Back in January i wrote a post titled’ A Travel Inspired Nursery: A Personal Touch‘ all about my vision for my baby boy’s nursery and i promised to update when it was finished. I had hoped to bring a “baby-boy-friendly, subtle feeling of adventure to the room”. I had chosen the obvious colour palette of white and blue and imagined a room filled with dreamy clouds, cutesy aeroplanes and lovable elephants! At the time i shared with you all my hand-made world map hanging i had made for the room with the wording “you are our greatest adventure”.
I searched Pintrest, Etsy and various sites to help my vision come alive but my ideas of hanging world globes, hot air balloons and areoplanes were quickly dashed by the expense of these items, shipping etc! I had no idea how to create my own hanging globes, i mean painting the whole world map onto paper mache spheres was far too advanced for my creative fingertips! I ended up just keeping it simple and running with the Elephant theme. After all its from all my travels around Asia that i have fallen in love with these majestic beasts and conveniently they are a very popular with baby clothes and toy manufacturers! I also know that i can continue to add to the room as new ideas come to mind.
My world map hanging took pride of place on the back wall and i added some blue and white bunting and this totally awesome elephant head from Jellycat. It almost has a circus tent feel to it, i think.
I brought a white cot second hand and found a complete cot set from Babies R Us which included a fitted sheet, top sheet, comforter and nappy tidy. I love it! I am hoping to find some cute wall decals/stickers to go behind the cot, being a rental we are limited with what we can put on the walls.
The room also needed to be a practical use of space and not just somewhere for baby to sleep and play. As we only have a two bedroom apartment, we needed somewhere that myself or partner could sleep if the baby was having a rough night or somewhere guests could stay whilst baby was still small enough to sleep in our room. I got a beautiful day bed from Ikea that can be used as a single or double and piled with cushions makes a lovely, comfy sofa. I think this is going to be great for feeding a nap times too! It also comes with two large pull out drawers for extra storage. I brought a change table (also second hand) as the nursery room is opposite the bathroom and complete with a built in robe for all baby’s clothes so it’s a very practical space for changing baby and getting him ready for bed after a bath. I brought these attachable tubs (also from Ikea) and nappy bin which attach to the sides of the change table which is great for storing nappy bags, cotton balls etc.
The room still looks pretty bare so hopefully i have some creative ideas come to me over the coming weeks as i prepare to welcome this baby into the big wide world!!
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