Cutie Pie Nursery Design

August 20, 2013

Well this is a first. A blog post about nursery design. You can tell someone is pregnant around here, eh? :) After all of your supportive and helpful comments in my baby announcement post, I decided that I’d occasionally share some of my nursery and kid’s room inspiration going forward to encourage new moms, moms-to-me like me and to even shine some light on the topic for those of you who aren’t mothers (nor plan to be) but are still curious about how to pull together a nice nursery. Whether you want children or not, I think every woman has a least a friend or two who has children and this is where you can be the become the coolest auntie ever with your amazing knowledge of nursery design (smile).

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Darling bedroom in Brussels via Milk.

Okay so I guess it’s best to say first that nursery design is completely new turf for me. I know how kid’s room design works but babies are uncharted territory. I also can’t find books that suit my taste because most nurseries are super theme-y or matchy matchy and that isn’t for me. I’m definitely not into the catalog look. When I search online for baby room inspiration, it seems photos come with a thousand comments from moms with a million zillion opinions – mostly critical or self righteous, which really surprises me because I never thought nursery decor was such a hot topic – almost like there is a ‘right way’ to create a nursery or raise a kid and if you aren’t following protocol as a new mom, then you have something to be ashamed of. It made me wonder if maybe you guys know of blogs that are encouraging and have helpful communities built around them that mostly share children’s room design? I’d love to find those. I digress… Back to my own thoughts on the nursery…

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Colette Bream cushions on etsy

The best learning for me is always hands-on, fall down, get up again and keep trying – so I’m going to approach nursery design in my typical Holly style. I know color theory, how to create “zones” in kid’s rooms, I get the importance of a good floor plan but I’m following my heart with the rest and see where it takes me (and my wallet). So far it seems like the bed will be white and I’m thinking to go for a convertible crib that turns into a toddler bed later on. I’m also going for simplicity as one trip to the local baby superstore over the weekend taught my that every company in the world is trying to entice you into buying lots of product you don’t really need. I found a foldable baby bath that I thought was totally helpful and that won’t take up much room so I may order that soon. I also have my eye on a few strollers but at over ONE THOUSAND EUROS each, I’m thinking maybe I need to put more thought into my spending. As for room decor, I definitely am leaning towards grays, blues, greens and yellows for a boy and grays and for a girl – lots of floral Liberty prints, creamy whites, mustard, some red, greens, every color really but with a neutral base. My aesthetic is much more European – particularly English and French, not so much the typical American nursery with everything perfect and matching. That works for lots of my friends and it’s beautiful, but the rest of my home is so haphazard and mismatched, the nursery will most likely be the same – quirky and very much a reflection of my personal style. Then later, the little one can make their own decor choices but for now, it’s a room that I’m more than excited to get started on!

In this post, I’m sharing some of my favorite nurseries and rooms for kids that I’ve found online so far that click with me. I have NO clue if I’m having a boy or a girl yet, I’ll find that out early next month, so I’m not really thinking about “boy” or “girl” decor right now. Just focusing more on a vibe I’m going for, what I like, and how I imagine this new little room in my home.

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Gorgeous monochromatic simplicity by kjerstis lykke. You can barely see it, but I love the old blue wooden cabinet.

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Little french loft apartment nursery on Planete Deco.

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Louise Lemaire photo for VTWonen magazine in The Netherlands.

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Sweet art arrangement using simple washi tape by julias vita drommar.

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Twinkle lights under a shelf near the crib from Sissy & Marley. I also love the little rug on the floor.

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Sweet color scheme from Play Spaces on Pinterest. I also like the layered rugs though not so practical with a clumsy mom holding an infant! The mix of patterns is also so pretty.

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Boy’s room in Brussels via Milk. You can totally see the English sensibility here – his mom is a Londoner.

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Really love this Sebra crib shown on Delikatissen.

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The daughter of stylist Sania Pell has the sweetest little bedroom that appeared in my book, Decorate Workshop, as photographed by Debi Treloar.

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Love this bed design from car möbel (not the room design!) because it’s a crib that later converts into a toddler bed. Parents is this a good idea? I’d love your opinion on convertible beds!

What do you think of these rooms? Where do you go online for kids room inspiration? I’d love some tips!


  • Reply nadine August 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Lovely, all of them… An funny that you ask about the convertible beds… I am a mom-to-be (only a couple of weeks behind you) and was wondering the same this morning… I am curious to see what experienced parents have to say :-)

  • Reply Gislane Lima August 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hi Holly. I’m 29 weeks pregnant and in the process of finalizing my baby’s nursery.

    I generally look for things on etsy, zara home and other small european webshops.

    I hope you have fun putting your nursery together and I wish you all the best during your pregnancy :)

  • Reply Mara Rae August 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

    When I had my son I also refused to conform to a theme – I bought some really cute Suzie Ultman prints and used those for color inspiration. The Land of Nod website (and even IKEA now!) has great kids stuff for (mostly) affordable prices. I also got a convertible crib that goes from crib to toddler bed to full. We’re at the toddler bed stage and it still looks great :) Oh, and I have been using my BOB stroller for almost four years and it’s held up fantastically (even through a lot of international travel). I trained for a marathon with it and it’s a really good price compared to other strollers out there. Highly recommended! Congrats and have fun decorating!!

  • Reply Jutta August 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Love the artwork and the plate rack for storing and displaying toys and beautiful things in the photo from Delikatissen. I couldn’t – and still can’t – read mom conversations online since they get so heated. It seems that it doesn’t matter what you say, someone is going to get upset. I didn’t know that extends to decor, too.

