Alba’s Pastel & Monochrome Nursery
My Instagram stalking went in to overdrive when I first discovered the amazing The Modern Nursery as I basically wanted to buy EVERYTHING. Despite not having a baby any more I was pretty sure I needed it all and it has been my go to for newborn gifts and cute toys since. So when I spotted the beautiful room owner Laura had created for her gorgeous little girl Alba I may have got a bit insta stalkerish and asked if I could share it with you lovely lot. Luckily Laura agreed!
The room is just so pretty with it’s pastel shades offset with monochrome elements. Obviously it is also packed full with the most amazing decor. When your mum owns a fabulous decor store it would seem amiss not to have it all. I’m not entirely sure how Laura managed to decide what to choose as I don’t think I would have been able to but Alba now has a gorgeous light and bright space filled with gorgeous details and all her favourite things. Obviously Laura is incredibly lucky that she gets to choose from all these beautiful accessories but there are so many details that could work well in any room. I am loving the two tone graphic walls done by simply painting a second colour and adding wall stickers. It is so effective and is the perfect way to update a scheme quickly and cheaply. Then you can go to town with all those little extra’s.
When Alba was 14 months we redecorated her nursery to make it more suitable for a toddler. I wanted to use all of the amazing brands from the The Modern Nursery, transforming the space from a newborn’s pastel nursery by injecting some fun with a monochrome twist and creating a play space and reading area fit for a toddler.
Rather than a complete change the makeover was more of an update to her exisiting room which we had decorated before she was born. The original theme was pure pastels, Peachy Pink, White and Mint. The paint remained the same; Dulux Mango Melody 4 but as she grew older, we wanted to incorporate more monochrome to freshen up the space and add splashes of metallics to add a bit of sparkle, more fitting for a toddler.
We decided to paint a horizontal white feature across two of the four walls, filling it with our Drops Wall Stickers by french brand PÖM le bon homme.
This bold focus feature gave a modern twist to a classic “pink room”. We hung Olive et Oriel Prints “By Moonlight” in Grey and the “I Love You” scripted print. I love how these Prints work as a pair, and you can always swap and change, if there is a new Print we like from the store! They were hung in frames from Moebe.
To inject the required sparkle we added some wall decor by our brand Lala Loves Decor with a Gold Star Mirror, “Yay” Sign, Gold Glitter eyelashes and a custom name sign directly from the brand. I’ve been amazed by how much a touch of metallic has bought the nursery to life.
To the right of the cot, we made a feature on the wall with the gorgeous Cam Cam Rainbow Mobile in Mint. The minty tone is a nice contrast against the Pink and and ties in with the other Mint details together such as the Fine Little Day Gran Cushion.
We needed somewhere to display some of Alba’s favourite toys like her Ooh Noo Alphabet Blocks so we added our Styled By Naomi Wooden House Shelves for the perfect shelfie next to the rainbow mobile. The Mobile is hung on clear fishing wire which is simple and very effective!
Alba loves to read so we wanted to incorporate a reading area into her nursery. We love how versatile the Picture ledges are from Ikea are, we have them all over our home and use them mainly for Prints but they also work so well as Bookshelves. We can proudly display some of her favourite books here such as One Thousand Things and Coco Chanel. Not only are they fantastic reads, but due to the gorgeous covers, they double up as move-able art in her nursery.
We have an Ikea Hemnes Chest of Drawers which we used as a changing table when Alba was a baby. I didn’t want to splash out on a specific changing table as you only need them for a year, so we just added a Cam Cam Changing Mat and Musical Mobile. Once Alba turned one we removed these, as we mainly changed her on the floor due to her to rolling, and now use as a classic Chest Of Drawers. We customised it by adding new knobs from Anthropologie.
Above the Chest of Drawers we hung two more of my favourite Prints; Fine Little Day Pirum Parum Pear and Olive et Oriel Panda Print. The top of the drawers is the perfect space for some toy storage in Mon Petit Zoréol Paper Bags.
We don’t have the space for a separate Playroom so we keep as many of her Toys in her nursery as possible including her Mini Be Ball Pit, and Sebra Rhino Rocker which are some her favourite large Playroom toys.
It’s been a year since we decorated and we still LOVE this room so much! It is so versatile, and such a fun place to be.
Other featured items:
Cushions from Fine Little Day and Ko-Ko-Ko | Grid Toys Storage Bag by Wildfire Teepees | Brushed Cotton Reversible Gran Blanket by Fine Little Day | Chair by Made.com | Wildfire Teepees Playmat and Storage Bag | Cam Cam Copenhagen Dolls Bed & Bedding | Nacotopocoto Dolls | Ko-Ko-Ko Cloud cushion | Liewood Panda Storage Bag | Garland Lights by Cotton Ball Lights | Tear Drop Garland by Velveteen Babies | Memory Game, Alphabet Blocks and Wooden Toy Pram by Ooh Noo | Bathrobe by Liewood | Knitted doll by Lauvely | Pink Bunny by Noodoll.
Photography by Emily Gray Photography.