XAVIER'S BIG BOY ROOM

This week marks a major transition for our family; all three kids have started full time school! Overnight, it feels like our youngest, Xavier, is all grown up. In reality, he’s only 5, but it seemed fitting that I share the progression of his baby nursery and how, with some subtle changes, it became his big boy room.

neutral boy room

When I chose the wallpaper (no longer available) for this space, I wanted something neutral and sweet enough for a nursery but that could grow with him until early childhood. He still LOVES this numbers paper and has somehow managed not to use it as a colouring sheet! In a few months, we’ll be leaving this home behind and Xavier asked if we’ll be able to take his ‘wrapping paper’ aka wallpaper with him. Sadly, we won’t.

While we won’t be able to take the wallpaper, we’ll be able to take the garland that was made for this room. I love how simple a garland is on the wall and that it transitions so easily from baby to big boy room. I love adding handmade elements to the spaces I design and you can find some of my favourite garlands on Etsy.

Xavier's boy room

These Cuddle and Kind dolls are one of my favourite additions. Not only adorable, this Canadian company donates 10 meals to children in need for every doll sold. I love the heart behind them and the quality is high too.

As you likely already know, I love including book walls in kids rooms. It’s a gorgeous way to display books and creates a unique piece of rotating art that kids adore. I’ve previously shared how to create a book wall in your own kids room using my favourite book ledges.

Xavier's big boy room

The cloud and house pillows are the same from Xavier’s nursery and the star garland works as his nightlight.

bookwall in boy room
numbers wallpaper and cuddle + kind dolls

GET THE LOOK (MILES ROOM)

space inspired monochrome baby nursery

When clients are kind enough to say 'yes' to sharing sources with all of you, it's a fun way to end the week. For all of those who asked questions on Instagram, please ask them here so that others can see the answers all in one place. The wallpaper is actually these lovely star decals!

Here you are...twelve items to help you get the look of little Miles' baby nursery.

get the look miles' room

01.// Kalon crib; 02.// Nesting dolls; 03.// Moroccan rug; 04.// Grey lampshade; 05.// Knot cushion; 06.// Medium Cubebot; 07.// Super mouse; 08.// Moon print; 09.// Felt basket; 10.// Pull toy; 11.// Polar Bear; 12.// Knit blanket.

MILES' BOHO MONOCHROME NURSERY REVEAL

Our latest room reveal is here!!! I am SO excited to share our newest project, little client Miles' monochrome nursery!!!

This house may look familiar to you; Miles' baby room is right next door to Ella's toddler room (his older sister) that I shared a couple of years ago. 

Monochrome boy room by Vancouver Interior Designer Melissa Barling

CEILING LIGHT

“I love ceiling lights like this one that still let plenty of light shine through. Install a dimmer switch so you can achieve just the right amount of light desired.”

Boy room with Kalon Studios crib

Miles' room is our take on a monochrome boys room. The entire space was based on black and off-white but we wanted to keep the overall feel light and airy with lots of natural wood touches. Stars always feel fitting for a kids room; and this room has nods to space in the 'I love you to the moon' print, the 'dream moon' artwork and the rocket nightlight too. Miles' space is set up to be a dreamy place to sleep but also a perfect place to play.

As Miles started to move, the fireplace became more and more of a point of interest and safety risk. The chalkboard cover (just a piece of plywood painted with chalkboard paint) works perfectly to add such a special detail and covers the fireplace well, keeping little fingers out. I can't wait to hear how much fun he has with this feature when he actually finds out he can draw all over it!

Pillows are perfect for setting up cozy spaces for little ones to relax. I love this knot pillow so much as it not only looks amazing but is lots of fun for babies to grab as well. It functions both as an accessory and toy, which is ideal. Isn't the polar bear adorable too? He's so soft and such a sweet softie to grow up with.

Modern white dresser in boys room

The mirror over dresser is still one of my favourite set ups for kids. Kids LOVE mirrors and this one will last for so many years to come. I can absolutely see Miles liking this mirror as much as a teenager as his parents do now. Miles' mom didn't want to have a change station as by the stage we designed the nursery, he was wiggling around too much and diaper changes were being done on the floor.

The dresser was an existing IKEA Hemnes one; we simply opted to change the handles to add a special detail that I think adds so much. The leather drawer pulls were found on Etsy.  

I love you to the moon kids art print on fireplace mantel
Dream big

I love how small details like the light box and little nesting dolls add a playful touch when decorating kids rooms. The key is using items that are both educational and decorative so (at least) two functions are covered off in one item. 

STAR DECALS

Use decals as a more affordable way to create the look of wallpaper…perfect for kids rooms as you can easily just peel them off as kids grow!

Miles letters above crib

I don't know what side of this nursery is my favourite but the crib corner is sure up there! It's simple but dreamy and the star decals provide all the magic the wall behind the crib needs.

Right under the window is the best little bench for young ones who are just learning to stand. This bench was originally going to be a window seat but as soon as we put the bench there, Miles LOVED it just as it was!!! This is his favourite place to play, pull out toys on his own and look out the windows!

toddler toy bench

SHOP THE LOOK…

For those who like to see what the room looked like before, here is a photo of the space when I first arrived. It's always amazing to look back on where we started!

before of the room
star decals with star hooks

Just like in sister Ella's room, Miles' mama wanted a little shelf with hooks beneath it right by the door. It is such a functional set up for providing a landing place for sweaters, etc. when you walk in the room and helps to keep the space tidy.

reading corner in boys room

Miles sure is one lucky little babe! Rooms like this are such a dream to create and knowing that he will grow up with memories of his time here is the absolute best part. 