    We actually still don’t have a nursery and my son turns 2 in November! I’ve been decorating it in my head since I was pregnant, but we haven’t had time to renovate. I hope soon all the planning will become reality though :)

  • Reply Lisa Loffredo August 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Nice! Thanks for sharing Holly! I find lots of inspiration on Pinterest, check out page: I will have a baby boy, you might guess it from the pics ;)

  • Reply Bethe @ Texas Lovely August 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I’m a new mom to a 6-week-old. Don’t let the other parents intimidate you, there’s more than one way to do things. My best nursery advice–find furniture that incorporates a lot of storage. Babies have so much stuff and most of it is tiny. I used an old armoire filled with cute baskets to organize like items together, and also chose a crib that had room
    underneath for extra storage. We didn’t go with a convertible crib just because we already have a few twin beds in our attic but I have friends who used one and were happy with it.

    Best of luck–babies are a joy!

  • Reply LisaMarie August 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I think I like the one from Julias vita drömmar the most, probably becaus I’m from Sweden and have grown up seeing those those illustrations a lot. I don’t have any kids yet and I also think that “over-styled” kids room are kind of silly, it feels like the parents are just thinking about having a room to show there fancy friends, not that there kids actually enjoy living there. However, I know that probably is’nt the case at all with most of the room for kids that is shown and I too like to look at inspiring places, I just pinterest most of the time to find new pics :)

  • Reply Deepa August 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy, Holly!

    I bought a Stokke Sleepi crib for my baby girl. It is gorgeous and is designed so smartly. It starts from a bassinet (which my baby used from 0 to 3 months), and with an expansion kit, it converts into a crib, a toddler bed, and finally a kid’s bed. After the child grows out of the last bed, it can convert into two accent chairs.

    Altogether it can be pricier than regular cribs, but I consider the investment well worth it as it’s a beautiful piece of furniture that will be used for years. I was lucky enough to buy mine second-hand, and the mom who sold it to me says she used it for two little girls until they were both six years old! Our model was manufactured in 1999 and it is still in great condition.

  • Reply Silkie August 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Holly, I’ve been away from the Internet for a month with my kids camping (!) so have just heard your wonderful news.I’m so delighted for you and & Thorsten and I’m so looking forward to hearing all your baby news!
    My friends and I always “recycled” a lot of the more expensive things that only get used for a little while…it feels good to hand things on :-)
    I hope you are starting to feel better now, I remember the first three months as pretty tough but the second trimester as a lovely time!
    With love & congratulations

  • Reply Fallon of Sage and Sparkle August 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Lovely images, Holly! I have been meaning to pop over and congratulate you and finally thought of it this morning while at my computer! I am so happy for you. I took your first (or maybe it was your second) blogging your way class a long time ago, stopped blogging but have recently started a new blog and I have never forgot all that you taught me. Keep inspiring us all! I for one can’t wait to see you as a mommy! You are going to be divine!!!


    • Reply decor8 August 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      @Fallon of Sage and Sparkle – WOW Congrats on restarting your blog! That’s a big step, I’m really proud of you though. I find connecting with others through my blog one of best channels of communication with me – I would have been so lonely when I first relocated to Germany without my blogs to keep me going. Even now, being pregnant (none of my local friends are pregnant), having the online world to connect with about my pregnancy has been enormously helpful. Thank you so much for your warm note and again, many congrats on returning to your blog!

  • Reply Tracy A. August 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Very sweet! Wonderful inspiration!

  • Reply Ashley August 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Lovely – beautiful style!

  • Reply Imke August 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Dear Holly,

    lovely selection of pictures – as always. We had a convertible crib for our daughters and we loved it. Although we used a (borrowed) cradle for the first couple of months. We moved over to the crib when our daughters started to roll around and pull themselves up.
    Big plus is, that you don’t have to buy two different beds and your child is already used to it.
    What I really liked: Our bed had two lattice rods that you could take out so that our daughter was able to climb in and out but wouldn’t fall out at night. Also I could put the rods back in at night for her to stay inside her crib and not wander around. My older daughter slept in the bed until she was 4 and then passed it on to her sister.
    I remember how proud my girls were when it was time to remove the sides of the bed.
    Best wishes from Berlin,

  • Reply Katherine August 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Not online but I recommend the Paumes children’s rooms series. Hope you are feeling better, I know from experience how awful hyperemesis is.

  • Reply Daniela August 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Dear Holly, my sons are already 5 and 8 years. For our first son we got a baby bed from my cousin, but Paul hated to sleep in it. He hated to sleep alone. So we bought a normal big mattress (80 x 200 cm), where he and I could sleep on the floor. So he couldn’t fall out of the bed, only worst case roll on the carpet beside. Two years later (!), when he liked to slep alone, he got a normal big bed for his mattress with a protection for not falling out of the bed on the none wall side.
    Then I was pregnant with our second son and we decided to buy a more bigger mattress for he and me (140 x 200 cm). That was a very good decision, because Hannes also hated to sleep alone for 3 years! Now he has Pauls bed with the protection and Paul has a normal bed. So you see, you can design a very nice nursery room, but your baby perhaps don’t want to be there. I would always recomend to have a parents bed within the nursery room, because there always will be hard nights.

