These are some old shots of the room we used as our nursery. It has now evolved into a little boys room for Master 3 which I did when he was about 18 months old.
When we found out we were pregnant with Miss 5, we knew that we didn’t want to know the gender and therefore I wanted to create a gender neutral room. When purchasing baby gifts for friends, I was reminded of Beatrix Potter and her friends and knew this was the theme I wanted to run with. And run with it I did!
When I look at the photographs now, I can’t help but think I may have gone over the top, but that’s the thing with our personal style and design choices. They evolve over time.
I had also fallen in love with the sleigh style of cot so we started off by purchasing the Boori cot and change table. My mother-in-law was looking to replace her small wardrobe she housed seasonal coats etc in and I thought it perfect for a nursery. It was stained, not painted so we sanded it back and gave it a few coats of white paint. Perfect! We purchased the rocking chair off eBay.
It was then that I started having trouble locating the soft furnishings for the nursery. Couldn’t find anything, anywhere! Books and soft toys were about but not any bedding etc. I took to eBay and UK shopping sites with a vengeance. Slowly I found a bassinet blanket and quilt, a cot quilt and some fabric. Other Beatrix Potter items purchased online included a tissue box holder, bin, nappy pale, cotton tip/bud holder – basically = ridiculous!!!
I then asked a dear friend to help me re-upholster the rocking chair and ottoman with the Beatrix Potter fabric. He used the left over fabric for making our baby gift of customised bath towels and wraps. So lucky!
I wanted to be a bit crafty as well in the room and set about with some long stitch. Two to do as we didn’t know what we were having!
I also needed to create a light fitting and came across an idea online somewhere (Pinterest didn’t exist then). This is how that turned out.
I loved this room and whilst my idea of spending lots of time in here breastfeeding the baby in the rocking chair didn’t eventuate (hello 1 hour long breastfeeds and comfy lounge/TV) it was still a lovely room to come to for nappy changes and bed times.
When my son was born, we pulled back on the Jemima’s and inserted Peter Rabbit.
I will share with you soon how we have changed Master 3’s room.