Creating Tallow’s nursery bought me so much joy throughout my pregnancy. There was something so special about opening the door to this magical little world and pottering about, adding special touches here and there as I patiently awaited our little girl’s arrival. Honestly I think I’d been collecting for this nursery for many years. On my thrifting adventures I would collect vintage figurines, crochet blankets and beautiful picture books, for this special ‘someday’ room. I knew early on when dreaming up nursery ideas, I wanted to use a neutral palette for the walls, furniture and curtains and let beautiful bright colours shine in the whimsical textiles, accessories and trinkets I’d been collecting.
Originally I chose a gender neutral colour scheme for the room featuring teal, mustard and navy, however when we found out we were expecting a little girl I couldn't resist the addition of a sprinkling of orange and magenta, inspired by these Aden & Anais swaddles. Once I’d chosen the colour scheme, I just kept an eye out for inspiring pieces while out and about. I especially loved searching local businesses and thrift shops for sweet additions to Tallow’s whimsical space. A few of my favourite pieces include:
The beautiful dream catcher we found at The Green Bank in Nimbin, hand crafted by a local artist. We had only recently found out we were expecting when we discovered this beautiful piece and knew straight away it would be a special feature in the nursery.
The thrifted arm chair we added as a main feature in the room. We discovered the pair (the other currently residing in our bedroom) at the local tip while living in Mildura and they are one of our most favourite discoveries. It creates a lovely little nook for cuddles, feeding and precious bedtime stories.
We just love the collage wall filled with sentimental bits and pieces, including some sweet golden book pages, a twenty week ultrasound image and a few favourite outfits. And of course I couldn't resist making some pretty bunting using beautiful Plushka’s Craft felt. My most loved item on this wall is the little framed handwritten card that reads… GIRL. Our lovely doctor was kind enough to write down the gender and pop it in an envelope so we could take it to one of our favourite local spots and open it together. It was such a magical moment and a perfect reminder of this amazing journey.
After nearly nine months of dreaming and styling this little wonderland, I thought I’d share a few of the things I've learnt along the way to help create a unique nursery:
Be Inspired by Colour – It’s all too easy to play it safe and stick to traditional nursery colours, but if your after something a little more unique, why not choose colours that you love too. Whether it’s bright and fun or warm and nurturing, it’s amazing how adding a splash of a fabulous hue or two can transform a room.
Shop Around – Get creative and go beyond the baby section of the big chain stores. Try markets, second hand shops, local artists and designers for beautiful and interesting wares.
Tell a Story – Throughout our home, I always tend to feature décor that tells stories from our travels and adventures and the nursery was no different. Rather than choosing ‘trendy’ décor, find pieces that share stories of your family and things you love. Ben chose the Viking ship mobile, inspired by his love of Norse mythology and we included May Gibbs story books and foliage from the Tallowwood tree which inspired her name. We also added some of our own favourite childhood picture books and toys.
Work your Storage – Make the most out of your storage space by utilising buckets, baskets and wall space. As we did not have a traditional wardrobe, I put the shelves to good use creating open drawers labelled with shipping tags. Displaying favourite outfits on walls and furniture like Tallow’s Little Tienda dress adds instant ‘artwork’ and a lovely personal touch.
Make It – Can’t find what you’re looking for? Why not try making it. Whether it’s a simple strand of bunting or a sweet little softie, get crafty and add your own unique style to the space. I made these sweet birds using this Spool pattern and Ben and I joined forces to create Tallow’s door sign, using fabric scraps and wood offcuts.
During the last few weeks of my pregnancy I would sit in the nursery and dream about what it would be like to hold our little girl in my arms. Now as we spend our days feeding, changing, rocking and singing, I dream about watching Tallow as she grows and adds her own special touches to her little wonderland.
If you want info on any of the items in Tallow’s nursery, feel free to ask. I 'd love to help!
This post was originally written for Voices of 2013 and published on Kidspot on the 29th of October.