  • Reply yael August 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    would love to be a child in each of those rooms ♥

  • Reply Erin August 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Congratulations Holly! Love the images. I remember some shadow puppet wallpaper that I think that you posted years ago that I’m keen on tracking down with a 2 year old boy now.
    We bought a “cot bed” that converts to a toddler bed. But since we’ve gone on and had no 2 with a 2 year gap (2 years minus 2 days!), we’re going to be buying a toddler bed anyway (cheap…decided that single beds are too high for falling out of when learning to sleep in a bed) and the new baby will be going into the cot bed. So…I’d say, go ahead and buy what you like that is in your price range. Best advice I have to give on beds is that they grow out of Moses baskets so quickly so perhaps buying a crib if you want the baby to sleep in with you for 6 months (which we did with no 2 but not with no 1) as they have a longer life than a Moses basket!
    PS – you will use the stroller and the stroller bag so much that it is worth getting the one you like…

  • Reply Jenna August 20, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    such lovely little rooms!

  • Reply Alex August 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I have a few steps ahead of me before I’m ready to think about children, but a couple of blogs with practical, but very pretty, ideas are Making it Lovely and Oh Happy Day! I’m always impressed with how Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day works with limited space while living in San Francisco.

  • Reply Juli August 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    First off congratulations! It’s such an exciting time!

    You mentioned weighing in on convertible beds. We love our Leander crib from Denmark. Check the link as I just did a post last week about our toddler’s bedroom.

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang August 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Oh, this post made me smile!

    One of my favorite blogs – Life Made Lovely – has the best home tour series. I think there will be lots of inspiration for nurseries for you!

    Here home tours can be found here:

  • Reply Eleni (imagineyourhomes) August 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Hi, Holly! I find this nursery really cute but to be honest I don’t think that there is any nursery that I don’t like. The idea that this room is going to host a baby makes me feel toughed. I wish you the best!

  • Reply Marjory August 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Congrats Holly! I am sure you will create a fabulous and unique space for your baby. Can’t wait to see! :-)

  • Reply Zandra Zuraw August 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Wow…these are SO beautiful and inspiring. I’d love to walk into any of these nurseries to pick up or sit down with my darling babies. They almost make me want to have another one! (Almost).

  • Reply Quyen August 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    There is always something so childlike and romantic about a teepee! I love that idea and I am pinning it for when I have a kid. Is it a bit too early to start pinning for that? :)

  • Reply Jennifer Kesler August 20, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    These nurseries are so beautiful! I too tend to not like too much matchy matchy. I also really like the idea of a gender neutral nursery that’s nice and serene. After all, our color associations are just made-up in a way! Congrats, by the way!!
    As far as a bed goes, I’ve always thought you need to decide if you are having more than one and how close together they will be to decide if you need a convertible crib. If you’re going to need the crib for a new baby by the time the first is ready for a big bed, skip the convertible and get a toddler bed (rather than two cribs). If not, go for it!

  • Reply Rebecca August 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Just speaking from personal experience, as a mom of a 4 year old and with bun #2 in the oven:

    – the thing about parenting is, there is ALWAYS going to be someone telling you that you are doing it wrong! From how you decorate your nursery, to what you feed your baby, to where and how it sleeps, etc. etc. etc., no matter what you do, someone is going to very heatedly tell you you are doing everything wrong. You just have to go with your gut, tune them out, and do what’s right for you and your family! :)

    – We’ve been through at least 4 permutations of the nursery in 4 years, so don’t feel like whatever you do needs to be “forever.” The needs of a baby are so different from a toddler, and then again from a preschooler or grade-schooler. I think those “forever beds” cribs can be a bit of a scam, because you think you are really saving, when in fact they are really bulky furniture that doesn’t always look that great as a toddler bed or twin. When your baby really is big enough for a toddler bed, you might actually want something cuter, and with better design. Same goes for when they are ready for a twin bed. But then you feel stuck because you spent $800 on this silly “forever bed” and you feel like you have to stick with it. Just my 2c :)

  • Reply Rebecca August 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    PS – I also wouldn’t buy a stroller unless you’ve had a chance to test drive it in person. No matter how cute it is, you’ll hate it if it doesn’t handle well!

  • Reply Cori Magee August 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I love the vibe you’re going for!

  • Reply Tanya August 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    They are all so pretty. My son used a convertible crib but we never turned in into a toddler bed. My son wanted a real “big boy” bed when he as old enough. We thought that if he actually got to pick it out and like it that he would actually stay in bed when the time came. It worked out pretty well for us.

  • Reply Heidi @ Fabric Mutt August 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I know the price of a stroller is crazy, but you’ll use that more often and for a longer period of time than almost anything else. It’s worth your time and money to find one that you love! I have three little girls, and we tried all kinds of different things for sleeping arrangements. My youngest actually slept in a pack & play for several months before my middle daughter grew out of her crib. We moved our girls to beds pretty young. I recommend skipping the toddler bed phase and going with a twin size bed that’s low to the ground. We love this one from IKEA in black ( It’s adjustable, it looks great with different decor schemes, and it will grow nicely along with the girls.

  • Reply Dana H. August 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Dear Holly,

    Since I asked you so many questions during your last BYW class, I feel like you’re my new friend (as do many others, of course). So, I can’t tell you how excited I am about your new baby!! I left a note of congrats earlier, but I want to point out to you today that by no means will this be your only chance to decorate your child’s room, even if an only child. I have two 14 yrs. apart & with my son’s room, we went though an adorable baby bear nursery (long time ago) to a young boy’s baseball room to a solar system room to a big boy’s baseball room to a VERY MESSY Teenager’s room through to college when all he cared about was a bed and mini refrigerator for beer. I’ll tell you about my 12 year old daughter’s another time!! SO…….. as your tastes change (I would never consider a theme room now, but a feeling for the room as MY tastes have evolved) you will have many, many reasons to decor8 through the years!!!

    Sorry, still no blog but it will be here soon. Can’t wait for your October class, too!!

