mum to Felix, 9 months
Tell us why you chose to engage an interior designer?
We hired Belinda Nihill of Nest Design Studio to design our first son Hugo’s nursery and assist in finishing off our first daughter’s ‘big girl’ room. There was absolutely no question that we would have her back to design our third baby’s nursery, seeing we were so happy with her work the first two times that we had used her skills and expertise.
What was the brief for this room this time?
We really like strong, dark colours and wallpaper. We wanted nautical touches. Our first son had a similar brief and we loved the final result of his room. We wanted the same for this nursery, but also to ensure it was different. Wainscot panelling was discussed early on in the brief and we chose to go with it. We are so happy we did – the effect is amazing.
What was your inspiration?
After meeting with Belinda and discussing what we were after with her, she presented us with an image that hit the nail on the head! It has stunning navy wallpaper and white wainscoting. It was exactly what we were after, and the room evolved from that image.
How did you select your colour palette?
We wanted to use navy and white again as we had in Hugo’s room. Belinda suggested adding some tan leather and olive to tie everything together and to allow the room to be different. She found a divine olive cushion and some gorgeous tan elements that worked beautifully.
What is your favourite item in the room and why?
We reused the Nursery Works rocker and I think it will always be my favourite nursery item. It was difficult to get and it has been used so much for two children
now. It sits perfectly next to the cot under the amazing sailing ship mobile. It’s a special spot that corner. I also love the custom joinery. Storage is important and I love the big draws and the shelving for displaying items. The wallpaper is simply superb. Its texture is amazing and it has a beautiful shimmer to it in natural light. It will grow with Felix, and I don’t think we will need to change it for the sake of him outgrowing it.
What was the biggest challenge?
I was worried we wouldn’t come up with something so fabulous again! Obviously, my fears were a waste of time because we now have another amazing nursery that compliments Hugo’s room and is just as outstanding.
What is your favourite thing about this space?
This is a tough one, as it is hard to find the words to describe the feeling I get every time I enter this room. Every single item in the room just works! The way the furniture is placed and the warmth that comes from such a dark wallpaper. There are details everywhere – the anchors on the moccasins, and the personalised spinning top and cushions. Who finds a vintage aeroplane cushion?! I also love that this room will grow with Felix and easily transition into a ‘big boy’ room for him without too much hassle.
Every single item in the room just works… I also love that that this room will grow with Felix.