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


“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. 


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


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. 




Are you expecting? There's so much to get ready for apart from the baby's nursery, take a cue from these gorgeous baby nurseries that are totally on trend for the new year.

We love the use of vintage bassinets for a first baby bed and still can't get enough of THIS CANOPY!

Nursery bassinet

Design by Johanna Bradford

Not sure where to start? Metallic side table, extra sized art, statement wallpaper...YES! 

big art in nursery

Design by Emily Henderson

Tight on space? A baby and a toddler can live harmoniously (most of the time!) and I still love how we made it work with THIS MODERN CRIB! A special mobile above the crib is a lovely touch too.

Vancouver shared baby and toddler room

From Rafa + Leo's Shared Room

Texture and natural materials will still be going strong through 2018 and this nursery absolutely nails both!

baby nursery

Design by Sharon Montrose


Organic and neutral baby nursery in Vancouver

If you've been following along on my Instagram over the past couple of weeks (and if you don't, come follow!), you'll know that I've been busy decorating a new baby nursery. Well, this project is different than any I've done before as it is set up in a house to sell!!! That's right, this neutral baby room was set up entirely for staging a home.

Other than sharing the nursery reveal, I thought it would be fun to share how the space came together, how my thought process was different for this space given it is set up temporarily and most importantly, how to style your nursery to help with selling your home!

I started with two key pieces of furniture: the crib and the ladder shelf. Given the room is set up so temporarily, I left out a chair although if this space was going to be used with a baby, I would have moved the crib over and added one in. 

Here are my key tips for styling your baby's room for sale.

pillows in baby nursery
cloud mobile

Keep colours neutral:

When I saw the room, I knew that a simple white crib would be perfect and this one from Babyletto fit the space well. A white crib works perfectly for either gender and I wanted to keep the space neutral so prospective buyers could envision a baby boy or girl in the room. I just love this cloud mobile from The Butter Flying. This colour palette works equally well if you are setting your nursery up and waiting for the big day for a gender surprise too.

A simple white ladder shelf in a children's room

Make the most of the space but leave options: 

My goal was to make the small room feel bigger, to highlight how babies only need a few things and to show that by keeping the clothes organization elsewhere (there is a built in storage solution in the closet), you can keep the room tidy and calm. Although this space is quite minimal, this also enables the new owners to see that they could add in some of their own personal touches easily (such as a special photo on the wall or some art). The key here is to keep the paint soft and bright, bring in just enough furniture to give an idea and leave the window coverings open to enhance natural light.

shelves with baby clothes, books and toys in kids nursery

Add in some personal (but not too personal!) touches:

I wanted the prospective owners to feel connected to the space when they walk in. A few sweet baby outfits hanging usually bring the oohs and aahs and adding books and some simple toys could helps parents envision sitting and reading to their baby in this space. These little details also made me dream of snuggling a newborn again!!! 

If you love the soft, organic, neutral vibe that this nursery has, you can find all of the details to shop the look below. 

Design board for a neutral nursery



Pink and white with hints of yellow and a splash of gold, this baby girl nursery is light-filled and absolutely dreamy! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to share my newest project, little Nayviah's baby room with you all. Baby Nayviah's nursery is finished and it is pure bliss.

Pink and gold baby nursery in Vancouver, Canada

Sweet little Nayviah was not yet here when we were dreaming up and creating the room she would come home to. This room had a black ceiling when I first saw it and right away I knew we wanted to brighten it up and make the most of the gorgeous Vancouver light when it shines. Nayviah's mom had two must-haves on her list: drapery over the crib and damask wallpaper. We worked together to choose the perfect paper and this one really has to be felt and seen up close to get the full effect; there is a shimmer to it that sparkles beautifully when the light shines.

crib view in baby nursery

She was a dream client, loving what I presented and seeing my vision right from the start. The room is both airy and bright, soft and serene and the blackout curtains ensure that nap time and bedtime are dark (so important with tiny babes). Working with local artist, Dana Mooney, we created an Ikat on canvas that pulled the yellow, pink, off white and gold together. 

dresser with canvas art above
crib detail

Nayviah has a toddler brother and I wanted to make sure that this space was a retreat for her, a place she could be rocked gently and read to away from the rest of the world. I just love how the book wall turned out with the Ubabub acrylic shelves and she is going to love peering into those mirrors to see her reflection as she grows.

Reading corner in Vancouver nursery design

The mobile was custom made and sent from France from the sweetest handmade shop Creme Anglaise, and I have been eyeing it for ages waiting for the perfect space to place her work in. It's hard not to include at least a one of the Animal Print Shop art prints in a space for a little one and I just love how these two pair with the gold ottoman.

Creme Anglaise owl mobile
Animal print shop art hangs over gold ottoman
Heart and gold pillows in crib
Ubabub booksee bookshelf in baby nursery
Land of Nod deer bin

I thought it would be fun to throw in a photo of what the space looked like the first time I saw it. It was a newly purchased home and a HUGE renovation happened throughout the house but this room remained intact.

before photo with black ceiling

The wallpaper was the inspiration for the whole room and I love how it came together. Just walking in the room now feels completely fresh, airy, bright and serene. 

The baby nursery from the doorway

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Photography by Rebecca Dadson of Eye Compose Photography.





GIVEAWAY CLOSED - CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS @karenjkim and @collettemm!!!

kitty art print parade and company

I love cute decor and if you are looking for original and modern decor for a baby nursery or kids' room, this giveaway is for you! Parade and Company has the sweetest selection of art prints, pillows, wood wall hangings and greeting cards for parents and canvas totes for the little ones. 

Leah, the owner, is the sweetest mama and graphic designer who dreamt up these goodies when she was pregnant.

Today, we've teamed up with them to give away either a 'monochrome' or 'pretty in pink' bundle package for TWO lucky winners.

monochrome kids room decor
book wall in kids room

To enter, please head over to follow Parade & Company on Instagram and see all of the details there. Entries close this Friday, June 24th and winners will be announced on Instagram the following day. Good luck!

* This giveaway is valid in the United States and Canada only. Winner will be announced on Instagram as well as here on the blog. This giveaway was created courtesy of Parade & Company.