Friday, 13 June 2008

nursery pics

The view from my hallway to the front room, which is now the nursery/office.

This tall boy used to be the baby wardrobe of a friend. Years ago I sanded it back and varnished it. But now I think I want to paint it again. But I love the dark timber against the Guggenheim poster.

My brother bought the radio as a gift for my 18th birthday - sooo long ago now - but I still love it. The vase used to be my parents. Its from the 1970s. The lanterns were table centrepieces at a friend's wedding and she said we could take them home. I love this little collection.

The Oeuf baby bouncer the team at real living bought as a maternity gift. You just can't go wrong with chocolate brown and baby blue.

This is my teeny tiny desk. I love it though. It's actually an old kitchen table that has been restored. I have a beautiful view onto a bottle brush tree in the front garden of the apartment block.

I used to ride a Vespa and it's hard to let go of the nostalgia that those bikes bring. The metal sign is from the 1950s, I think. The little box holds a red Vespa - the same colour as my old one. The gum leaves were from another friend's wedding. She lined the pews of the church with them and for a long time they smelt amazing.

Ah, my magazine collection. Obviously I've got a stack of real livings. Also, there's a growing pile of Dumbo Feathers and Domino mags. My Vanity Fairs live in another corner. The picnic basket, which holds notebooks and writing files, is from London's Fortnum & Mason.

Yes. One of Ikea's bestsellers, I'm sure. The good-old Expedit bookshelf. However, I've transformed it slightly. I needed extra storage for baby stuff (toys, nappies, bed linen) so I covered Ikea's ugly plastic storage boxes with dandelion wallpaper from Porter's Paints.

The only problem with the storage containers was that I had to stack my books 3 deep in some parts!

And here is the baby end of the nursery - yes, it's all in one impossibly small room. The prints were bought at a Shaker Village in New England a few years ago.

The chest of drawers were bought in a shop in Narrabeen. The wooden stained filing drawer was bought on my recent visit to the Southern Highlands for $15!

I opted for a simple white cot and have kitted it out with a cot set from Bholu which has a picture of a bird and says "tweet dreams". So very, very cute.

The teddy bear used to be mine. The boy on the horse is a gift from my aunt and uncle.

Inside the drawer I'm storing nappies. Love the colour of the Melobaby change mat.

I lined the drawers with leftover wallpaper from Signature Prints. Now that drawer is full of baby wraps.

After much delay, I finally present to you pics from the front room of my flat, which is a combined office/nursery. It's kind of funny that this is a multifunctioning room as it really is one of the smallest rooms. It's probably about 3m x 3m. So tiny! But all that means is you have to get creative with how you use your space. There's actually quite a lot of storage in here, thanks to the tall boy, Expedit bookshelf (with additional storage containers) and the chest of drawers. It was also important for me that the nursery not look icky. There's so much gaudy baby stuff out there. I wanted it to be sympathetic to the rest of the flat but still be a baby space. I hope I've achieved that.


Jodi said...

It's beautiful...and perfect. My Mum has always said that a baby is quite happy sleeping in a drawer - they don't need a lot of room, just love. Best wishes for your birth. I teach pre-natal yoga and I always give my girls these two pieces of advice:
1. Breathe deep into your belly
2. Keep your jaw relaxed...your jaw is connected to your pelvic floor - if your jaw is relaxed your pelvic region relaxes and it makes it a whole lot easier to birth a baby.
You may have birthed your baby already when you read this! Can't wait to see pics

belinda graham said...

Nat it's gorgeous! So much style... Can't wait to hear your news and meet the new master Walton

Danielle said...

WOW, I love it. Can you come to my house and decorate my house. I think it's absolutley perfect I love that it's the babies room but it still has other functions and how every peice in your home has a little story. So cool. You did any AMAZING job. What does the rest of your house look like??

Lucy said...

Oh wow this all looks so lovely Natalie! You are so well-prepared!

It must all be getting very exciting for you now... :) I guess once you start preparing your home for your new arrival it all starts sinking in!

3m x 3m doesn't sound too tiny. My whole house is only 3.5m wide! :) Apartment Therapy always makes me realise even the smallest spaces can be beautiful and functional.

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

Hey there!
I love your nursery/office- it looks gorgeous and will work perfectly for a boy or a girl. I have a question for you,though, regarding your office message board. It looks really nice and not too "billboardy" if you know what I mean. I have a tiny office myself with a small billboard (pine frame and ugly brown cork) on the side wall. Have you any ideas as to make it more beautiful?
Good luck on the impending birth!!
Kind regards,

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful space. I love the paper in the drawers. Your cot set is divine. I agree with che&fidel, a baby doesn't need a lot of space...loads of cuddles and love will do. Good luck.

Anastasia said...

your home looks amazing - love the colour and the great decor!! it looks like a great baby room too - lucky Charles!

 Viv said...

Beautiful! I'm decorating a nursery myself at the moment. Your post is very inspiring.

Nichole said...

Wow, it's really wonderful Natalie. What a nice presentation and it's absolutely perfect. I really love the well furnished furniture. But if there had been a pine wardrobe
it would add more grandeur to your nursery.


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