THE NURSERY

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Two things that I was really excited to start planning for when finding out I was pregnant - The Baby Shower (of course), and The Nursery.

Obviously it's something that you don't do straight away, but I'll admit I pinned a few ideas, and started looking on Etsy at cute decor pieces very early on. There's nothing more exciting than thinking that when this is all finished you'll be ready to meet your baby.

When we moved in, our second bedroom became the guest room. Living where we do, if we invite our friends over for dinner, it's most likely they'll end up staying the night - so it made sense to have a double bed, and a couple of chests for spare bed linen.

But now it needs repurposing. After Little One has spent the recommended six months in our room, he will move into this one - and therefore it needs an adorable makeover. 

As we'll have grandparents visiting on a regular basis, we're keeping the double bed for the moment, and a small baby doesn't require huge amounts of furniture or toys, so we're making the things we do need fit around the bed for the moment. 

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The baby won't be able to see colour at first, they only see contrast - so I concluded that starting with a neutral base, that we can add pops of colour to later, would work best.  Repainting isn't necessary as there was already a nice neutral light grey, so I decided to use wall decals to brighten a feature wall instead. As the baby gets compared to fruit for size throughout your pregnancy, I thought fruit would be a cute theme to go with. 

These gold pineapple decals are from Homebase, and could not be easier to use. You simply measure out the distance between them(using a light pencil to mark it out), and if you make a mistake it's no problem to just lift them off and reposition.

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For all the tiny little clothes he needs for the first year, I bought a small Ikea Malm in white (as we all know I love an Ikea hack) and customised it with this gold tape from debbieblisshome.com - very easy to do, find similar hacks here.

I love the design of Stokke products after researching them, and they are supposed to be extremely practical as you can convert them to accommodate your growing child - i.e go from crib, to cot, to first bed size! I was lucky enough to stumble across a Stokke nursery set (cot and changing station) second hand, which after a bit of polishing with coconut oil, looks brand new. 

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Finally, it's recommended that you have a comfortable nursing chair for night feeds- my friend Sophie found a pair of Parker Knoll wingback armchairs for sale at £25 each - I had mine reupholstered in leftover banana leaf fabric from my curtains, by the store we bought the chairs from (Vintage and Retro Furniture), to make a cool but comfy nursing chair - at a fraction of the price you find for purpose built nursing chairs online. Styled here with my Graham and Green chevron pouffe.

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Are there any other nursery essentials you would recommend for a first-time mumma? I would love to see other cool nursery designs too, please send yours via my contact form, and they could be featured on my socials!

Cassie Durnell