I think it will be a room we add to a little bit over the next few months as we personalise it for her a little more and add a few more features but I am really happy with how it looks which is a good thing as I will no doubt be spending a lot of time in this room over the coming months (and years).
I will warn you now, this is quite a long post as I take you through the nursery set up and how I’ve organised things.
The room isn’t huge so we didn’t have a lot of room to work with (and it’s super hard to photograph the whole room) but I think we made it work well with the furniture we have.
(Also, I’ll apologise that the photos aren’t that great – it was super overcast on the day I took these photos and had to use flash to light the space!)
Speaking of the furniture, the cot, wardrobe and change table are all part of a Boori set that came from my cousins. They are in amazing condition and I am so glad we were able to get such amazing furniture either really cheap or for free to help fill the nursery.
When I had originally pictured my ideal nursery, I had planned on using white wood but looking at the room now I am so glad we have the dark wood in the room. It really brings some warmth into the space and stops it from looking overly clinical (and almost every nursery I see on Pinterest has white furniture so it’s nice to have something a little different).
This cot (Boori sleigh cot, similar here) is really good because it has a drawer for storage underneath. At the moment I have spare linen and blankets in this drawer as well as the accessories for the pram so they are easily accessible.
The mobile above the cot is one I bought online (available here) and I’m so glad I did, it looks amazing in the space and I love that it isn’t super girly or too baby-centric so hopefully she can keep it in her room for a long time. (And don’t worry, the bunny will be taken our of the cot before we let our baby sleep in it!)
The only thing left to do with the cot is to install the baby monitor and sensor (a job for Stu!). We bought the Angelcare baby monitor which has the under mattress sensor pads as well as a video monitor so Stu needs to set all that up. I think he’ll probably end up doing it in the few days I’m in hospital post-birth and pre-coming home with baby.
I initially wasn’t sure about needing the wardrobe but I love how it looks and all the extra storage it has. Her clothes hanging in the wardrobe are the ones we have sized 0-3 months (000 size) as well as several jackets and cardigans (Canberra is cold, she will get loads of use out of these!!) on the bottom rung.
On the top shelf of this space is a basket which holds some special outfits, including the christening outfit worn by me and all my cousins, which will be worn by my girl, and some dresses knitted by my nan.
The wardrobe also has some awesome open shelving for storage which I love. On the top shelf are some books and a basket with muslin blankets and wraps. On the bottom shelf are some blankets and a basket with her beanies and booties. The basket is from the Lisa T for Target collection and I love the little hint of rose gold it brings into the space.
In the drawers I’ve got some drawer dividers which help keep everything nice and organised. The top drawer has bibs, socks, mittens and leggings. The second drawer has swaddles and sleeping bags. The third drawer down has clothes that are too big for her at the moment.
On top of the wardrobe are a cute lamp (available here) for low light at night time (although my dad did kindly install a dimmer on the main light in the room for us!), this gorgeous wind up music box I got from one of my friends at my baby shower, a collection of Peter Rabbit books, and a frame I got at my baby shower which I intend on filling with a family photo once bubba is here.
The print on the wall above the wardrobe and change table is from Toucan (available here) and I love that it is simple and beautiful. We didn’t want too much on the walls to clutter up the room (but I am hoping to have something with her name maybe on the opposite wall above her crib at some point) and this print is just perfect.
The mobile above the change table was actually the first thing we bought for the nursery. It is from a little toy shop in Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic and we bought it when we were on holidays in Europe last year! We love that it is a little piece of Europe in our girls room and it’s so special to us being the first thing we picked out for her room over a year ago. It flaps its wings when you pull the string so we thought it would be a good distraction for her when she starts getting wriggly during change time.
I’m pretty happy with how the change table area turned out. I saw this Ikea kitchen rail in a nursery on Pinterest and knew it would be an awesome solution to keeping everything accessible for change time. It’s the Fintorp rail system from Ikea and I’ve got lotions, nappy cream, brush and comb, wipes and nappies all at my fingertips at change time without any bending over (which I’m sure my back will thank me for!).
We have a cover on the changing pad (just a plain white one) but I’ve also got a cloth nappy on top of the change table because I figure it will be easier to just chuck that in the wash and put a new one on rather than have to change and wash the cover every time baby girl decides to make a mess on the change table.
