How to create the perfect nursery

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by Yvonne K from The Styled Spot

Designing your baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting parts of nesting and welcoming your little one to the world! It certainly was for me – I just loved the entire process. Today we have the lovely Yvonne K, Interior Decorator from The Styled Spot, sharing with us her key tips in creating the perfect nursery space.

As a new mum (and a second-time mum!) I see designing a nursery room from two different perspectives - the first being as a brand-new room starting from scratch, and the second partially utilising hand me down items for a second/third baby.

Here are my best tips and tricks to tackle both options.

A Brand New Nursery

My main recommendation would be to buy larger furniture pieces that are neutral. Why? Well trends change and your tastes also change over time. Choosing neutral pieces means you are not stuck with big pieces of furniture that are difficult and expensive to change. Also, some pieces can transition to your child’s toddler room like a chest of drawers or a side table.

Invest in a neutral cot, a neutral chest of drawers - and from this base point you can bring in pops of colour and your style through accessories. The list or potential accessories is endless - pillows, throws, bed linen, lamps, wall art, toys, stuffed toys (I could go on for days).

When having your first baby, all the things you think you need to buy can be overwhelming. Start with the essentials - cot, drawers/storage and personally I needed a nursing chair. Once you have the necessary items you can then look to see what is left in your budget to buy the extras - rugs, artwork, lamp, canopy, teepee, decorative shelves…the list is endless!

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Think about how you can maximise space, and be creative! For example, look at buying a chest of drawers that doubles as a change table (saving space and money). Invest in a lamp for feeding that is dim enough not to disturb a sleeping baby, yet will give enough light to allow you administer any medicine if necessary, look at bottle measurements and so forth.

Here are a few of my favourite nursery décor pieces to add that unique flair to your baby’s room (all also available in more gender neutral/boy colours):

Portable bed - Bubsnest. I used this product and it was buy far one of the best pieces for a newborn. I used it in her cot, pram, on the go, at people’s places as a safe place for her to sleep.

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Felt mobile- Baby Jones Designs. This neutral mobile is perfect for a gender neutral nursery or either a girls or boys room.

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Personalised letter - Pieces of Happiness. A personalised item gives any nursery a special touch.

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Lotus flower heart play mat- Le Coco Archie. Not only are these play mats practical but they add the perfect touch of colour to a nursery!

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Teepee - Cattywampus. Teepees are perfect for setting up a little play/reading nook as your little one grows up – a special place for them to let their imagination grow!

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Utilising Hand me downs

Often with the arrival of a second/third bub certain items are passed down. In my case it was the cot, nursing chair and chest of drawers. Have a look at my mood board to see how I reinvented the room. I didn’t want to walk into the room and feel like Georgia had all her sisters’ old things nor did I want to spend the money on larger items I already had.

Here I used artwork as the hero and colour inspiration for the room, along with a new rug, new bed linen and wall shelves to complete the look. Now I walk in and that artwork puts a smile on my face, her room has a completely new look and feel and no one would ever know there are three large items that were hand me downs.

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Shop the look

Floral Artwork
Cot
Glider (nursing chair
Rug
Chunky Knit Throw
Linen
Chest of drawers
Belly basket
Side table
Bunny artwork
Swan animal head
Gold star drop
Pink velvet pillow
Leather strap shelf

Happy Decorating and enjoy this special time designing your nursery!

Yvonne K (pictured below with her two gorgeous daughters Zoe & Georgia!)
Interior Decorator , The Styled Spot

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Thank you Yvonne! Both my kids used the same cot, change table and drawers which were all white and neutral and easy to redecorate from being in a boy’s nursery to a girl’s nursery. I love the suggestion of choosing one key accessory or decorative item to draw inspiration from for the rest of the room.

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BABY SHOWER TRENDS FOR 2017

Guest Blog Post: Sherise Adkins from Occasionally

Header image via Miss kyree loves

The anticipated arrival of a brand new baby is such a magical time for expectant parents and everyone around them. A baby shower is the perfect chance for everyone to join in the excitement and celebrate this special time for the expectant parents.

Do baby showers still have a place in 2017? I say yes, absolutely!

Do you have to play games and open gifts? Not if you don’t want to!

Baby showers have come a long way over the last few years and are moving towards a more relaxed and refined sophistication. Rules are being broken (in a good way), and new themes and trends are emerging.

If you want to plan a modern, knock your socks off baby shower that the mum-to-be and all of her guests will love, the very first step is to select a theme. Having a theme in mind from the very beginning affords you a cohesive event - from the invitations, which are the guest’s very first impression, down to the favours, which will be the last thing they will remember.

Not to be underestimated, a well picked and executed theme will also give all of the guests and the mum-to-be a sense of excitement and festivity while they are there, leaving a real impact.

If this all sounds hard, rest assured that having a theme in mind will simplify your planning process. It will help you hone in on exactly what you need, and give you a way to filter out everything that it unnecessary. This will save you time and your sanity!

Now for some inspiration! Take a look at these gorgeous themes that you will see trending in 2017.

BOHO FLORAL


- Image via Style Me Pretty -

This is a whimsical baby shower theme that makes for a laid back feel. Team any combination of colourful floral arrangements, lace, floral crown, feathers, succulents, and foliage together. Add an outdoors setting and you’ll have one magical setup!


- Left image via Style Me Pretty | Right image via Pretty My Party -

TROPICAL

The tropical theme is a fresh new trend that your guests will love. With this theme you can create beautiful colour schemes and throw a shower fit for this lovely warm weather we’re having.


- Left image via 100 Layer Cake | Right image via Studio DIY -

BRUNCH WITH GRAZING TABLES


We are going to see baby shower brunches becoming even more popular. Add a delicious grazing table to the mix and you will be very on-trend. Think savoury, fresh or sweet – anything goes!


- Images via Miss kyree loves -

MONOCHROME

The monochrome theme will feature more throughout the year for those who don’t want to go down the traditional route for their baby shower. Monochrome can be sophisticated, playful or non-traditional to easily suit the mum-to-be’s personality.


- Images via Rebecca Judd Loves -

GENDER REVEAL

Gender reveal baby showers are becoming more and more popular. Apart from the excitement of finding out the baby’s gender, what makes them really great is that you can include the Dads and their mates and turn it into a couples baby shower.


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By running with one of these themes you really can’t go wrong. Make Mum (and / or Dad) the star and the shower will be perfect!

About the Author
Sherise Adkins is the owner of Occasionally, the Australian curated online marketplace (LAUNCHING SOON) where you can find everything you need to create the perfect occasion - from invitations, partyware and decorations to favours, gifts and more. Occasionally have done the searching for you, handpicked small makers, designers and retailers and brought them together at occasionally.com.au so that all of your occasions will be truly inspired, cohesive, and less stressful. And for a personal shopping experience, once you buy from them, the seller will send your items directly to you.

Head to Occasionally and leave your email addressed to be notified as soon as they launch!

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Love,
Cathy