This post has been one I've wanted to do for ageessss now! (Actually even before Maddison was born!) However, I really struggled trying to get the nursery organised, despite the ridiculous amount of nesting I did! The first problem was I couldn't for the life of me decide what on earth I wanted to do! I couldn't decide on colours, layout, toys, pictures.. anything!! There are sooo many nursery "inspo" pages out there, and I loved bits from everything.. but they just wouldn't have worked together!! The second problem is that I wanted it to be practical! The last thing I wanted was to spend tons of money on a beautiful room that just didn't work with our day to day life and routine. I really do feel there is too much pressure and high expectations these days to make babies nurseries super picture perfect and "Pinterest worthy". Half the time the pretty stuff will just end up getting covered in poop/spew, and the bland neutral toys will never stimulate a baby for playtime!
Maddison's room is still primarily neutral with just a few splashes of pinks from decorations and then some colourful patterned toys! If like us you are planning on having more kids... we decided to keep all the furniture/main bits neutral and then just added bits of colour in, because if I had bought too much pink stuff, then we have a boy next, well that's even more money we'd have to spend re-buying everything not in pink!! I'd still really love to have some kind of wall art or pictures hanging up - but again I can't quite decide what I want exactly and I haven't seen anything that I've totally fallen in love with yet!
A lot of the toys or ornaments in her room were bits I used to have when I was little, which means the world to me! Much more sentimental than going out and buying ridiculous amount of new things. I think I also didn't want to go spending tons of money because we will hopefully be moving house in the next year and as she'll be getting bigger, so her room will have to change! I already had Maddison's bookcase (which used to be home to all my high heels when her room used to be my dressing room - sigh!) and she has a built in wardrobe, so it was just a matter of buying her changing table and cot! Both were bargains from Ikea! I couldn't for the life of me bare spending £300+ on a cot which she would only be using for the first year or so of her life!!
I think one of my most favourite parts of Maddison's room is her rose garland around the top of the canopy. It just looks so pretty and gives the room and nice touch of pink without being too overpowering (or tacky!) Again this was a total bargain... We got the white canopy from Ikea and then my sister HANDMADE the garland for me with individual roses and wire - thank you sissy!! So easy and much cheaper than buying it pre-made! Winning!
One of my main priorities was storage. I wanted to have all of Maddie's clothes and changing station organised and easily accessible, without having it look cluttered or like a bomb had just exploded! So I really do feel now I've had 12 weeks of getting used to life with a baby, I've worked out logistically what is best and where to keep everything.. (you should see the jumble under the crib! Such a good storage solution though!)
When Maddison turned around 4 weeks old, she was already taking so much in! So I deicded to get the playmat out for her, and she loved it! I never planned for it to live here in her room, but it gets so much use and isn't in the way of anything, so we just decided to keep it out! We also put a book of black and white patterns out down the side of it to help stimulate and entertain her! I have to say the playmat was one of my BEST purchases. Ours is from Mothecare, and it has a light up musical flower at the top of the arch - the music drives Josh crazy haha! But Maddison loves it!
My best tip and what I've learnt doing a babies room is... rather than splashing out the cash on big expensive pieces of furniture, try and save the money there so you are able to buy a few special more expensive little pieces that they can have for years to come and won't outgrow so quickly (or I can even keep to pass down to my grandchildren!)
Hope you liked having a peep into Maddison's nursery! If you have any recommendations of wall art for a babies room let me know! Or if you want to know where anything is from that I haven't labelled , also let me know! Either comment below or message me via the social page! Love x
This section will all be focused on being pregnant, discovering motherhood and baby bits!