After many months of designing, planning, pinterest boards and decorating, Margot’s nursery is finally complete and it has become my favourite room in the house; so I thought I would share it with you! Also, when we were designing and planning her room, I spent hours on Google and Pinterest searching for ideas, so hopefully this post may help inspire some new mamas too – if it does, I’d love to hear from you!
We didn’t know whether we were expecting a baby boy or girl, so we chose a neutral theme of leaves/jungle/natural so that it didn’t matter, but it’s also a theme that will last until toddler age (unless I change my mind before then and decide to re-decorate!). One thing for sure, was that we didn’t want a grey theme. We have a lot of grey already in our house in the living areas, and I see A LOT of grey at work! This was also the case for furniture, but I’ll get to that fiasco another time. Let’s just say, when you’re 28 weeks pregnant in a world pandemic, don’t leave it too late to place a furniture order if you’re wanting something specific!!
In all honesty, simply through lots of online searches – Google, Pinterest, Instagram. We then pulled together the elements we liked from images we had saved, and made the rest up as we went along! We thought going with jungle/animals, it would suit a boy or girl and not feel too baby like after just a few months. It means we could have some fun as well. I’m also a fan of Giraffes. I have lots. So of course when I came across the Melissa & Doug giraffe, I couldn’t resist! He just appeared on our doorstep one day, and fitted the room perfectly…
Left: This is the view as you enter the room. The crib is a Stokke Sleepi, which grows with your baby. I’ll be really sad when Margot needs it extending up to the next size,as it’s incredibly cute this small!
Above: The changing corner, looking back across the room; model included!
Margot’s room isn’t huge, so we have been careful not to over clutter it, but still make it feel cosy and homely, and I believe we have really achieved that. So much so, in the morning when she wakes up, we sit and play or read a book in there together for half an hour before her breakfast bottle, and sometimes we sit and play in there in the afternoons too. She has a disco ball from Nanny & Grandad, which she absolutely loves, so we do a lot of sensory play in her room. It also helped her to get used to being in there before she was sleeping in there overnight. It is all in the details.
We have a basket of books, which was started off at my baby shower. My sister asked everyone to bring a book along, in place of a card, which was a lovely idea and Baby K, as she was known at the time, was gifted a huge collection of stories, old and new which we spend time reading every day!
I also wanted to make sure we had some photographs in there, of her and of us. They live on the shelves to the side of her changing unit and we point them out at every nappy change, along with the animals on the wall above. They will be changed and updated over time.
The cute little rainbow signifies the fact that she was our light in the craziness of 2020, and the owl came from Turkey, which is where my Dad and Stepmum live…hopefully we will be on a plane heading there soon!
The final finishing touch to the shelves were the little pompoms…some went on the shelf and the remainder I hung in the cot canopy; super cute for now and perfect for when we turn it into a reading corner when Margot is older!
Lastly, the animals that run along the top of the green section tie in obviously with the animal theme, but also a little nod to The Lion King – one of my favourites! They were hand painted by me, with assistance from my Cricut Explore machine to cut out the stencils. They are mostly hidden by cuddly toys on top of her wardrobe at the minute, but they will be seen in the future!
Wallpaper & paint | B&Q
Cot | Stokke Sleepi 7-in-1
Wardrobe & changing Unit | Babystyle Charnwood range (purchased from Youngster’s World)
Lion rug | Maison du Monde
Lampshade | Maison du Monde
Cot Canopy | Ebay
Giraffe | Melissa & Doug (purchased from Amazon)
Baby Gym | Little Green Sheep (purchased from Youngster’s World)
Shelves | Amazon
Rainbow | Rain & Bows
Pom Pom lights | Angell Pompoms
Mirror | Dunlem
Animal prints | Crown Prints
So there it is! I hope you love it as much as I do, and if it has given you some inspiration for your own home, well that’s a bonus! If your baby’s nursery is already completed, then the next thing to organise is a newborn photography session for when they arrive – don’t forget those photos on the shelves – I can assist you with those! If you would like more information on my newborn photography sessions, I’d love to hear from you!