books or play with his cars,” says his mom. The sunny canvas on the shiplap wall boosts the room’s cheeriness. A cushiony rug layered over carpeting makes playing at their vintage play kitchen, a gift from Natalie’s mom, even better.
“Raising kids can be expensive! Luckily, I could reuse the furniture from Pierce’s nursery in Bence’s room.”
A Quiet Woodland
For Bence’s nursery, Natalie wanted to make a statement. She landed on a whimsical, woodland-themed mural to create a focal wall that inspired the rest of the room’s calming shade of green, which is a soft backdrop for Bence’s wooden name sign. The foresty vibe is played up in a bunny mobile and bunny artwork over the dresser. Natalie says, “Maybe one day we’ll have to get Bence a pet rabbit.” The crib’s grey checkerboard sheets layer in a subtle pattern that is soothing next to the bold wall.
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Natalie customized the closet. “I can fit so much more clothes and accessories in here now that there are designated spots for tiny items,” she says. Easy-to-access baskets are perfect for baby things, like stuffed animals and swaddle blankets.
STORAGE, Stor-X Organizing Systems. BASKETS, Pehr. RUG, HomeSense.
“I love how [the ladder shelf] looks interesting and holds everything from photos, toys and art to the books we read together at night,” says Natalie. The pine wood has an almond finish, as do the custom side tables. Natalie added a pop of greenery in a sweet vase. “Eucalyptus works perfectly with our woodland theme and also helps freshen the air, which is great for little ones.” Like the playroom, the nursery’s design transcends a completely kid-centric look. “It’s serene and calm for baby Bence, and for Gary and me, too.”