CREATING YOUR NURSERY

0 Posted by - July 4, 2018 - LIFESTYLE

I have had such fun over the past few months creating a space for my little one. We have kept the nursery gender neutral as we are having a surprise but to be honest, if I knew what we were having I wouldn’t have changed a thing– neutral hues, touches of silver and antique gold and layers of texture are modern but still elegant. Take a peek at our nursery here.

Creating a space for your baba is such a wonderful way to prepare for his or her arrival. Nesting made things real for me – it is a space not only where your baby will sleep but also where you will bond and play with your new addition. For me, designing a space that we can both feel calm, at peace and want to spend time in is so important.

When planning your nursery it can be a little overwhelming – are you going with modern and minimalist, French classic and cosy or a more statement and bold design or maybe, no bloody idea?

Start with the basics, such as a cot, feeding chair and then add the must-have changing table. Invest in those pieces that are essential for any Mama and Baba and make sure they are timeless. Baby Belle creates designer pieces that are as practical as they are beautiful – the essentials that anchor a room. I have curated a few key styles to inspire you along the way and teamed up with Baby Belle to show you how to get the look.

Their range of feeding chairs, compactums, cots and linen are made with such attention to detail – their collections are timeless, updated classics and the option of customization allows you to create a unique and luxe nursery, a personal space handpicked by you.

Baby Belle offers one on one consultations and creative to make your nursery come to life. Their flagship boutique is in Claremont, Cape Town but they operate nationally, internationally as well as online. Get in touch with them here.

ALL WHITE: DREAMY AND ROMANTIC

Many moms may be horrified by the idea of an all white nursery. An all white, pristine space and kids seems impractical and a bit of a nightmare but I tend to disagree. Yes, you will need to take good care of your fabrics and furniture but for me its motivation for a well-disciplined child – no you can’t draw on the wall and paint the feeding chair. Infact using a neutral, white colour palette means creating a space that can grow with your child. It’s essentially a blank canvas to update throughout the years – add a pop of colour, change accessories and voila – new look. An all white nursery is a fresh, clean and an uncluttered space – making for a peaceful and calm environment for your baby.

All-White

Keeping with the same white tone throughout the nursery can look clinical so it is important to add character and warmth to the space – a sheepskin rug, an antique gold mirror, a sophisticated accent like a chandelier and texture, texture, and more texture keeps the room from looking flat. The absence of colour means that you need to play with layering textures from wall accents to accessories, weaves, gold accents and soft, beautiful linen. Instead of sticking to one single tone of white – mix it up so that the palette feels less stark and more luxe.

Top tips: I had my fabrics protected with a blockout solution that shields the fabric from stains – check them out here or a little bleach goes a long way.

Get the Look:

1. The handcrafted Ava Cot

I love the Ava cot – it’s hand-crafted with a curved pediment, high buttoned headboard and tapered legs. It feels so luxe and unique but it will also take you through to a daybed when your little one no longer uses a cot.

2. The handcrafted extra length Rose compactum
The rose compactum has subtle detail which adds a little sophistication and depth to a contemporary all white nursery. There is plenty of storage with the Rose compactum and loads of space to change and dress baby on top.

Oh and Baby Belle do the best high quality changing mattress and linen.

3. The Ava white feeding chair

A feeding chair is such an essential for your nursury and I love a rocking chair. The Ava has been designed as a classic wingback rested on solid legs. The bottoning is such a beautiful detail – if you don’t fancy the diamond buttoning cutomise yours to something a little more subtle.

4. The handcrafted Isabella armoire
This is such a beautiful piece and gives an old world charm to an all white room.

Baby Belle also has beautiful bookshelves which can be styled beautifully with trinkets, books, treasures to add a little character and warmth to the room if an armoire isn’t your cup of tea.

Add warmth and texture with a beautiful sheepskin from Baaa Skins. The merino wool is super gentle against baby skin, has natural temperature control abilities, can result in better sleep, reduce stress and colic, and, and, and!

Add a statement, elegant piece to the room like this mid 19th Century French inspired mirror (I got a similar one from Loft Living).

Create a statement wall with animal prints – I picked up mine from The Animal Print shop when we were travelling but Baby Belle has similar ones here – they are wall stickers.

BLACK IS BACK

While black is always stylish in the world of fashion, it tends to go through highs and lows in interior design. Creating your own nursery doesn’t mean you have to stick to baby centric pinks and blues. I love a stylish take on a nursery which brings me to a classic black and white choice for the bolder, braver and more modern mama. It’s a gender neutral call which is great if you are not finding out the sex of your baby and its seriously mod and sophisticated and babies are drawn to graphic prints and high contrast colours. For this look, play with interesting shapes, graphic prints and texture and hints of gold to compliment the contrast. Classic black and white also means longevity – your baba won’t outgrow the look and its easy to add pops of colour if you want a little change.

Black-and-White

Get the Look:

1. Go for a simple slatted cot for a more modern feel – you could have the Eden cot customised in black or keep a lighter feel in white.

The Sebasian cot is a great mix of classic and modern for your nursery. It is simple and minimalist but still with a touch of elegance with the studded detail.

The Romeo cot is a modern take on a traditional design. High impact, statement and seriously chic.

Top tip:
A modern piece of art will complete your nursery – I found this one which would work perfectly at art.com here and do invest in a textured handwoven and hand-stitched round rug that adds a raq/natural element to an otherwise bold space.

DARK AND DREAMY

Create a cosy, dreamy and sophisticated baby room by using a floral rich wallpaper in dark hues to create a feature wall in your nursery. Choose an impactful floral wallpaper but bring in gentle tones of pink, grey and mauve for a feminine and dreamy touch. Let’s talk about greige – quite simply its gray and beige combined and is a key hue for nurseries this year. Key furniture in greige will compliment the moody wallpaper and add to the rooms warmth.

