Hey, lovely RMF readers! If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that I had my little boy, Jenson, on Easter Monday. And today I’m going to be giving you a tour of his nursery. If you adore before and after shots then you’re in for a treat … scroll to the last slider in the header image above to see what the room looked like when it was just a guest bedroom/office/dumping ground!

In my inspiration post over on Rock My Style back in February I talked about how I was aiming for a ‘shades of grey’ colour palette, interspersed with white and natural accents, to create a fresh Scandinavian feel. Well clearly Rich didn’t get the memo because one Saturday he came home and announced he had spotted the perfect nursery chair in the ex-display sales bit of John Lewis. And it was blue. 

So the next morning at the crack of dawn, off we popped to John Lewis. And imagine his glee when he discovered the price had been reduced further. I was instructed to sit on the chair until the store officially opened so no one else could nab it. I must admit I did have my qualms, due to it being outside my strict colour palette, but the bargain-lover inside me just could not say no to a chair that had been reduced from £849 to £249. And although it’s blue, it does kind of fit in with the grey hues, and man it is comfy.

The Rest of the Furniture

I was really happy with the furniture I used in Lyra’s nursery and was keen to find a similar, classic style cot for Jenson’s room. So I was chuffed to say the least when Lottie mentioned that the lovely people at Boori wanted to collaborate and were offering a complimentary cot. (I know, I’m a lucky sod). The Sunshine cotbed fit perfectly into the look I was going for – it’s contemporary, practical and timeless. I also love the fact that there’s a toddler bed guard in the same range. I know it’s a long way off but when the time comes to take the sides off the cot, it will be nice to have a bed guard that’s made specifically for the bed (in Lyra’s room at the moment, her bed guard is just propped up against her cotbed by a chair because neither Rich nor I could work out how to attach it, and there have been numerous nights where we’ve had to go and pop her back in bed)!

We also decided to splash out on the matching wardrobe – there’s not enough space for drawers and a wardrobe in the room and when it comes to a decision between drawers and wardrobes I would go for the latter every time. At the moment the bottom of the wardrobe is stuffed with nappies and other unsightly baby paraphernalia and as Jenson gets bigger I have no doubt that the nappies will be replaced by all the plastic toys.

The Storage

One of my favourite parts of the nursery is the cloud shelf. I spotted it in Pottery Barn Kids when we were on holiday in Dubai and thank goodness for big suitcases as I have no idea what the shipping costs for this bad boy would have been. I love it so much that Rich has had to convince me that no, it is not an appropriate shelf to have in a grown up’s master bedroom. Ah well, I’m sure Jenson will appreciate it just as much. Ahem.

I’m a big fan of Ikea picture ledges – we have them in pretty much every room of the house – and I’ve used them in the nursery to stack books and cute prints on. I’ve also used baskets, a peg rail and a wicker underbed trunk – I am firmly of the view that you can never have enough pretty storage solutions.

The Accessories

I mentioned in my earlier post that the inspiration for the nursery was sparked by a certain grey mountains cushion that I had spotted at Country Road. Alas, I wasn’t able to hunt down that cushion, but I did come across Velveteen Babies’ just-gorgeous bear and mountains garland which set me off down the bear theme, which gradually turned into an all-creatures-great-and-small theme. I found Brian the Bear on Etsy, most of the prints are by Rifle Paper Co, and the Sleepy Animals wallpaper is from Hibou Home.

And my bargain of the room? The lampshade. I had been lusting after this Cam Cam one but stumbled across these gourd(!) shaped lightshades at Tesco, a mere £8 for two. I popped in a little dolls house basket from eBay and ta-da, a hot air balloon lampshade at a fraction of the price.

So there we have it. If there are any details I’ve missed then please feel free to ask away in the comments box below. Which themes have you gone for in your little ones’ nurseries? 

*The cot was very kindly gifted to me by Boori but all opinions are my own.