Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Nursery

Yes I know the baby isn't going to be sleeping in the nursery for a good few months but how could I resist? I have always had an interest interiors and love making homely spaces so it was inevitable that I would want to create a nice room for the baby- even if it is just home to all the 'stuff' at the moment.

The room that is now the nursery has traditionally been a bit of a dumping ground, mainly associated with sorting piles of paper work. Apart from the bathroom it is also the only room that isn't south facing meaning it has always seemed a little dark. However we began the mammoth task of clearing the room out a few months ago and last weekend I was able to start painting, we choose a soft green colour- supposedly calming! I finished the second coat during the week and provided Barney with moral support last night whilst he put up the cot (notice the bottle of Carlsburg, an essential for such a task).

After that the room came together quickly and we are both really pleased with how it has turned out. Having spent some more time in there it has also been nice to appreciate that actually it is a lovely space with a nice view of the garden (how had we never noticed before?) and gets the gorgeous evening golden sunshine. Ta dah..

The pictures on the wall are Barney's old birthday cards that turned up. 
These fabric baskets were a bargain from Mothercare, reduced from £20 each to 50p!
This is my old bookshelf and a few of my favourite kids books, along with some new books Barney and I picked up after each scan. I still associate going into a bookshop and choosing a new book as a special treat. I remember doing it with Dad when I was younger.

Before I was pregnant we were given this cute wardrobe and it fits perfectly with the nursery.

It smelt a little musty inside so I thought I would make some hanging lavender hearts but apparently we have 'too many hearts' in this house. So to please Barney and try something a little different I decided to make lavender elephants. It was a fun project using up scraps of fabric and mostly being done outside in the sun.

I am very pleased with the end result and thanks to a tip off from my sister I was able to afford some baskets to help organise the clothes.

The problem with decorating a room is it then makes you look at other areas of the house. I am already eyeing up the hallway thinking of light and airy tones, sail stripe roman blinds, maybe some wicker hampers? But NO, this isn't a project for another day, it is a project for another year! For now I am concentrating on the nursery curtains...

28 weeks
This my 28 weeks photo taken earlier this week.

And boy am I beginning to feel big! A few people said to me that the second trimester is the best and I think I now know what they meant. This week I have begun to struggle more with tiredness and general moving about, I hadn't thought about the implications of a bump when I started cutting the curtain fabric! Although we have time yet I am glad the nursery is sorted as I can see that in a few weeks I certainly wouldn't have fancied moving furniture around or applying a quick coat of paint before work!

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