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.  

Isabella Mary, our little princess

Isabella Mary, our little princess

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.  

Isabella’s nursery, a long time coming!

Isabella’s nursery, a long time coming!

Layer with texture to create a room that is warm and inviting

Layer with texture to create a room that is warm and inviting

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.

Smaller styling items from Kmart and Target can be affordable if you are trying to stick to a budget. Star light and side table from Kmart.

Smaller styling items from Kmart and Target can be affordable if you are trying to stick to a budget. Star light and side table from Kmart.

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.

Create a reading nook to show off your children’s beautiful books without breaking the bank.  A shelf (purchased from Bunnings), a few cushions and you can really lift a blank space.

Create a reading nook to show off your children’s beautiful books without breaking the bank.  A shelf (purchased from Bunnings), a few cushions and you can really lift a blank space.

 I love that this room will grow with Isabella.  Tip: Imagine the room with a toddler bed/single bed, place these items within the room in your head and see if it will still work. Remember you need to make those investment pieces work for you in years to come.

 I love that this room will grow with Isabella.  Tip: Imagine the room with a toddler bed/single bed, place these items within the room in your head and see if it will still work. Remember you need to make those investment pieces work for you in years to come.

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.

The perfect way to display her pretties. Accessory rack – Interior Motives Aus, Romper – Hubble and Duke, Head wraps – Lulu & Lo, Flower crown and bows – Branche

The perfect way to display her pretties. Accessory rack – Interior Motives Aus, Romper – Hubble and Duke, Head wraps – Lulu & Lo, Flower crown and bows – Branche

Suppliers list:

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

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