By MeOhMy Founder & Editor Siobhan Rennie (@meohmymum)
When we found out we were having a baby girl, we were over the moon. We have a 17 month old boy, so a girl to add to the mix is just perfect.
I was also really excited to start planning a really girly nursery. Since starting this blog a year ago, I’ve discovered just how many unique and original products there are out there, most made by mums themselves selling from Instagram. Let’s face it though, there seems to be a bit more out there for girls, so shortly after we found out the sex of the baby I was pretty much saying “BRING THE SHOPPING ON” (much to my husband’s dismay haha).
A few months ago we moved cities, and in order to live exactly where we wanted to and get the best of both worlds – city and beach – we had to make some short term sacrifices. Goodbye large house with a swimming pool, hello apartment near the ferry and beach!
Our little lady is due in a week, and I’ve been putting the final touches on her nursery. But wait, it’s not just a nursery – since we downgraded, this room now has to be a nursery, a spare guest room AND a playroom – so, that was a design mission to start with (and I’m certainly no interior designer or stylist!).
Add the fact that we then found out the hard way that it’s impossible to put shelves up (the joys of an older renovated art deco apartment), it’s an odd shaped room (long and skinny, it’s more of a sunroom than actual bedroom and has long windows lining two of the four walls), and it has to be toddler proof – and it certainly hasn’t been the easiest job. I think I’ll be playing around with it constantly (as I do with Harry’s anyway, so nothing new there!).
If they’re useful, here are my tips for making the most of a very small space that has its limitations, while still making it functional and pretty:
- Invest in a good blanket box or large cabinet – we bought a restored blanket box which is awesome for storing all of Harry’s toys and for styling things on when he’s actually asleep and out of the way not causing chaos!
- A spare bed can also act as a cushioned play area, reading nook and feeding station (we don't have any room for a rocking chair and with one in Harry’s room we won’t need it).
- A clothing rack can be made out of anything – we used a Mocka ladder shelf (that we couldn’t use anymore because Harry was too into pushing it around the house and scratching the hell out of the wooden floors!). My husband just took it apart, inserted longer wooden pieces in the middle and put it all back together again. Pretty easy!
- Storage sacks are an awesome solution for toys. Harry is massively into blocks at the moment so they are EVERYWHERE – these sacks make it super easy to keep them under control (if I can actually bend down that far to pick them up, pregnant lady problems hey!)
- Because we couldn't put shelves up or nails on the walls, velcro hanging strips have been my go-to solution for hanging. We did manage to put up a small shelf in the corner with velcro as well - winning!
- Look for bargains everywhere – our Hex box is probably the only thing I’ve bought from a ‘mainstream’ store (Adairs) and it was the wrong colour – but it was on sale and a quick spray paint sorted it out.
Once our baby girl arrives and the cot is in our room instead, this corner (pictured below) will have a play mat and cushions. And some of this stuff will have to go into hiding to make it truly toddler-proof (got to love the toddler wrecking ball!).
We've used an Ikea rug that wasn’t my first choice (I have my eye on several found on Instagram), but Ikea rugs are well-priced and perfect for this room - it’ll be played in A LOT and most likely get stains all over it!
And every little girl needs a gorgeous collection of onesies, rompers and dresses - here are just a few of our favourites:
The majority of my finds are from Instagram, and a huge thanks to the following amazing small businesses for creating such awesome stuff but over and above that being genuinely lovely, caring and driven mamas!!
Full product list:
Captain and Co - Pom Pom hoop and pink arrows
Hello Henley - pink and natural felt garland
Winnie Dot the Label - wooden garland
Luxe Baby Love - Pink Pom Pom
Whistle Dixie - Grey Tassel and White Pom Pom
One Tiny Tribe - Loved you First print
Klea Ko - Numero 74 canopy
Love Letters by Tillie - 'A' letter
Pretty Tidy - Grid sack with pink
Little Echo - Knot cushion
Harrison and Willow - cushions
Poppy James Store - Le Sac Papier bag
Avery Trend - dipped coathangers
Marshmello Design - wall hanging
MeOhMy Mum - Forever and LOVE prints
Kippins - Coco Kippin
Charlie and Jae - removable bunny hook
Hubble and Duke - dusty pink crown
Alimrose Designs - grey and pink cloud blanket
Mesmerised Books - Mesmerised black and white book