Creating a contemporary yet whimsical nursery space for my hipster baby boy
What’s the first thing I did when I found out I was expecting? I took to Pinterest for some hardcore roomspiration. I had pretty severe insomnia throughout my first trimester, so I literally pinned. And pinned. I also pined (not pinned) when I found out #babyjake was a boy, but I very quickly realised that grey can be as exhilarating as pink.
I searched the land for contemporary, clean and modern nursery furniture / accessories to compete with the likes of my Pinterest board. I wanted to achieve something along the lines of my favourite international nursery brands: Sissy & Marley (check out their website for insane inspiration), Ouef and Restoration Hardware.
Recreating these looks locally was quite challenging, but I discovered some pretty amazing suppliers in the process. (I still had a very kind friend cart home a significant shipment from Restoration Hardware though. Bless her).
But here’s my little black book of #babyjake’s Nursery Decor:
Based on international brand, Ouef, I had a carpenter custom make the furniture for me. This was just a mission and I wouldn’t recommend going that route. But I am a fan of Milk Decor for nursery furniture (they can also assist with the full nursery design, their work is magnificent). As well as Studio Collection. Studio Collection makes a cot almost identical to mine for R4500 with the option of a matching compactum, in grey or white.
The Grey Concrete Feature Wall:
There I was, 7 months pregnant, on a ladder, paint brush in hand. Yup, we did this one ourselves using Earthcote. Pretty cool if I say so myself.
If you haven’t seen these animal prints plastered all over Pinterest, then you aren’t looking hard enough! Because they’re the salient feature in any trending nursery. Check out the Animal Print Shop. From R300 per print (they ship to South Africa). Choosing your animal prints is quite a challenging task because they are all so damn cute. They’ve just launched their Baby Rhino print… and the best part: through their sales, they help support several organizations devoted to animal rescue and wildlife conservation. (Frames from Country Road)
The Crocheted Floor Pouff:
I found mine at Mr Price Home. But you also get really awesome ones from Pomme Pomme in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
The Rocking Chair:
There is an amazing range of contemporary nursery furniture from local designer Bunny & Clyde. Their designs are chic and slick, but quite heavy on the pocket. The scatter cushion is from Country Road.
Ceiling lamp shade:
I found this beauty at Builder’s Warehouse in Sunninghill. Yes, the place that sells building materials, bricks and tiles. (I also found the most sensational bed side lamps there!). Believe it or not, they have a pretty stunning lighting section.
Chevron Lamp Shade & Tripod Lamp Stand:
Mr Price Home
Canvas Storage Baskets:
I’ve seen these in a couple places from Cotton On’s new home decor range, to Mr Price, Boardmans and Country Road at Woolies. Also try the new H&M Home / Zara Home at Mall of Africa. You also get pretty cute ones from Full of Beans Baby Boutique or Little Love Kids.
Personalised Wooden Name / Letter Blocks:
The Wall Boxes:
These are quite simply, just lovely. From Simply Child, one of my favourite online stores. The wall boxes also come in a Teepee shape or Hexagon – with different colour options from pastel pink to aqua. Priced from R350.
I also got the “Adventure Starts Here” print from them (I bought the frame at Country Road). They have a beautiful and stylish range of prints, decals, storage hooks and some really fabulous other stuff.
The Little Crochet Foxes:
I love little crocheted creatures. Cawi Kids stocks an adorable, whimsical range of crocheted forest animals made from Merino Wool. Perfect for any hipster / woodland nursery.
Pastel Wooden Building Blocks:
Little Love Kids is an online store with must-have accessories for any room. I could’ve ordered the whole shop. How gorgeous are these blocks! (R180 for the set).
The Wooden Robot:
You get some really funky little wooden robots from Wooden Doodles – every little boy’s dream 🙂 Priced from R195 and made from reclaimed wood and metal. I love filling Jake’s space with unique trinkets.
The Triangle Wall Stickers:
There are so many places to get these nowadays, but some of the trendiest designs can be found at Stickaroo. Little Love Kids and Simply Child also have some lovely patterns (arrows, clouds, raindrops etc). And I also adore the bespoke designs from Baby Bear Designer Art. So you’ll certainly find something suitable from one of these shops.
Round Wall Mirror:
The Personalized Changing Mat Mobile:
These hand-sewn felt mobiles (priced between R400 – R450) are made by women in a community enrichment project based in Alexander township who have been taught to sew in order to support themselves and their families. Ours was a gift from my special sister-in-law. They can be entirely customised, embroidered with your baby’s name and date of birth, in the most exquisite designs, colours and shapes – from sail boats to cupcakes. And you can even order a matching personalised Picnic Blanket / Play Mat (R800). From Baby Noah – – the options are endless. Can be ordered online via their new website.
The WATERPROOF Elephant Print Changing Mat
Studio Collection make upholstered change mats that are covered in PVC plastic for leaks and spills, because little boys wee… a lot! Their fabric choice is amazing! Visit their website or take a look at their FB page over here.
The Cot Linen, Bumper & Cloud/Bear Scatters
While I love all the little bits and pieces that make up #babyjake’s room, the hero is undoubtedly his cot linen. When I first discovered the Squiggle & Squeak range, I literally got heart palpitations because my excitement levels were so through the roof. I have seldom come across linen that is as unique and exquisite as Kim’s hand painted range. Individually crafted on the thickest, most luxurious linen. It’s like art. For your bed. The cot bumper is the most exceptional creation ever – each cushion tells a little story. The bear and cloud scatters stole my heart, I feel happy just looking at them. And Jake is pretty chuffed too. Truly the stuff that happy dreams are made of.
Here are some other lovely items I simply adore that complete the look and feel of #babyjake’s room:
Panda Love R1400 These imported play mats totally match the vibe of my Squiggle and Squeak linen.
Vinyl Door Decals
You know you’re about to enter a super cool room when the door looks like this from the outside 🙂 How awesome are these! There are 9 designs to choose from. I love the bunny! R300 from Baby Bear Designer Art.
Little Reading Stool
Baby Bear Designer Art (R450 each) and they come personalised with your child’s name on the back. These are so freaking adorable for a little reading corner.