    Much happiness to you and Thorsten and thanks for sharing!! Even if I’m beyond new baby stage, I have a 6 week old nephew and a gazillion baby cousins!

  • Reply Ellen Mattesi August 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I usually swing over to your blog for inspiration and advice. But this time I might be able to help you. I’ve been designing kids rooms for almost 20 years. And the funny thing is, there are a lot of rooms I have designed that I would never have in my home. Some are matchyy match. Some not. Some with huge budgets, some not. But what I realized a long time ago is that my job is not to give them my idea of a kids room or nursery. My job is to translate their dream from a simple description into a reality. My skills allow me to make their dreams come to life.

    My whole point here is that there are no real rules for styles. We all know you are well aware of that. I can tell from your choices that your vision is already very clear. The choices you need to make are about YOU…at least for now. that will change when your baby can talk. Believe me.

    My guess for you would be this. You love change. You love the hunt. Getting a crib that changes into a toddler bed is fine. But you know you are going to find the most amazing new thing once your baby is a toddler. You might find some vintage linens and have them sewn into a plush mattress right on the floor by then. Kids roll out of bed. Forget the bed. Drape it into a tent. You will pick a dresser now, then find some new piece or new knobs and switch them out. Then you may find some old bakers rack and make it into bookshelves. Then who knows. My advice…Plan for the next year or two. Getting to know your kid by then will change the whole picture.

    And yes, there is a lot of shit out there you don’t need. Those twist & close diaper disposals smell like hell. Just throw the diapers out. Fancy blankets? They are pretty. But they will get dragged all over the house and spit up on so just be cool with it. Buy it if you love it. If you missed something, you will realize it then and just go buy it.

    Year one is about you, probably the only year that will be. Don’t worry about long term. If it makes you well up with happiness…get it.


  • Reply Tracey August 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Congrats Holly!
    I am a new mom of a 3 month old and one thing my husband and I have learned is that every one thinks they are right when it comes to baby stuff, “you must have this” etc….. Best advice I got was do what suits you and your family! Good luck!
    Ikea has good cribs and a really good book with reviews of products is Baby Bargains by Denise Fields

  • Reply Estela August 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I have some of Colette Bream’s bedding for my little girl and I love it. I moved my daughter to a toddler bed I purchased online it looks a lot like the one in the Colette Bream picture above (intentionally) :) I love how you are going for a European look, good luck decorating your nursery it is a lot of fun picking stuff out. I can’t wait to see pictures of what you have done.

  • Reply kylie August 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    After reading your blog for a couple of years now its so wonderful hearing your thoughts on babies designs. I was low key with both my kids rooms & left them quite “white” & neutral until i kind of got to know them. It used to annoy everyone that their nurseries were not matchy match & complete, but i couldn’t handle that look either. I started creating their rooms according to their personalities, as they grew I added items that i knew they would love. Now my sone is obsessed with super heroes & all the licensed stuff is creeping in. Enjoy the control while you can!! One thing, you mentioned a fold away bath, I bathed both my kids in the laundry troff (sink) for a few weeks & then they went straight in the shower with my husband or me. I didnt even use a baby bath I was too nervous as they as so little & slippery. I know a lot of parents have done the same, so just thoughtI mention that before you buy one :) Enoy the process.

  • Reply Alexa August 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Dear Holly,
    Congratulation on your pregnancy!
    I am a mother of two boys, 6 and 2 years old.
    We also liked the bed from sebra, but then decided to buy the baby bed from kinderkamers, a brand located in Hamburg. Our big son used it for four years, I found it very practical, because you could change the front of the bed and also the height of the matress.
    We also had the crib from leander, our sons loved it, although our little one slept in the same bed with me for nearly one year. The crib was hanging right beside my bed, but I felt this was too far away, I wanted to have him right next to me!! This was also very practical in ways of breast feeding… In the night his sleep was not interrupted so much, he drank a little bit, then he slept again and after some weeks, he slept eight hours during the night!!
    At this point, you could start a discussion, where everybody has a different opinion and many cannot accept different ones.
    So I hope you have the courage to do whatever your heart tells you, what is right for you and don’t be afraid to do something wrong, when others criticise your choices.
    I wish you all the best. Try to get some help after the birth, not for the baby, but for you and your household that you can concentrate on the baby and enjoy the time!
    P.S.: for bathing the boys we used not a regular Bath tub, but we bought a big plastic tub from the brand Rice, that was normally for laundry. It has the shape of these old laundry Tubs, made of Iron, in which our grandmothers and -fathers used to be bathed! That was why I had the idea! And now I really use the tub for our laundry, and everytime I use it, I think of how I bathed our little sons in it!

  • Reply tracy gatto August 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    This is a super cool rug for a nursery :)

  • Reply Michelle Carles, IIDA August 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the non-matchy matchy interiors! I can appreciative creativity and the uniqueness for each. It’s been fun to see my pregnant friends and family design their space for their little ones. This is refreshing to see!

    Thank you!!

    Michelle, IIDA |

  • Reply Michelle @ Jarrah Jungle August 21, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I love the framed animal heads on the wall. I helped a friend design her nursery earlier this year and she picked out a faux animal head from Etsy. It was awesome to see the room come together from my design :)
    Enjoy the nesting Im sure your bubs nursery is going to look amazing x

  • Reply Diana August 21, 2013 at 3:35 am

    As a mother of 5 kids ranging from almost 2-to 10 I have certainly gone through a lot of baby gear. It’s sad but true that there is a lot of negativity out there of mums tearing other mothers down. As best I can I don’t even read the comments, blog post, etc. that are negative because I found after a while those voices become your inner mum voice constantly judging you.

