Planning for a new baby is such an exciting time. All the tiny little clothes, blankets etc to choose and coo over. I love interiors, so planning our little bundle’s nurses was high on my list of priorities. You may have guessed, if you read my blog often, that I am a little obsessed with The White Company, so when explaining to Mr BMB the look I was after, I said that I wanted it to have fallen out of their catalog.
Although we had only decorated the spare room, which was to become the nursery a year prior in a very acceptable neutral shade, I insisted that we re-paint in grey, opting from Farrow and Ball in Dimpse with a satin finish so the walls were easier to clean. I do love grey walls and this shade is dark enough that the white woodwork and furniture stands out against it, but it is pale enough to be a calming shade too. I trawled the internet to find the perfect white tree wall sticker (£48.99 Bouf) which contrasts beautifully against the grey, as do the white wooden star pegs (£5.50 each Bimbily) with little white wooden hangers for some of my favourite of her outfits. The beautiful cloud mobile (£25 The White Company) hanging over her cot is also one of my favourite pieces.
Although we bought lots of accessorise from The White Company, our furniture budget didn’t stretch that far. So we chose a white wooden sleigh cot-bed from Mothercare (Chiltern Sleigh Cot Bed £300) with a useful storage draw underneath, which I use for blankets and bedding that I don’t mind being on show (although they were obviously scooped out when I took these snaps!). I’ve found that pale white sheets are the easiest to clean, as you can fully attack them with stain removers without worrying about pattens fading unevenly. We use beautifully thick organic cotton sheets from The Little Green Sheep Company (£14.95) and their waterproof mattress protector (£28.95) also, which is beautifully soft and doesn’t feel plasticy.
To make her cot all snug we popped in the beautiful Noah’s Arc Cot Bumper (£65 The White Company) along with a Grey Star (£16 The White Company) and White Cloud Cushion (£19 The White Company), where little bunny (£11 Jelly Cat) likes to hang out when he isn’t being cuddled.
I didn’t consider buying a changing table as they aren’t a very flexible piece of furniture, instead we chose a long chest of draws from the Hemnes range at IKEA (IKEA £215) that will be more grown-up when little Sophie is too and I found a grey star print changing mat (£5.99 Mothercare) that fitted with my theme perfectly.
When baby arrived, my parents treated us to a beautiful chair from Laura Ashley (Lancaster Hendon Natural Chair £1,050 - currently on sale for £577.50). When you are up in the middle of the night, I think it is important to be comfy and this fitted the bill perfectly. I like to keep a blanket handy for my benefit on chilly nights to wrap up in (Reversible Cloud Blanket £36 The White Company).
Although we have loads of storage, as Sophie has got older our toy collection is increasing, which need to be accessible too. I love these personalised Storage bags (£40 My 1st Years) which she can dig around to find her of-the-moment favourite friend.
Sophie has been given some beautiful toys, (Similar Wooden Duck £26.95 duck) some of which sit and watch over her from the fire place with her Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Sign (£15 Yummy Mummy Gifts) and her beautiful rocking horse (The White Company £95) waits patiently to be played with on a sheepskin rug that Sophie love feeling the texture of.
Adding little bits and pieces around the room to make it feel personal and homely was really important. We bought a picture shelf (IKEA £6) which we filled with pictures from my Maternity Shoot by Laura Beth Photography (see more here) and from Sophie’s newborn shoot from Simply Newborn Photography (post here). I also framed a few of the baby cards we were sent when she first arrived. For Christmas, we were given such a thoughtful gift of a family tree with our names on, which I've popped in Sophie's room too (Similar £20 Etsy).
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour around my favourite room in the house...