After Miles turned about 7 months old, I looked at his empty nursery and thought to myself that it was probably high time to get started on filling it. I know, I know – most first time parents seem to have the space all ready to go long before baby arrives. I’ve been a little slow on the uptake… but I am happy to finally share it with you now!
In truth, I’ve actually really enjoyed the process of slowly bringing our home together since we moved in almost a year ago. Even though I do feel a bit anxious walking into a room with cardboard boxes against the walls and mismatched wood tones all over — looking at you, master bedroom — I’ve found it to be a good way for us to be more thoughtful with our additions and to learn to appreciate what we have.
When I started on the nursery, I had pretty much the same mentality as the rest of the house: I wanted bright and minimal, but also functional, cozy and lived in (adding in that when Miles is old enough he can do what he wants – within reason – but for now his room is my realm!).
After getting the big furniture pieces, I knew what would really make the space would be the accessories and other finishing touches. As expected, though, a lot of what I initially found was super colourful, full of pattern, and often plastic… all things I knew I personally didn’t want.
Enter Etsy. I’ve been a fan and shopper of the online marketplace for years now; I even bought my wedding ring there. That’s why I was super excited to get to partner with them to add some special, handmade pieces to the nursery! The site remains one of my go-to’s when I want to find something unique to cherish for a long time, and that was no exception this time: I was able to find great, artisan-made pieces that were true to my aesthetic and helped bring the room together.
In my searching the hardest thing to find, by far, was a suitable mobile: everything was either really cheesy or so minimal it looked like abstract art. I was really happy to have found this one for the room: it’s simple but still looks like it was made for a child. While it’s quite pricy, it does act as a focal feature of the room and is definitely heirloom quality. The hand-knit blanket was another special addition, and it’s been so wonderful for snuggling up with during late night nursing sessions.
I’d love to eventually make my own stuffed animals for my child, but in the meantime supporting another maker is the next best thing. I found two super sweet ones on the site and especially love the axolotl (Brian has this thing with weird, unusual stuffed animals for Miles so he’s a big fan)! A chic hand-woven basket keeps everything neat, and will be used in years in come even after Miles grows out of this nursery.
While I’m happy with the space as it is now, I also look forward to continue adding to it as the right pieces come along. Next on the docket is to find some art or hangings for the wall and a few classic open-ended toys (already added this Montessori-inspired piece and it’s already a hit!). Etsy will definitely be at the top of the list.
This post was created in partnership with Etsy Canada; all opinions are my own.