Nursery Reveal // Our Neutral Nursery

Nursery Reveal // Amy Elizabeth

We finally hung the pictures on the wall in the nursery this weekend, so I thought it was about time to show you a little sneak peek of what it’s looking like! Putting together this little room has been one of the funnest things about being pregnant – I love an interiors project at the best of time – but it’s also been a bit fraught. There are so many lists and suggestions out there of the things you might need, whilst everyone who’s actually had a baby will tell you constantly that they didn’t need half the things they bought. Plus there’s the whole tricky business of gender; I wanted the room to be fairly neutral so we’re not pigeon-holing him from the get-go but so much baby stuff is invested in whether you’re growing a ‘princess’ or a ‘prince’ (vom) that it can be hard to navigate. 

Our nursery is the little box room in our house, so we didn’t have a lot of room to play with, and we also wanted it to fit the style of the rest of the decor. Obviously, whilst this is going to be bubba’s little room, he’s not going to have a lot of sense of what he does and doesn’t like interiors-wise for a while and we’d be the ones left grimacing if we went too baby-friendly. So, we stuck with the white walls and the grey carpet that pretty much characterise the rest of the house, and went from there. 

The furniture set is a Mamas and Papas one, designed specifically for small spaces. Luckily, the configuration of the room means we can fit a cot bed, chest of drawers (with changing mat on top) and a slim wardrobe into the space without making it feel too cluttered. We’ve popped his everyday items (mostly a whole load of wipes and nappies…) into the top drawer and his first set of clothes in the other drawers, and relegated everything else to the wardrobe. Whether that set up works for us once we get up and running, we’ll soon see! 

I’ve only picked a few prints for the space at the moment, and I’m still on the lookout for something appropriate for over the changing table, as I didn’t want everything to feel too cluttered. A quick search on Etsy and a dash to IKEA for frames means I feel like the room has enough personality without going overboard. This is actually the only room in the house with curtains, too; we’ve got blinds everywhere else but some blackout curtains felt like they fitted better here and they add a little bit more texture and pattern so it doesn’t feel cold. 

We’ve also added some IKEA picture shelves to one wall, and they’ve been stocked with plenty of reading material for some bedtime stories. My friends and family very sweetly bought their favourite books for us as part of my baby shower, so there are plenty of old faithfuls and new discoveries waiting for us once he’s on the outside. I figure you can never have too many books, although his shelves are already full so we may need to find another storage solution for any future ones… 

There’s some boring, practical things in here, too – a washing basket, a nappy bin and some storage for parts of the pram, but that’s not nearly so fun as the cute cuddly toys and the tiny onesies. Overall, I’m really pleased with how it’s looking for now and I’m excited to see how this little room will grow and change with our little man. Now, if he could just hurry up and get here… 

Sources: Furniture Set // Grey Chevron Curtains // Nappy Bin // Washing Basket // Changing Bag // Bear Print // Mountain Print // You Are So Loved Flag // Wooden Arrow // Wild Thing Cushion // Blanket

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Things I Have Learned About House Renovation

house renovation

Planning is much more fun than doing.

Everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you expect. You will not be the exception to this rule. 

Do the floor last. Then it doesn’t matter if you splash paint around when you’re doing the walls.

Whoever owned your house before was a corner-cutting nightmare. Plastering around the light fitting? Really?! 

Sanding skirting boards is fun the first time. Not so much the fifth time. 

A good partner is essential. I’m very glad I married Paul. He knows how to fix a lot of stuff.

A nervous cat will add to your stress levels.

There really will be dust everywhere. Forever, maybe.

Having guests come to stay will make you get stuff done. All night, if you have to. 

Takeaway takes its toll. 

You can’t renovate a house from scratch and maintain two blogs and a social life. You just can’t. 

*That* episode of OITNB seems so much worse after an exhausting day of stripping wallpaper. 

You will miss your books. They really do make a home. 

Just paint everything white and worry about it later. 

When people turn up to help, your heart will be filled with love and gratitude. Now’s the time to call in favours. 

It will be worth it, like they say. But I’m not doing it again.

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Our New House: One Month On!

bedroom progress

I always think I’m going to be the exception to the rule. I’m not sure where this belief came from, because I’m pretty much the most average human that exists. A basic bitch, if you will. So when everyone told me that house renovation always takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you expect, I didn’t believe them. Sure, that happens to everyone, but it won’t to me. Oh, how naive I once was. Note to self: you are not the exception to the rule. Evidence: all situations ever. 

house progress 1

So here we are, a little more than a month on from moving in and things are still pretty much chaos. I thought we might have a new kitchen within 3 weeks of the builder starting, but we’re going on 5 weeks now and nary a cabinet is in sight. Our sweet friends have been feeding us and letting us use their washing machines, which has been a life saver. If there is anything I have learnt from this, it’s that having a tribe is necessary in life and that I could not be more grateful for ours. Other than that, we’ve been eating takeaways and a whole lot of slow-cooked food, and washing up in the bath. Tuna has been most put out by the whole process. And, for all my complaining, I’m actually bored of talking about the kitchen now. 

house progress 2

I know it won’t be much longer, so I can hardly complain really. Once the shiny new kitchen is in and I’m rolling out pastry on the island, or proving bread in the proving drawer, or pulling a chilled bottle of wine out of the wine fridge (yep, you heard right) then I will be full of joy. But the kitchen is not the only problem. We only have one decorated and unpacked room in the house, and whilst the downstairs is in such disarray, I am loathe to set to and start painting and sanding and generally making a mess in the other rooms. So everything is on hold – although this weekend may see the end of all that. We have guests coming up in less than a month, and I am determined that everything should be presentable by then.

So for now, my news is that there is not much news. I hope that by this time next month I will have much more to share – pretty pictures and finished rooms and the beginnings of a home. For now we have a house, that is covered in dust and plaster. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will you? 

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