    These are just my opinions based on my experience. The very best high chair out there is the cheap IKEA one. The big huge fancy ones with all the padding look great but the get absolutely FILTHY and you end up spending so much wasted time trying to keep the stupid thing even close to half clean. They cost a fortune and they take up so much space. Ikea high chairs are one piece so can easily be wiped down and they are slim so can fit into any corner in the house. Also you can buy really cute covers for them on places like Etsy.

    Pretty much all car seats are as safe as each other. When you buy the super expensive ones you are paying for pretty fabric. Getting the ones that clip in and out can be useful when baby falls asleep in the car, but most of those will only suit a baby up to about 9months so you do end up buying 2 car seats.

    Instead of a cot I used an Ambey Nature Nest with my babies. They all slept in theirs until they were over 1 and then I either put them in a cot borrowed from a friend or straight into a normal bed with a toddler side rail attached. I LOVED having the hammock with my little babes as they settle so quickly and they can be adjusted for babies who have reflux. I still have mine and it keeps being passed amongst friends because in so many cases babies who don’t settle well, settle like an absolute dream in the hammock.

    I never used a baby bath as the kitchen or laundry sink was always the perfect size and for the first 6 months babies only need a bath once or twice a week. After that they do really well in a bath tub. This one is highly subjective but this is what worked for me. :)

    Make sure you have a really good changing area that is the right height. I’ve always had a long chest of drawers (think a mid century credenza) with a change pad on it instead of a separate piece of furniture. Nobody warns you that new babies absolutely kill your back. You are constantly hunched over breast feeding and if you don’t have a high enough changing space you can really hurt your neck and shoulders with all the hunching over changing nappies and clothes. Because you will be changing nappies for at least 2 years this one is important.

    I found I never ended up feeding my babies in the feeding chair I bought. I liked being on the couch out with the rest of the family or just fed them in my bed at night. That said I know a lot of mums who love to go hide away in the nursery to feed baby, so before you pay the big bucks for a fancy rocker try to think about how you think you will want to do it.

    I hope that helps. The more babies I have had the more baby gear I’ve tossed or given away because I just NEVER used any of it. The things listed above are pretty much all the baby gear I have used. It makes me angry to see how new mums are sold all this stuff they just do not need because they are made to feel like they are irresponsible for not having it.

    I hope this helps. Congratualtions on your new little joy. Enjoy decorating the nursery and try to ignore the nay sayers. Whatever you choose I am sure it will be just beautiful!
    Have a jolly day,

  • Reply Lauren August 21, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Hi Holly,

    Congrats!! I think you will find that the negative comments/remarks are not unique to nursery design blogs… as the above commenter noted when it comes to how to raise your baby, there will ALWAYS be somebody who disagrees with the decisions you make or who feels like the way they choose to do things is the “right way” (whether it’s how you feed your baby, how and where and when they sleep, the toys they play with, the clothing or diapers they wear, etc.)

    My best advice as a mother of an 18-month old (and a midwife) is that barring a few very good public health recommendations regarding infant safety, you should just trust your gut and go with what feels right for you and your values! And try not to let negative comments get you down.

    For cribs, I passed on the convertible crib because I rarely liked how they looked aesthetically as toddler beds, which are often not displayed in cute baby stores. There’s no reason why toddlers can’t sleep in normal single, twin or even queen sized beds (if you have the space) when they grow out of the crib, and these are often pieces that families already own or can find second hand, which is nice from a financial and environmental perspective.

    Good luck- I know whatever you choose it’ll look lovely!

    ps. The public health recommendations I was referring to are about bumpers, blankets, pillows, plush animals and other such nonsense in the crib- just don’t do it. They never have and never will be necessary. Find a cute fitted sheet and call it a day. SIDS rates and your wallet will thank you :)

  • Reply Mary Rae August 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Love all your choices on the White Crib-!

    My advice – whether Girl or Boy –

    Stay Soft and Tender as in Images 4-5-6-
    You’ll see why when the little one arrives-?

    Congradulations- Best always-

    (P.S. Really Enjoy your blog – never stop-!)

  • Reply Christiane August 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Dear Holli,
    I was having the same Problem. How to find the right bed? The bigger ones are too big for the beginning and the small ones are for a couple of months and you can throw or give them away…So I “invented” my own bed. You have a Little bed with little tires/rolls in the beginning (first 9 months) and you can convert it to a children’s’ bench afterwards. Check it out on
    All the best, Christiane

  • Reply farhi August 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Yes its the best money saving idea. Also your child grows with the bed. I bought 2 for my twin boys at £250 each, and now at 4 years old they can still use it. I think they can use it until they are 5.

  • Reply Steph Bond-Hutkin August 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

    How wonderful Holly! I’m so thrilled for you and Thorsten and the journey ahead, and can’t wait to read more about your growing family. And yay for nursery and kids’ interiors! Your choices are gorgeous, and I do love that pear print from Fine Little Day. Of course you’ll have to head over and see all the real Australian kids’ rooms on Bondville. Lots of lovely, authentic spaces by real parents. Can’t wait to see how your space transforms to include your little one! Steph xx

  • Reply Silvia August 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy Holly – so very exciting.
    I love ALL of the images you posted – love your style and taste as always. Personally i think a room pulled together with things that are meaningful and beautiful is far more personal than the catalogue look as you say … the room will evolve as your little one gets bigger too so really it’s just about creating a mood and soft space to start with.
    I had a convertible crib with both mine and it was great – they’re ready to transition at such different ages that it’s hard otherwise – they’re too small for a BIG bed (mine were) but too big for the crib. The convertible bed is just the right size still till they get old enough for a grown up sized bed. As for the strollers, both times we bought the most basic strollers that were light and easy to carry up and down stairs or load into the car, and both lasted me a long time.
    Good luck with all the choices – have fun shopping and planning and dreaming.

