I really wanted to get the baby’s room ready before Christmas and I’ve just about made it. I have to say it has been the most difficult room that I have decorated to date and if I’m totally honest I’m not delighted with it because it has to serve as a nursery, guest room and work room so I never felt that I could create exactly what I wanted as there had to be so many compromises in terms of space and practical furniture choices, except the cot that I absolutely love. However, the most important thing is that it feels so lovely to spend time in this room as it’s warm, cosy and welcoming and it’s very, very practical with loads of storage and the space works well for the purpose.
I’m sure it will change loads once the baby is here and it begins to fill up with toys and baby stuff – I don’t even know what that stuff will be yet! There are lots of empty shelves and drawers waiting to be filled and a little baby’s character to discover so I will definitely keep you up to date on how the space evolves in the next few weeks and months. I thought it would also be nice to get some proper photos done once baby is here so we can show her off at the same time.
But for now, these pics will have to do…dark, dark days, a huge tummy and extreme tiredness are not conducive to good photos, I’m afraid! By the way, I have compiled a list of everything in the room so pop down to the end of the post to find out where everything is from.
The only thing we have done to the room is re-paint the floor and touch up the walls (see that process in this post). We then painted all the woodwork including the skirting boards, window frame and ledge and the door in Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue. I used that colour as a basis for the other muted colours including blue, green and pink.
The large IKEA chest of drawers was a must for storage purposes. We did have the option of a beautiful vintage pine cupboard and I was soooo tempted but it just wasn’t practical. Jules, who doesn’t usually get very involved in choosing furniture, was adamant that I did two things in this room: add colour and choose practical furniture. Therefore, he won on the cupboard front and actually these drawers are ridiculously good for fitting loads in them. The top of the unit is perfect for a changing spot, too.
I was going to try to do without any desk space but I quickly realised that whilst I could it would be silly not to take advantage of this corner of the room where the vintage school desk from our hallway fits perfectly. It’s actually a really nice spot to work from.
It’s not ideal to have the cot under the window so we will probably have a shift around once the baby starts actually sleeping in this room. For now though the day bed takes priority as I’m pretty sure there are going to be nights where either I need to feed the baby in here or Jules needs to escape for a full night’s sleep. It’s also great to have space for family to come and stay.
So, nursery is done, baby’s clothes are washed and folded, pram and car seat have been bought and we have a crib ready in our bedroom. All that remains is for this baby to arrive in three weeks – we can not wait to meet her!
Furniture and paint
Paint – Light Blue estate eggshell on all wood work and All White floor paint, both c/o Farrow & Ball
Cot – Sebra Kili cot bed c/o Houseology
Day bed – Hemnes day bed from IKEA (with white porcelain knobs from John Lewis)
Drawers – Hemnes chest of 8 drawers from IKEA (with white porcelain knobs from John Lewis)
Large shelving unit – String shelving from Haus London
Small shelving unit – Pocket string from Haus London
Rug – Kolong rug c/o Urbanara
Quilt – Chambray blue single hand quilted blanket from Camomile London
Grey throw in basket – Star throw c/o Baby Mori
Cushions – House cushions from Camomile London
Pillowcases – Ticking stripe pillowcases from Toast
Muslins in changing basket – Pre-washed muslins in blush pink, white and grey c/o Baby Mori
Changing basket – Reva oval changing basket from The Tipi
Lampshade – Hot air balloon lampshade from Modern Nursery
String of lights – Marshmallow Cable and Cotton lights from Houseology
Hooks – Muuto Dots coat hooks in oak from Houseology
Plant on windowsill – geo-fleur
Chalkboard – Blackboard with chalk and sponge from Labour and Wait
Elephant – Sebra elephant on wheels c/o Smallable
Soft bunny – Isla cuddle toy from Scandiborn
Sausage dog toy – Lazy puppy cushion from Scandiborn
Wooden cars and blocks – Handmade wooden toys from Pinch Toys
Doll house – White paper doll house from Sarah and Bendrix Kids
Whale – Ferm Living whale mobile c/o Smallable
Print on small String shelf – Mother and Daughter illustration by Saar Manche from Tea and Kate
Print above desk – Screen print by Double Merrick (this particular print no longer available, I’m afraid)
Print next to drawers – Princess and the pea by Christian Jackson from Image Kind
*Do let me know if there is anything else that I haven’t mentioned that you would like to find out more about.
It’s so gorgeous Katy! Good luck with the safe arrival of your little one, I can’t wait to hear the news! X x
Itlooks realy nice and brautifully styled-very happy for you!
Oh my goodness – it is wonderful, Katy! That cot! SWOON! What a beautiful space to get to know the baby…sending lots of positive vibes for the next few weeks x
Katy this is absolutely stunning!! What a beautiful room and perfect do your new arrival.
