Planning how you would like your nursery is one of the best things an expectant mum can do! Daydreaming of curtains, bedding, paint colours and furnishings is such a wonderful way to pass the time! I must confess (and others who know me would most definitely agree) I’m a little OCD about how I like things to look and I go into every minute detail right down to the handles on the drawers and hooks on the wall.
This is why I TOTALLY LOVE our nursery! I knew as soon as I found out we were expecting that wanted a woodland theme nursery. Trouble was I just can’t stand all those tacky cartoon character designs that seem to be loved everywhere! I wanted something more sophisticated and elegant than that, something classy but still exciting for baby. So this is where my OCD planning kicked in!
The very first thing we bought for the nursery was something I would NEVER normally have considered! A mural, a huge vinyl sticker that covers and entire wall, not normally something I would associate with sophistication or elegance! I found it in the Lake District in a little shop on the shore of Lake Winderemere and knew instantly we had to have it! It was a Silver birch forest scene and I just knew it would be perfect for a feature wall in the nursery. We had to take an educated guess on which size to buy and luckily we got it right!
Georges Nursery was our larger spare bedroom and was painted by previous occupants in a very bland lemon yellow. Now although it was a neutral colour and was in good nick it simply had to go! The colour I had my heart set on was a light olive green but every range of paint we looked at the colour just wasn’t right! It was either too minty or too limey and it drove me quite bonkers searching for the perfect colour. There were so many samples all over the wall eventually I thought ‘sod this’ and mixed two together to see how it would look! That was the EUREKA moment! I’d done it, I’d finally found the perfect colour, all I needed to do now was get it mixed up. Off we went to Homebase where they mixed up my perfect green! We opted for the Dulux wipeable base so we can give the walls a good clean up if an explosive Poonami should occur!
So that was the walls sorted! Next were the curtains.
Now it’s been said that I have expensive tastes, and despite me trying really hard not to pick THE most expensive things it seems it’s inevitable! When looking at fabric for curtains I came across the most amazing Voyage Enchanted Forest Fabric! I’d never heard of it before and had no idea at the time that it is SUPER expensive and sadly I let myself fall in love with it! Needless to say once I figured out the curtains for both windows would cost nearly £400 I had to change my mind PDQ (Pretty Dam Quick)! I’ll admit I was absolutely gutted as I really did LOVE that fabric but happily I did find something else which actually suited better. We took a trip to Dunelm and I came across these gorgeous oak leaf patterned curtains. They were ready made and a perfect fit for our window sizes and the colours couldn’t have been more perfect, it’s as if I’d picked them personally to match! Decision made, they were the ones! Black out blinds were my next must have as they really are invaluable in the summer months when you’re trying to get little one to go down for a nap! We found some lovely ones at Dunelm in a muted brown Bee pattern and again they were ready made and a perfect fit!
The cot was our next big thing; I was after a Solid Oak cot to fit in with the woodland theme. We looked everywhere but they were either too expensive or poor quality and that simply wouldn’t do. So we started looking on the second-hand market and found my dream cot Oak and cream (that new was WAY out of our price range) for an absolute bargain price only there was a small catch… it was over 150 miles away! Being pregnant really does have its perks and one wide eyed “please” look later and my partner was soon driving to fetch it for our baby! (Yes he’s THAT amazing!)
So with the cot bought and only a few items left we were getting on brilliantly. The wardrobe was actually a no brainer, we had a pine one that was already in situe and would be perfect with loads of drawers for storage too. The changing table was the next obstacle, I really liked my old Ikea changing table but it was 12 years old, the drawers weren’t great and needed attention and it was totally the wrong look for our new nursery. No matter how many others I looked at, they just weren’t as good as my old one. So this turned into my partners nursery project, he decided to re-vamp my old cherished one, painting it the same colour cream as the cot and changing all the drawer handles for oak ones that matched perfectly! It’s fantastic!
A nursing chair was something I always wanted with my eldest but sadly my tiny old house didn’t have room for one. Now was my chance to get one and having tried out several I went for the Glider nursing chair and footstool from, believe it or not, Smyths Toy Superstore! It was by far the comfiest and much more reasonably priced than others we’d looked at. I absolutely love it!
A toy chest for me is an essential piece for a nursey and I found a second hand pine one on Facebook Marketplace only a few minutes down the road from us. It needed a little TLC which I tasked my Dad with and he did an amazing job, it really is beautiful. Because it’s old it has a stunning patina and such character, we finished it off by waxing it and getting a wooden name plaque made up with George’s name on.
When it comes to cot bedding I’d already had my eye on the Welcome to the world Mamas & Papas set. It was gender neutral in white and grey and is super cute! Our set included a duvet, cot bumper, mobile, sleeping bag, cellular blanket and fitted sheet. The other extra bedding I got were some fabulous The Little Green Sheep Wild Cotton Cot/Cotbed Fitted Sheet (Woodland) which have a beautiful acorn pattern on, I simply couldn’t resist!
Welcome to the world wall vinyl from Mamas & Papas
Large brown Sheepskin rug from TK MAXX
Gilt Squirrel and rabbit coat hooks, set of 4 from NEXT (Last year)
Wrendale Designs tall Calendar for keeping track of all those appointments and activities
Wooden storage boxes from TK MAXX for nappies and lotions on the changing table
Cushions from Dunelm and Mole Country Stores
Artificial flower display, hand selected stems from various garden centres and put together myself. The Gro Company Gro-Egg Room Thermometer with Oona the Owl Shellroom thermostat
Hedwig the owl, Dumbledores Wand and Harry Potters Glasses all from the Warner Bros Studio Tour
Rabbit light from George at ASDA, Toadstools from a garden centre
Acorn Door Stop was an ornament from TK MAXX which we’ve customised by adding sand to make it heavy enough.
Fairy wishes from the truly amazing Fantasy Wire
Antique Brass Curtain hold backs from E-bay