  • Reply AliB August 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations Holly!
    Love the white soft nurseries – relaxing for you and bub
    My tips as mum of twins (just turned 5)
    – yes convertable cot/bed very good
    – baby baths – waste of time – mine went in the sink, or in the bath with me or in one of those soft plastic buckets outside in summer!
    – agree with above comments that Ikea high chairs are the best and a good stroller (that you can push while holding coffee cup!) is essential if you like to walk
    Babies (and kids!) are messy – so just make sure everything is very washable, wipeable and don’t get nice carpets or non-washable rugs. Search for a Big but nice looking laundry basket! I’m always searching for good storage ideas for my kids – they do come with a lot of constantly changing stuff…
    Look forward to seeing what you choose x

  • Reply Lucila August 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Check out the blog “time of the aquarius”

  • Reply Ananasa August 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Amazing design, really really warm, We have heard convertible beds are amazing and you save in cost for later one!


  • Reply Sabahnur August 21, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    it is always a joy to look at the nursery ideas. made to feel born one more :))

  • Reply laura August 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Hi, Holly! I´ve got a boy -1 year next monday- and i search for inspiration on pinterest and deco blogs like this one.
    Sometimes my husband and i like things we can´t pay so we imagine how to do with our hands (like the rest of the home). Our house has a mix of styles and my son´s bedrooms too. Your baby will receive a lot of presents (sometimes you will like, sometimes you won´t). So his-her bedroom is like a puzzle of things we buy, choose, receive, inherit, etc.

    I recommend you this bath I have it and it´s great!
    I also recommend the co-sleeping cot (like the first photo).

    And leave this bedroom as an example of what i like and this post (look at the nursery)

    kisses from Argentina!

    • Reply decor8 August 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

      @Laura – That FlexiBath is the one I saw a few weeks ago and told my husband that I want to buy so it’s on my wish list!

  • Reply Michelle Bousfield August 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    @Diana: I agree with you on every detail . I got an expensive rocking chair more for the looks then for its use. I always breastfeed on my bed.

  • Reply thebluehaiku August 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I helped some family members decorate nurseries and the thing they all say is that they are glad that the rooms were not too designed because you don’t curate and style the stuff in a child’s room after they are born. A child might love the bright red plastic truck or a purple blanket and those are the quirks of childhood. It seems odd to try to limit a child’s imagination because it doesn’t fit the right color scheme. The most practical and genuine spaces embrace it all!

  • Reply Inge August 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Oh Holly, I remembered your post about your pregnancy announcement and I cried that evening. I got so emotional. And a few weeks later (like in last week) I just found out I’m pregnant myself! It’s still so early so I didn’t share it on my blog yet, but I couldn’t shut up when I read this post… :-) For my first, our son, we bought a white junior room and used the old crib and toddler bed from my husband’s younger years. :-)
    But I’m thinking to get a child-growing-bed too this time when everything goes well! September 2nd is my first appointment with our gynaecologist. So excited!! And my best advice is: just go with what your instinct tells you!! In everything: in decorating the nursery, your education with your child, what you do when feeding… just do what feels right to you, because there are always so many people telling you how you have to do it. And I hated that. :-) Now I feel much more relaxed and I feel so more confident in myself too. So go with what feels good, I’m sure you’ll decorate the nursery beautiful! :-)
    Hugs from a mom to a mom-to-be ;-)

    • Reply decor8 August 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

      @Inge – that is wonderful news – congratulations!!! xoxoox

  • Reply Laura August 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I”m 12 weeks pregnant now, and I really like the blog Lay Baby Lay. It’s my favorite for nursery design that I’ve found so far. And I just skip the comments section mostly, but when I’ve read it, I haven’t noticed anything negative.

  • Reply Barbara August 22, 2013 at 4:25 am

    these rooms are adorable …
    wishing you both all the best for the future, Holly, I have been a reader of your blog for ages, it’s wonderful

    I am sure you probably already know about Rebecca’s blog called Sanctuary, she has some superb photos of little ones’ rooms there which I think would be just your style …
    take care
    Barbara x

  • Reply Shannon August 22, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Hi Holly,

    I’ve been reading your blog for years, and am so happy to hear about your exciting news! I have three kids of my own, and two of them are now teenagers. You will find that mom are so hard on other moms and I don’t know why. Get a thick skin and just trust your own instincts. Really – there is more than one way to parent and your child will grow up to be just fine no matter what bath you use, or nursery you use. :) Speaking of nurseries – I love the pictures you posted. Your baby will be so chic!

    We bought a crib-to-toddler bed but never used it. Not only did we keep having additional kids who then needed the crib, but it seemed to be a step we didn’t need to take. By the time they graduate from the crib, they are really ready for a bed with the rails that you can buy at any baby store. It gets costly otherwise. As for other (positive advice), buy things that are easily washable, especially your high chair. We had a plastic reclining bath tub that went into the sink until 6 months, and then had this cool booster chair thing which kept them safe and in place in a big bath tub. Once they hit 6 months, they are a moving target and hard to bath. Ha ha

    A stroller – very important! Pay the extra money to get the one that navigates smoothly. My infant seat clicked into my stroller, and I loved that about it because when the babies were sleeping I didn’t have to wake them up.

