A Pastel Baby

With so many massive updates coming to the blog over the next couple weeks it’s so hard to know where to start… but finally showing off baby Summer’s NURSERY REVEAL feels like a good place to start! The photos I shot with dream girl Scarlet O’Neill are live today here on The Glitter Guide, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how she captured the magic of the space!

Designing a child’s space in my home was nothing short of a decor dream come true. From the moment I first moved into my apartment (aka #HeavenInHighPark) last March I knew I wanted the empty, white space next to my bedroom to be a nursery, but the whole thing felt like a distant dream.

When I shared my apartment reveal on The Glitter Guide the second bedroom was left out entirely. For months I kept the door to that room closed, letting the ideas brew as I started my journey to single motherhood. When I found out my third try at getting pregnant was actually a success, I began to leave the door open a crack. As the months went on and I felt more confident in my dream becoming in a reality, in thinking about who the baby might be and what they might be interested in, I spent more time in the space. As my new body took shape, the ideas in my head started to take shape too, and eventually it all came together in the most enchanted way, down to the very smallest detail.

Though I had originally planned to have this post up before Summer made her appearance earth side, it feels even more magical to share her room with all of you now that she’s here! Read more about how I dreamed up this space, all of the magical touches that went into it, and how the heck I landed such a dreamy ceiling mural here!

Credits //

Photography – Scarlet O’Neill
Hair and Makeup – By Tedi and Rebecca at Wink & Wave
Wardrobe – Sprout Collection
Ceiling mural hand painted by Koe Design

Scroll down to shop the space too!

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Shop the Space //

Charlie Crane Cloud Rocker
Felt Mobile by Gisele Blaker Designs
Flying Eye Books
Tangerine Toys Play Gym, Bow and Arrow, Avocado Teether, Crocodile Toy and Building Blocks
Sugar Paper Baby Book
Artwork by Selena Wong, Johanna Martin, and Jennifer Ilett
Nursery Works Compass Rocker via Wayfair
Babyletto Jubilee Crib in gold
IKEA HEMNES Dresser with Gold Knobs
IKEA gold arch Accent Shelves
IKEA MOSSLANDA Bookshelves
Lorena Canals Moonstone Terrazzo Rug
Eloeil Ceramic Rainbow
Bumbo Changing Pad
Ouistitine Felt Pig Puppet
Scandiborn Ball Pit in pink
Scandiborn Wooden Duck Toy
Hanga Hammock macrame baby swing
Meri Meri Narwhal Plush
Askr & Embla Sleep Pod
Owlet Baby Monitor Sock
Luxe Baby Love rainbow toy
Ulla & Viggo Shearling Baby Booties
Winter and Vine Swing Shelf
Pottery Barn Kids Gold star crib sheets and matching sherpa blanket
Fawn Rocker – Pottery Barn Kids
Tula Baby Swan Blanket
Jollein Newborn Hat
FAWN Diaper Bag
Star Chandelier and Unicorn Mirror via Make Moves Vintage
Wool Pouf via Mashi Moosh

Dear Diary

First off, apologies for the late gift guide posting – growing a human in my body has really impacted my time management as of late!

The good news is, you so do not need a big excuse like Christmas to treat the moms-to-be and new moms in your life. Whether someone you know has just announced, is waddling through their third trimester and getting a little bit impatient (hem… me), or basking in newborn bliss these people in your life are working hard, and it’s so important not to forget about treating them! Of course baby clothes and cute felted rattles are always appreciated, but a gift that says “I see you and I’m here for you” specifically for the moms in your circle? That’s a special gift that isn’t as often received.

This guide includes some of my very favourite purchases from the past 8 months, plus the top items on my wishlist right now. I’ll be doing a more practical guide to dressing the bump and the essentials I couldn’t live without while expecting, but this guide is more about those special surprises that remind a new mom you still care about the her that’s hiding behind that bump or baby.

And remember, when in doubt, bring FOOD!

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The Goods //

1. Nurture by Erica Chidi Cohen
2. Love Wellness Do it All wipes
3. Woodlot Palo & Rose everyday mist
4.‘Mama’ gold necklace
5.Love Wellness Good Girl probiotics
6. Moodbeli Bliss Booster
7. Hatch Nipple + Lip balm
8. Hatch Belly Oil
9. Moonbath bath tea
10. The Every Bodysuit by Knix
11. Woodlot essential oils
12. Hatch cashmere sock bundle
13. BBhugme Pregnancy Pillow

A few more of my personal favourites //

Blanqi maternity and postpartum supportwear
Maternity teas by New Moon Tea co.
Mama bird t-shirt

Services and Instant Gifts //

Mom Box or The Womb Box – Who doesn’t love a good curated gift box?
A West End Mamas Gift card – prenatal yoga, massages, acupuncture; if you can name it, they do it!
At home beauty services from Wink and Wave – send some pampering direct to mama.
Postpartum visits from an awesome Doula (like Birth Boss!) – good support is priceless.
Sprout Collection Subscription – the best way to look cute and save on maternity wear when expecting!

And you can find so many more great ideas at Mother Mother shop!

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