Ace has been in his own room for over a month now now, and he has taken to it like a duck to water.
We listened to all the professional advice about keeping him in his bedside crib until the six month mark, but truth be told, his sleep was often disturbed by us getting into bed, me coughing or Tom snoring (although he’ll of course deny this….🙄)
So after a weekend away in his travel cot sans sleepyhead, we aimed for a seamless transition into his big cot overnight, after a few weeks of successful day naps in there. Touch wood (feels around for any real wood within the Ikea filled flat) he’s been a little star. Sleeping through, going down awake and drifting off to the land of nod all by himself. But I’m sure it won’t last forever. 😬
Anyway! I thought this was the ideal opportunity to show you around his nursery. When we started to transform our dingy spare room/ dressing room/ gym into Aces nursery I documented it all over on Instagram Stories (there’s a highlight folder if you want to see) and had so many questions about it all, so thought it was only right it gained its own post.
Choosing a colour scheme
I’d be hankering after painting a wall or two Navy for a while and my Pinterest boards have a navy dining room prepped and ready for when we finally make the move to our first bought property. I really didn’t think Tom would go for it, but when he suggested a navy nursery, I took it and ran.
In good old B&Q we scoured the Valspar paint tabs, took hundreds home and carefully selected a range of hues we thought would work well together, for wall colours and soft furnishings. With one wall completely filled with mirrored wardrobes we opted for a soft blue/grey called Singing The Blues, a light blue/teal called Odessy and a deep navy called Pinstripe, for the other 3. Finished with white and beech furniture and primary coloured accessories. Easy peasy.
Expensive nursery set or some Ikea classics?
Next onto furniture. Should we splurge on a pricey nursery set from a dedicated baby brand or stick with what we know and head to our local Ikea? Price and longevity wise we opted for the Swedish powerhouse. That way they will grow with Ace, or with us and find homes in other rooms in the house.
We opted for a Malm 4 drawer unit which doubled up as a changing station until very recently, a Stuva wardrobe and added doors to our current Billy bookcase… to disguise the masses of shoes I store in there!! We also added the Raskog trolley for bath and changing time, which matches the teal wall perfectly.
His cot however took a lot longer to make a final decision on, but we ordered the Mokee white and beech cotbed, drawer and Grey cloud changing mat just in time for delivery near my due date 😬 We finished this space off with wooden bunting from Mothercare and a mobile from Mamas and Papas.
Decor decor decor
I continued the white and beech feel with Ikea frames in a variety of sizes each housing a brightly coloured print or special card marking his arrival. My favourites include the A is for Ace and Hello prints from The Little Jones, which will continue to grow with him and will eventually sit nicely in a playroom or study when each time comes.
The rabbit lamp I picked up in the very early days of pregnancy in TKMaxx and we switched the cream shade for a pop of mustard when after much MUCH hunting, George at Asda launched these yellow chevron curtains and tiered lampshade.
H&M Home became another favourite with the farmyard rug and mustard cushion completing the vibe. We finished things off with a cream leather feeding chair, navy and yellow throws and blankets and cloud themed door handles from Sass and Bide.
Readers become leaders
It was important to me to have a reading corner to encourage bedtime reading and eventually a daily story time. I loved the idea of using the Ikea spice racks, so treated them to a coat of cheap white paint and adorned them with a matching garland from The Bear and the Bird and some bits of our holidays. Completing the vibe is three story themed prints from book stores and museums.
And I think that’s it?! Of course our living room now looks like a toy shop, which gives me palpitations on a daily basis, but until he has his own play room or we come up with some crafty stylish storage, I’ll just have to deal with it for now 🙈
How did you decide on the theme of your little ones nursery?