House Tour and Inspiration: The Nursery

Thursday, November 19, 2015

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, then you will know that my husband and I have just recently moved into our dream home by the sea. It has been a long road, and you can catch up on the journey by following this link (scroll down about half way).

We have lots of plans for our house. It was in pretty decent shape when we moved in, but perhaps just not to our taste, so while we don't have any major renovations to do (although we have plans for those too!), we do have a fair bit of decorating that we would like to achieve. I thought I would take you on a little house tour over the next few weeks (don't worry, I'll space the house posts out between sewing posts!) to show you our rooms 'before' and some of the inspirational photos I have been pinning. I then hope to eventually be able to share 'after' photos. I already feel like the after photos will be organic (for want of a better word) as we have already changed our minds quite a few times in the 4 months we have been here, so I think the rooms will be constantly tweaked and changed as we slowly get the feel of exactly what we want - so I'll take you on that journey with us.

I'm starting with Luke's nursery first, which may seem a bit random (why not the hall or living room?!) but to be honest it's because it's the room I have been most excited to decorate, and subsequently is also the room that is most complete already. I think my enthusiasm is down to the fact that, when I got pregnant, the house we were living in didn't have a room that I could really designate as purely the nursery and all those 'nesting' hormones were getting me extremely frustrated at not having somewhere to be able to prepare for my baby. So, when we moved, this room was my number one priority to decorate!

You may or may not be able to tell from these photos, but this is essentially a box room. It is tiny. But is just the right size for a cot, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Thankfully, babies are pretty small and fairly oblivious to what their bedrooms look like, so this room will suffice for a few years before Luke out-grows it and demands more space.

Since I wanted to start sewing things for the nursery before Luke was born, and because we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl, I decided to go with a rainbow and stars theme. I know that sounds a bit random, but here are a few of the images from the internet that inspired me:

How cute are the rainbow curtain tabs and tie-backs in the image above?

I have quite a soft spot for bunting so I know for certain I will have some up in Luke's room (this bunting to be precise).  The bunting in the images at the start of this post are just so gorgeous, as are the lovely rainbow ones in the image to the right (source). I would love a rug like that (which I think is an old one from Ikea), but in my small room I think something like that would be a little over powering. I like the rainbow theme, but I don't want to go overboard with it!

Perhaps a little too subtle, but still very sweet, below is another example of rainbow bunting (source). I like how soft and gentle the colours and decor in the room are. And if I had the room for a giant giraffe in the corner of his room you know I would have one! lol.

I love both of the above multicoloured mobiles. Both would be super easy to recreate and would add cute colours to the room which any baby would enjoy staring up at (left and right). And I can't even cope with how cute those baby animal photos are!!

And finally, since we are talking about prints, here are a few that I have come across that I thought would fit in nicely with my theme. The Star Wars quote (written in rainbow colours of course) is appropriate because...yes, my husband is a massive Star Wars fan and may have won the battle of the naming game...! The middle print was from Etsy (seems to be sold out now unfortunately), but the Star Wars print and the Twinkle Twinkle prints are free - yeay!

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