    And some final words of wisdom that you could take or leave, more for later down the road as I have an 18 year old and I see the big picture and there are things I wish I could go back and change. Do no panic when your baby cries. It is normal and it is OK. When they are toddlers, do not fear the crying and inevitable tantrums. If you grit your teeth and do not give in, you will be so very grateful later. I promise you on this one! I practiced this myself with kids #2 and 3 and it really paid off.

    Best of luck to you, sweet Holly, and I think you will be an incredible mom!

  • Reply Pysselbolaget August 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Hello Holly and congratulation on your pregnancy! My kids are a bit bigger and their rooms change constantly. As they grow their need changes. We have had almost yearly re-decorations, using old furniture and lots of paint. When your baby grows a bit bigger I hope you’ll pay us a visit at were my daughter and I shows crafts for parents and children.

  • Reply Lucy August 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I love the nurseries you have selected to feature here. Fabulous.
    I’d hesitate on the cot-bed thing. Everyone does it – but then if you have another child two years later that child will need the cot and then you’ll have to get something else for the toddler. Depends on your future family plans…
    Good luck with the pregnancy!

  • Reply Lucie August 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I never realised a nursery myself, but I pretty much like the Davis nursery from Love Taza blog.

    Enjoy your nursery planning and congratulations on your pregnancy!


  • Reply Amelia Partridge August 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Hi there, I am absolutely in love with rustic white nursery included with deer bedding! It’s just fabulous… I love looking at nursery interior, not even being pregnant I think it’s such a fantastic room that has so many themes and avenues to go down! I’m new at the blogging thing so only have 1 post but can assure you if you love interior design and home decor please take a read, comment if you see something you like and follow as I will continue to post inspirations!

    All the best

  • Reply Polly August 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love your inspiration Holly! I am way off having kids yet having just graduated from uni but I think kids rooms look the most fun to decorate! Because… there are no rules! They are not trying to be sophisticated/ grown up/ suited for visitors. So just have fun :)

    (I agree, the matchy matchy American nursery look is just ew, your taste is so lovely).

    • Reply decor8 August 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

      @Polly – I didn’t say the American matchy matchy style was bad or “ew” just to make sure no one reads your comment and gets confused. I just said it’s beautiful but not for me. :)

  • Reply Ryan Sun August 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Very cute, and congratulation on your pregnancy!

  • Reply Michelle August 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Firstly congratulations Holly, I am just back from holidays and catching up on blog posts so just discovered your news – fantastic. On the convertible cot-bed thing – my experience says yes definitely go for a cot which converts to a toddler bed. I regretted not doing this – I ended up buying one of the little toddler beds when my daughter was ready to come out of a cot but she seemed way too tiny to go into a regular size single bed. Then a couple of years later I had to get a full size bed.

  • Reply Rachel August 23, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Hi holly!
    My wee one is 3months now and almost outgrown his moses basket! An expensive option for a short time. He’s been in our room and we are going to follow advice and keep him in same room at night til 6months. We’ve got a cotbed for next stage but this will mean putting it up in our room then 2 months later in the nursery which is a bit of a pain! I dont know if cribs are a solution to this problem? I did find it funny when shopping for baby stuff is that shop assistants were obsessed with asking about when you are planning the next baby to help decide upon buggys, cots etc. No pressure then! Just choose something you like… there’s no right or wrong. I would say that a comfy chair is great for all those middle of the night feeds – either in your room or the nursery. I also bought a cheap black and white mobile for the moses basket as newborns cant see colours clearly only contrast. He loved it!

  • Reply Michelle August 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I kind of laugh when this kind of advice is asked- everybody has such a different experience, lifestyle, and therefore, opinion! You may love one thing, but as soon as you hold your baby, might start changing your opinion based on gender, personality- shoot, even hormones! I have seven kids, and a different way of doing things each time. I lived in Germany with the first and loved my stroller because I lived close to the shops and would load it with my purchases. I haven’t even owned a stroller with my last four! I’ve been packing them around- when they are little a ring sling is wonderful and quick. Ergo’s are magnificent, they distribute weight so well. Beds seem to be tricky- I personally have never seen anyone actually use their bed past the crib stage. Mostly, you just won’t know what works for you until you are in the midst of it! I suspect you will do wonderfully and enjoy every moment of it. Also, whatever you decide, it will be beautiful and I can’t wait to see!

  • Reply Polly August 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    @decor8: Sorry, yes that’s just my opinion! I could have said it in a nicer way too!

    • Reply decor8 August 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      @Polly – ha ha no problem dear Polly!!!!

  • Reply Capucine August 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I have two kids under five, married to a Frenchy in California. I will write more, but the simple advice I received and learned was most helpful for ALL plans for the postpartum time is: Have a Plan B. for your work, if that new mama you will be cannot accept handing her baby to someone else quickly. For sleep, if the baby is distressed by a crib. For breastfeeding, if it’s needing pro help. For depression, if it happens. Have a Plan B thought out at least once, no matter how draconian or extreme on the sacrificing front, as the best way to protect and care for the new mama you will be, so she can quietly turn to the extreme if she needs to without the need to invent it fresh.

    Now! For our family, ‘hacking’ an Ikea crib to turn it into a sidecar cosleeper on our bed with the mattresses at the same level has been the better of our various strategies. The crib is a toddler bed model, but in reality my first child moved on to a double bed in a wood Ikea frame we cut legs off of so it was on the floor, then put back on when rolling out wasn’t an issue. Because it turned out, it was vey humane to us parents to have the space in her bed to curl up with her when she was sick, teething, nursing, waking a lot, rather than having only our bed to bring her into – a toddler bed doesn’t fit an adult! For the baby time, the cosleeper in our room gave me peace that my babies couldn’t fall out of bed, and I could angle my body to nurse the baby in place in the crib and then slip back into my own space. (Cosleepers like the Arm’s Reach set the mattress lower than your own for safety laws, it didn’t work for us set up that way.)

