Whilst we don't have the space for Auden to have his own room, I wanted to spend some time creating a sweet nook for my sweet babe in our bedroom. At some point in the next few months we will transform Frankie's bedroom into a room for two (I've started designing it, I cant wait to get started!) so this is where my baby nesting compulsion was funnelled. It's a tiny room so it was somewhat challenging, but I really love it.
As well as a detailed birth plan, I also made a postnatal plan which involved resting in bed as much as possible. So my baby nook preparation went hand in hand in refreshing my bed and bedroom too to make it as cosy and welcoming as possible. I'm so glad I went to the effort to do this!
This was not a huge design project, but a simple modification to our small bedroom. I get a smugish thrill from shopping from my house to create a whole new look, which is what I did here. I basically just gathered some lovely things we already owned, and bought a couple of new bits.
The cot is the same second hand one we used for Frankie-Rose, which we re-painted white. Again, we took the side off and shored the base up to use it as a co sleeper. There was a bitter sweetness about re-using the cot our now 5 year old used as a baby! Frankie-Rose still gets in our bed most nights, so the extra bed space is very welcome.
I hung up some lovely baby related things above the cot, including a jar so that I can still have fresh flowers without a bedside table. The mother and child vintage picture is a beloved gift from my sister in law, and Frankie-Rose made the mini willow wreath, which I love. The little basket is for my night time necessaries (lip balm, tablets and the like), and I also have a small tray which I keep my flask of water and snacks on (breastfeeding essentials). The clip on light has been around for years; one of those things which neither Dave nor I can remember where it came from! I'd like to upgrade it eventually, and get something matching for the other side of the bed.
The wider bedroom
For history's sake, you can see how I styled my small bedroom for Autumn here, for Toast, and for winter here which includes the drugs den-esque shocking before photo too. I wanted to make the bedroom feel a little more Spring-like, and to be super cosy and welcoming for my post-partum baby-mooning. I also really enjoyed introducing some more colour.
I had been searching for some new art to hang above the bed and was delighted to stumble across this French botanical poster at EtcVintage in Margate, one of my favourite vintage shops with the loveliest owner. We got chatting and before I left she surprised me with a bunch of flowers from their newly opened flower shop (I was very heavily pregnant, I think she felt sorry for me, ha)! The floral reproductive organs on the poster also seemed apt for a bedroom; one destined as a nest for a new baby, don't you think?!
The new linens are from my favourite linen shop, LinenMe. The quality is absolutely gorgeous and it feels so lovely to sleep under. I got a mix of different coloured linens this time which means I can mix them in with my existing white and stone coloured sets. Doing so has brought an inordinate amount of joy. I hesitate to admit to this, but its all about the small joys, yes? I also swapped our parlour palm plant for our rapidly growing Monstera plant.
If you have time I can highly recommend a bedroom refresh in preparation for post partum resting and healing. It's almost more important than nursery prep; the baby doesn't know any better anyway (!), and you'll be in bed so much that you might as well be resting and healing in a room that feels lovely.
Our bedroom is absolutely tiny, there is barely enough room at the foot of the bed to squeeze your legs past, and Dave and I take turns sporting gloriously purple-hued shin bruises because of it, but it is consistently my favourite room in the house. The reason for this is because I make sure to spend a little more time keeping it decluttered (our clothes are in another room which, for honestys sake, does get cluttered and messy!) and filling it with lovely things; plants and linens etc. It feels cosy and light, now perfect for my spring baby, and I love hanging out in there with my brood.
- BedLinen c/o LinenMe
- Dark grey lamp c/o Urbanara
- White clip lamp- anyones guess
- Vintage botanical Poster- Etc Vintage
- My Kantha dressing gown (still one of my most treasured possessions) - c/o Toast
- Plain linen scatter cushions- H&M Home
- Kilim cushion- Marakesh.
- The cot was second hand and the one we used for Frankie-Rose which we repainted.
- Blue and White baby kantha quilt- eBay
- Long kilim cushion along the side- Maud Interiors.
- "Stay Wild Child" little banner- Katie Housley (after a tip from Jeska- thanks Jeska!)
- The little stuffed felt Bear- Plumo (I love their selection of weird and wonderful homewares)
- Aud's yellow dungarees were a gift from Marks and Spencers- still available now!