So now the cat’s out of the bag about our little lad or lady…let the nursery planning begin! Something has to get you through that first trimester of exhaustion and nausea and secrecy, planning a sweet little space for our baby has been my therapy!
We have three bedrooms here at the farmhouse, all exactly the same size. We’ve decided the room which is currently our spare bedroom (and storage room full of stuff!) will become the baby’s room. We will still need it to accommodate a spare bed for visitors (and the baby can come sleep in our room, or our guests can sleep in our room) but luckily the room is quite big. It is the darkest room in the house, receiving the least natural light, so I’d like to use lots of white to brighten things up a bit (but still be practical…) We aren’t finding out the gender of our baby so a neutral base is what I’m working towards…
I didn’t want a particular ‘theme’ – no Winnie the Pooh or Disney Princesses or parading safari animals or butterflies everywhere thank-you very much. But… a subtle hint of cohesion throughout the space I’m okay with. So after tossing up ideas of woodland creatures, ships and sailboats, Alice in Wonderland, Beatrix Potter, hot air balloons and clouds…we’ve settled on something which is quite appropriate for a baby of ours…
…a vintage farm theme. Altogether now, awwwwww.
With lots of soft white, some fluffy sheep, 1940’s farm illustrations, a friendly mother goose and horsey touches. Anyone who knows us will know how perfectly this fits – we have a deep love for agriculture and life on the land, we would like to pass these ideals on to our children, as they were passed on to us from our farming families.
Tissue pom-poms, honeycombs and paper lanterns above the cot is a look I love, I’m going to try and perfect my pom-pom making skills! Lovely Amy has secured us a beautiful vintage cot, although it’s quite a dark wood so I’d like to use lots of crisp white cot bedding (mums tell me I’m not delusional using white?!) We are very lucky to have the use of the family heirloom bassinet, which was originally bought by Matt’s grandparents for his mum and has had every baby in the family since the 1940’s sleep in it. It’s white wicker with a canopy, so gorgeous. The baby will be sleeping in our bedroom in the bassinet to begin with. The famous Jenny Lind change table would be perfect, as it’s a classic shape with spindle details (if we didn’t have the cot from Amy I would love the matching Jenny Lind cot).
I have my eye on (and may have already purchased…) several farm animal artworks on Etsy. Sharon Montrose is the obvious choice, and I love her work, but for something quite large like I wanted it’s hideously expensive – and we’re going for budget beauty! I purchased three Sharon Montrose goose photos six years ago with the idea that they would one day adorn our baby’s nursery (one can never plan ahead too much!) But they live in the bathroom at the moment and I quite like them there, so instead I found another gorgeous goose from an Australian watercolour artist. For those that don’t know, I have a thing for geese! Pages from vintage children’s books on farming are another artwork I’d like to frame for the nursery, I loved this one of loading hay, it reminds me of a photo I have of my Grandpa working his Clydesdale’s in the 1940’s.
Along with touches of white to brighten the space, I’d like to use linen and taupe with splashes of pastel mint to still keep things gender neutral. Linen cushions with farm animal silhouettes and linen curtains (that we already have, handy!) which I’m thinking of trimming with white pom-poms or a mint fabric hem. Matt’s grandfather’s rocking chair is currently in our lounge room, but I snaffled it a few years ago from Matt’s parents with the intention that it would one day live in our baby’s nursery. Luckily it is a neutral tan colour in a soft velour fabric, a white leather Moroccan ottoman next to it to rest my feet or use as a little side table would work well.
Of course my crochet skills are going to be put to good use – I’m planning several (yes I said several) blankets for this baby, because one’s hardly enough! But top of my list is a fine lacy vintage style blanket, it will push my crochet skills as I’ve never done much intricate lacework before. At the other end of the spectrum I’d like to crochet a large doily rug using t-shirt yarn or cotton rope and a chunky crochet hook.
And last but not least…of course some farmyard animals to be our baby’s first friends. A plush lamb, or a little Clydesdale – which I have a crafty idea for, stay tuned – and a sweet bunny nightlight. (Matt is not convinced about the inclusion of feral animals!)
So – that’s what I have planned for the baby’s nursery! Lots of white, linen, touches of mint, a few farmyard friends and handmade details. I’d better get cracking…!