8 Jan 2013

AOI’s Nursery Reveal

nurseryfinalmente this nursery.

I’m excited to show it. I’d like to believe that it took this long to complete the decoration due to moving houses last summer, but it’s not the truth. The real reason behind this long delay is how sometimes I feel overwhelmed by internet browsing.

I am glad we moved house, this new place is flooded with natural light; even in the winter we don’t need the light on until late evening.nurseryentrynursery1nursery10nursery11As you see this room in the pictures above it’s not exactly the same as you read this entry. It’s a room in continuous evolution, just as my baby. She moves so fast and with her a toy here, a book there, change of linen and all clothes on the floor makes this place a whole lot of lovely childish mess. I managed to put this post together to remind myself of the good work I did and can do between AOI’s naps.

I wanted a gender neutral theme, also I wanted to use some Winnie the Pooh models my sister in law bought about 12 years ago for her son’s nursery. sleepypoohpoohmodelsI got hold of them more than three years ago when she was giving them away. I brought them all the way from Britain for this occasion. Now, it’s a family loom.

details around the roomdetailsdetails4AOIsbookteddybears-horzthrowsdetails3-horzdetails1-horzI am grateful for the many loving people I count in our lives.  

To decorate AOI’s nursery family and many friends sent us lovely and thoughtful items. My crafty sister in law, who lives in Scotland, made the bunting with AOI’s name and date of birth. My mother in law made the bunny and bought her the black doll. She also spend nights and days to paint and write a book full of songs and rhymes for AOI. This is something she will treasure for a life time.

A church member made the pink eyes stuffed elephants, my mother in law made the other with black eyes long time ago. Once it was done, she didn’t like it but I wanted it for my future children so I saved it from the bin. The cream big teddy bear is from a church member. The little brown teddy bear is my fifteen years old bear. Being historian at heart I kept it because I want items that will become family loom.

The crib is second hand Storkcraft bought on kijiji. I gave it a coat of fresh paint and it’s near to new. The fun quilt with the initial A is handmade by a dear friends of ours. My mum passed down the bright red Ghanaian cloth to AOI and I gave her the cream-orange-sea blue one which belonged to me. The chair is handmade by another dear friend of ours. The safari and winnie sheets are 100% cotton from Wal-Mart.

The dresser/changing station is vintage bought on kijiji. I removed all the old vinyl coating and primed and painted with white paint. I’m proud how it turned out. To make it functional as changing station I added a removable changing pad I bought from Wal-Mart.

The bookcase and storage baskets are Marta Stewart set from Home Depot.

My heart swell when I see the AOI’s initials in the the words LAUGH, LOVE, LIVE. Those are the words I want to my daughter live by. I painted everything in bright yellow for a little bit of sunshine in the room.  AOInap

When I walk into the nursery, as my daughter is dreaming, I feel blessed to be living here. Sometimes I miss life and our flat in London, but being in Canada has given me space to play with and decorating a loving room for our daughter is one of those.

Have a great evening and rest of the week my dears!


  1. What a beautiful nursery. I love that ghanian and Italian flag on the wall. So many beautiful details. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love your nursery and the thoughtfulness behind it! I know it will be a special place for your daughter and that light - wow!

  3. I love rooms with lots of natural light! Lots of bright and fun colors. I love the space and I'm sure she does as well.

  4. I love the nursery, so beautiful. I love all the personal touches!

  5. Love iT!! She has gotten so big! And even more beautiful...
    Love the Aoi painting, its Awesome! Can't wait to move and complete baby girls room and give Steven's room a change.

  6. so cute! my favorite part is the little flags hanging in the corner.

  7. Looks like a cheery, beautiful place to be a baby! So much light and color. Very cool. And finishing late is better than finishing never. I may have some experience with that!

  8. Oh wow...you did a great job with the nursery. It is beautiful!

    AOI is one lucky girl!

  9. I LOVE the painting u made with her initials. I know she will grow to cherish it as she gets older bc her mama made it with love. I also love the thoughful touches to the room like the flags, the pooh bears, the native cloth. Lovely!

  10. I'm totally in love with those winnie the pooh figures. I have been collecting classic winnie the pooh nursery stuff since I was a teen. Now to have a baby and use it. :)

    Stopping by from SITS!

  11. STOOOOOOOOP. so flipping pretty!
    gettin' your button on my blog now!

  12. This nursery is simply beautiful!!! I love how playful and unorthodox it is. The little details go a long way, you (and your family) did a wonderful job pulling this together, it makes me feel happy just looking at it. Kudos!

    Maya D
    New Follower from the Aloha Blog Hop

  13. those blankets hanging on the cot are gorgeous
    visiting from Caseys

  14. I love the nursery! It's perfect!

  15. What a beautiful nursery! Job well done!

  16. New Follower!! Found you through Caseys linkup! Love your blog.. and when you have time hop over to my blog kjaggers.com and if you like what you see.. follow back! Happy New Year!!

  17. Awww this is such a cute nursery. I love all the colours, and especially the winnie the pooh characters (we have a thing for winnie the pooh in our house!) I found you through Casey's blog


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