Moving house less than two months before your first baby is born is never a wise choice. But one that so many of us naively make. Who knows why. Actually I do. I was in the midst of an IVF journey and had felt for a long while that my life had been put on hold. I couldn’t move forward but I couldn’t go back either. I needed a change, something to focus on, other than forever waiting for that elusive blue line. I figured that if our treatment did eventually work, I’d need a bigger house anyway, so it was a move I was sure I wanted to make.
The day after our first viewing of the house we now call home, guess what? Yep, it appeared. That long awaited + sign. We’d already fallen in love with the house and made our offer so this was it! Everything was coming together, but timings were painfully tight in terms of my due date.
As soon as we eventually got the keys (April ) my husband Graeme threw himself into the renovation doing all he could to get it ready in time for our new arrival (June). He was doing early mornings, late nights and weekends; basically any free minute he had around his regular full time job.
With him project managing and doing much of the work himself, I barely saw him. In my heavily pregnant state all I could do was plan the interiors – which I did – obsessively and meticulously, starting with the nursery of course.
We had chosen to keep the baby’s gender a surprise until the big day so I embarked on the ‘gender-neutral nursery challenge’. As you’ll probably know by now I do love a challenge, particularly an interiors related one. So here’s how this one went.
I’d always loved Oval Room Blue by Farrow & Ball and on my daily Instagram trawls it was popping up all over the place. So I took this as a sign. Falling somewhere between blue and green I felt it would pass as a gender neutral (enough) colour, and I took confidence from the fact that I could see it working well with a few blush accessories if the little one turned out to be a girl (which she did!).
We’d recently styled a baby boy’s nursery for a customer and Spiv had advised them to use a bold blue part way up the wall and white the rest of the way. I loved the result so decided I’d try the same with Oval Room. Once I knew my colour, it was time to work out which direction to go in furniture wise.
Spiv identified the SnuzKot cot bed for me, which I loved for its contemporary Scandi design and ability to be transformed into a bed later on. It comes in three different colours, but I was taken with the white and natural wood combination as I felt it would provide a classy looking contrast against the coloured walls.
I started looking at nursery furniture and as beautiful as it all was, I just couldn’t see the sense in buying stuff that would soon enough need replacing with something bigger. I love (among many other styles) modern, minimalist furniture and found this surprisingly affordable Scandi style range from Von Haus after a quick Google search. Granted its quite big for newborn clobber but hey, since when did surplus storage not come in useful when you’ve just had a baby? The wood and white combination complimented the cot perfectly so it was win, win all round.
Zoning The Space
We were lucky enough to have a fairly sizeable room available for the nursery, so I was keen to define different ‘areas’ within the space. We positioned the cot so that it stood centrally in the room. Next to that I created a nursing area with this stunning rocker chair from Baby Grey and natural footstool from Aldi. I liked the idea of being able to read to the baby here as well as feed, so I placed some bookshelves close-by, along with a quirky wire sign from Copper Blush UK.
In the opposite corner of the room I used a neutral canopy from Cam Cam Copenhagen draped over floor cushions to create a cosy little book nook. The neutral play gym was also from Cam Cam Copenhagen and Arla loves it! It forms a key part of our morning routine.
These funky shelves from Scandiborn provide an eye-catching feature that can be reshuffled and restyled for different looks (a favourite pastime of mine). I love the fact that they incorporate a rail at the bottom so that I can hang and display cute baby outfits for all to see, rather than having to hide them away in drawers.
I always knew I wanted to balance style and ‘baby appropriateness’ in this space. I’m not really one for all the baby gimmicks and themes, and much preferred the idea of keeping things simple and neutral. So instead of opting for a kids themed rug, I chose this black and white berber style one from Dunelm. It doesn’t veer anywhere near ‘too girly’ or ‘too boyish’ so I felt confident I’d made a sensible selection.
The cloud cushions in the cot are a cute addition from Sasse & Belle and I dug out the zebra cushion out from my existing, age-old cushion collection. (Don’t you just love it when that happens!) The personalized wooden name sign is from Etsy.
Prints play a big part in any décor because the ones you choose can really tell a story. I chose these ones from Pretty in Print Art for their muted tones but also because “You are my Sunshine” is the first song I sang to Arla and continues to be her fave.
I ordered more prints than I have space for because I loved them all so much and I like to switch them every now and then to keep things looking fresh. The zebra was a great find as it matches the cushion.
So there you have it; the journey from dated spare room to gender-neutral, Scandi style nursery. I hope its given any Mums to be out there some ideas on how to style a nursery space when you don’t know who you’re styling it for!
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Get The Look
Paint – Farrow & Ball Wevet, Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue
Cot – Snuz
Scandi Furniture – Von Haus
Rocking chair – Baby Grey
Canopy – Cam Cam Copenhagen
Shelf with hanging rail – Scandiborn
Rug – Dunelm
Bookshelves – Ikea
Wire ‘Once Upon a Time’ sign – Copper Blush Uk
Footstool/Pouffe – Aldi
Floor cushions – Ikea
Prints – Pretty In Print Art
Print Hangers – Amazon
Cushions – Sasse & Belle
Play Gym – Cam Cam Copenhagen
Lamp – Dunelm
Ceiling Light – Made.com
Wall lights – Wayfair
Suitcase – TK Maxx
Throw – H&M Home