mum to Aurora, 2
How did you get started with your daughter’s nursery design process?
It all started with a lot of imagining and pre-planning. We were on a budget but we still wanted to make sure the room reflected us as a family. This meant we had to channel inspiration from the things we love, including our taste for a minimalistic lifestyle. There was also a lot of Instagram and Pinterest searching, to find the right look and evoke the right emotion.
What’s your favourite part of the nursery?
I painted the tree when I was seven months pregnant. It was a labour of love that had me climbing a ladder to paint the highest leaves while my husband held me from behind!
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
The rose-gold cot from Incy Interiors was my splurge, but as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. I think it complements the metallic paint in the tree so beautifully. The Grant Featherston Contour Series chair is surprisingly my save; ours is a replica and was bought second-hand, so really we doubled the savings!
What special touches are key to the look of the room?
The special touches are definitely the toys I make in my business Kawaii Pie! Aurora is my tester, so the newest ones live there. Right now, it’s the Mushy Mushies in my favourite colours. The canopy from Spinkie is another wonderful addition because
I can move it over the cot or in the corner for reading. It adds an extra magical touch to the room, while being practical.
What decorating advice would you offer to mums?
It sounds like a cliché – but keep it simple. While I take inspiration from many things, I condense that information down, and it may be reflected in one special doll or the choice of paint colour. To minimise the items in Aurora’s room I do a lot of research before purchasing things, which tends to mean that I love it for longer and spend money on the right things.
What parenting advice would you offer new mums?
Not every part of motherhood comes with laughter, magical moments and love. There will be high emotions, exhaustion, vomit and crying… and it’s ok to hate these moments. Every experience is different, so try not to compare yourself to others.
I do a lot of research before purchasing things, which tends to mean that I love it for longer.
The small details are what really brings this room together. Carefully styled shelves with whimsical toys and vintage touches add depth and texture without overcrowding the room. Pretty pastel colours work together to bring a sense of calm to the nursery.
Look out for funky second-hand items which can give your nursery a point of difference. Replica furniture is also a great way to save money.