    Which is a long way of saying, our first choices were not the ‘keeper’ strategies, but we needed the process of working through our conceptions of how the baby would sleep with our instinctive feelings after birth and practical realities a year downstream. Spending little and buying little, with your ideal choices selected but waiting until after birth, is the wisest route but pregnancy hormones make that unreasonable. So buy with delight in your heart and give yourself permission to resell what doesn’t work for you without guilt in this special case. We all, us mamas, did not know our mama needs beforehand. Give love to the person you will be then by creating a nursery you can change without too much regret. (And buying the stroller post-baby is wise, too.)

    I consider a cosleeper, Moby wrap, and carseat to be what must be in place pre-baby; it was a moment of pure grace when I realized that! (For a bath, in our family the least-traumatic thing for our babies turned out to be resting on one parent’s chest in the bath while the other did the washing.) The Baby Bjorn bouncy chair was a nice-to-have that could make my gear list. And I third (fourth?) all the other pp on the Ikea Antilop chair…it is always effortlessly spotless, in a heartbeat. But think about your newborn days and nevermind the highchair for now, because happiness and dreaming your baby into being is important above all for now ;) Be well.

  • Reply Jonica August 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    hey holly! congrats! so excited for your new family. i haven’t read through all the comments, so not sure if this is redundant, but here are some baby blogs and places to shop (U.S. based) that may fit your style.

    Furniture, bedding, decor, etc:
    Land of Nod

    Baby Blogs:
    100LayerCakelet, Project Nursery, the WISE baby, 2 bluebird kisses

    But I suspect that whatever you do will be awesome and probably appear all over the internet. ;)

  • Reply Jonica August 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    hey holly! congrats! so excited for your new family! i haven’t read through all the comments, so not sure if this is redundant, but following are some place to shop or blogs (U.S. based) that may fit your style.

    DwellStudio, Land of Nod, IKEA

    Baby Blogs:
    100layercakelet, Project Nursery, the WISE baby, 2 bluebird kisses

    but i’m sure that whatever you choose will appear all over the internet or in publication! ;)

  • Reply Debbie August 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Love, Love, Love baby & little kids’ spaces….so darling! So inspirational & a lot of the details can be incorporated into big people spaces.


  • Reply Agata September 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Firstly congratulations Holly. I’m so happy for you and I wish you a great and healthy pregnancy.
    I’m mom of two boy’s ( 7Y , 3Y) and I’m designer of children beds ;) I notice there is so many interior blogs, but children rooms are kind of ” left over” . In all the interior magazines, and home stories, it’s hard to find a children’s rooms too! I don’t know why? Because there is so much childlike stuff, not so stylish and nice to show? I missed this topic on your blog too, I’m glad it’s coming to change! and I’m looking for to see your nursery and inspiring post for moms with good taste and style. All the best, Agata

  • Reply Mary in Oregon September 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    We had purchased a brass crib ($$$) that would convert to a toddler bed (lower the side rails) and then end up being the headboard for a toddler bed and lastly could also be used as a brass settee (lower the mattress and take off the side rails). We never used it except for the crib, then we also loaned it to friends for each of their two children. I still have it, though! Thinking our only 32-year-old daughter could hopefully (a grandchild – I hope!) use it!

    My suggestion: buy good quality chests of drawers and not just baby furniture. I am still utilizing the Ethan Allen desk and two chests of drawers that we purchased for the nursery. That was the best purchase. We also found a vintage armoire that my father installed shelves in that I still use and love.

    Babies are FABULOUS! Enjoy every minute!

  • Reply Tabatha September 4, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I am so excited for you to be expecting a beautiful little baby. I have a boy and girl, exactly 12 months apart, and still under 18 months… Aargh! Thank heavens for craft, it is my therapy :o)

    It is an exciting and an overwhelming time! And it was only this morning that I had another ‘double-mum’ telling me that I shouldn’t be doing this and I shouldn’t be doing that. I drove home in tears from what should have been a fun morning out with the kids. So I’m saying thanks for your blog and the kind words of your friends and followers regarding other peoples opinions and judgement.

    Being a mum is the most trying and the most rewarding experience. And it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. It’s taken me a long time (sleep deprivation doesn’t help) to acknowledge how capable I am as their mum to provide them with everything they need to be happy and healthy.

    You will be the perfect mum for your baby(s) and I can’t wait to see how your nursery works out. It’s a lot to decide on. I know I didn’t end up using half the things I bought – you’re right about the shops selling all sorts of gadgets and goodies. For me, my bubs were both over 9lb so bassinets, car capsules and newborn size clothing were all useless :o)

    The cot, pram and nappy bag get the most use, so I got the best I could afford. And the decor I kept simple. I wanted to wait until I knew their personalities. And I’m glad I did.

    I’m in the process of Libertifying my daughters room. I plan on covering as many surfaces with Liberty fabric as I can!! It’s so beautiful isn’t it?

    Goodluck with your searching and shopping xx

  • Reply PKS September 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Does anyone know the artist or source of the beautiful “pear person” print in Julias Vita Drommar’s nursery? It would be the perfect punctuation for a nursery I am designing for a European client in the states.


  • Reply Melissa October 10, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Hi there,
    I love how Erin at has designed her nursery spaces…

  • Reply John Catapano March 1, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Love the interior design elements of each room. I too have been shopping on Etsy. Wasn’t able to find pictures of animals, so I started taking them myself lol.

    British sensibilities lol

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