When we found out way back in the beginning of my pregnancy that we were having a little boy, one of the ways that I tried to wrap my head around things was to see how we could decorate his room. Fast forward two odd months and everything changed – we were having a girl! Even though I could definitely have gone the pink route (like I did with Aria’s nursery), I decided to stick with the gender neutral nursery that I had started planning, it just seemed very calm, simple and minimalist to me.
The first thing that we needed to do was head to our local Builders to gather supplies. We have an amazing Builders store just up the road from us, it is massive and literally has everything that we need and then some. We still had some dark grey paint from when we painted all the skirting boards this time last year, but we needed some more Pale Concrete by Fired Earth for three of the walls, and then we had decided on a soft grey, Antique Petal from Plascon for a feature wall and the two floating shelves. Once the walls and shelves were freshly painted and a new lightswitch cover was on, the room already looked completely different and fresh, it really is amazing what a lick of paint can do.
That was the only real hard labour that needed to get done making this room quick and easy to do. The carpets are a bit grotty and have seen better days, but we have decided to put them on hold until next year sometime for a few reasons:
- This is the only room in the house that doesn’t have wooden floors under the carpet, it has concrete.
- Because of this we need to decide what we want to do with the floors – keep them as screed, new carpets (not my first choice) or laminate similar to our wooden floors. I’m leaning towards screed, what do you think?
- Money doesn’t grow on trees – renovating, even just the aesthetic side of things, is not a cheap exercise and so often we have to pick and choose what we want to tackle.
Once the walls and skirtings were done, it was time to put all the furniture and bits of decor in. We still have a few things to add: I’d like one or two more plants and some artwork on the shelves and am thinking of having a foot rest for the chair but that may make the room look a bit cluttered, it’s a tiny room to begin with! I thought that I would list all of the other goodies that are in the photographs and link to them where I can:
Cot: This is the Ikea Sniglar cot which you can purchase from Kidz Living over here (I bought mine second hand).
Mattress, pillow, duvet and linen: All from Finding Whimsy. Michelle ordered the mattress in especially for me as my cot has slightly different dimensions but you can find the duvet and pillow combo here, the duvet cover and pillow case here and the fitted sheet here. Michelle was just so wonderful to work with and she was so helpful when it came to the different dimensions and measurements that I needed. Highly recommend!
Cactus artwork: All done by my lovely friend Cassidy from The Glam Green Girl.
Macrame bunting: Beautifully crafted by Ali from Earth to Ali Photography (who also did my maternity shoot which I will be posting soon!).
Panda and Moose soft toys: Both are from La Fede. The Panda is still in stock but unfortunately this small Moose isn’t, there is a bigger one though! Definitely check out all the Lama goodies, they are so sweet!
Feeding chair: Because this is our last baba (yes, we are very sure about this), I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a feeding chair. I didn’t have one with Aria and so I knew that I definitely wanted one this time around. My mom and dad kindly gifted us with this one from Decofurn. It is SO comfortable, not too bulky and Aria has already fallen asleep on it with me – must be a good sign!
Breastfeeding cushion: This is the exact same cushion that I had with Aria (you can buy it from Loot over here) and my mom and I (okay, more my mom) recovered it. It literally looks brand new!
Compactum: This is another item that I bought second hand (you can really find some amazing gems if you have the patience to look and wait for a little while). You can find something similar over here from Clever Little Monkey.
Lamp: Again this is something that I upcycled. We had this random lamp stand and shade lying around and so I simply recovered the shade with some fabric and my trusty glue gun. I can’t decide if I want to cover up the blue stripes on the lamp stand or not…
Fox storage basket: I hate clutter on surfaces and so this gorgeous fabric bucket from Finding Whimsy is perfect for me to keep on the compactum to chuck all the bits and pieces into, that I know I’m going to use all the time. There are also have bigger ones avaulable which would be perfect for toys or blanket storage.
Changing mat: Just like the breastfeeding cushion , this is the same changing mat that I used when Aria was a baby, my mom just made some new covers for it and now it looks perfect again.
Set of “XO” blocks: These were so kindly gifted to me by Pinocchio Kids and they go so well with our gender neutral nursery, you can find them here. We were also sent one of these lovely dummy clips and silicone teethers for a little bit later on next year. There are some really gorgeous goodies on their online store so definitely make sure to have a browse.
And there you have it, our gender neutral nursery for baby girl (still no name…) who will be arriving in just over two months, can you believe it?! Next week I will have Aria’s big girl bedroom makeover up on the blog and phew, it is a huge change. Stay tuned…