mum to Felix, 9 months

Pregnancy Life & Style - - YOUR NURSERY -

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.

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