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Jasper's Montessori, Vintage Disney-Inspired Nursery!
This past weekend, we had the distinct pleasure of packing up the van and road-tripping for 3 hours to finally visit our friends in their new home. We used to all live together in the same city, but things change after babies, and often the distance grows.
Suffice it to say, it’s been a while since we’ve all savoured each other’s company, and in some ways, this weekend lent itself to myself and Jasper’s mom Meghan getting to know each other on a deeper level. Both moms now, with partners who are very similarly lovely and complex. I suppose the same could be said for us.
It was a grand affair with many different groups of friends and their children gathered, lots of outdoor eating and music making. They’ve been in their new home a while now and the warmth, love, and attention to fine detail shines in each and every room. Especially their little Jasper’s nursery. I had a chance to take some pictures and interview Meghan a little bit about how the space came together…
“We never set out to create a Disney-themed room – in fact, we didn’t go into it with a theme in mind at all. We moved into this house during Jasper’s first month, and so everything has been coming together slowly. So much of what we’ve chosen to put in his room has a lot of meaning for us because it’s a part of family history, or because it’s a gift from someone we love. The rest of it is there because it serves a purpose — a nursery is a room that sees heavy duty use on a daily basis. That’s the kind of environment we want our home to be: functional and filled with love.”
Click through for a fun little tour of my young friend Jasper’s nursery >>>
The moose is picky about who he lets in. He travelled all the way via Jasper’s dad David, from a trading post between Ignace & Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario, Canada.
The Grand View
Meghan shares, “The Montessori bed set up wasn’t something we planned for, but it has turned out to be what works for us. It makes sense to me that Jasper’s room should be a place that is safe and fun for him, and nothing makes me happier than when I know he’s up from a nap not because I’ve heard him crying but because I hear him playing with the blocks. We’re not religious about creating a full Montessori environment for him — we still use the room a lot too, so having adult-sized furniture continues to work for us — but we do love the low shelves, the baby-height mirror and the floor bed.”
It's In The Little Things
Plush toys reminiscent of favourite story book and movie characters. It’s something I think that we all do as parents.
Everything Has It's Place, Everything Has a Story...
Loving the Winnie The Pooh story-books to match the vintage prints above Jasper’s bed. The little dump truck on the shelf (and the red Tonka truck you’ll soon see on the dresser), are from Jasper’s great aunt — his dad David and his dad’s cousin had the same set growing up!
Jointed Pinocchio Doll
Jasper’s big sister got him the wooden Pinocchio doll on the shelf in Florence, Italy.
Cree Medicine Wheel Dreamcatcher
A gift from Jasper’s grandmother to his daddy David from a trip to Quebec. I suppose David thought it would do its best work in his new baby’s room.
Floor Bed & Book Storage Idea!
Cute AND functional! Right where Jasper can reach them when he wakes up or as he drifts off to sleep. The plush owl is a handmade gift from moi!
Repurposed Vintage Furniture
Meghan shares, “The dresser & desk were part of a set (there’s a bed too) that my nana got when she went to college. When I went to university, I painted them this robin’s egg blue colour. Now the desk is functioning as a change table, and we’ve loved having all the extra storage for the cloth diapers. The hexagon carpet was found for $3 at the local thrift store. I love that it’s made of acrylic yarn, and can be tossed in the washer & dryer!”
Framed Vintage Pinocchio Playing Cards
A sweet little gift for Jasper, nicely tying the theme together!
A Closer Look...
In mint condition, original Disney playing cards!
“Our very dear friends the Beavers own the Alderville Indian Craft shop, and when Debbie heard I was pregnant, she got down to work making these beautiful four directions moccasin booties. The Pinocchio puppet on the dresser with the little handmade body was David’s toy when he was a kid.” ~ Meghan
“The little white rocking chair was a Christmas gift from my grandmother. It was originally a gift for my father, when he was four. Apparently all he wanted for Christmas was, “a doll and a rocking chair.” The nursing rocker belonged to my great grandmother and the dollhouse is by Stock Wooden Toys. It’s used by preschools and kindergartens and won a design award in 1962, because it can be used by multiple kids at once. I got it at a thrift store for $5.” ~Meghan
I made the quilt to match the plush owl as a birth gift for Jasper.
Vintage Winnie The Pooh Prints
These darling (and mint condition!) Pooh prints were a gift to Jasper’s dad when he was a baby from his aunt & uncle. Passed down beautifully.
Oh how I love these prints. It pleases me in nerdly ways to discover cherished, well-cared for pieces from another era and passed down to future generations.
My Favourite Part of The Room
What’s yours been?
Meet The Family
That’s Meghan holding Jasper with my two, and Jasper and his big sister Jake with my two again. Long-time pals David (Jasper’s dad) and my guy Trevor are the two eating ice cream and ribs, as one does on a long weekend. We loved our visit with you guys. Thanks for sharing Jasper’s room (and the history), with the DB readers!