Bean's Nursery

July 31, 2015 2 Comments

The Animal Print Shop Elephant

When we first found out we were expecting, I can honestly say it was one of the happiest days of my life. We have wanted this for so long, and I was always one of those girls who wanted babies! Lots of babies! The week’s went by and we had a 7, 12 and 20 week scan. Incase you’re wondering about the title of this post, we refer to littlen as Baby Bean as on our first scan all we could see was a tiny little, lovely bean. 

My husband and I always said we would find out, and so we did at 20 weeks. From the moment that we knew we were having a little girl, it was just magical, and you couldn’t stop me from browsing, researching, pinning and shopping if you tried. My husband dubbed me “The Pinterest Ghost” as I spent my evenings searching, pinning, and searching some more on Pinterest. When I was told it was probably a good idea to go to bed I would walk upstairs mesmerised, slip into bed, lights off, phone still illuminating my face, STILL determined and dreaming! 

So to say that this room has been a labour of love is a bit of an understatement. In fact creating it, inspired me to start The Modern Nursery.It all started when I became obsessed (yes that’s the only word) with The Animal Print Shop, and one particular Elephant print. I mean, I literally could not stop looking at it, searching for it, and frustratingly bumping into it at every corner. It was meant to be.

From there, the contemporary animal theme developed and new friends came to the party; bunnies, giraffes, lions, tigers, pandas and many more! The colour scheme started off as peach, grey and white and then accents of mint and gold crept in later. The peach was carefully picked (Dulux Mango Melody 4), tested and re-painted 3 times... it still ended up looking a little pink but we decided to stay proud.

cot bed and cloud wall stickers

Clouds were another key theme. We found these simple and stylish cloud wall stickers on notonthehighstreet and added to the theme with Noodoll's Ricestorm cushion. Our cot bed was a family hand me down and we up-cycled it by sanding and painting the two ends white for a modern bi-colour finish. I spent weeks trying to hunt down modern fitted sheets from the UK market, and gave up. In the end, I ordered this gold and white spotted sheet from ModFox who have an amazing range that are cool and contemporary. We are excited to say that we will be stocking these gorgeous sheets in our shop come launch. The same happened with bunting, I the wanted the traditional shape but modern fabrication, I almost got my sewing machine out after an 8 year gap since studying Fashion Design at University, but was saved that drama when I found this chevron and spotted design from the US, available on Etsy.

chest of drawers

We got our chest of drawers and wardrobe from Ikea (gotta love Ikea) and changed the handles to some peach and gold pullers from Anthropologie.

I wanted to create the perfect changing station inspired by the many wonderful images on Pinterest. All the drawers are organised with nappies, wipes, muslins and baby grows whilst the shelf and wire wall baskets stock cotton wool in kilner jars, organic weleda products and cute decorative items. Some of our favourites are the gold pineapple, a mint elephant money pot, a toadstool night light and some hand knitted booties made by my Mum. You will notice another little animal friend here keeping watch; Bunny rabbit wall sticker is from KoKoKo Home, a stockist of ours that will also be available in our shop.

bunting and changing station

This elephant and giraffe mobile is from LittleFeltCloud on Etsy and is so beautifully handmade and crafted, each one takes weeks to make. I am so pleased with it, and drumroll… it is from the UK! At last!

elephant and giraffe baby mobile

To top it all off, we needed a statement piece, and my wonderful husband bought me this gorgeous chair from Made as a present. Above it we have more prints from The Animal Print Shop, as well as a fun and quirky Oliver Bonas 'Woop Woop!' print and hanging gold tassle pom poms in peach, mint and grey. This Heico Rabbit Night light not only looks gorgeous, it gives off the perfect amount of light for middle of the night changing. 

Made nursing chair

I love the room, hubby loves the room and we hope she will love her room, it was certainly created with a lot of love.

Please feel free to leave comments or share x


2 Responses

The Modern Nursery
The Modern Nursery

November 18, 2015

Hi Stephanie, Thanks so much for your comment!
The trolley will come in handy whether you have stairs or not! I would definitely recommend one and they are not expensive. I love this chair, in the early days I sat in it a lot when we had visitors and I was getting the hang of breastfeeding in the privacy of another room. I still use it for the mid morning feed now but I do feed a lot on of our sofa which is nice and upright. I would really recommend getting some sort of chair (if your sofa is too slouchy) which is quite upright if you are planning on breastfeeding, it really helps. Are you in the UK? I am planing on doing a post on this sort of thing so want to make sure I’m looking at brands/stores relevant to you. x


November 18, 2015

Love your blog. You’ve definitely inspired me to get a trolley handy in the livingroom (even though we live in an appartment, no stairs) for those lovely brown explosions!
I love this chair too! Do you sit in it a lot? We have a VERY slouchy couch (I have to redo the cushions 7 times a day, which is too much if you’re also with a newborn!) and I just basically need a quiet space to feed my baby when I have visitors. People tell me to just do it in bed but I don’t want to lie in bed during the day (unless it’s for sleeping) and honestly I liked having a chair in the nursery with my forstborn (even though it was an Ikea cheapie and rockhard). Do you have any tips when it comes to chairs?

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