I have umm-ed and ahh-ed about when would be the right time to style the nursery given all that has gone before. I wrote a post about that here.
It wasn’t until late in my second trimester that I actually felt ready and dare I say it, was able to get a little bit excited about styling for a little boy, my little boy.
In my opinion there is no right or wrong way to style a nursery as honestly it really is an expectant parents prerogative to do as they wish. It could be a nursery full of hand-me-downs and keepsakes or a practical space housing only the essentials or perhaps something a little more indulgent.
I won’t lie, I wanted to put a lot of time and thought into this nursery so the final result falls somewhere between being over-indulgent and sentimental but it won’t be until after baby comes that I’ll know if I’ve actually ticked the ‘practical’ boxes too!
So, without further ado let’s crack into it…
The colour palette:
Neutrals including cream,white, tan with accents of black
Nature inspired with a touch of whimsy
Peaceful, light and dreamy
Versatile pieces that will grow with child
// My fave Trade Me finds:
A Comfy nursing chair: Comfort, comfort, comfort that was the key objective for my nursing chair and I found this gem (albeit in a grubby state) on Trade Me and resolved to reupholster it. Note: When I’m looking on TM for a comfy chair I simply include the words ‘comfy’ in the search (as someone is sure to note if a chair is really super comfy, right?) and then I’ll narrow down the results based on location and condition. We took a quick trip to Auckland to collect this chair one weekend (it only just fit in our car!), I then found this hard-wearing linen-look fabric online (always order a sample first) then I took both to my local re-upholsterer Janene and asked if she could re-cover but use black fabric for the piping. Two weeks later and the result was a stylishly comfortable chair (that can work in other parts of the house!).
The Cot: I purchased this Leander cot secondhand last year for Penny. Yep, Trade Me once more and while this was still a splurge, I like that this cot converts into a bed for later and it doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty snazzy too. In fact, if you are on a budget and can’t buy everything new but like certain brands, then make a list of the brands/things you like and try searching each one on Trade Me – you’ll be surprised at what you can find. Refine your search by price and check the condition of the item before buying (and the sellers feedback).
The Chalkboard Wardrobe: Why not make something as simple as a wardrobe interactive? I simply used some leftover black chalkboard paint to create some mountain ranges on the existing wardrobe doors which can then be used for chalk creations or just ‘messy fingers’.
The Canopy above cot: Canopies are all the rage at the moment. I re-purposed this canopy from the spare room. Originally from The Importer but I picked this up on Trade Me too. It is made with thick layers of gauze fabric and has a cool tee-pee vibe which fits well with my nature theme.
The Gallery Wall: My husband and Dad are both fishing-obsessed and I’m quietly hoping that my son might love the sport too, so I found this antique fly rod on Trade Me for $40, mounted it on the wall and tied fishing line down to create a gallery wall of hanging pictures. The images I downloaded instantly from Lila and Lola and printed these in A3 at my local Warehouse Stationery for a few dollars. The bulldog clips for the pictures were found at Pelle Studio (large size). The great thing about a gallery wall like this is that I can change the pictures without much fuss or expense.
The Bassinet (Moses basket): This is a favourite. Not simply because it has a nostalgic appeal to it but it also has a great story. I found this on Trade Me for $30. The owners were lovely and had explained that all their children had used it but had since grown up and moved on. The actual moses basket was handwoven by the wife while the cane frame was handcrafted by the husband, how’s that for a cool ‘made in NZ’ story?!
The Bookcase: I wanted the bookcase to be a piece that can grow with my child so it has a neutral appeal. Heck, I could put this in any room of the house and it would work! This was a splurge which I designed and had made by a talented Wellingtonian called Damien Park. Consequently, he also crafted my change table in the same way. I’ll be showing this a little further down the line.
// All the other little finds:
I have quietly been finding things online over the last few months to decorate the nursery, so if you’d like to know where they’re from, here we go:
Geometric mobile above cot // Lavender Kay Design
Fisherman ‘Valerio Vidali’ mobile above crib // Lelo Studio
Small shelf with leather straps // General Eclectic via Mighty Ape
Cardboard FM radio (for songs or crackle – which I hear baby’s love) // KMart
Indian head dress // Kid’s Caravan
Stuffed toy whale // BigStuffed
Wooden mannequin man // David’s Emporium (in the art aisle)
Woven wallhanging // Labroucke
Wooden peg hook // Kid’s Caravan
Wooden triangle shelf // Ply NZ
Wooden VW ‘surfbug’ car // Bug Guts Toys
EKBY wooden wall bracket // IKEA or Trade Me
Beaded pendant light – The Don Draper // Felt That
Diamond shaped light bulb // Kiwi Living
Well, that was how I styled my little man’s nursery. Tell me, what is your must-have item for the nursery/baby? I already have a few things from the last time but I’m currently writing a list of ‘essentials’ so helpful suggestions are always welcome…