despite feeling like i would be pregnant forever, my baby girl, frankie rose, was born just over a month ago, one day overdue. we were in the hospital for three nights and four days and then i got to bring her home to her nursery, which i had been working on since august. it’s a tiny space — just 6′ x 9′ — but i’m glad i started early because i was making changes right up until her due date.
i started saving images of nurseries that i liked about a year ago, moments after pierre and i decided to try and make a little human (priorities!). i really didn’t have the square footage to recreate a favourite nursery, but elements common to all of the rooms i liked included white walls, a sheepskin rug, and a vintage nursing chair. plus, nothing themed or overtly gendered.
something i had a lot of and wanted to use in frankie rose’s nursery were children’s books and children’s book art. many pieces of original artwork from books that i’ve worked on have been gifted to me over the years by illustrators, and , except for one piece by barbara reid that’s always hung on the wall between the two bedrooms, the artwork has been waiting patiently in my basement for a baby to come along and enjoy it.
two bigger pieces — the one pictured above from a book called wow canada! — are at frankie’s level, leaning against walls. i pop her in her bouncy chair in front of the paintings most days so that i can grab a quick shower while she’s relatively transfixed.
two more favourites hang above the crib; both of these illustrations contain pops of pink so i hung them together. the rest are framed and resting on the picture ledges, which also contain a small selection of her books, many of which are works of art in themselves. right now we are reading kathryn otoshi’s one because it contains simple, high contrast illustrations, which is about all frankie rose can discern at one month old.
of course, now that the nursery is done and frankie rose is all of a month old, i’m dreaming up ways to turn this tiny room into a “big girl room.” her crib turns into a toddler bed for up to 50 lbs, but she will need a single bed (a jenny lind spindle bed, obviously) eventually and the far wall might need (definitely needs) some rose-patterned wallpaper to go with her dresser drawer pulls. i think it would be pretty amazing if we managed to stay in this little house with a school-aged child, but i also think it’s doable. despite the nursery’s small size, it’s functioning really well for us (creaky vintage armchair aside) and our house is not overrun with newborn things in the slightest. her bouncy chair and a book or two might come out into the living room during the day, but everything has a place and it all gets put away at the end of the afternoon. pierre did have to move his whisky tumblers to make way for baby bottles, but since i had to move all my internal organs to make way for frankie rose i think that’s a fair trade.
these photos taken by katie edmonds of edmonds and mckinlay photography.