A few months ago we moved into our new house in Greenpoint. I have spent the last few months creating a home, enjoying the process of finding special pieces, styling corners of our new space to make it feel like ours, searching for the right pieces to compliment existing pieces we’ve bought along the way but without a doubt the best part of my Nesting process has been creating a special space for my baby.
I have put so much time and love into creating this nursery. It was really important for me to create a space that is peaceful, calm and one that both my husband and I love spending time in. We don’t know what we’re having but regardless of the gender I would have still gone with a gender-neutral space.
I worked with Baby Belle (since it is my favourite baby furniture brand) – everything they create is elegant, classic and is really amazing quality. I spent weeks thinking about the look I wanted, brainstorming, gathering reference pics of nursery’s I love and pieces that I would like to invest in.
When it comes to décor in my home I keep to a neutral palette, muted tones, classic pieces balanced with a minimalist and contemporary feel. The nursery is in keeping with this style but I went for a slightly more elegant, romantic and sophisticated look in the nursery. I wanted to create a space that is timeless and one that my child won’t easily outgrow.
I kept with an all white palette (I know, shock horror with children) but all white tones mean creating a space that can grow with your child. It’s essentially a blank canvas to update throughout the years and to be honest if you are willing to take good care of your fabrics and linen the spills and poops won’t be a problem and scotch guarding is a definite must (Baby Belle does this too)!. Let’s just say finger painting and drawing on the walls won’t be allowed in this room.
We included personal little details: the chandelier which was a gift from my Dad, antique silver and crystal vases passed down from my Gran and a teddy that was mine growing up- pieces that mean something to us and make the room that much more special.
So, here it is, a room that is by far our favourite in the house and will be even more so when he or she arrives.
An all-white room can look clinical or bland so it was important for me to bring in a lot of texture and rich finnishes to add that warmth – an upholstered toy box (The Romeo) with plush toys styled on top, a laundry basket made from sustainable materials from local arisans in Swaziland and SA adds texture and an icelandic long wool sheepskin rug gives the room a luxurious feel.
The room has beautiful Bay windows leading onto a verandah so the light in this room is so lovely and I didn’t want to lose this with heavy curtains so I opted for double lace, linen voile curtains – they drape so beautifully and feel decadent and understated at the same time.
Finding the perfect feeding chair is super important as this is where I will spend most of my time with my little one. I also wanted most of my nursery to feature local design so when I tried out the Ava Rocker (in custom arctic white) I knew she was the one. Baby Belle’s rocker is comfortable, solid and beautifully designed as a classic wingback. The deep buttoning compliments the upholstery of my cot which I love. What is lovely is that if you want to create your own by going with a different design or fabric / finnish you can chat to them for custom orders.
Hints of gold add a little warmth and romanticism to the room – I went for a glass and gold bookshelf from Mr Price home and a gilded mirror from Loft Living – both of which add a French feel and sophistication to the nursery.
For us, the cot, compactum and feeding chair were the most important elements of the room so I didn’t want to mess around with quality which is why we worked with Baby Belle to create these three investment pieces that anchor the room but that are also so important and practical. I chose the Grace Compactum with beaded drawer front details, crystal handles and in custom arctic white. Oh, and important to note that all paints used by Baby Belle are non-toxic and lead free. We went with Baby Belles changing matt – it really is the best out there with an open -cell PU foam core, encased in a viscous and wool rich quilted cover that also contains a dust mite filter.
When David and I travelled to to New York we found this nursery art from the Animal Print shop online from their series Little Darlings – they are playful but still sophisticated. For something similar, do have a look at Baby Belle’s selection of prints locally here.
On the same trip (I was 12 weeks pregnant) I bought this musical moutons mobile by Trousselier – it plays the Mozart Lullaby and the sheep are too sweet!
One of my favourite pieces in the nursery is this hand-crafted cot with beautiful deep buttoned upholstery. Baby Belle custom made this cot for me in arctic white. Musts for your cot are their luxury mattresses, waterproof cot protector and their linen.
The most important part of creating the right space for your little one is to take your time. It is part of the process, preparing for a new addition to your family and should be a labour of love and a time to nest. Happy Nesting!