Baby Nurseries We Love | Woodstock Newborn Photos

Photograph of a scandinavian modern nursery with rustic flair.  Features chalk painted furniture, custom monogram and driftwood macrame. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography near Woodstock, Ontario.  

Well Designed Nurseries, Part 1: A Tour of Zander's room.

Welcome to my Well Designed Nurseries Feature!  This is a four part blog series that I'll be sharing with you all this week.  I have four gorgeous spaces to share with you -- all Ontario families who single-handedly designed these baby nurseries for real life use. A baby's room is so much more than just a place to sleep. Your nursery will double as a play room, a reading nook, a diaper station and a quiet place to feed your baby.  Pulling off all of these functions calls for smart + efficient design and best use of the space available.  It's also a room you'll be spending a lot of your time in, so the design should appeal to both babies and parents alike!

Our first feature is a space that achieves this balance very well and is a must see for those that love a minimalist-style.  I met Zander's mom, Julie, at a photography workshop last year and we hit it off.  She's also a fantastic newborn and wedding photographer.  Check out her work, here.  After we connected on Facebook, I immediately loved her style and she was so gracious to allow me to tour her beautiful minimalist space with a rustic twist!

A picture of a rustic modern nursery vignette featuring a wooden letter Z, antlers and framed artwork. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 

When I asked Julie about her design inspiration, she had this to say:

"When I was looking for inspiration from the nursery I (of course) dove into Pinterest right away. So many late nights with the glow of the computer pinning other people's nurseries. I became overwhelmed with 'it all' and started a new slate. I looked for things that I already had and loved tucked away."
Modern styled nursery with macrame and feather hanging art. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 

When I first saw Zander's room, my first thought was how cohesive the design was!  I would never have guessed that many of the decor items were repurposed or found items from Julie's collection:

"I tried to fill the room with things that I loved because I knew I would be spending a lot of my time in there. The mobile was made out of driftwood my oldest would pick up on the beach during our family outings. The images on the wall were a couple of prints I found in my grandmother's organ bench. She took a huge interest to native culture and passed that along to me. The feather and driftwood decoration is what I made out of my mom's suitcase of craft supplies from when she was a teenager. She used to macrame and had tonnes of jute and wooden beads. The bird paintings are from an artist, Katalin Koos, that I came across and LOVED at the HandMade market in Niagara. The antlers were collected from my families hikes through the forrest when I was young. The dresser in the room was my older boy's. It was originally a $12 thrift find that I chalk painted and spray painted the handles."

Beautiful minimalist nursery featuring driftwood mobile and rustic artwork. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 

Julie shared her baby must-haves with me and her choices are minimalist-but-intentional -- just like Zander's room.  Baby's come with a lot of accessories, but it's refreshing to hear that only a few of them really are must-haves.  

"I had to have muslin swaddle blankets. My son loves them still and carries 6 of them around at a time. I've used them for swaddling, sun shelter, comfort, breastfeeding to minimize distractions and they're a great summer blanket. A baby carrier is key. I got a Moby wrap and an ERGO and LOVE them. They saved my back and I loved that I was hands free to hold my toddlers hand when we were out. My third must have is a Mamaroo. My first hated his swing and I found it was obnoxiously big and not fun to move around. My Mamaroo took up no space at all and Zander loved it."
Driftwood mobile over chalk painted crib. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
Scandinavian Modern Play Kitchen with rustic accents.  Baby Nursery. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
Reading nook in baby nursery. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
Scandinavian Modern Rug in Nursery.  Featuring chalk painted dresser and crib. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
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What I loved most about Julie's design for Zander's room is how she left lots of open space for her kids to play! Her boys showed me how they love to use the wide open space. The room is not oversized dimensionally, however it felt that way with Julie's use of colour and furniture placement. Julie achieved a modern-minimalist feel, but all the essentials were there and ready to access using clever storage.

There's also nothing better than an oversized chair for nursing and now that Zander and his brother are older, to read stories!

Reading a story in the baby nursery. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
Reading nook in nursery
Story Time with Mom. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
Reading a story on moms lap in the nursery. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
Two brothers playing in the baby nursery. Photographed by Rachael Little Photography in Woodstock, Ontario. 
Two brothers playing

It's a beautiful space to make memories in!  Here are some last bits of advice from Julie:

"If I were to give new moms any tips for decorating their baby's nursery, I would say - make it into something YOU will enjoy. Let's be honest - the baby won't care what colour the walls are and won't identify movie characters for awhile!"

Thanks to Julie and her family for allowing us to tour the space!

Tomorrow I'll be featuring a contemporary girls nursery in grey and soft pink.  Looking forward to sharing some more design inspiration with you!  If you know a mama who would find this article useful, please share it with them!  

xo,

Rachael

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