Andrew and I are thrilled to be expecting our first little one in late Spring. Along with all the gadgetry and gear, and sometimes daunting mental preparation for the new chapter ahead, one of the aspects I've been enjoying the most (unsurprisingly) has been preparing for the new nursery. Thankfully in recent times we've moved past the era of strictly primary colours or all pastel everything and nursery decorating really doesn't have to be much of a departure from the decor of the rest of the home. Here are just a few of the nursery spaces that have been inspiring me lately:
This nursery designed by photographer Sharon Montrose and incorporating one of her newest prints of a baby rhino captured me right away. The soft, soothing grey palette, natural woods and of course the inclusion of a baby rhino, something I'm quite passionate about. I'm an avid animal lover and already have a not-so-secret agenda to ensure my own little one inherits this as well.
Photos: Sharon Montrose
Christine Dovey's modern, neutral nursery looks decadently comfortable and soothing - a calming retreat for both mum and baby. With rich, plush accents it's a sophisticated step away from the garishly jarring primary colours we often associate with nurseries and children's rooms.
I recently loved blogger and designer Sarah Sherman Samuel's very clever Ikea hack for her nursery dresser - slimming the standard legs down with an angled cut and painted in a soft green (Farrow and Ball's Theresa's Green) and fitted with long brass pulls. A great example of a nursery piece that can be repurposed and enjoyed long after the infant stage and is in keeping with the style and flow of the rest of the home.
Photo: Smitten Studio
The classic navy, brass and cream palette of this nursery in a rentable apartment in Cobble Hill Park in New York (previously featured here) is classic and polished - in keeping with the decor of the rest of the home - but still provides a great backdrop for the multitude of colourful art, toys and books that inevitably come along with children. The navy wall with gold polka dots provides a great feature as an accent wall in the all white space - and would also be a simple enough DIY to try for a big impact on a small budget.