Lisa turned a bland spare room into a sooth­ing oa­sis for her new­born

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Our old study-guest room worked fine but it wasn’t very at­trac­tive,’ says Lisa. ‘How­ever, when my part­ner richard and I found out that our sec­ond child was on the way, it gave us a dead­line to turn this unin­spir­ing room into a beau­ti­ful nurs­ery.

Nurs­eries are my favourite room to dec­o­rate, as I’m a big kid at heart. You can af­ford to go a bit crazy and whim­si­cal with the fin­ish­ing touches. I love Scandi style, and use a lot of whites, greys and nat­u­ral ac­cents in my home. I knew a neu­tral pal­ette would work just as well in a nurs­ery, as it’s so adapt­able and will suit any age. Also, white walls are bet­ter for patch­ing up crayon and fin­ger marks left by our daugh­ter Lyra, now four.

Keep­ing it bright

I was torn be­tween cre­at­ing a fea­ture wall and just paint­ing all the walls grey. Even­tu­ally we went for an an­i­mal-themed wall­pa­per to go on the wall be­hind the cot. I ap­plied it my­self while eight months preg­nant, with Rich’s help. It was hard work, but I was too im­pa­tient to wait!

We fell in love with a beau­ti­ful cot and de­cided to splash out on a match­ing wardrobe. Once I’d fin­ished the walls and added the fur­ni­ture, I could then get on with the best bit – ac­ces­soris­ing. Ini­tially, I in­cor­po­rated navy ac­cents, but as the room is west-fac­ing, I found that they seemed to suck the light out of the space. In­stead, I stuck to brighter tones. I made a hanger for an an­i­mal al­pha­bet chart, and also made pom-poms to pretty up the toy bas­kets. I’ve used pretty, prac­ti­cal stor­age so plas­tic toys can be put away.

Cre­at­ing char­ac­ter

As the room was so empty of per­son­al­ity I wanted to find a way to catch the eye as you walk in. That’s how I ended up cre­at­ing the white shelv­ing unit,

‘cre­ate soft­ness us­ing ma­te­ri­als Like wool and wicker bas­kets,and ADD colour with books and prints’

which is made up of sim­ple matt white shelves and oak-ef­fect wood brack­ets. I’ve dis­played an as­sort­ment of fun ac­ces­sories in var­i­ous shapes and sizes. The crayons were a cheap but ef­fec­tive way to add a splash of colour and com­ple­ment the Noah’s Ark and an­i­mal prints. Rich and I spent a year trav­el­ling around the world be­fore we started a fam­ily, so we had to find a way in­cor­po­rate a globe into the nurs­ery.

De­liv­ery dead­line

The project took around two months in to­tal, and the room was all ready for our son Jen­son when he ar­rived in April 2017. I wanted to cre­ate a cosy, char­ac­ter­ful and prac­ti­cal space for him to play in dur­ing the day and snug­gle up in at night. The fact that I of­ten find Lyra in here curled up in the chair with a book, or play­ing with his toys sug­gests I’ve achieved just what I wanted. I’m par­tic­u­larly proud of the colour scheme I’ve used – grey, white and oak, with splashes of colour and a sprin­kling of gold. It’s such a tran­quil, calm­ing space and should last our fam­ily for many years.’

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