Written by Rebecca Raynham.
A lot of you lovely people on Instagram wanted updates on how the baby's nursery was coming along, so I thought I would do a "before and after" style blog post.
I had planned on two separate posts this month - a post about some beautiful things I was collecting for the baby and another post featuring the nursery renovation. I realised it would make more sense to combine them into one post, especially as time is now limited with the baby being induced early (eek!). So as well as showing you around Baby Girl's new room, I will be sharing with you some lovely brands and shops that have helped to make her little space happy and welcoming.
The room that is now Baby Girl's nursery has had many uses over the years. It has been an office, my art studio and more recently, we attempted to turn it into a guest room (hence the bed), but gave up and used it as storage space instead.
We always wanted to clear it out and make it into a nice room, but never had the time or incentive to do it.
About halfway through this pregnancy, we decided that even though Alfred and Baby Girl will be sharing a room at some point, it was better if they had their own spaces until they were a little bit older. Turning the spare room into her nursery was the motivation we needed to start clearing stuff out!
We started by organizing all the stored items in there, throwing out or giving to charity the things we didn't need. Once it was clear, we dismantled the shelves and bed and suddenly it felt like quite a nice sized room!
Disclaimer: you will find that throughout the duration of this blog post, I will say "we" a lot. By "we", I actually mean "Dan".
He does DIY about ten times faster than me and much more neatly. I did a few jobs in there (mainly the pretty decorations at the end), but it was Dan who did all the boring stuff.
The walls were already white, but covered in dirt and marks. We cleaned up the walls and painted them with a fresh coat of white paint, then painted all the wood with a new coat of white gloss.
We (Dan) then spent some time scrubbing and scraping the floor, because there were splodges of oil paint stuck on there from the years of me being a tortured artist (sorry Dan, I was clearly having some sort of "artistic inspiration" and didn't think ahead to when that room might be used for a small child).
We have been very lucky in that we have been sent a lot of lovely bits for her room, from a variety of brands and shops. They have really helped bring the room to life. I can't wait to share them with you all!
The room isn't quite finished yet and there are a few more sweet things to add to the room - I will share the updates with you on Instagram soon.
Esme and Ivy bonnets are made by a lovely lady and her mum. Everything is handsewn and embroidered, so therefore made in very limited numbers. This makes each bonnet extra precious and you cannot fault the craftsmanship at all! The quality is very high. I can't wait to see the baby wear her bonnet!
The dusky pink fabric hanging on the shelves is a stretchy baby wrap from Burrow Baby. They make really sweet wraps out of bamboo, in a variety of gorgeous shades.
I love the pocket detail on them too, so you can carry a couple of essentials with you, whilst wearing the baby.
Aden + Anais sent me the beautiful baby sleepsuit and I can’t wait for Baby Girl to wear it! It’s made out of the same fabric as their muslin blankets and is so soft. The cross-body popper design is fab too - making it easier to dress a newborn!
The shelves are actually spice racks from Ikea (an idea from a lovely Instagram friend). They are so easy to put up and are the perfect size for displaying stuff in a kid's room.
Whilst we are looking at the shelves, one of my favourite details in the room are the Happy Decs copper triangle decals.
They stick on so easily and last really well, but also come off without a trace, if you want to change up the look and remove them.
They come in generous packs and you can stick them all over the wall, to create a wallpaper-like effect. In the end, I decided to use them to create a fun little detail, to add a bit of fun and to customise the Ikea shelves.
The pieces of teething jewellery pictured, from Lara and Ollie, add a lovely pop of colour to the room. I’m keeping them in here until I can use them properly with Baby girl.
Teething jewellery is such a great idea - you get to wear some fun accessories and not worry about the baby grabbing at them or eating them.
These pieces are made of silicone, so perfect for the baby to chew on and completely safe.
The bear on the end of the cot is called a “Whisbear”. It’s a soft toy that emits white noise, for calming the baby and helping them sleep. It’s got a clever function where when it detects crying, it turns on automatically and then the sound fades away again after 40 minutes.
After experimenting with many different types of sounds when Alfred was small, it was plain old white noise that worked the best. When he was tiny, if you turned it on he would stop crying immediately - it was like some sort of baby wizardry.
Now he is older, we still use white noise every night, as the walls are quite thin in our house and it is an excellent noise canceller.
It’s really hard to find products in the market that are designed for babies, that only play plain white noise, without any annoying pauses when the sound loops. I was so excited when I turned the Whisbear on and it was one long, continuous true white noise sound.
I love how it can be cuddled by the baby too and is also very portable, so they can get comfort for naps, wherever you go.
Coco & Wolf is a gorgeous brand, who make all of their products with Liberty print fabric. They sent me this Autumnal coloured baby blanket and I love it! It’s so pretty and the yellow is a nice balance to the pinks that are creeping their way into the room.
I really want a chest of drawers in here at some point (this isn’t a large house and storage is at a premium), but in the meantime, we will have a variety of storage baskets and boxes to keep her clothes and blankets in.
The basket pictured in the main photo is from Tilly + Cub. The moses basket is from Tilly and Cub too - they are one of my favourite shops, not only because the baskets are stunning, but because each one is hand woven in Ghana, Africa and crafted by fair trade workers. Because they are handmade, each basket is unique and special. Also, when a basket is sold, a donation is made to Afrikids, who run multiple great projects in Ghana.
Tilly + Cub have also just released a new handwoven changing basket, so you can change nappies in style - a great way to disguise those plastic changing mats.
The beautiful blue and gold fabric, draped over the end of the cot, is a cotton ring sling from Mamaruga. I can't wait to use it when the baby arrives!
You may have spotted the pink quilt appear in lots of photos - it's from Cam Cam Copenhagen and is so well made and luxe. It adds a lovely bit of warmth and texture to the room.
The swallow mobile is from Flensted. We are a family of bird lovers, so thought a bird mobile would be appropriate. It's quite grown up and not babyish in any way, so we can carry on using it elsewhere in the house, when it isn't' being enjoyed by a small child anymore.
The blanket draped over the basket (as pictured above), is from Studio Romeo. It's a really fun circular shape and will make a great playmat as well as a blanket. I have a few other Studio Romeo blankets too, made out of the softest muslin. I also have their ingenious baby carrier, which I will be sharing with you all soon on Instagram.
This is our cozy corner (which will get cosier over time), where we can read books and have a cuddle. The ottoman bench is a great way to have some hidden storage and we have jazzed it up with cushions and pouffes from Cam Cam Copenhagen.
The wall hanging is from Two Plus Roo (who has just opened her very lovely Etsy shop) and the wall hooks are from Sebra.
I'm currently using the hooks to store my Mezaya Baby ring slings and newborn baby wrap. Each time I look at them hanging there, I get so excited to wear a tiny baby in them!
As I said before, the room isn't finished - I like adding things to rooms as time goes by, that gradually evolve the look and mean something special. I am so happy with how this room turned out, I find myself sitting in it and imaging spending time in there with Baby Girl and Alfred. It's also so nice to have all the bedrooms finished in the house and no hidden clutter rooms anymore!
I'm feeling super prepared now, roll on bringing the baby home!