With less than six weeks to go until due date, operation nursery has stepped up a gear. Not that it will be used for the first few months, and not that I’ve consciously started making more effort, it’s been a priority of mine from day dot as it’s just something I love doing and in all honesty, having the nursery to focus on has probably helped me cope with the overwhelming-ness of having my first baby.
One thing that I researched a good while ago (because I research EVERYTHING when it comes to house stuff) was a chair for the nursery. I wanted a rocker but to fit a small space in the bay window of our little box room. After getting inspired by some of the most stylish rocking chairs on the market, I fully had my heart set on the super sleek and Eames Style RAR Rocker – a replica of course, I’m on a budget here.
There are tons of well-styled RAR Rocking Chairs on the Internet (cue Instagram and Pinterest) so it wasn’t hard to visualise how it would work for me – I love the modern and clean Scandi style but I also love texture and colour, so my whole nursery has been a project of merging all three and the chair really has brought it to life.
After much trawling of the Internet I found a white Replica RAR Rocking Chair at Lakeland Furniture – in stock and on offer from £64.99 down to £49.99 so I snapped it up. I was concerned about the delivery of the chair when buying online because you could guarantee I wouldn’t be home when it arrived and it would either end up with an unhelpful neighbour or trapped in the cycle of failed deliveries and returns to sender.
So when I noticed that Lakeland Furniture’s registered office was in Oldham, just over the motorway from my brother, it only took a quick phone call to order, pay and arrange collection for later that week, which my Mum and Dad were happy to do on their babysitting day in the area. Lakeland Furniture obviously don’t get many collection requests and it’s certainly not a showroom situation but they were more than helpful and happy to oblige, making it a pretty stress-free purchase.
It took the hubbie 15 minutes to assemble and that was it, I had my dream nursery chair.
The chair is much lower than I expected so in my current state it’s not the easiest to get out of once I’m in it! But it fits neatly just below the window and is so comfortable with a gentle rock, much more comfortable than it looks for a plastic chair which is probably why it’s such an iconic design.
I wanted to cosy it up a bit and add that texture I was talking about, so scoured the Internet (again) and every shop I could think of for a light grey sheepskin throw or rug to
precisely casually throw over and make it extra comfy. A good sheepskin doesn’t come cheap or if it does, it’s likely to not be great quality. We found one we loved in Taskers – perfect colour and shape and super soft – but it was £60 and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, knowing that in reality this thing was going to get covered in dribbles, milk and vomit.
Just as I was starting to give up hope/scrolling through Google pages of sheepskin rugs in my dreams, a random visit to B&M for a stock up of nappy bags of all things, brought me face to face with a light grey Mongolian faux fur rug. It wasn’t the right shape or size and the texture wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but I knew there was something in it and for £12.99 I couldn’t leave it behind. A bit of fluffing up and artful shaping later, I had the cosy texture I’d been looking for, and despite the non-perfectness of it, I really like it. And it does make the chair extra comfy and cosy.
I’d also wanted a little footstool for added comfort and easier rocking, and had always thought HomeSense would be my place so how surprised was I when I got my second chair-related buy from B&M for just £7.99. Small enough to fit neatly under the chair, with pine feet to match the rockers and in a monochrome triangle print, it’s like it was made for my room (and my budget).
Now all I need is a little side table to put my midnight snack on and the window area is all ready for Baby Lynch!