Pulling together a nursery

Last night was a big night. Not in the ‘get dressed up and messed up’ fashion, nay, baby Jethro spent his first night in his big boy room. I feel a bit sad as he is definitely our last baby (#famouslastwords) and there are dimples in the carpet where his moses basket once resided, but the poor kid didn't have a lot of wriggle room left in his little nest, it was time to go.

Anyway, it was a success, he seems to love his new room, so though it isn’t 100% finished, I thought I’d share where we’ve got to and what’s to come.

This is what we had to work with when we bought the place 18 months ago. It’s a really big room but it hasn’t had any love for a very long time. That carpet. Geez.


I spent a long time thinking about how I wanted the nursery to look and stumbled upon this image which inspired the colour scheme. Incidentally, the image came from the insta page of Soor Ploom and if I had a little girl, I would buy the entire shop up - do check it out, even for the photography alone. My colour schemes are often inspired by art and photography, and this one is a beauty.

Nursery mood board

When we were renovating our house, I had pretty much free reign to do what I liked, but my husband (Chips) wanted to understand what it was going to look like. I wouldn't normally put together a mood board for myself, but I did it for him. Must be true love <<rolling eyes emoji goes here>>.

This room is at the front of the house and faces east, so it gets lovely morning sunshine, well let’s be real, it gets natural light from London’s smog filled skies. On the topic of east facing rooms, Farrow and Ball say “The light in east facing rooms can appear to be a little blue so it is best to work with this and choose greens or blues”.  I took this a step further and chose Farrow and Ball’s Downpipe which a lot of people think has a green undertone. Downpipe is the dark colour everyone raves about and until now, it's a colour I have avoided, instead opting for Railings which I thought was an even bolder choice, but I have to say, do believe the hype on this one. It’s so great on the wall and nowhere near as intimidating as it looks on the paint chart.

To the furniture now - I had Small Fry’s cot bed from when he was a baby, but since it had been through a number of house moves and in storage for years (there’s a 4½ year age gap between my boys), it wasn’t in great shape. I didn’t want to spend a fortune buying a new cot which wasn’t an essential purchase as the old one would’ve sufficed (practically but not stylistically), but then I discovered a great brand called Mokee. I bought this gorgeous cot for £79 and it was shipped to me fuss free. Mum and I put it together easily enough and voila! Cool huh?

Nursery Mokee cot

The room had no storage, so we built in floor to ceiling cupboards in front of the chimney breast (original fireplace was sadly long gone). There’s far too much storage for a tiny baby, but we were future proofing, as adding joinery at a later date makes a heck of a mess and he won't be little forever.

Nursery storage

So now all that’s left is the styling. The prints I’ve bought so far are up, but there’s still a lot of empty wall space. I’ve been trawling the local vintage shops and ebay for a vintage Danish day bed as the room is fairly empty, but I haven’t found the one yet. We don’t need a chest of drawers as that’s built into the storage cupboards, but I’m on the lookout for a sturdy side table I can put a table lamp on and a floor lamp for late night feeds or nappy changes.

I’ll post an update as soon as the room is completely done, but let me know what you think in the meantime. Would you use a dark colour for your nursery?

Amanda PowellComment