By Contributor Amber Turvey (@amberturvey_)
No sooner had our daughter Isabella arrived home from the hospital as a newborn, I was thinking about her nursery. I was so excited to have a little girl, cue the heart eyes for everything pink! I had done the neutral, all white nursery, and monochrome boys room with my son Hugo, so I was looking forward to decorating for a girl.
I knew I wanted to create a space that was Isabella’s own, her sanctuary, something pretty, something different and at the same time something totally achievable. I am a stay at home mum of two children and money doesn’t grow on trees!
Prior to the birth of Isabella, we had just moved into an old family homestead on the farm. The canvas was far from perfect, the walls an off white/cream and in dire need of a re-paint (one day!), the pine floorboards – not the most ‘in trend’ colour these days, but, that’s all we had to work with and I had to stick to a budget.
I enlisted the help of interior stylist, Tayla Harris from Gum Valley Glam, to help me bring my ideas to life and source the items that were required. It was at this time that Isabella and her silent reflux took a turn for the worst. Yes, we had started planning this room well over a year ago now!
Things were stalled, a lot, as my concentration turned from decorating to sleep deprivation. However, we came up with an amazing concept, I fell in love, and Isabella’s room, albeit slowly, grew from there.
Our investment pieces make a statement in the room. The divine Mrs Mighetto ‘Miss Lola’ print was the inspiration behind the room design, the gorgeous ‘Scalloped Dots’ wallpaper from ‘These Walls’, and Numero 74 canopy. The Leander cot, Ikea armchair and Danish by Design change table were all pieces that we had bought and used for Hugo. We made the darker chair work in the room with the introduction of a similar colour palette in the print and the Sage and Clare, Michele Shag blanket.
My tips for creating a nursery or children’s room within a budget:
1. Choose a design that is likely to grow with them as they age. You don’t want to have to completely re-do the room in only few years time!
2. Choose a few investment pieces
3. Work with what you have got
4. Mix the investment pieces with more affordable pieces, not everything needs to break the bank.
5. Prioritise. You don’t have to re-paint or re-carpet if it’s not within your budget at the time. You can always do this at a later date.
Nursery items I couldn’t live without:
1. Oricom 710 monitor, which I now use with two cameras. It hasn’t missed a beat!
2. A decent armchair. I’m so lucky I had a comfy armchair to spend all the hours trying to resettle Isabella in! I upgraded from a glider chair to this one from Ikea, it’s so affordable yet so well made.
3. Sage and Clare blanket. This is seriously amazing, looks good, feels good, suits any décor, and pulls all the colours together in the room.
4. Danish by Design, Troll sun dresser and change table. I always wanted a change table to face me as I stood at it. That was my one thing! This one is perfect, has lots of storage and the change tray can be removed when you don’t need it anymore. Practical and can still be used as our children grow.
5. White noise. Seriously. I couldn’t live without it! My children are the world’s lightest sleepers when they are babies. Especially when living in a house full of echoing floorboards, on an animal farm (the peacocks are so loud!), with a loud boisterous toddler.
Wallpaper - thesewalls.com.au
Numero 74 Canopy – hellolittlebirdiestore.com.au
Mrs Mighetto print – hellolittlebirdiestore.com.au
Weave wall hanging - ellaandzafran.com.au
Throw Blanket – sageandclare.com
Leander Cot – danishbydesign.com.au
Troll sun dresser and change tray – danishbydesign.com.au
Pappiyon designs Cot bedding – etsy.com/shop/pappiyon
Quilt – thislittlelove.com.au
Lambs wool throws - Kmart
Armchair and Dolls house - Ikea
Moroccan cushion - barefootgypsy.com.au
Knot cushion – mylittleecho.bigcartel.com
Mustard lumbar cushion – castleandthings.com.au
Star light – Kmart
Side table – Kmart
Initial storage box – jackandjillboxes.com.au
Ottoman – gumvalleyglam.com.au
Marigold Hemp mat – ecoviva.com.au
Accessory rack - interiormotivesaus.com.au
Garland - winniedot.com.au
Prints - rachelkennedydesigns.com
‘In my Heart’ book, Author Jo Witek - ellaandzafran.com.au
Princess Doll - nanahuchy.com
Pastel stacking rainbows – amarose.com.au
Belly basket – olliella.com.au
Wooden animals – nocnoc.com.au
Interior stylist – gumvalleyglam.com.au
Wallpaper install – paredesign.com.au
Note: no items were gifted in the creation of this room