I like that this change table has a shelf and then drawers underneath as opposed to all shelves like I’ve seen in some change tables. I feel like it makes it easier to contain everything. The two baskets in the shelf have onesies in them. One has long sleeved onesies and the other has singlet onesies and singlets. I have sizes 0000 and 000 in here (with the smaller sized ones at the top). She will probably be mostly wearing onesies for a while so I figure they should be the most easily accessible clothes.
In the top drawer I have spare nappies, wipes and cloth nappies (which I plan on using as burp cloths and on top of the change table). In the bottom drawer I have extra lotions and creams as well as all her towels and washers. (If you’re paying attention you’ll probably see that the drawers don’t have handles!! We have the handles for the drawers, we just need to get some screws to actually attach them. Stu assures me he will have it done before the baby arrives.)
The other benefit to having the wardrobe is that I can reach the drawers of the wardrobe while still keeping one hand on the baby lying on the change table in case I want to dress her in anything that’s in the wardrobe.
The glider was a necessary purchase because we needed one for the nursery and I struggled to find one that wasn’t ugly and wouldn’t break the budget. I was happy enough with this Valco Baby glider when I found it, which I purchased for its combination of extreme comfort and not-hideous looks, and it has seriously grown on me over time! I actually really like it now and I’m looking forward to nursing my little girl in this chair!
I’ve added a nice cushion from Kmart and a blanket from Ikea to add some colour and comfort. I also got a small table (also from Kmart) which can be pulled out to sit next to the glider to hold my water/phone/other supplies so that I have everything easily reachable for me while I’m feeding baby girl.
The rug is from Toucan (available here) and I am so in love with how it looks! It was one of the first things I decided I wanted for the room and I think it looks amazing in the space.
The curtains are from Spotlight. I had originally intended on making some curtains but these were so cheap and I couldn’t find any blackout material to make curtains so these ended up being the easy option!
Inside the built-in wardrobe is lots more storage! The first basket on the shelf along the top is for clothes that are too small and the others are empty and without purpose at the moment. I’m sure our storage needs will change rapidly with a growing baby so it’s good to have space and options for changing our storage to suit our needs.
The second shelf has supplies for going out. I have a gorgeous nappy bag (more on that in a post soon) but my husband (or me) won’t want/need everything in there if he is taking bubba out for a quick trip so I bought this little pouch to hold the essentials. It clips on to the pram and opens out to a change mat with pockets for wipes and nappies which is perfect for short trips or when we don’t need everything that is in the nappy bag. Also on this shelf is a baby carrier (this one from Chekoh), some burp cloths to restock the nappy bag and some little toys.
Also for ‘going out’ supplies is the hanging organiser you can see next to the shelves. In it I have supplies to restock my nappy bag (nappies, wipes, nappy disposal bags, disposable change mats) as well as my Ergo 360 carrier (and infant insert in the shelf above it) and some nursing covers I was given should I choose to use them.
Having all this stuff in one place means I don’t need to run all over the house or nursery when I want to restock the nappy bag and it is all at eye level making it easy to find.
The third shelf down has extra blankets and quilts, the fourth shelf is empty at the moment (again, waiting to see what our storage requirements are) and the bottom shelf has bulk wipes that I’ve bought on special. I definitely will not be running out of wipes!!
In the other side of the wardrobe I have all the next size up clothes that can be hung up ready to put into the other wardrobe when she fits them and on the floor of the wardrobe are extra boxes of nappies ready for when I need them.
Eventually I want to put an Ikea Kallax 2 x 2 shelf into this side of the wardrobe but we just don’t need that level of extra storage at the moment!
Because we have an extra room which we will be using as the playroom (which I’m hoping I can finish cleaning and organising shortly!) we don’t really have any toys in here or need any toy storage in this room. Eventually majority of her books will be relocated to the playroom as well.
This room will probably change a little bit once we get a feel for what else we need and how we use the space, and I definitely want to add something with her name (once she’s here and we’ve actually named her!!) into the room and add some labels to the baskets but otherwise I think this room is pretty much done!
Sorry for the epic essay about our nursery, but I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look at what we’ve done in the room and how it’s all come together! If you want to know more about any part of it please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer you as soon as I can.
Did you have a dedicated nursery for your baby? What was your favourite thing in the room?
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