Being that Sebastian moved out of our room and into his own room at the weekend, it seemed a good time to finally share the nursery with you!
I never took much interest in children’s rooms until I fell pregnant last year, yet when I started to plan Sebastian’s nursery (and before I even knew if we were having a boy or a girl), I was surprised how quickly I knew what I wanted and how that didn’t really change!
I’m exposed to the latest and greatest in children’s homewares and we have featured so many achingly cool and trendy baby rooms on Phukienso but I knew my baby’s nursery wasn’t going to be one of them. Not only am I not hip and trendy, but I knew I wanted something classic, timeless, simple and serene. And I suppose, being English, that influenced my idea of what a nursery should look like.
Navy, my favourite colour, was always going to feature, whether we had a boy or a girl, and I just love it paired with mint. If we had a girl I was simply going to add touches of coral or pink. This is how I justified my choice of the from Pottery Barn Kids. The design is solid, timeless and practical in that it can convert to a toddler bed later. I didn’t fancy timber and white just didn’t seem special enough when I knew I was keeping everything quite simple.
I always wanted a few key, quality pieces in this room and they are the cot, (otherwise known as the most comfortable rocking, swivelling, back-supporting chair in the world ever!) from Pottery Barn Kids and the beautiful from Incy Design. When it came to picking my colour for the table (they give you many options or you can even go completely custom) it just had to be this gorgeous green. It’s another piece which met my requirements of solid (painted timber) and timeless. The change table top is easily removed later for it to become a chest of drawers. Who knows, I may steal it for my own room later down the track…
To tie it all together I needed a rug for the timber floorboards. Again, I wanted it simple but not too boring and I think I found the perfect thing is this (hardwearing and neutral) with a navy (just enough navy!) border. Bingo! I have to say that if ever a shop embodied my idea of gorgeous nursery style, it has to be Pottery Barn Kids. Spot on!
I wanted a few pops of gold to add interest and I bought the after seeing it on Instagram. I chose the wording ‘then there were three’ and remember looking at it a lot while I was pregnant, trying to get my head around the fact there would actually be three of us soon! I absolutely love this room. It is the calmest most lovely sunny spot with its big window onto the front garden. Damian and I both spent a lot of time in that chair while we waited for the big day, contemplating the life-changing event ahead! And now our son is here and 4.5 months old and it’s like we were never without him! I bought the Fromage La Rue (love everything they do!) for myself way before I was pregnant but could never find quite the right place for it. It’s the perfect night light!
I’ve so far neglected to mention the wallpaper which everyone comments on. Being a renter does limit what you can do to an extent but removable wallpaper was just the thing and I was keen to try it once and for all. This is the (large) from The Wallsticker Company in grey. It’s worth mentioning that it is more blue than grey in reality, but luckily we had a boy and it works well anyway! Most interior projects in our home fall to me (it’s my department) but being heavily pregnant, Damian had to take care of the application. While it took plenty of patience (and maybe some swearing), it wasn’t that hard to put up. That said, we had very varied results depending on the walls. Some look great, one is very bubbled and those bubbles aren’t going anywhere no matter how many times we pop them. Ah well…
We’re lucky that this room had built-in open shelving perfect for storing and displaying children’s toys and bits and pieces! I’m not going to pretend to be a stylist but it has been fun arranging it all. I deliberately haven’t made it too ‘done’. They’re toys after all, not ornaments! It’s a bit like a toy shop in there as you can see, and some of mine and Damian’s favourite childhood toys and books are in there too.
Anyone who knows me knows I love a bit of bunting and this custom string was a gift from small business . The Winnie the Pooh painting was a gift from my talented mother-in-law who says she always knew her little boy was going to have his own little boy! I would love to add more art and shelving to the walls but being a renter and with removable wallpaper to boot, it isn’t really advisable!
The curtains are a ready to hang pair from Freedom. If I wasn’t renting I would have done something fancier with a blind and sheers over the top. And while I claim not to be a trendy monochrome nursery kind of girl, I couldn’t resist the (and it’s great for storage) as seen in the most stylish kids’ rooms! I bought mine from Norsu Design. The fab gold painted tree trunk side table is from and was stolen from the living room.
It’s so nice that Sebastian is finally in here (after outgrowing his bassinet in our room faster than we anticipated!) and perhaps now my husband will stop referring to it as “Sebby’s toilet” seeing as nappy-changing has been its main purpose up until now!
Decorating a nursery is so different and so much more fun than any other room in the house! You could very easily go overboard because there is so much great/cute product out there! I did try very hard to restrain myself myself and keep this a calm and uncluttered space though and I feel like I’ve achieved that. I hope you like it!
Disclosure: The cot, rug, chair, cot mobile, navy and white striped buckets and silver nappy caddy were gifted by Pottery Barn Kids in return for coverage on the blog. The following items were also gifts: change table from Incy Design, ‘We Made a Wish and You Came True’ print from My Sweet Prints, belly basket from Olli Ella, Sebastian wire sign on shelves from Planet Joy, wallpaper from The Wallsticker company, blanket from Gather Kids, hippo in cot from Nana Huchy, round cushion from I Love Linen, cushion on chair from Madras Link, cot sheet from Goosebumps Boutique Bedding.
If you’d like to know where I bought anything else, please ask in the comments!
Thank you to from The Gather Collective for being a sounding board for my ideas and selections and to my husband for ‘hanging’ the wallpaper! I’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone (there are too many to mention) for their kind words, messages and gifts for Sebastian, which we genuinely appreciate.
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