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Before and after nursery makeover

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Before and after nursery makeover

My good friends  Adam and Jennifer Ledlow recently welcomed a new addition to their growing family. Henry Douglas Boyd (how much do you love that name?!) was born two weeks ago, and he inherited some gorgeous new digs in the Ledlow homestead, thanks to his parents’ hard work and decor savvy. Just check out their super cute new nursery:   [caption id="attachment_353" align="aligncenter" width="410"] What a warm, welcoming space for a newborn. And so tidy, too! Photography by Jennifer Ledlow[/caption]   With older brother, Calvin, firmly ensconced in the former nursery, Adam and Jennifer decided to embark on a marathon makeover of the guest bedroom in the months leading up to Henry’s arrival. The new open, airy layout and pale-grey walls are incredibly soothing, and belie the extraordinary amount of work they put into the space – efforts that can only be appreciated when you consider this is what they started with:   [caption id="attachment_354" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Let the transformation begin! Here, the guest bedroom has just been stripped of its damask-papered focal wall. Photography by Jennifer Ledlow[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_355" align="aligncenter" width="410"] The room got a coat of Olympic Paint's Secret Passage D58-2 -- a truly tranquil soft grey with blue undertones. Photography by Jennifer Ledlow[/caption]   The nursery makeover didn't stop at repainting the room and tossing in a new crib. With their keen eye for reinventing and repurposing, the Ledlows saw the potential in an old dresser that Adam had inherited from a great-great-aunt about 13 years ago, and upcycled it to make a change table.   [caption id="attachment_357" align="aligncenter" width="410"] BEFORE: A very ordinary chest of drawers. Photography by Jennifer Ledlow[/caption] [caption id="attachment_358" align="aligncenter" width="410"] AFTER: A truly extraordinary, one-of-a-kind change table!  Photography by Jennifer Ledlow[/caption]   When it comes to decorating, there are few things as rewarding as giving old furniture a new lease on life with a lick of paint and some TLC. The refurbishing of the dresser was handled by the talented Rhonda of Country Chic in Bowmanville, Ont., but Adam and Jennifer selected the handsome  new drawer pulls (from The Home Depot) and the show-stopping paint colour ( Dulux's droolworthy  Swedish Berry 98RR 10/318).   [caption id="attachment_348" align="aligncenter" width="410"] The rocking chair was passed down from Jennifer's mother, and is dressed with a hand-crocheted blanket. Jennifer's mom also sewed the pretty Roman blinds. Photography by Jennifer Ledlow[/caption]   There's a warm, nostalgic feeling in the nursery, too, thanks to vintage pieces such as the antique train conductor's lantern (a great find at Toronto's St. Lawrence Antique Market) and a handsome, handmade wardrobe with rough-hewn wood doors (from Rustic Charm Home Furnishings).The wool blanket atop the wardrobe was even made using wool taken from Jennifer's great-grandfather's sheep about 60 years ago. How cool is that?   [caption id="attachment_356" align="aligncenter" width="410"] These stag-head silhouettes, which Jennifer sourced from Etsy, lend a chic "contemporary cabin" vibe to the nursery. Photography by Jennifer Ledlow[/caption]   Congrats on both the nursery and the new addition to the family, guys!    Follow me on Twitter! Don't miss out: Subscribe to the Canadian Living Home & Garden blog!
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