One of my absolute favourite things to do is hunt down unique finds for my home, in particular for Max’s nursery. It’s a tiny room so I have to rein myself in at times, particularly now that everything has to be out of arms reach from tiny curious little hands.
Upcycling and Max’s nursery – two of my favourite things to ‘do’ and even better when the two collide.
If you follow me on Instagram you’d have seen me making full use of the my upcycled picture shelf which I found as a ruined plank of wood at HomeSense and DIY’d into the tribal inspired piece that it is now.
This is a post from my original pre-preggo blog which I was running last year, but I do love a good pine cone so wanted to share with my From Day Dot readers!…
With our imminent arrival due any day now, I’ve been making finishing touches to the nursery – as much as possible without venturing too far from home on a treasure hunt – and have also turned my attention a little more to the rest of the house, making a few tweaks to make it as cosy and Autumn-ready as possible, as I sure as hell won’t be caring about it much over the next few weeks I imagine.
If you’ve followed my Nursery Vibes story on the blog over the last eight months you’ll have seen the progression from extensive inspiration-hunting (Pinterest was my best friend back in the first trimester days) and whittling down my favourite colour schemes and styles – from soft white and grey décor to crazy brights and everything in between – to my ultimate ideal unisex colour palette of mint green, gold and grey.
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. Read more!
Since starting From Day Dot and setting out on my mission to jump head first into the stylish side of pregnancy, I’ve come across so many small businesses and beautiful brands which make it so easy to find inspiration and ideas. Instagram is my go to place to browse, hunt for special finds and share what I’m up to (if you’re not following me, please do!) and that’s where I’ve come across the majority of these small but amazing brands.
While I’ve stumbled across loads of UK businesses who are doing brilliant things (I’ll do a post on a few of my faves soon), what really struck me is the amount of Australian brands which have been front and centre of so much of my nursery inspo-spotting.
The Aussies seem to have a slightly Scandi-style but with a really fun and soft side to it, not quite so clean and bold as the Scandinavians but just as beautiful and so well styled. It’s one reason why the Internet is so great, we’d never have even seen or heard of these guys before, let alone be able to share and shop with them!
So to show you what I mean, I’ve done a round up of just a few of the brands from Down Under which have caught my eye…
Fox and Wilder
Think natural woods, bright whites, soft colours and a bit of black, and you’ve got the Fox and Wilder idea. I first came across them and fell in love when I saw this musical mint green hot air balloon mobile (on Instagram, of course) which nailed two of the nursery decor trends I’d recently posted about – my Mint Green, Grey and Gold colour palette, and the Hot Air Balloon trend.
After a quick browse of their site I came across this Kids Clothes Rail which looked so cool and the set up was styled to perfection.
And, Hot Air Balloon Mobiles aside, that’s what really caught my eye with Fox and Wilder – their amazing ability to style a nursery and make you want to regram it to death before buying everything in sight. And they must know this is a strong point since they’ve added a Product Styling Service to their website, to help other brands style up their products for photography to give them the best chance of having the ‘Fox and Wilder effect’ and selling out of everything they have in stock.
Maybe not the best name for direct traffic (it took me a good few goes to spell the name before I gave up and copy and pasted it) but a gem of an Instagram account if you’re looking for some good inspiration for your nursery. I mean, can we just take a minute…
Little Connoisseur sell just a few products, which aren’t cheap but are clearly premium and perfect for gifts if you’re looking to splash out on a lucky friend or family member. Decorative cushions and old school wooden spinning tops, in plush fabrics, soft colours, gold trims and a bit of personalisation to make it extra special.
The Little Fox Designs
With a store on Etsy, this little brand sells handmade crib sheets with a range to suit Stokke size and a range for standard cot sizes. I came across them on Instagram (seeing a trend here?) and won my first every social media competition when I entered their giveaway to win this monochrome grid print crib sheet. Receiving this in last week’s post, all the way from Aus, was a highlight of my week!
And with so many other designs in fun prints and fabrics which don’t appear to be available anywhere on this side of the world (if they are, can someone point me in the right direction?) – the cactus print is a definite favourite of mine – I just wish they also catered for adult-sized beds!
It’s not all about decor, Fillyboo are a boho inspired maternity fashion company who use loads of customer generated content (technical term there) on their social media and their website, which is inspiring in itself because boy do they have some good looking customers.
This was the image that brought Fillyboo to my attention…
A regram from For The Dreamers, who has the most envy-inducing blog I’ve ever seen, the room is a stunner and so is the outfit – the whole thing is just a dream.
So if you’re into your boho style, especially if your pregnant during the summer months, check out Fillyboo – who do worldwide shipping – to get a special occasion number or a see-you-through-the-season investment piece.
Do you have any other Australian brands on your watch list that I should know about?
Over the past few weeks I’ve been exploring a few different décor styles for a gender neutral nursery, from the base colour palettes of greys and whites, natural shades and monochrome, to some cute themes to bring a baby’s room to life, with my favourites being directional arrows (get it?) and whimsical hot air balloons for little adventurer-to-be.
Now, with the 20 weeks scan done and dusted and a pram on order, it’s time for me to stop dancing around the houses and to get to grips with what I want for Baby Lynch’s nursery. And I’m so excited, I’ve basically been thinking about this since day one but am still going round in circles over what I want and what will work in the small space that we have.
So I’m starting to get my thoughts in order by focusing on my colour palette, which I first got my inspiration for before I was even pregnant and stumbled across this Michael Miller fabric in my local fabric store.
I veer between bold, graphical styles and colours, and soft calming shades with subtle styling. So I’m hoping to go somewhere in between with a soft palette of grey and mint green, brought to life through shots of gold (or should I say lots of gold) and either navy blue or blush pink – dependant on whether it’s a boy or girl and an element I’ll have to add post-birth. And maybe substitute some of the glam gold for a more manly mustard!
I’m not settling on anything yet but I am obsessed with triangles and arrows, so as much as my mind might change on a style, I’ll probably go with my gut and incorporate some of this more tribal style into the room.
Here are a few of my favourite colour and décor inspirations from the web which have led me to fall in love with this colour palette, and you can see much more of this on my Nursery Pinterest Board.
I’ve also come across many fab nursery designs which have used the same colour palette, and this just goes to show how many different ways it can be styled to create the look we want and to suit either a boy or a girl.
And of course you could either go easy on the colours or print, and inject some of it into the accessories for a more subtle approach. Go can’t go wrong with bunting in the nursery!
And that’s just scratching the surface. The more I look at it, the more I fall in love with these shades, so now I have to just work out how to use them in our little box room to full effect while getting that balance of calming and bold just right!
What do you think to this colour scheme? What colour palette would you have, or have you got, in your nursery?