Monday, December 24, 2018

The Christmas Nursery

With all the young folks coming through for the holidays, the nursery got a little update. Since everyone is much older now, the decor is growing up a bit too. Fortunately just a few small changes can make a big difference.

First I switched out the pastel quilts and bedding for some quieter versions. The cabbage rose curtains were exchanged with white linen from Ikea. And almost all of the rose print pictures were taken down. I chose this single floral pillow case to compliment the bit of red that will accent the room just for the holidays.  

All that was left was to add a few Christmas elements like the twiggy wreath (inside one of my vintage picture frames) and a few pillows. Layering a few wooly blankets always cozies things up.

Most of the baby gowns are stowed away, but since I love them so much some of my favorites are still included. I like the softness that they add, and the interest they have without feeling cluttered.

Our young grandson is now nine years old and chose this bed for his own when he arrived with his sister. I designed it with him in mind. It's the first time for the flying geese patterned quilt in this room.

Empty picture frames are one of my favorite ways to make a quick change in a room, and I added a vintage dog picture inside this one with a bit of evergreen. A festive new woodsy pillow tops things off.

The floral wreath that used to hang here got a cheery substitute for a while.

Another dark frame with ice skates anchors the head of the bed. In fact Henry learned to skate over the last two days at the local skating rink! (This view of the former nursery look is on the side bar.)

The darker elements have changed the character of this space quite a bit.

A cheery vintage red striped coverlet dresses up one of the beds.

And Mr/Ms Teddy still keeps nursery watch. . . .

One of my most exciting recent finds was a stash of lovely antique doll clothes for my nursery friends, like this knitted vest with covered buttons. The knitted ivory wool sweater was probably made for the layette of a new baby.

Everybody knows the "nursery" is more for Nanny than anyone else! LOL! Merry Christmas to me!

Wool is not supposed to be washed in hot water or it shrinks, but when it does it makes for a lovely felted texture like this. I so admire the handwork involved in making these small treasures. And my bears will never grow bigger!

My nine year old granddaughter and I still enjoy playing with dolls so they still have a presence here. Easy to whisk away the basket when the bed is needed. This one Victorian rose painting remains. No one can ever outgrow that!

The dolls have their own furry friends that get wings at Christmas.

Pooh is a handmade flea market find with well worn flannel and a little eye trouble this year. He is a visitor favorite among the guests.

Another felted hand knit sweater gets a show for the season.

This flannel frock is not vintage, but also one of my dolly faves.

And Miss Helen models a new vintage velveteen hat and coat with fur trim that came in the new stash. Very festive for the holidays! Seems made just for her!

A family heirloom red lamp is tucked in just for the duration. The stillness here will not last once everyone arrives.

A lovely white gown is always welcome.

And an antique hand worked lace valance adorns the plain white curtains. 

All of the changes took very little time or effort do up, but make a big impact.

And finally, a picture change up in the main guest room makes all the difference for Christmas. All we did in here is add a bit of a festooning and a red plaid comforter into the mix. A small lighted tree across the room is reflected in the glass.

So we are all ready for one of the most special nights of all the year!

 Welcome all!

Merry Christmas!

 And a very Happy New Year to all of you!



  1. So beautiful! Really just so magical. And if my nana had had dolls like that at her house, I'd never have wanted to leave! Christmas blessings to you and your family xx

  2. So magical house:-)
    Marry Christmas!

  3. What a delightful space! Oh how I wish my granddaughters still were young enough to enjoy dolls and their clothes. They are on to other things now. But I still enjoy dressing them for the seasons! Thanks for sharing a lovely room.

  4. Oh how sweet that you have made this room so cozy and fun for your granddaughter and grandson to enjoy.
    Hope you have a great Christmas today. Enjoy having your family in.

  5. Jacqueline,
    I adore how your room changes reflect the aging of your grandchildren!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Jacqueline, your Christmas nursery is adorable. It seems that the nursery and its occupants grow up a little too fast. Hope your Christmas was grand..Judy

  7. What a wonderful room.

  8. It is so beautiful and such a magical space! I love how each bed is set up personally. The bear is precious especially with the vintage clothing, just precious! Merry Christmas! xoxo


  9. So lovely and peaceful atmosphere at your home with all the nursery friends that have been loved.

  10. Nursery my foot! I'd love to stay in any single one of those rooms. Simply enchanting, beautiful, calm, and magical! For children of any age -- and I do mean any!

    I hope your holidays were merry and bright. I'm slowly catching up to blog world!

  11. So charming! Very lucky little guests! Hope your Christmas was filled with sweet surprises and your New Year is full of all good things! xx Karen

  12. Merry Christmas! I love your nursery. It inspires me to hang some of my vintage collection. My nursery is part of my office/studio, but I do have one corner for my grandson.

  13. Oh Jacqueline what an absolutely delightful and adorable post! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos with us. A dreamy cozy love-filled room! Hugs, karen o


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