From the Editor: Nursery Home Tour

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From the Editor: Nursery Home Tour
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Source: The bedspread on the pull out bed is from one of my childhood bedrooms in South Africa.
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Source: The little cushion behind the lamb is a pillow from my own baby nursery and was woven by my mom.
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Source: My mom discovered this beautiful rocking chair exploring our neighbourhood and my dad and her refinished and painted it for us. It's been previously loved and we look forward to recreating beautiful memories with our little one as we feed and rock her to sleep in it.
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Source: Removing the closet doors allows for a softer effect with the curtain. The wooden curtain rod was beach wood given to us by my youngest brother - it's from a local BC Island. It also represents my husband's love of wood and our love of the organic beauty in nature. On the top shelf is a hot air balloon, one of the first things I did when I met my husband and reflective of our love for travel.
From the Editor: Nursery Home Tour
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From the Editor: Nursery Home Tour
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From the Editor: Nursery Home Tour
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Source: This little rocking chair was my baby brother Nathie's. a gift from him to his little niece. The bunny on the chair was my first and favourite stuffed animal as a baby.
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Source: The large framed picture on the back wall is of Robin birds, referencing my name. The carpet is made of 100% wool and is a soft place for our little girl to land and explore the world around her. The tapestry hanging on the wall above the four pictures is a from a store in Whistler, Canada a special place for my husband and I and our family.
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Source: The four images on the wall all have a story: the "bee" picture references my husband because I call him my B; the "pebbles" picture is for our love of water and the ocean, where we discovered we were first pregnant; the "birds" picture references wings as my husband is a pilot and I am named after a bird; and lastly the "flower" picture references my obsession for flowers! The "Piccola Mia" pillow is Italian for "My Baby", a reference to our favourite country in the world and the place we got married. Although hard to tell in this picture, the two little books reference "Wooly" and "Roo" my husband's and my nicknames (Woolston for him and kangaroo for me because I love cuddles and he's always said if I could live in his pouch I would - he's right).
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Source: The bassinet is a gilder and will be our little one's bed for her first six months. The cream and gold blanket draped over the bassinet was mine as a baby's and became my favourite blankie for my dolls as I grew older.
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Source: The three emblems on the wall on the far left were all in my baby nursery (my bibs as a baby), and the little pink and white outfit above the change table is from Tokyo - our other home.
From the Editor: Nursery Home Tour
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From the Editor: Nursery Home Tour
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If you read issue three, you’re aware that I am currently nine months pregnant with a little girl. As a first time mom, everything about pregnancy and motherhood has been an exhilarating, at times overwhelming, but mostly incredibly beautiful journey.

I have spent a lot of these past few months reflecting on my own childhood and how I hope to raise my daughter; how I want to grow as a woman myself, and how I can possibly bless her with the love and confidence that my own family bestowed upon me.

My childhood was spent under sunny skies in South Africa, surrounded by a big, loving family. One of my favourite memories of my childhood is something my mother used to do for my brothers and I…. she would work with us to design our bedrooms! We always got to switch them up every few years and she went into painstaking detail to make sure they were everything our wildest imaginations had created. I remember sitting on her lap browsing books of wallpaper, my eyes wide with wonder at the colours and creatures texturized onto the paper. We would meander paint stores where she would patiently browse the palettes until she found a few she knew we would like. Then she would let us watch as the painters mixed the colours together until the shade was just right. Fabric was everything – my mom taught me from a very young age that texture in any space is paramount. We would sift through bedspreads, pillows, carpets and curtains, the soft threads slipping through my small fingers as I chose the ones that I loved the most. Every little detail was accounted for and the results were always a creative, inspiring space that encouraged a softening and zest of energy simultaneously. Our rooms were playful, welcoming, bright and happy, and most of all woven with our mother’s love in every nook and cranny.

As I have grown up and had the privilege of decorating my own homes, my mother’s love of space, and of creating a sense of place and meaning within a space, has become incredibly important to me. My home, the environment I tend to spend the most of my time in, needs to be an oasis, a haven, a soft place to land at the end of a hard day. It needs to represent a welcoming, comforting sanctuary for all those I love. I know this is something my mother gifted me with through her love of ensuring our childhood bedrooms were wild and wonderful. She inherently recognized something I have grown to appreciate: it is a beautiful thing to feel that as a child you have your own space within your larger family home – a place to express yourself, a place to escape the chaos, a place to feel safe and comfortable in. This is why I have spent a lot of time deliberating how I would love to create a space for my own little girl in her first nursery; I know she won’t be able to appreciate it for a while, but my mother’s tradition is something I hope to carry on in my own family because it was such a fun and bonding experience in my own childhood.

Last week I flew to Canada to prepare for our little girls arrival as she will be born here in Vancouver, and upon entering our home were blessed with the most wonderful surprise – since we had been in Tokyo, my beautiful mother had been busy designing the most perfect space for our little girl. Intricately created with symbolism and a grandmother’s love, it has become my favourite room in our home. I wanted to share it with all of you because you’ve become part of our family and many of you have shared this pregnancy journey with us (you can browse through the gallery and read about each special item on the right hand side of the image). The countdown is on and we are so excited, but wanted to take this moment to thank each of you who have really been patient, supportive, and excited along with us. We feel your love and it means the world to us!

To the most beautiful woman in my life: words can’t express my gratitude mama, I love you.

Through your love and actions you have shown me how to be a mother. I hope to use your wisdom to empower my own daughter to be a woman for women. To be a light in this world of peace and passion, to have an insatiable zest for life, to stare in the face of her doubters and rise above them. I hope she will be able to view her reflection in the mirror, self aware of her beautiful perfection amidst imperfections and to appreciate all of her beauty, focusing on her inner depth above all. My greatest hope is that she is love and light personified, confident in the pursuit of whoever she chooses to be and whatever she chooses to do with this precious life. As you have always supported and accepted me unconditionally, I look forward to doing the same.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. For giving me a beautiful childhood filled with bright colours and happy memories, for giving me a sense of self love, for showing me what matters most in life, and for holding my hand as the circle of life continues.

From daughter to mother,

Robyn Xx

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