Rose’s room was painted and decorated before she was born and now it’s been a functioning room for the past three months. I’m really pleased with how it looks. It’s a small room so Phill and I deliberately choose light coloured walls and a white oak laminate flooring to give a greater feeling of space. Furnishing the room and adding quirky and playful items was really fun. This was my original nursery inspiration mood board.
Whilst Rose is not yet sleeping in her room, it is used constantly for nappy changes and dressing her. I often set her in her cot and play her Miffy mobile to get her familiar with her room and her cot, so when the time comes for her to leave our room, she will (hopefully) be content and happy.
The Mothercare Solna cot bed, dresser and cot top changer were an online exclusive. Phill and I knew we wanted mid century style furniture and this set was one of just a few that we seen and liked. Plus is was affordable! I adore the look of the furniture but I will say that the push sensitive drawers are quite sticky and don’t function smoothly.
The chair is from TK Maxx and whilst it’s a really beautiful piece, it’s not used as much as I thought it would be. It’s become a place to set things on! As Rose gets older and needs more space in her room, we’ll probably have to give the chair a new home.
The long floating shelf is from Ikea and is one of the items we didn’t buy specifically for the nursery. Rose’s room used to be Phill’s office and he had the shelf in the exact same position. Rose’s book collection will only grow and grow so she needs a big shelf. Plus I like putting other items alongside the books – like cuddly toys and ornaments.
Walls & Floor
We’re big fans of featured painted walls in our home and for Rose’s room we decided on a feature wall of Dulux Mint Macaroon. The other walls are painted in Dulux Nutmeg White. I think mint works well for a boy or a girls room and is lovely and fresh looking.
We removed the old laminate flooring and fitted white oak laminate from B&Q. I absolutely love this flooring and would happily place it elsewhere in the house too.
The first items I bought for the nursery was the bedding. I spotted the beautiful duckling coverlet and bumper in Marks and Spencer and I bought it there and then. None of the other bedding sets I’d seen had appealed to me. They were either too bold and bright or not great quality.
It took us a while to find the right curtains for the room. In the end we opted for plain duck egg/mint coloured ones from Harry Corry and added simple rope tiebacks from Dunelm. The cream rug is also from Dunelm.
The cream owl storage containers were a gift from a family member and I love them. They are perfect for storing Rose’s small cuddly toys.
The grey ceiling light shade is from Next kids range.
I choose the two Belle and Boo art prints (‘Windy Day‘ and ‘Stories of Childhood‘) for Rose’s room, as well as the Eyeore print on her book shelf. Phill choose the Greedo print by Tim McDonagh and the Witches print by Quentin Blake. Whilst bold nursery choices for many people, we love all the artwork and we hope Rose grows up to love them too.
There are bits of driftwood attached to the top of the walls/ceiling, which we cleaned and bleached. We picked these up on a trip to Newcastle Beach, County Down and I love that it brings a strong nature element to Rose’s room.
The wooden Rose letters hanging from the ceiling driftwood were a gift from Rose’s Nanny and Granda. The personalised bunting was also a gift, and was made by ‘Sew Personal by Paula Gibson’. The Belle and Boo bowl and mug was bought from TK Maxx. The Mrs Tiggy-Winkle letter ornament was a gift from a friend.