Karen Robock is a self-professed "girlie girl," but when she and her husband, Barry, were designing a nursery for their daughter, Matilda, three years ago, they didn't want a ruffles-and-bows style of room. "We'd heard that the Disney princess years come soon enough!" she says. They took a cue from our family cottage near Bancroft, Ont. and created a subtly feminine “enchanted forest” nursery.
A version of this article appeared in our spring/summer 2013 edition of Today’s Parent Pregnancy with the headline, “Babe in the woods” (p. 32-34).Photo: Janet Bailey
Karen with her husband, Barry, and Matilda.Photo: Janet Bailey
The birch tree wallpaper was their starting point. From there, they added woodland inspiration of all sorts: stuffed bunnies, a wooden bird mobile, a ceramic deer’s head and elk antlers on the wall, a squirrel night light, and more. "We think of it as a little bit of forest in the city," says Karen. "Topped off with a pretty chandelier, of course."Photo: Janet Bailey
The rocking chair belonged to Karen's late mother. "I love that I can rock my baby to sleep in the same spot she rocked me," says Karen.Photo: Janet Bailey
The deer and owl bookends are both antique finds from Ontario’s cottage country.Photo: Janet Bailey
The couple also scoured Etsy (etsy.com) to find unique and budget-friendly prints that would complement their theme.Photo: Janet Bailey
They also found the perfect finishing touch for the light switch on Etsy. "You just have to peel and stick it on," says Karen.Photo: Janet Bailey