I didn’t really search for nursery decorating ideas when I was planning Nova’s nursery room. I knew I wanted a subtle travel-inspired design and as we wouldn’t be painting the room I knew it would be all about the nursery accessories. I stumbled across some gorgeous artwork on a lovely mint green background and from there my mint, grey and mustard yellow colour theme emerged.
I guess I’d describe his baby nursery décor (is that a thing?!) as classy and a subtle nod to his travel-loving parents. I was a bit selfish with the whole set-up if I’m honest. I figure that until he’s old enough to have a preference for colours, characters and interests the room is for my enjoyment. I’m the one who needs the comfy chair to feed him. I’m the one who actually notices what’s on the walls and stuff. I knew I’d be spending a lot of time in the room feeding, changing and playing with him so I knew it needed to be easy on the eyes. I’m totally not into garish, loud baby colours. Yes, little ones are said to love them, but that’s what toys, play areas and other people’s houses are for, no?
I’m also rather picky and could not for the life of me find a stylish cot that wouldn’t break the bank. I searched Pinterest for ages and every time I had a ‘a-ha’ moment I’d discover it was from a shop in America. Of course, now that Nova is here there seems to be loads of chic, affordable cots in the UK market too.
We made Nova’s cot in the end. I became fixated on having a white cot with a mint green top. I blame the hormones. I got so inspired by the cots on Pinterest that I convinced the Mr to make one. We bought a cheap, but sturdy white cot bed that had an ugly pine trim and decided to sand it all down. We painted it in a stupidly expensive shade of mint and topped it with one of those baby safe varnishes. All in all we saved a lot of money and Nova sleeps in style.
The search for a classy sleeping bag proved successful. Not only did we find a super cute one in light grey with a yellow trim, we also bought the same one with a mint green trim. Talk about perfect coordination. The best thing about these sleeping bags is that they’re multi-tog, which seems to be quite unique. They have a clever inner layer that can be removed, so you basically have a sleeping bag that’s suitable for both the warm and cool weather.
We also got our DIY on when it came to his bunting. I blame those hours on Pinterest, but actually jokes aside, I’d highly recommend it as an affordable way to personalise your baby’s room. We found a font on DaFont (they have zillions of free downloadable ones). We printed our letters on paper, laminated them and then used a sharp stencil knife to cut them out. We used them as stencils on the hessian bunting (bought for next to nothing at Hobbycraft). Using white acrylic paint we dabbed over the stencils, left it to dry and then peeled the stencils away.
The wall artwork that I mentioned earlier was also super cheap and from Etsy. It cost around £15 for the three downloadable prints. We printed them onto card paper and then used white frames with mounts. I don’t think there’s any point using mega expensive paper if you’re just putting your print straight into a frame.
I have a thing for tipis (ironic really as I hate camping) and I love the subtle nod to worldly adventures, so these prints are perfect. I also thought this print was pretty apt. I’d bought it when I first started blogging.
I also got creative with a wall hanging. Truth be told, I had my heart set on a macramé hanging but those things are bloody expensive and I couldn’t get my fuzzy head round the instructions to make my own. And so I improvised and made my own boho wall hanging with pretty ribbons, lace and a chunky stick from one of our many walks.
Jay’s mama deserves a round of applause for the gorgeous mobile she made Nova. I messaged her a picture of an identical one that I’d seen on Etsy. It was £80, which seemed a tad excessive for such a minimalistic design. I think it was a lot harder to make than you might think, so I don’t think she’ll be taking any orders, but isn’t it just the cutest?
And talking of flying animals, we picked up this adorable wooden elephant hanging from a super cool store in Barcelona on our babymoon. Supposedly they’re hand-made in Thailand. We couldn’t resist the cute propellor bums twirling in the breeze!
The armchair was a steal from John Lewis. It was in the sale anyway, but as it was a display model we asked them if they’d knock a bit extra off and they did. If you don’t ask, you don’t get, eh?! I’d definitely recommend a comfy armchair if you’re planning to breastfeed. You’ll spend a lot of time in it, so this is where I would say that comfort needs to come before style. If you can get both then great, but if not go for comfort. I lusted over so many beautiful mint green ones, but when it came to the bum test they let me down.
We loved the Moroccan poufs we saw in Marrakech, but couldn’t warrant another trip there just for them so we went for a British twist with this knitted mustard one. It’s been an ideal footrest when feeding and now that Nova’s on the move he loves using the knots to pull himself up.
The mint floor lamp with copper touches is one of my fave nurery accessories. We thought we’d be using it during the night feeds so that we didn’t have to turn the main light on, but we were always too scared to put it on so just fumbled in the dark. Regardless of that, I still love it. I can’t find the link for this exact one, but these are pretty dreamy too…
The best buy of the whole entire room though comes down to Nova’s change table. If you’ve never looked, let me tell you that changing tables are ridiculously expensive. Essentially it’s a chest of drawers with a little raised lip on the top. It’d never stop a baby rolling off and as if you’d leave them unattended anyway. I couldn’t bear to pay a few extra hundred pounds for something so pointless, but didn’t want to limit nappy changes to the floor.
I’d always wanted a vintage dresser like the ones we’d seen in Bali, all etched with beautifully intricate carvings. My bank balance said otherwise. We totally lucked out when we found this shabby, but cute little cabinet in a local vintage store called a Most Marvellous Place. It was priced at £75, but again, we (the Mr) asked politely if they’d lower the price as a catch on one of the doors was missing. Lo and behold they did, so it cost us a mere £50.
I absolutely love this peaceful, calming room and I do think the fairly neutral colours are pretty soothing for him. I’m crossing my fingers that he asks for something similar when it’s time to redo it…!
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