Dark-and-Dreamy

Get the Look:

1. Do bring in a splash of colour with this Isabella rocking chair in pale pink

2. The Auriga Cot boy makes for a Neo-Classical addition to your nursery – adds beautifullly to your nurserys feel of whimsy.

3. This is definitely a firm favourite of mine –the Nicole compactum has beautiful handles and a towel rail – so pretty and unique and I love the colour.

4. Go with a soft and dreamy looking carpet like this micro-shaggy rug – its warm and feminine but also adds a more trendy touch to the room.
Top tip: Balance the solid furniture and impactful wall with lighter pieces like a rattan textured basket packed with plush toys or a gold or silver side table or standing light as shine pairs well with the richness of the wallpaper and lifts the solid greige furniture.

Oh and if you’re having a boy and want to ditch the florals – check out Kimmy and Bears collaboration with Think Co Wallpaper here – a celebration of nature, SA and our surrounds.

Happy creating! If you have any questions / thoughts please comment below – I love hearing from you PLUS we’re giving away a luxury Baby Belle mattress designed with a combination of an open-cell PU foam core, encased in a viscous and wool rich quilting cover that also contains dust mite filter – my baba sleeps so well on hers! To stand the chance to win first follow @babybelle_sa on Instagram, then comment in the below on what look most inspired you!

Competition closed. Congrats to our winner Catherine Holmes – we’ll be in touch shortly!

20 Comments

  • Janine Chambers July 22, 2018 - 9:51 am Reply

    ALL WHITE: DREAMY AND ROMANTIC

    Great post! Noa’s Nursery is just that, dreamy and romantic.

  • Cee July 22, 2018 - 10:12 am Reply

    Dark & dreamy

  • Jéanne k July 22, 2018 - 10:51 am Reply

    Dark and Dreammmmy for sure! It’s so unique and oh, so, dreamy!

  • Catherine Holmes July 22, 2018 - 12:55 pm Reply

    Absolutely love the all white, dreamy and romantic look as it is so tranquil and the most beautiful haven for your bub! Would love to win the Baby Belle mattress as have ordered one of their beautiful cots and it arrives this week xxx

  • Lisa July 22, 2018 - 4:57 pm Reply

    Dark and dreamy looks divine, this mattress would be perfect for my 6 month old daughter x

  • Camilla Groom July 22, 2018 - 7:03 pm Reply

    ALL WHITE: DREAMY AND ROMANTIC
    Love the all white look. So clean, serene and chic. As you say, the perfect blank canvas to build from as your babe grows x

  • Lara July 24, 2018 - 1:04 pm Reply

    I love the all white, dreamy and romantic. It’s lovely and versatile if you want to add anything later on.

  • Gina July 24, 2018 - 1:25 pm Reply

    Dark and Dreamy is amazing, love it.

  • Zama Mthimkhulu July 24, 2018 - 1:33 pm Reply

    Dark and Dreamy

    Just like a dream… Beautiful and breathe talking ❤️. A dream coming true for me and my daughter

  • Jenna July 24, 2018 - 5:21 pm Reply

    Love the All white and dreamy nursery. The perfect inspiration for my December baby to be’ s nursery xxx

  • Kerryn Greene July 24, 2018 - 5:21 pm Reply

    Love the all white romantic and dreamy look!

  • Jenna July 24, 2018 - 5:26 pm Reply

    The all white dreamy romantic is the perfect inspiration for my December baby-to-be’s nursery. Just in love with the look x

  • Yogani July 24, 2018 - 9:05 pm Reply

    Loved this post ❤️❤️❤️!!! Creating a nursery is more than just about buying furniture, Jenna’s take on creating a space where mum and baby can bond, grow and play together is refreshing. Each look exudes character. BLACK IS BACK is bold and daring. DARK AND DREAMY is a floral paradise. BUT my absolute FAV is ALL WHITE: DREAMY AND ROMANTIC. It is a canvas upon which character can be built upon by fun additions…baby giraffe anyone?!!

  • Farheen July 25, 2018 - 8:05 am Reply

    Dark and Dreamy! Love the floral touch to it ❤

  • Shazmeen July 25, 2018 - 9:49 am Reply

    ALL WHITE: DREAMY AND ROMANTIC! Absolutely love the look :) would love to create it for my new born baby arriving in Feb! And I love your blog I’m learning so much thank you xx

    • Shazmeen July 25, 2018 - 9:58 am Reply

      Please ignore my first comment I made a mistake with me email address! My correct email address is Shazmeen.mohamed94@gmail.com :)

  • Shazmeen July 25, 2018 - 9:52 am Reply

    ALL WHITE: DREAMY AND ROMANTIC! Absolutely love the look :) would love to create it for my new born baby arriving in Feb! And I love your blog I’m learning so much thank you xxx

  • Muhammad July 25, 2018 - 9:57 am Reply

    My wife and I have been looking at nursery furniture and that’s how we came across babybelle_sa! However, we were not sure how to put everything together.. this page gives an excellent guideline on baby decor! Thank you for all the tips.. For my baby I would choose All White Dreamy and Romantic as I see it’s timeless and elegent!

  • Imaan July 25, 2018 - 10:24 am Reply

    ALL WHITE: DREAMY AND ROMANTIC!!! I love love love this look. I would change the linen and accessories depending on whether it’s a girl or boy. And I love the combination of grey and white it’s been my new favourite combo. oh I just can’t wait to put baby in a baby belle cot!

  • Hasiena July 25, 2018 - 1:54 pm Reply

    Wow! Dark and dreamy would be perfect for my little boy! Beautiful

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