October 17, 2012

Here Comes Baby:Vintage Eclectic Nursery for Baby Josephine

Vintage eclectic nursery for baby Josephine

Hi, it’s Kirsty from Here Comes Baby Blog and I wanted to share with you this vintage eclectic nursery, which is one of my favourite nurseries I have written about so far. This small but perfectly formed nursery is created by Nell from On the First Day of Marriage Blog for her baby daughter Josephine. It is a mix of bright colours on clean white walls filled to the brim with vintage and secondhand finds. What a crafty bunch Nell’s family are: many items are handmade by Nell, her mum and her Nan. Things from Nell and her husband childhood are also tucked in there along with fairtrade purchases. Nell has done a wonderful job in creating a vintage eclectic nursery that feels homely and welcoming. We ask Nell the story behind her vintage eclectic nursery:

What inspired your vintage eclectic nursery style?

Most of our home is painted white with bright colour and pattern added through the furniture, artwork and accessories so we wanted to continue that aesthetic in Josephine’s nursery. We knew we wanted to steer clear of a theme, so set about sourcing unusual pieces that would create a unique space. We found the vintage chest of drawers at a junk shop, were given the sofa which I covered if a handmade quilt I got from a charity shop and decorated the walls with original artwork, postcards we’d found throughout our pregnancy and vintage trinkets. I also got crafty and handmade toys, wall hangings and the pompom garland hanging at the window, which I sell in my shop Happy Circus.

Can you share with us your vintage eclectic nursery styling tips?

I think that mixing old and new, handmade and fairtrade and traditional items with modern classics is the way to achieve a nursery that looks individual and fun. Plus it’s so satisfying to see it all come together!

Vintage Eclectic nursery collection of prints, clothes and books

Do you have any clever storage ideas?

When it comes to storage, we didn’t have the biggest space to work with so we had to get a little creative. We used a row of hooks to hang Josephine’s clothes on as we didn’t have room for a wardrobe, but it’s lovely to see her vintage clothes on display. We also used the deep window sill as a bookshelf and found a large wicker basket for the top of the chest of drawers, to keep muslins and bibs in. And by finding a lovely handwoven basket, her toys have somewhere stylish to live.

What is your & your daughter’s favourite things in the room?

I think my favourite thing in the nursery is the picture wall above Jospehine’s cot. It’s just a lovely collection of things that represent what we wanted the whole room to achieve; a dreamcatcher that belonged to my sister and which she gave us as a gift, my mama-made cloud, a Donna Wilson baby plate, a Seventy Tree bear print, some postcards my husband and I found, and a hand drawn piece of art by my sister. For Josephine, I think that the colourful sofa, where she can pull herself up and snuggle for stories, and the easy to access toy basket are the favourites. It’s lovely to see her discover her toys and play with them on the brightly covered rug.White walls, pompom garlands, vintage toys and clothes in this nursery

Collection of old and new children's books

Granny Blanket and quilted cot blanket

Vintage children's books and ornaments

Homely and welcoming vintage eclectic nursery

Eclectic mix of nursery furniture and items

Bear prints, donna wilson baby plate and handmade happy circus cloud

Handmade cushions made with vintage fabrics

Handmade reversable cot bumper

Framed kids artwork

vintage duck toy

postcards stuck to wall with washi tape

Want to see more UK baby & mum style? Then please visit us at  Here Comes Baby Blog UK. A dedicated resource for mum & baby inspiration & UK style.

Kirsty xxx

Credits & Sources:
Nursery Design & Photos: Nell from On the First Day of Marriage Blog
Sofa: second hand from Nell’s brother in law
Handmade quilt: charity shop find
Granny Blankets: charity shop finds
Cushions: handmade by Nell using vintage fabrics (deer cushion was shop brought)
Toys including knitted dolls: charity shop find
Crazy Monster & Little Bird Toy: handmade by Nell
Other Cuddly Toys: handmade by Nell’s Nan
Picture Frames: Ikea
Postcards: collection from here and there
Moomin Poster: (gift wrapping paper) Bloomsbury Store
Framed Children’s Drawing: drawng by Nell’s nephew
Alphabet Handkerchief: local homeware shop
B is for Bear Print: Seventy Tree
Baby Plate: Donna Wilson
Felt Cloud: Happy Circus (Nell’s own shop)
Dream catcher & Hand Drawn Art: present from a friend
Cot: Ikea
Knitted Cot Blanket & Hanging Dungarees: Little Reader Vintage
Cot Quilt: handmade by Nell using quilt scraps
Reversible Cot Bumper: handmade by Nell’s mum
Collection of Books: mostly secondhand finds and baby showers gifts from friends
Animal Ornaments: collected and brought from various shops
Pompom Garland: Happy Circus (Nell’s own shop)
Red Woollen Jumper: from Nell’s childhood
Chest of Drawers & Mirror: local junk shop
Yellow & Blue Changing Bag: men’s satchel from local shop

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