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.
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!