 

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RAFA + LEO'S SHARED BABY & TODDLER ROOM

I am ridiculously excited to share our newest little clients' room, Rafael and Leonardo's shared baby and toddler boy room!!! Their gorgeous Mama contacted me when she was pregnant with her second baby in the hopes that we could maximize the space of her son's existing room to include the new baby. Although the room is small, I was confident that we could make it work and include the necessities for a new little one as well as the growing needs of her toddler son.

Rafa & Leo's shared boy room

As part of our initial consultation, we discussed how the family wanted this space to feel. The words used were, "uncluttered and calm". There were A LOT of toys, clothes and items that had been collected over the years since Rafa, the 2 year old, was born and in order to make sure this space could really feel uncluttered, we needed to ensure that the toys could be stored somewhere where they could easily be played with and also tucked away for bedtime. 

The beautiful Oeuf classic crib was the only piece of furniture that they wanted to keep from the old room and I have been dying to use this Oeuf vertical shelf since it came onto the market, so this presented the perfect chance!

rafa & leo's shared baby and toddler boy room

We played with different layouts until we came up with this one where the twin bed would cover a bit of the window. We wanted to maximize the floor space in the room to make sure the boys had a little play area. The key to making this work is that the bed is low to the ground as well as void of a footboard, so that the furniture really doesn't get in the way of the window at all.

I love how the beige star wall decals transform the main wall and give the effect of wallpaper (but have the ability to be easily removed).

The incredible baby mobile below was a find that Rafa and Leo's grandfather picked up on his travels in Greece and brought back for the room (seriously cool Grandfather I'd say!). 

flying man baby mobile

One of the things that we have to consider when designing baby and kids rooms here in Vancouver is ensuring that the room is 'earthquake safe'. It's not something any of us like to think or talk about but I love that this tall wall shelf can so easily be secured to the wall. Safe not only for that but also for little toddlers that like to pull and tug on things.

The boys' Mom and Dad love to go to local markets around Vancouver on the weekends and many of the beautiful accessories and toys on the shelf and around the kids' room are handmade by local companies, including this alphabet poster. It's so much fun to be able to use such special pieces in this space.

Oeuf vertical shelf in shared boys room

Rafael is currently obsessed with little finger puppets so we popped these into a bowl that he can easily access on one of the lower shelves. I love how easy it is to move toys around and rotate new ones on the shelves that he can reach.

Although he is only 2, Rafa is growing up in a musical family and adores playing different instruments. He loves this little guitar. Other instruments are in one of the baskets on top of the shelves so that they can easily be brought down when baby brother Leo is awake and easily put away during nap times.

Mini IKEA chair with guitar in kids room
finger puppets in kids room

You've seen me use these clear bookshelves in a previous baby nursery but I couldn't resist using them here too. In this case, as we were putting the shelves above the bed, I wanted to ensure the books were on shelves that they couldn't easily fall off of. I really do adore how these shelves allow the books to be featured as art.

Ubabub book shelves in baby and toddler shared boys room

As I mentioned earlier, so many sweet accessories by local companies were brought into this space, such as the gorgeous heart blanket from Yarning Made and the darling wooden animals from Trae Designs. You can find this sweet name banner from Sprig West and the custom growth ruler on Etsy.

trae designs wooden animals
Yarning made heart blanket in Vancouver baby nursery
Chalkboard closet doors in Vancouver baby and toddler shared kids room
handmade growth ruler by ecokidzrule on etsy

On the other side of the room you can see that we decided to turn the closet doors into a playful chalk board!!! I LOVE how these turned out and especially how Rafa and Leo's Mom decorated them for shoot day; just too cute. I imagine hours of fun here where Rafa draws pictures for his brother and one day baby Leo will be able to join in.

chalkboard closet in vancouver kids room

Have I told you that this is my dream job? This room was so much fun to create and I hope the result shows that. This is the room that so many adventures will happen in, sibling giggles, stories read, music played. I literally love creating spaces for little ones to make memories in.

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BABY & TODDLER SHARED ROOM (A SNEAK PEEK!)

 
design board by Children's Interior Designer Melissa Barling from WINTER DAISY
 

Last September I started working with a new client who was pregnant with her second baby, the first little one was a 2-year-old toddler boy. At the time, my client was feeling like the amount of stuff creeping into their lives from having a growing toddler was becoming overwhelming and she really wanted to get this sorted before welcoming the new baby. The brief was essentially to transform the existing nursery (photos below) into a big boy and baby shared room that was calm and uncluttered with enough floor space for the kids to play (design board above). The space was tight but I could absolutely see how we could make this little room fit what the family wanted!

The nursery as originally photographed:

before photo 1
before photo 2

Design wise, they wanted the space to feel bright and happy, using natural materials and keeping the room within a neutral colour scheme as they were leaving the gender of the baby a surprise until delivery. Functionally, they wanted access to both beds, some dim lighting for night time, access to toys and a play area on the floor. Given they already owned the beautiful Oeuf classic crib, it made sense to use this piece as the starting point for the room. The only other items that were a must keep were the curtains, as they had been custom made to fit the windows not too long ago. 

My client loved the idea of wallpaper but to keep costs contained, decided on these lovely star decals instead.

Below I'm sharing a sneak peek of what's to come in the full room reveal very soon!

book wall in kids room
wooden animal toys by trae designs

I love how these clear shelves show the books as art and these gorgeous wood toys from Trae Designs are a local market find! Stay tuned to see the full room reveal that I am SO excited to share.

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