So excited for you xxx
Those hedgehog shorts. 😀 I love them! I’d totally wear them, haha. In all seriousness, gorgeous Katy. So excited for you xx
All the best for this exciting time for you.
So pretty! What a lucky little girl she will be 🙂
Can’t wait to meet her and see you!!! xxx
How exciting, Katy! Not long at all now 🙂 The room is absolutely beautiful as well as practical – really well thought out. Best wishes to you xxx
I love the blue tone and the small details scattered throughout the room, a very balanced set. I can not wait to see her. Congratulations!
Oh it’s all so lovely and serene! I love some of the little touches in the room – those beautiful wood and soft toys, the pretty hanging lights and the little house with the animals made me squeal! Can’t wait to see your new little one and all the best for a very safe and happy arrival! xxx
I actually teared up reading this post because I am SO excited for you! This is a gorgeous, light-filled space and I absolutely love that cot. Can’t wait to meet the lucky lady who’ll be claiming this room soon.
Beautiful nursery – that rug looks absolutely gorgeous, will be so snuggly underfoot at this time of year. Hope you have a lovely, relaxed last few weeks! Xx
It looks beautiful Katy! What a lucky little girl to have such a wonderful room to come home to. I love the Muuto dots, and the hot air balloon light (kind of want one for myself…!) xx
Oh Katy, it’s lovely, it looks so warm and welcoming, what a lucky little girl! x
What a fab space. Lots of lovely details without being overbearing. Love the ceiling light. And, I’ve been meaning to get the Muuto dot coat hooks for ages, they look so good here. Congrats on getting it all done!x
How adorable. I love the string hooks and the drawer tidy. Congrats on the baby bump x
Oh I totally understand your dilemma!
When I was pregnant we made one bedroom an office/guest bedroom and the smallest room a nursery. Now that my litle girl needs a bigger room, we’re swapping the lot and it doesn’t quite work!
You’ve definitely made so much out of your space though and it all blends together beautifully. Love the little details everywhere. What a lucky little girl! xx
What a light bright room. Such a treat.
Don’t forget a sling or baby carrier, they much prefer being close to you when the are little! Beautiful nursery Katy, I am so exited for you.
How bloody exciting !!!xx
It’s looking lovely and I think you’ve done a brilliant job of making the room multi-functional. Good luck and I hope all goes well for you!
This is absolutely beautiful. The perfect room to welcome your little one and guests! Very clever use of space, and I am sure there will be times you will appreciate the daybed yourself!
Stunning. I love the white room.
It’s gorgeous, Katy, really gorgeous. I remember a time when I had a lego free floor. Those were the days!!! 😉
Beautiful space, thank you for including our stacking toy and paper house x
It looks wonderful! I can’t wait to see pics of your little girl settled in there. xx
I love what you’ve done. I particularly like the string shelving (what type of wood are the large shelves? ash or oak?). And where did you get the animals in the paper dolls house?
The shelves are oak and I got the animals from John Lewis x
Hi where is the small book shelf/coat hook piece from please! Lovely room!
It’s a vintage piece, I’m afraid. If I see something similar I will let you know x
This is so sweet and lovely, I’ll be taking inspiration from this! Love it.
A beautiful and cosy nursery, you have certainly inspired us for when our little one pops out this June.
Thank you so much
The hot air balloon is adorable. Love how you mixed different accessories and toys and everything fit in so well together.
Can I ask which hemnes Ikea drawers you went for are the ones with the slight shine to them or the Matte white ones? I am currently decorating a nursery and thought the drawers looked great.
Hi Rebecca. My drawers are the slightly off white glossy ones. They are very practical for the nursery as they wipe clean so easily. Hope that helps! X
Thanks so much we have those! I love the look with handles and just wanted to see if it was the off white you had teamed it with so thank you very helpful x
Your nursery is so gorgeous – can’t wait to see what you do with the new house! Can I ask what size/make vinyl mat fits in the changing basket please? Very tempted to buy it!
Hi there. I bought the most basic mat from John Lewis and cut out the foam from the corners so that it would fit in to the basket. It is this one: https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-the-basics-changing-mat/p230751500 Hope that helps! x
Thanks so much!
Hi! Where did you get the vinyl insert for the Reva changing basket? I’m looking for one for my basket! Thanks!
Hi there. I bought the cheapest one I could find from John Lewis and cut the foam out of the corners so that it would fit in the basket. I still have it just over two years later so it has worked really well! X
Hi! I also have the Hemnes chest. 🙂 I was wondering which exact knobs from John Lewis you have? Are these the ones: https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-cupboard-knob-white-porcelain/p1017273?size=dia-32mm
and are the drawer dividers from Ikea?
Hi! Beautiful room. Can you share where you got the vinyl lining for the changing basket? Thank you!
Hi there. I bought the cheapest one I could find from John Lewis and cut the foam out of the corners so that it would fit in the basket. I had it for nearly three years so it has worked really well! X