Nursery Decorating

In the beginning they are just a bump, but before a child has even made an entrance, parents are faced with their first dilemma – the nursery.

A part of you thinks, it's only temporary so we needn't go overboard, and the other part is thinking, they are so special, we need to have whatever it takes. Now before you run out and break the bank, we show you three key pieces and suggest three nursery looks.

Cot
You'll need a cot, whatever style takes your fancy, just make sure you invest in a good mattress.

Change Table
A change table will last you about three years, depending on when your baby gets out of nappies – look for one that incorporates storage.

Comfortable Chair
Not forgetting mum, a comfy chair for feeding is essential, especially when your newborn needs feeding every two to four hours!

Now you have your three pieces, here are three different nursery styles to consider:

Traditional


The gentle way to ease your child into the world A traditional nursery has a soft and nurturing feel about it, from the soft colours (generally pastels) on the walls, to the white wicker furniture. This look is all about creating a safe haven that will soothe your child's soul.

Modern


For those who want their nursery to reflect the rest of the house. A modern nursery is a neutral, no fuss space that has an industrial like edge. This style of room is for parents who are very design aware and would like their baby's room to reflect the rest of the house.

Funky


A colourful space with lots of activity. A funky nursery is one that is full of colour and texture. The idea of this style of decorating is to stimulate your child, but be careful not to over-stimulate. Red is definitely one colour to avoid, whereas blues are known for their calming effect.

Mobiles


The mobiles we have chosen are a little different from the 'norm', but they still achieve the same objective of entertaining and stimulating your child:
  • rose flowered fairy lights

  • Modern – silver spray painted paper lanterns

  • Funky – colourful mobile

Baby's nursery should feel tranquil and calm, and above all, safe. You don't have to cover the walls with pictures and trinkets, but you and baby will benefit from a few simple pieces to add interest to the room.

Products and Suppliers


  • For the traditional nursery
    Baby's Ark
    81-85 Frenchmans Rd
    Randwick NSW 2030
    Ph: (02) 9326 5036
    • Gro Years hooded bassinet $129, stand at $98.90

    • Malla Mat change pad at $36.90

    • Breakfast pillow insert at $7.90

    • Mosquito net hoop bassinette at $89 and Infa bassinette halo stand at $44.90

    • Carla's Heritage changer in white at $329

    Trilogie
    587 Military Rd
    Mossman NSW
    Ph: (02) 9960 7900
    • Large laundry hamper at $75

    • Pure cotton cushion (blue/white stripes with ties) at $39.95

    • White cushion (blue/white details with ties) at $39.95

    • 'KATE' doll at $39

    • Chenille teddies with blue ticking overalls at $59

    • Painting (love hearts with roses on a checked mauve background) with white
      wooden frame at $35

    • Storage baskets at $45

    • Wicker chair at $295

    Fragile
    76A Paddington St
    Paddington NSW
    Ph: (02) 9362 0085
    • Little House collectable quilt 'Yellow Gingham' (110x130cm) at $273

    • Little House cot sheet set with 'Baby' Logo at $ 99

    • Red Plum linen doona cover at $145

    • Blue dress at $175
    Little House
    Ph: (03) 9263 9287
    • White dress at $25

    • Collectible quilt with circles at $275

    IKEA
    www.ikea.com.au
    • Selection of Sanni bath sheets in white at $12 and white bath towels at $8

    • Klarup rug at $149

    Portobello Princess
    371 Old South Head Rd
    North Bondi NSW 2026
    Ph: (02) 9130 2144
    • Rose french fairy lights at $429

    • Lavender filled handmade hearts at $26

    Chee Soon & Fittzgerald
    387 Crown St
    Surry Hills NSW 2010
    Ph: (02) 9360 1031
    • Wallpaper 'Button' at $185–$220 per roll

    • Cot - stylist's own
  • For the modern nursery
    IKEA
    www.ikea.com.au
    • Karrnava pillows (45cm) at $9.95

    • Gok cot (69x5x132cm) in beech/melamine white at $199

    • Gok changing table at $79.00

    • Gullunge baby care matt at $12

    • Selection of Sanni bath sheets in white at $12 and white bath towels at $8

    • Ludde sheepskin rug at $89

    • Stolle decoration horse in black with grey coat at $29

    • Taggen brushed metal light stand at $89

    • Black and white prints (clouds and corn) at $10 each (40x50cm), black metal
      frames to fit at $35 each

    • Snabb clock (32x3x32cm) in white at $29

    • Fyllen laundry baskets in Grey at $19 each

    • Ris paper lanterns (45cm ) at $12 each *spray painted silver

    SPACE Furniture
    111 Flinder's St
    Darlinghurst NSW 2010
    Ph: (02) 9380 6000
    • Conibilli units in white; 2 tier at $130, 3 tier at $180
Fragile
76A Paddington St
Paddington NSW
Ph: (02) 9362 0085
  • Flat Bear at $55

Eeeni Meeni Miini Moh
Ph: (07) 3719 5555
  • Cot sheet set at $89.95

  • Woollen blanket at $169.95

  • Bib and burp cloth at $27.95

  • Bodysuit at $37.95

  • Pants and t-shirt (long sleeve) at $54.95

  • DULUX paint – 'Blueprint' at approx $60 per 4L

  • For the funky nursery
    IKEA
    www.ikea.com.au
    • Ringum hand woven pile rug in blue (4) at $29 each

    • Bibblo bin with lid in orange (2) at $19 each

    Fragile
    76A Paddington St
    Paddington NSW
    Ph: (02) 9362 0085
    • Change table by Owo at $850 (mounting brackets included)

    • Cot and mattress at $2,300

    • Set of animal coat hangers at $50

    • From: Chee Soon & Fittzgerald
    • Splash mobile at $44

    • Marimekko Cotton "YUME" at $77 per metre (used as a cot quilt cover)

    Kids Central
    Chatswood Chase
    Ph: (02) 9884 8950
    Chadstone
    Ph: (03) 9569 577
    • Swissological baby skin care range, from $16–$22

    • Swissological 'Swissy Mouse' toy at $10
  • The Living Textiles Company
    Ph: (02) 9743 4892
    • Cot fitted sheet in mango at $19.95

    • 2-piece cot sheet set in mango at $39.95

    • Cot cellular blanket in lime at $24.95

    Hill on Hargrave Gallery
    Ph: (02) 9362 1170
    • Paintings

    DULUX
    www.dulux.com.au
    • 'Refreshed' at approx $60 per 4L

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