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!).

Winnie Dot wooden garland with Whistle Dixie grey tassel, Duke and Duchesses romper on Avery Trend hanger, Peachy Baby blocks, Booties from Italy and Adairs shadow box (painted to suit the room)

Winnie Dot wooden garland with Whistle Dixie grey tassel, Duke and Duchesses romper on Avery Trend hanger, Peachy Baby blocks, Booties from Italy and Adairs shadow box (painted to suit the room)

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!
Blanket box with My Little Echo cushion, Typo light, Le Sac en Papier Bag from Poppy James Store and Coco Kippin

Blanket box with My Little Echo cushion, Typo light, Le Sac en Papier Bag from Poppy James Store and Coco Kippin

 

  • 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).
Burrow and Be cushion from Arrows and Paper Crowns, Pink Hex cushion from Harrison and Willow, One Tiny Tribe print, Captain and Co Pom Pom hoop

Burrow and Be cushion from Arrows and Paper Crowns, Pink Hex cushion from Harrison and Willow, One Tiny Tribe print, Captain and Co Pom Pom hoop

Captain and Co arrow, Marshmello Design wall hanging, Charlie and Jae bunny hook, Love Letters by Tillie 'A'

Captain and Co arrow, Marshmello Design wall hanging, Charlie and Jae bunny hook, Love Letters by Tillie 'A'

  • 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!
Hello Henley garland, Hubble and Duke crown, Pretty Tidy storage sack, Alimrose blanket, Sapling Child onesie, clothing rack by us

Hello Henley garland, Hubble and Duke crown, Pretty Tidy storage sack, Alimrose blanket, Sapling Child onesie, clothing rack by us

 

  • 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!)
Mountain print from Arrows and Paper Crowns, Pretty Tidy grid sack, various rompers (see below), LOVE print from MeOhMy, Mezmerised book, Luxe Baby Love giant pom

Mountain print from Arrows and Paper Crowns, Pretty Tidy grid sack, various rompers (see below), LOVE print from MeOhMy, Mezmerised book, Luxe Baby Love giant pom

 

  • 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!
Jamie King for Sapling Child onesie from Little S and Co, Charlie and Jae hook and Luxe Baby Love giant pink pom

Jamie King for Sapling Child onesie from Little S and Co, Charlie and Jae hook and Luxe Baby Love giant pink pom


Coco Kippin by Kippins, Hubble and Duke crown, Captain and Co Pom Hoop, MeOhMy Forever print in Kmart frame

Coco Kippin by Kippins, Hubble and Duke crown, Captain and Co Pom Hoop, MeOhMy Forever print in Kmart frame

  • 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.
Hex box from Adairs, other details above

Hex box from Adairs, other details above

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!). 

Numero 74 canopy from Klea & Ko, garland by Hello Henley, Alimrose blanket, Pretty Tidy sack, Babyhood cot

Numero 74 canopy from Klea & Ko, garland by Hello Henley, Alimrose blanket, Pretty Tidy sack, Babyhood cot

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:

Clothing from L to R: Sunday the Label from Little S and Co, Finn and Lola, Talking Red, Sapling Child from Little S and Co, Duke and Duchesses, Pure Baby, Daisy and Moose, Sapling Child from Little S and Co (Whistle Dixie pom)

Clothing from L to R: Sunday the Label from Little S and Co, Finn and Lola, Talking Red, Sapling Child from Little S and Co, Duke and Duchesses, Pure Baby, Daisy and Moose, Sapling Child from Little S and Co (Whistle Dixie pom)

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

 

I hope you've found this useful, and as always feel free to get in touch on Instagram (@meohmymum) or via email with any questions :) Happy nursery planning mamas!

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