I’m loving being on maternity leave and although i’m still doing blog work and admin it really has been wonderful to flex some creative muscle and indulge in some frivolities. The Poppet’s room has been such a joy to put together, it evolved from a lots of brights type space into a hopefully a more calm and restful one. And although it does feel like a bit of a shop since i indulged in lots of pretties for it and i know some of you will say that there are lots of impracticalities, it really was an exercise in indulgence and no doubt will evolve into what it needs to be once she is born.
This single bed used to belong to my youngest steppie and was given a lick of paint to match the bookshelf and chest of drawers. It’s nice and low for when she’s big enough for a bed. The baskets are plain wire numbers which were upcycled for a Good Housekeeping shoot – i was going to paint them a minty colour but chose to stay with the pink (purely out of laziness!).I’ve popped some of the teddies and gifts that have been given to the baby – pride of place is the big fluffy teddy on the left which my Godmother made by hand for me – a real treasure.
My Mom gave me the teddy on the bed days after we told everyone we were having a baby and the pillowslip was made for me by a friend using Liberty print fabric i bought years ago at Bellamy & Bellamy. The crochet blankie was a gift from friends at my baby shower – love, love, love it – it’s from Woolies if you’re looking for one. The gallery wall is in its infancy and will hopefully grow in time. It includes some framed birdie prints from an old calendar, an Essie Letterpress ABC and a lovely wooden whotsit from Photoblox which i bought at Kamers last year when i was newly pregnant. And the rug on the floor is an oldie from Mr Price Home which was in one of the girls’ rooms and which they didn’t want anymore.
The cot was such a find – it was just over R900 from IKEA (via Nevada) – such a bargain and it meets stringent UK safety features and took The Captain about 10 minutes to put together. I love the beech wood colour and well, everything about it really. The night light is from Nest and is a beauty and is sitting on an old pedestal that’s been floating around the garage for a few years! The rose print was from my Mother in Law absolutely ages ago (she’d seen a blog post i’d written about Redoute rose prints) and the Pyjama Bear is another Essie Letterpress beauty. I made the mobile using honeycomb decorations i bought at In Good Company. The fluffy grey clouds blanket is from a colleague at my work baby shower and you’ll see in the next pictures why it is so perfect for the room. The flokati rug is temporary and is actually from next to my side of our bed. I ordered a rug from IKEA (through Nevada again) but unfortunately they were out of stock so it will only come at the end of this month.
Here is her changing table, a bookshelf for bits and bobs (toys and books when she’s older) and her Moses basket for when she’s very little.
Isn’t the wallpaper amazing?!!!
So…the wallpaper is the latest offering from Skinny la Minx. They’ve teamed up with much respected wallpaper and surface covering creators Robin Sprong Wallpaper to develop a range of wallpaper that reflects their brand oh so beautifully! I was thrilled when Heather contacted me a couple of months ago to ask whether i’d be interested in having a wall papered in a design from their new range and i am so pleased how it’s turned out. It’s utterly contemporary but with such a classic feel to it. The pattern i chose is Orla in Fog and i chose it because grey is such a great neutral that allows other colours to pop – whether they are pastels or brights.
The cost of the wallpaper is R450/m2 and it’s available in a number of Skinny designs via Robin Sprong Wallpaper.
NB. The new wallpaper range from Skinny la Minx only launches this week (i’ve scooped them a little by getting ahead of myself with sharing the good baby room news with you). Be sure to keep an eye on their website and blog for the full story and info about the ranges that will be translated into wallpaper.
I got the Moses basket from a friend (the skirt and bonnet thing have been removed which i much prefer) and the chest of drawers was a cheap and cheerful find from a local furniture shop. I might change the handles at some stage but for now am happy with it how it is. The owl print is a Typo card from a friend for my birthday and i framed it in a frame given to me by another friend for my birthday (from Country Road) – they work perfectly together. The mobile was a baby shower gift made by my clever friend Leigh-Anne and the baskets on the top of the bookshelf are from Ashanti. I might customise them this week by threading ribbon through the slats – let’s see how energetic i’m feeling.
These beaut pix were taken by the lovely Toby Murphy who shoots editorial and commercial work and was fab to work with – thanks Toby!
And here are some more details of what’s happening in her room below.
Top row: since the pix were taken, Charlie the night light from Nest has been joined by a ceramic teddy from my Mom and a Bambi nightlight which i found at Typo last week, these are her 0-3 month clothes, washed and ready (i know – there are a lot!!), the aardvark is SO cute, don’t you think? He was a gift from the Mr Price Home team.
Middle row: the box contained gifts from a friend for my baby shower and will be used as her memory box and the Bento Box is from In Good Company; i was lucky enough to be given an Oilily baby bag from two very special friends (i know!!!) I am in love with it. I also got a Lou Harvey baby bag – so she will have an overnight bag and an essentials bag – very spoilt Poppet indeed!; let the record state that i am responsible for only one pair of these shoes – the rest were all gifts from friends and my sister.
Bottom row: Beautiful blankies – from friends, the Mr Price Home team and an order from Mungo – who make the best cellular and organic cotton baby blankets imaginable; my friend Chloe’s mum has a range of hand-embroidered linen which i have always coveted – isn’t this tree of life beautiful?; the big grey bunny was a gift the Big Heart Company, the taggie teddy was from my Mom and the Liberty bunny was from another friend. I’ve (and by that i mean we) been very, very spoilt people.
And that, lovelies, is that, now we wait for The Poppet’s arrival!!
I hope you like what you see – i’d love to hear your thoughts!
PS. Keep your eyes peeled for a fabulous Skinny la Minx wallpaper giveaway on the blog – you don’t want to miss this!!