So here I am, still pregnant. Did I mention I am overdue?!
To ease my boredom I decided to do a nursery tour post. I always love looking at these for inspiration and thought it might fill a little bit of my time whilst I sit here waiting for baby to make an appearance.
The nursery was only finished a few weeks ago, despite beginning decorating back in August. Our kitchen renovations then took over, and went on… and on… and on… (avoid Howdens at all costs!).
We never had a theme in mind when we first started thinking about the nursery. I didn’t want it to be too pink, or too babyish (mainly because I can’t face decorating again in a years time!). We ended up basing the whole nursery around some wallpaper we fell in love with and that gave us our theme, as you will see from the photos.
Wallpaper – Homebase
Cot – Mothercare
Cot Top Changer – Amazon
Changing Mat – Mamas & Papas
Mobile – Silver Cross
Breathable Bumper – Breathable Baby from BabyCurls.co.uk
Dreamcatcher – McQuaint Gifts
Wardrobe – Mothercare
Storage Baskets – Amazon
Dolls – Marks and Spencers
Hot Air Balloon – Love Lottie Textiles
Storage Baskets – Aldi
Storage Drawers – The Range
Print – Lovely Little Prints
Peg Dolls – M.E. Creations
Light Up Hot Air Balloon – Pixie Hill Studio
Rocking Chair – Gumtree
We chose our nursery furniture from Mothercare and it is part of the Padstow range. I really wanted a cotbed rather than just a cot and I also wanted a wardrobe with shelving instead of a standard wardrobe. This range fit the bill perfectly. Having said that though, we had nothing but problems with the range. Everything turned up damaged, and I lost count of how many replacements parts we ended up with in the end. Mothercare dealt with the whole situation really badly, and it took months (and a long complaint) to get everything resolved.
Storage was key in the room. It turns out babies have a lot of things! The nursery is the smallest room in the house but we have managed to cram a lot in without overloading it. The storage unit from The Range matches the other furniture perfectly, and is currently full to the brim with nappies, wipes and toiletries. We went for a cot top changer from Amazon, rather than a changing unit to save on space. I chose the Tutti Bambini changer, which was around £40. It came ready assembled, always a bonus, has slide out shelves which will be great for toiletries, and also comes with a towel rail. Finally we ordered the Saplings rollaway drawer for extra storage under the cot. This again was around £40. I managed to assemble this myself very easily, despite being 37 weeks pregnant, and it’s great for bedding and towels.
I absolutely love the wallpaper we ended up going with – pink and gold are fantastic together. It was a bargain too, at just £10 a roll. Whilst I have tried not to go overboard with any theme, we did add a few gold bits around the room to break up the pink, and also picked up on the hot air balloons with a couple of accessories.
My favourite things in the room are the bits I bought from small companies. There are some fantastic companies on Instagram and Etsy, and I loved browsing them all and picking out different items. I ordered various prints from Lovely Little Prints and Pink Rabbit Designs, a dreamcatcher from McQuaint Gifts, hot air balloon accessories from Pixie Hill Studio and Love Lottie Textiles and also pretty, glittery bits from M.E. Creations. Many of these companies are ran by normal mummy’s on maternity leave, and it feels good to know by buying from them we are helping real families, rather than just filling the pockets of big corporate bosses.
This is by far my favourite room in the house! I absolutely love it. Now we just need the baby!!!
L (41 weeks pregnant and hating life)