D esigning Ettie’s room been my favourite part of our renovation journey to date. Creating a beautiful yet stylish girls nursery is something I’ve always wanted to do and when we moved in here I was given a completely blank canvas which was perfect.
Because we’ve so many other plates in the air at the moment in terms of getting the basics finished in other rooms, Ettie’s room is still has a little way to go before I would say its ‘finished’ and I write a complete room tour, however I think we’ve made enough progress to date to give a little sneak peek! She also turns two in a few months time meaning we’re likely to change the cot into a big girls bed. I’m not sure what that means in terms of the layout of the room as we might have a little change around, so thought it would be nice to document what it looks like now while it is still a nursery.
The theme for Ettie’s room kind of evolved over time. When she was first-born, we lived in a two bedroom flat but decided to keep the second bedroom a guest room so my parents had somewhere to stay when they visited. Because of that we didn’t have a ‘nursery’ so to speak and bought only a few token items which we displayed on a shelf in the guest room above her little clothes rail.
One of the first things I bought was this wooden stacking rainbow from Pixistuff which I absolutely love. I really like the simplicity of white mixed with pops of rainbow colours, specifically pastel rainbow colours and so this is the colour scheme I went for when I set about collecting items for her room. The next thing I bought was this beautiful handcrafted mobile from Velveteen Babies.
Coral’s account is one of my favourites on Instagram and at the time she was making fully personalised mobiles and drop garlands. I contacted her with the colour scheme I had in mind and we decided to create a rainbow with pink for the outer layer as opposed to red so that it fit the room a little better. I made that order almost three years ago now, and yet this is still one of my favourite items in Ettie’s room. I love the colours and the beautiful hand sewn faces on the clouds. I think if I was a little girl, I would have lots of happy dreams if those were the last faces I seen at night.
I chose pink for the walls because, well because I love pink and what little girl doesn’t want a pink bedroom? Choosing the right shade of pink was a bit of a labour of love because I didn’t want anything too candyfloss looking. So after working through what felt like the whole of the Farrow and Ball paint chart, I finally decided on one called ‘Blush Pink’ by Dulux.. It’s actually more of a peachy pink and quite a soft shade which is exactly what I wanted.
Because pink can be a pretty overwhelming colour, I didn’t want the space to appear too sickly sweet and so I used a feature wall to break up the block of colour. I opted for a white wall with black dots because I thought it gave the femininity of the pink a bit of an edge. I love clean, crisp lines and Scandinavian design and so knew the decor bits that I intended to buy would work well with the three colours combined. I also like how the black dots tie in well with the knobs on the draws.
I’ve tried to make it as personalised as possible adding in little treasures where possible such as the handmade banner name banner from Daydreams and Dandelions and the wooden train set spelling out her name. The Miffy Lamp is by a Scandinavian Brand called Mr Maria but I bought it from The Modern Nursery who have an amazing selection of bits for a ‘modern nursery’. The wooden ‘Ettie’ name sign from Brighton store called La La Loves Decor . Everything Kelly makes is beautiful and if you contact her directly she’s often happy to make custom orders too.
The Pear Parum poster was actually from our bedroom in our old flat but I think it works really well in this space and the Borrowers boots are in homage to her full name which is Arrietty (the main character from the books).
Finally the Tipi and reading area are there to indulge my childhood dreams. I absolutely LOVED making Dens when I was younger, hiding away from the rest of the world, often with a book by Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton so what better than to create Ettie her own real life den in her room! I’ve made it really cosy by adding a string of fairy lights over the top and sometimes in the evening we sneak in there to have a snuggle and read our bedtime story which is just lovely. My intention is to kit it out with lots of different textures including a monochrome playmat and sheepskin rug but for now we’re just using this quilt from Zara Home.
The bookshelves are from Jo Jo Maman Bebe. I wanted somewhere she could display here favourite things and more importantly reach them as she began to walk. These shelves are just the right length to fill the space, although I am debating changing them to the wooden ones from Ikea. Eventually I’ll add a beanbag or something to the area below the shelves to fill the space up a bit more.
So there you have it, still very much a work in progress but you can see where its headed. The next area I’ll be working on is that space underneath the book cases and I might get a few extra posters for the wall. Once thats all finished I’ll probably write this post again and but call it a room tour!
Watch this space xx