Home Sweet Home | A Peek At Theo's Nursery

Thursday 13 October 2016

When you prepare to welcome a little one, a big milestone moment is getting their nursery ready. It's when it all began to become real for me, watching the room come together and wondering who would be appearing to occupy it.

I realised I had never done a post about it at the time, so here is a belated little peek at Theo’s room.

Theo’s nursery is the smallest bedroom in the house, but it's also one of the nicest - so nice that Seb and I thought about having it for ourselves when we moved in!

It looks out over the garden and down to the canal, and when the lilac trees are all in bloom it's so beautiful, there is almost a tree house feeling.

We chose to keep the room mainly white as it brightened up the space a lot and its also a neutral backdrop for the decor to change as Theo gets older.

As you walk in hanging up is this lovely painted wooden sign which I got from Hickory & Co as a stocking gift for Theo’s first Christmas.

On the right as you walk in are some built in shelves and a cupboard - at the moment it's fairly messy and just holds the baby carrier, coats and jackets and some bags of clothes that are currently too big.

At the back of the unit, we put this beautiful Paddington bear wallpaper from Colefax & Fowler, which is complemented by Theo’s toy Paddington.

He also has some blue fabric bunting which I picked up in Home Bargains.

On his shelves are some of his toys and figurines. There's a model Lancaster from the RAF Museum at Tuxford because Seb’s grandfather used to work on them during the war.

He also has a wooden London bus from The Early Learning Centre to play with, and two chests containing all the Beatrix Potter stories - the large one was a Christening gift from his auntie and uncle, while the miniature one was mine when I was a little girl.

On the wall here there's a name sign that I made for him out of vintage Lexicon cards. I spotted a sign like this on Notonthehighstreet.com and it was quite expensive.

I don't mind doing something simple like this myself so I just went and looked on eBay for some of the cards, found a long frame and put it all together.

There are also a couple of framed Paddington Bear sketches. I saw these in Covent Garden market after we'd put the wallpaper up and it seemed like fate!

In the corner facing the door, we put this grey velvet wing chair, which is from HomeSense. I sit in this chair to feed him and read him stories.

We were going to get a glider chair originally but I’m so glad we got this one instead, it's much more elegant and can be used for years and even in other rooms in the house. There's a Paddington cushion on it to tie in with the room.

Next to it is his ride on vintage race car, which was one of his Christmas presents from us. I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it!

His window has a simple grey blackout blind on it so he can nap when it's still light and on the windowsill is his amazing metal name sign which was handmade by his godfather.

The large wooden Iris blanket box is by Home & Haus and we use it to keep all of his toys tidy in.

I was definitely keen to make the decor in the nursery quite sophisticated. Most of the toy boxes I could find were covered in teddy bears or sail boats and I really wanted to find something good quality that he could use when he's older too.

The far wall we painted with grey stripes for a bit of pattern. They are slightly wobbly even though we used a spirit level because the walls in the house are old and not level themselves!

His cot and changing table set are from Kub. I love them because they are beautifully well made out of bamboo wood.

Above the cot Ive hung circle mosquito net just to add a bit of softness and make a bit of a nice sleeping area for him. The cot bumper and sheet have these cute lemon and grey stripes on and were from the Baby K range.

He also has a Winnie The Pooh musical mobile (couldnt find a Paddington Bear one, alas!) and a yellow crib toy from Mamas and Papas. His aeroplane blanket is one of my favourite things in the room, which we found in Homesense.

The cream chest of drawers is an Ikea Hemnes - Im pretty sure everyone in the land owns one of these! Its where I keep all of his clothes at the moment, although he may need a wardrobe soon.

On top, theres a little storage basket from Carver that holds some of his favourite soft toys - a big and a little Nut Brown Hare from Guess How Much I Love You, and a teddy bear from Mamas and Papas.

Then there are a few clear storage jars too, including this super cute polar bear one. At the moment I use them for cotton wool balls and things, but they will be great for crayons and little figurines when he's bigger.

The wooden star has a special saying on and was a little gift from his godparents. There are a couple of storage boxes too, these came with clothes in from Jojo Maman Bebe and theyre too cute not to reuse.

The ornate mirror matches in with his picture frames. It was actually black when we bought it and we spray painted it and the pictures frames in this powder blue colour. It was super easy to do and makes them look like a matching set.

Then he has his little rocking horse from Mamas & Papas, which was a birthday gift fro his godparents.

On top of his changing table alongside his changing mat are his toiletries from Very British Baby. I love the packaging, isnt it sweet?

On the shelf below we got a set of grey linen lined wicker baskets from The Range and they hold spare packs of wipes and muslins and things, then on the shelf below the large cream storage basket is from Carver and it holds packs of nappies.

The room is pretty functional and I really enjoyed adding all the personal touches to it.  It can grow up with him and adapt as he grows.

So thats our nursery tour. Hope you enjoyed a little peek into Theos world!

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