Is there any point in doing this room?
Was the husband’s response every single time I’ve asked him to put anything up in Billie’s nursery. He’s probably right, seeing as she hasn’t slept in it even for a nanosecond nap. But we won’t let him know that.
I had a nesting task to fulfil, which we couldn’t do living with my parents whilst we renovated our entire home.
So this room was happening however much he complained.
Whilst we were really lucky to have our own rooms at my parent’s house. But with everything we owned stacked up in bags and boxes or in storage, I, of course, spent my entire pregnancy desperate for our home to be ready. Oh, how I wanted everything to be as perfect as possible before our new baby arrived. But as that date grew closer and closer, it was obvious that it just wasn’t going to be ready in time.
The Need To Nest
When we finally moved into the house, Billie was four months old already. I just couldn’t wait to put together her nursery. It was as if I needed to make up for the fact that I hadn’t been able to potter around the baby’s room. Feeling that flutter of anticipation waiting for a new arrival whilst placing little cute Pinterest worthy touches everywhere. Delicately arranging soft toys and meticulously folding freshly washed dinky baby grows into size order. I wanted her room as perfect as possible so that nesting urges could be fulfilled. As I can safely say that we won’t be having another baby, so this last little nursery I’ll be putting together.
Billie’s bedroom is the smallest room in the house. The plan is for the girls to share the bigger bedroom and this room will become my office with a pull out bed for guests. But I think that might be a long way off as we’re currently co-sleeping with both the girls. One day when they are a little older and more settled, we hope that we can transition them into the same room. We hope. But for now, I want her to have her own space. Just in case the whole sharing a room doesn’t pan out.
So here is it. Billie’s Box Room Nursery along with a few tips on what we’ve done and a lovely little giveaway…
Keep It Simple
With most box rooms, you don’t have the luxury of too many configurations. One has to simply make the most of the shape and space. We’ve kept it simple with one wardrobe, chest of drawers, (which doubled up as a changing table) her cot and a chair, (which I purchased before we moved in and didn’t quite realise how much space it would take up…Oops!) plus a few baskets of toys and her recent birthday gifts.
Make It Changeable
We luckily inherited the beautiful Stokke crib that we had for Elsie initially and it is amazing. When your babies actually sleep in it of course. It has three stages to it, from newborn to baby and toddler. Plus it has wheels so it was moveable and easy to have by your bedside in the early baby days.
Instead of purchasing a baby changing table, we used a chest of drawers from Ikea which we already owned and doubled it up as a make do changing table. I added a grippy mat underneath the extra thick changing mat from John Lewis to make it more secure.
Seeing as we’re not entirely sure if Billie will ever sleep in here, we’ve kept the decor simple too. Ha! There’s no way I’d convince the Husband to actually wallpaper this room unless she was actually sleeping in there! So we’re keeping it subtle with pretty touches here and there to give it a nursery room feel.
I love dusky pink and neutral tones so that we can add more taste appropriate style and colour to the room as Billie gets older. Or if it becomes my office one day, then it will be easier to re-vamp to my style. The dusky pink curtains are from Dunelm and it was so easy to match everything else in the room around them.
The rug I fell in love with as soon as I saw it from Mamas & Papas. It compliments the curtains well and I think that it does finish the room off beautifully.
The rocking chair was an impulse buy during some ungodly hour night feed, which wasn’t quite what I had in mind. I thought it was child size, but in fact, it’s adult size. Duh. It’s quite deep so not an ideal feeding chair as it’s difficult to get up from it without waking the baby up! So, for now, it provides a perfect seat for her giant bunny, a cushion and blanket.
These are probably my favourite part of the room. Pretty much every single decor item was a gift from family and friends. There a still a few bits I’d like to add and finish. But for now, I’m really pleased with how pretty her bedroom looks. I think it’s definitely safe to say that my nesting urges have been fulfilled.
Posterlounge Review & Giveaway
A few months ago, Posterlounge got in touch, an international brand, and asked if we’d like to review something from their huge range of unique wall art. From high-quality paintings, photographs and illustrations from artists across the globe, there is something for every taste and style to compliment your home.
We were just in the process of adding all of the final touches to Billie’s bedroom and we thought it the perfect opportunity to choose something for her room. I chose the You Are So Loved poster in Rose in a Forex finish. It’s a phrase that I say to Billie a lot and so it really adds a sentimental touch to her space.
Mooch Thier Fantastic Collection
Ordering on their website couldn’t be simpler. You can choose from a range of finishes for your print. From Paper to Canvas and more sturdy materials such as Acrylic, Wood and Forex, which is what we chose.
To celebrate Billie’s finished nursery, (minus a door), Posterlounge would love to give away a £30.00 voucher towards a product from their website to my lovely readers. To be in with a chance of winning, simply have a mooch over on their website. Then tell me in the comments below, what poster has caught your eye and in which room in your home you would love to have it in. The winner will be chosen at random from the comments and will be notified soon after the giveaway closes on Sunday 24th June 2018. Good luck!
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Disclaimer: I have been kindly gifted a poster from The Posterlounge for Billie’s bedroom to review. I agreed to run a giveaway to treat my readers and to build a relationship with a great brand.