Our nursery space is teeny. As in almost a New York style nursery-in-a-cupboard small. This did not prevent me from having big plans…
I started (of course) a board on Pinterest in order to collate my ideas (which is where I found the gorgeous nursery above). I knew I wanted something calming and neutral (with a pop of one colour to save it from being too neutral); that felt like a child’s room without being twee or babyish; and which was a starting point – so it can be personalise as the mini grows and a proper little personality starts to emerge.
Three themes became evident: grey, clouds and elephants….
We already had in situ: a chest of drawers (with a mat on top, it’s a changing table. I think, in a small space (heck, I’m going to come out and say it – in any space) a changing table is something of an unnecessary luxury), a white Eames rocker, the cot, and bookshelves. Here’s how I styled it…
I toyed with grey paint for the walls – but then decided a grey box had the potential to be too dull (especially on those winter nights when you’re doing the night feed, half asleep and woozy), but in the end went with a fresh coat of white.
I fell for the clouds fabric from Farg & Form, and flirted with the idea of having curtains made. However, I don’t want to overpower the room, so opted for simple, stylish grey blackout curtains from The Natural Curtain Company. I sneaked in the Farg & Form clouds via the changing mat and paper lampshade from new discovery Northlight Homestore.
Above the changing station (sounds much grander than it is), we have two shelves: books on the top one (no home is complete without books in every room, in my humble opinion) and baskets on the second, holding baby essentials so we have them immediately to hand (nappies, wipes, cotton wool, nanny cream, Calpol etc). I found three small white baskets from Zara Home last time around, which fit perfectly. These are similar. (I also like the look of these colourful ones and this simple white box-style.)
Do also note that in teeny tiny rooms every inch of space is essential. I found an underbed basket at Laura Ashley for spare linen/clothes and I cannot resist a basket for soft toys (these are lovely). I had bought this one from H&M Home, but it has somehow found its way into my bedroom/wardrobe (it’s a great holiday bag) and, err, shows no sign of migrating back!
Now, mini will sleep in Bambino Merino sleeping bags, but that doesn’t mean that I was prepared to forgo the opportunity to buy cushions and soft furnishings. Heaven forfend!
I was lucky enough to chance upon the lovely and talented Charlotte of Badger & Earl. She’s about to open a sewing cafe in Chiswick (selling her lovely products and offering tea, coffee, cakes – and lessons for beginners/children/projects for the more experienced). She makes terrific quilts using Scandi-inspired fabrics (she can also make smaller patchwork quilts, backed with a tougher fabric, so you can pop them in the buggy/your changing bag and whip them out if you need to lie your baby down in the park or a cafe). I visited her at home and spent a lovely couple of hours choosing fabrics and a design. Quilts cost from £40 and can be customised with fabric, initials or the baby’s name. Contact Charlotte via Badger and Earl.
I whipped through the Zara Home sale and picked up a blanket and cushion (mine has a cloud design – naturally – but this one is very similar):
At the Mothercare press day, I spotted the Baby K nursery range designed by Renaissance woman Myleene Klass. In soft grey and yellow, featuring stars and clouds, it’s perfect for a neutral nursery decor: I love this storage trug, the bed in a bag and the muslins). Here I found my cotbed sheets.
My lovely mum has bought her new grandchild a gorgeous print and mobile from one of my favourite children’s sites, Bimbily. If you have yet to discover this site, I urge you to do so immediately. It is full of delights. I’m hankering after the night sky swaddles for the baby (so sweet and soft!) and several items for the ‘big girl’s bedroom’ (which has also been in the process of redecoration)…
The mini was very lucky as the lovely folk at Alex & Alexa sent us this cloud mobile, which will hang over the changing table.
He couldn’t wait. The pictures are not yet hung, the bed not turned into a cot, but – two weeks ahead of schedule – the last piece of our family puzzle arrived – and it’s already hard to imagine him not being here. I’m completely smitten with this little chap. So I’m taking some time off to hunker down and enjoy being a family of four – so posts from me will be intermittent. Alex will still be posting regularly – and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WearandWhereUK), and Instagram (@wearandwhere). And, if you like us please like our Facebook page (WearandWhere) and spread the word!
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