Nursery inspiration

The first time you set up a nursery is so special.  It’s an exciting time full of anticipation with just the right amount of trepidation thrown in for good measure.  I was surprisingly disorganised when I set up the nursery for Finn who was our first born.  We lived in a beautiful old Victorian terrace in Sydney at the time and a couple of weeks before he was due we spent the weekend in the Blue Mountains where I stumbled across a vintage gold-leaf sign that read ‘nesting’.  I thought it was perfect and it was the first step in decorating the nursery.  I bought the sign and then not much else happened.  While my bump threatened to tip me over and I had gone well past being able to see my toes, there was still no linen on the cot and we were struggling to figure out how to make his room completely dark (that seemed to be our main concern at the time).  Luckily by the time he arrived (late!) it was all done and Finn and I spent so many lovely moments in that room.  I feel nostalgic just writing about it.

So, for those of you that are looking for some nursery inspiration I have styled a couple of contemporary looks for this post…and in honour of my beautiful boy Finn I have just styled looks for boys (although with a quick switcheroo you could easily make them work for girls too).  Yay for babies and the joy they bring.

Contemporary Pastel

Soft pastel blues and a touch of grey is the perfect combination for a dreamy contemporary nursery.  I absolutely adore this ‘Assembli’ bear paper sculpture.  It is incredibly light so is easy to put up (no handyman needed for this one).  The texture of the rug and the wall hanging add a softness to the space.

Nursery inspiration

Nursery inspiration
Somero cot in white gloss, ‘Assembli’ paper animal sculpture, HK Living lamp, Replica Eames rocking chair, Round ring rug, soft toys, all Deer Industries  |  ‘The World is Your Oyster’, Olive et Oriel  |  Denna wallhanging (small), Moroccan pouf in Snow, Wooden bead garland and Kate & Kate baby illusion blanket in blue, all Maissone

Modern Monochrome

Black and white is a bold choice for a nursery and may not appeal to everybody.  But the Scandinavian influence on interiors and design continues to dominate and a monochrome scheme is becoming increasingly popular.  I love this typographic ‘Love Lives Here’ print and for a softer look you can frame it in white.  I recently put this in a nursery for a girl and decorated the corners of the frame with colourful honeycombs and pinwheels to brighten it up.  The great thing too about this artwork is the sentiment will always be relevant* so it can be kept from nursery to child’s room and beyond.

Nursery inspiration
Somero chest in white gloss, HK Living stool, Replica Eames rocking chair, HK Living antler hook, and soft toys all Deer Industries  |  ‘Love Lives Here’ art print, Olive et Oriel  |  Steffi big cross cushion, Please Grow and Cross baskets, Scoop basket, Kate & Kate ‘The Oscar’ classic blanket in grey, Nantucket cotton rug, all Maissone  |  ‘Vita EOS’ feather lamp and Ferm Living cloud decals, the Children’s Showcase

Nursery inspiration

Nursery inspiration

Nursery inspiration

Classic Grey

A classic combination of grey and white is hard to go past if you are looking for a simple stylish nursery solution.  I absolutely adore this Danish designed cloud mobile.  I have used the grey and white version here but it also comes in a pale pink as well.  And I am also smitten by the felt and wooden bead pendant light (which also comes in a variety of hues) and this clever and cute magnetic wall decal.

Nursery inspiration

Nursery inspiration
Noa crib in white, fabric canopy, magnetic animal wall decal, and soft toy, Deer Industries  |  Konges Sloejd cloud mobile and Aveva felt and wooden bead pendant light, the Children’s Showcase

To purchase the items I have featured, click on the links in the post or visit my directory page for a full business listing.  If you are pregnant, I hope this has given you some lovely nursery inspiration…and if you’re not?  Perhaps you have simply enjoyed revisiting the lovely moment in life when you too decorated for a little one who you hadn’t yet met.

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*Actually if you still have this print artwork when your tiny darling baby is now a hormone charged 16 year old, it may not always feel like ‘Love Lives Here’…but we know that it does…on the inside.  You just might not want to antagonise a teenager with a blatant declaration of love on their wall.