mum to Aurora, 2

Pregnancy Life & Style - - YOUR NURSERY - VISIT DAINSLIE on In­sta­gram @kawaii.pie

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.

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