We wanted a bright, fun space that wasn't overly girly and that would grow with her into the toddler years.
This room began with the 'Gingerbread' range from Mamas and Papas. We chose some items from this range before we knew if we were having a boy or girl as it was bright and gender neutral. The main aim with decorating was to soften the hard lines of our modern home and create a fun, cosy space for sleeping and playing.
This room was a chance to really have some fun and is quite a departure from the crisp white walls and clean lines of the main parts of our home.
The wallpaper border has a somewhat retro feel so we decided to go with a bold red and white gingham wallpaper. Adding the moulding halfway up the wall added a bit of interest and definition. The light blue walls keep the room really bright.
Because there was so much colour on the walls, we kept the furniture all white. This also allowed us to mix and match a couple of more expensive pieces (the sleigh cot and change table from Mamas and Papas) with ikea basics (bookcase and chest of drawers). We bought the rocking chair off Ebay and painted it white to match. The curtains, mosquito net, lamps, and decals on the mirror are also ikea.
The great thing about the room is that pretty much any bright colour works well in it, and means that all the brightly coloured plastics of kids toys work with the room rather than detracting from it.
My favourite item is probably the quilt that I made. It was my first attempt at sewing anything at all, and I think it turned out pretty well.
I also love the set of pig money boxes which are from my partner's childhood.
Don't be afraid of using bright colours. You can have so much more fun with a nursery than with most other rooms in your house. Plus, the bright colous are more forgiving once you start using the room than lots of pale, delicate items will be. I still smile and feel more playful when I walk into the room, and our little girl just loves looking at the wallpaper border while she is being changed.