One of the first things I did once I found out we were pregnant was starting to plan our nursery. When we bought our 2 bed home we always knew the second bedroom would eventually become a nursery, I was so excited to finally be able to plan and design it. If you don’t already know I am an Interior Designer so to my delight my husband gave me full reign to design my dream nursery.
We decided not to find out the gender of our baby so our colour palette consisted of greys, whites, a touch of black, natural oak and brush brass. I wanted a colour palette that could evolve and grow up with our baby so we decide on white walls and a feature wall made from wall stickers. (If you want to know where everything is from I’ll link it all at the end.)
Right from the start, we knew we didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money on furniture but still wanted nice quality pieces. We managed to pick up the cot bed in the Mothercare clearance sale, it’s a lovely grey/green with an oak wood (veneer) top. I love that when Gray gets older we can turn it into his first bed. Gray is currently sleeping in our bedroom but in a couple of months, he will move into his nursery.
Above the cot, we have an oak shelf, that my husband built, with a selection of reading books. I loved reading books when I was growing up and I know how important it is to start reading to your children from day one. Gray’s current favourite book is black and white and he’s obsessed with it. On the other wall, we have four prints, from Etsy, which I adore. They are all adorable baby animal prints in Desenio black metal frames.
The only storage we have is a chest of drawers from Ikea. I was so surprised by the quality, it’s mostly made of wood so it’s sturdy and you can also attach it to the wall, for child safety. The chest of drawers came with round black handles, which I didn’t like, so we purchased these small brushes brass t-bar handles on Etsy. It makes the chest of drawers look chic and modern.
For our changing area, we decided to utilise the box, which is in the room over the stairs. To protect the surface we have put some laminated wood (that’s waterproof) on top of the box, making it the perfect surface that can be cleaned easily. We then have a couple of shelves above, again made by my husband, and a mini wardrobe too. By having the shelves handmade we were able to customise the shelf and we chose to use oak, as it has a gorgeous finish without needing any varnish. Again similar designs are available on Etsy. Gray’s little wardrobe is made up of my favourite pieces ranging from 3 months to 9 months, making it more of a pretty area rather than a practical wardrobe. I’m not sure how long we will be able to hang longer items on there for, as he is already starting to pull at the legs.
I still have my study area in his room, as that was there before he was born, and there is nowhere else to put it. I mainly use my desk for taking blog photos and storing my makeup in, I do most of my blogging on my laptop downstairs. One of my favourite pieces on my desk is a Print from Wildflowers Studio*, she has so many lovely prints with a lovely natural colour palette. I have another one on the chest of drawers too.
Amazingly the window was the last area we put together. Originally we had just a white blackout blind, but the room needed some softness, so we added some white lined curtains on a gorgeous think black pole. I love that light can still come through the curtains but if we want the room completely dark we have the option to pull down the blackout blind.
I got most of my inspiration for Gray’s nursery on Pinterest but got frustrated when trying to work out where furniture was from, so I have linked everything below. Some items have been discontinued so I have linked similar items instead. If there is anything you like the look off, that isn’t linked bellow than comment and I’ll let you know where it is from.
- Mothercare – Lulworth Cotbed (similar cotbed from Tutti Bambini)
- Etsy – Triangle Wall Stickers
- The Crown Prints – Animal Prints
- Dessino – Picture Frames
- Ikea – Hemnes Chest of Drawers
- Sainsbury’s – House Shelves
- TK Max – Gray Marl Rocking Chair (similar style)
- Wooden Oak Shelves with Rod (similar style as ours were homemade)
- Wayfair – Prairie Grove Desk
- Etsy WildflowerStudiosArt – Abstract Prints*
- Cult Furniture – Dining Chair
- John Lewis – Black Curtain pole
- Next – White Lined Curtains
- White Blackout Roller Blind
- Boots – Changing mat
- Pendant Light
Hope you enjoyed seeing our Nursery for Gray!