So here I am again, another long hiatus from my little slice of the internet. Since we last spoke we have been rather busy. I gave birth to our lovely son, Theo in February last year, he’s now fourteen months and full of spirit. He’s fitted into our family perfectly and it feels like he’s always been here. You so quickly can’t imagine life without them the minute they’re born. We’ve also started renovating Mr.T’s family farmhouse which is a seriously exciting project.
I’ve spent the last few years trying to find a stay at home Mum balance which is easier said than done. So getting back into the blogosphere is my way of making sure I factor in time for myself into my diary and if I happen to inspire a few of you along the way then what a bonus that will be.
I thought I’d share with you Theo’s nursery. Archie moved out into his big boy room six months before Theo came along so he didn’t feel pushed out. So Theo inherited this room from his big brother and it’s been my job to make it feel like his.
This is the first room I’ve ever designed from scratch and it was the loveliest job. It’s south facing so I knew I wanted it to be bright to compliment the amazing light that shines through the window everyday.
There’s no room for a wardrobe so I knew I wanted a big chest of drawers for clothes storage. I found this chest of drawers in a junk shop in Leominster so back when I had hours, weeks and months of spare time on my hands (before babies) I sanded it down and painted it up in some good quality furniture paint. I unscrewed the handles and sprayed them gold to freshen them up and compliment the white paint. It just happened to be just the right width and height for the changing mat too. Boy have I changed some nappies on here! I also loved the two tone baskets but didn’t love the price tag attached so I bought these baskets from eBay and just painted the bottom half with gloss paint. Having pretty laundry baskets makes the washing not seem quite so painful.
A lovely friend gave us Theo’s special ‘T’ when he was born which was the perfect addition to the changing table and drawers. The feather shade is from B&Q and was the first thing I ever bought for the nursery. It makes quite a statement as it’s a pretty big ball of feathers but it hangs perfectly above Theo’s cot.
Grandma and Poppa bought Theo these beautiful cards from Baileys Home in Ross on Wye which are far too pretty to keep in the box and make the most colourful addition to his wall. At three in the morning they’re quite a handy distraction. Also, if you are local and haven’t been to Baileys, then why not? It won Best Homewares Retailer and if you visit you’ll see why, but that’s a story for another blog post.
I knew I wanted one feature wall to break up the white walls. I wanted stars but couldn’t find what I wanted as wallpaper. So I bought these star stickers from Etsy and with my bump growing fast I painstakingly measured out where each star would go and stuck every one on by hand. Obviously time was just a four letter word back then!
This chair cost me all of five pounds! But it didn’t look like this when I first had it. I designed and screen printed the rocking horse fabric and then reupholstered my bargain to bring it back to life. I always wonder who may have sat in this chair before us. As you can see it’s been ‘Archied’ as one afternoon I found him running feral with a red crayon whilst I was busy changing our sheets. At least it wasn’t a felt tip.
I just had to have this little chap. I’ve got a thing about elephants, especially the babies so this seemed like a great way to inject a little character into the room.
I had such a specific idea for the curtains but couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere so I screen printed the fabric and then made the curtains myself. Oh to have this much time on my hands now.
And here he is. The not so little bundle of joy that makes this room totally complete. We are so lucky to have you here Theo David.
Have a lovely week.