We chose the wallpaper for the nursery — a light toile with a Peter Rabbit motif — because the ultrasound didn’t reveal whether we were having a boy or a girl. The variety of pastels in the pattern gave us some wiggle room. We also chose it because who can resist when the elegance of toile mingles with the whimsy of storybook animals? But mostly, we chose it because I love Beatrix Potter, her stories, her illustrations and her love of animals. I love the woman she was —…  [more]