Yesterday I showed you some of my inspiration for Arlo’s nursery, and today I wanted to share how it turned out. I’m no interior decorator by any stretch of the imagination, but here we go ;)
We’d been very generously gifted the Stokke Cot, the blue Eames Elephant, the teddies, and loads of books from family and friends, so we used those as the starting point. We knew we wanted a touch of mid-century modern, so we bought this beautiful sideboard (from here in Singapore) that we’re using as a change table and storage. I love it! Not only the look, but also because we can very easily use it elsewhere later down the track.
Please excuse the slightly ill-fitting change mat cover… I couldn’t find one here so decided to make my own. I didn’t have a pattern to follow, and it shows haha.
These three bears are very special to us. They have personalities and each have a story. The awesome Dinosaur print by Corby Tindersticks was a gift from a lovely friend of mine.
My wonderful Mum came over to Singapore before Arlo was born and we spent the week sewing up a storm. One of the things we made were the organiser boxes above (I saw them first on my friend Julia’s blog). They’re so super handy! The pattern is from Noodlehead and you can find it here if you’d like to make some too.
The mobile above the change mat was one I made years ago, and I was thrilled to finally have the perfect place to hang it. Arlo adores it, he could watch it for hours :)
Even though it’s only a small room, we really love how it’s turned out. The only thing we weren’t able to fit in comfortably was a chair, but for now I just nurse in our bedroom. Hopefully this will become a space that Arlo will enjoy as he gets older too :)
If there’s anything I’ve missed out and you’d like to know where we got it, please just let me know! I’ll do my best to answer. You can find some of the items in this post.
Last year, when we found out we were going to be having a baby, we were super excited (as many people are, I think) at the prospect of decorating a nursery for our little boy.
We decided that we’d convert our guest room into the new nursery, which is the smallest (tiny!) room in the apartment. Because we’re in a rental, we were pretty limited with what we could change, so unfortunately the walls couldn’t be painted, and the ugly beige curtains had to stay. But we tried to make the most of it!
Before I show you what we ended up with, I thought I’d share some of my inspiration.. we really wanted earthy blues and greens, lots of neutral, and a touch of mid-century mod. I also didn’t really want it to look overly “baby”.
Pinterest was my best friend while I was looking around for inspiration (of course!)… here’s some of what grabbed my eye:
Top: Amber Interiors via Mini Style | Nursery Notations Bottom: Project Nursery | Charleston Mag
So with all that in mind, I went on the hunt for the perfect furniture and accessories – or at least, something close to what I’d seen online. A few of the items I put together below aren’t what we ended up with (as they weren’t available here in Singapore), but were a good starting point for style. We’d also been generously gifted a few items – the Eames Elephant, the Stokke Sleepi cot, and loads of beautiful books – so we went from there :)
1. Oliver Jeffers Books 2. Utopia Elephant Lamp 3. Alhede Rug 4. Ellipse Dresser 5. Stokke Sleepi Crib 6. Baby Jives Cloud Mobile 7. Poang Chair 8. Eames Elephant
I’ll come back in a couple of days and share some photos of the finished room with you guys… we’re really happy with how it turned out :)
Have I really not posted anything since August? Unbelievable. Time is f-l-y-i-n-g! It feels like, in a bid to adjust to this incredible job of being a Mum, I’ve put my head down to focus for a few months, and now I’ve stuck my head up again and found it’s already February. February?! Jeez.
The blog has been on my mind a bit lately actually, wondering if I could and should start posting again. To be honest, I’ve been a bit scared to start, because I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to keep it up and I don’t want to commit to something I’m not sure I can deliver on, you know?
Even though the fog of a newborn baby is lifting, and I’m getting more used to life with a little one, I still find there isn’t much time in the day that isn’t taken up by him (naturally!) and I can’t concentrate on anything else when he’s in the room. Work = No way! But I mean really, who could say no to this face :) :)
How do you other Mums out there do it?? Please wise ladies, tell me your secrets!
So here I am. I’m going to start slow and try getting a few more posts out when I can. And I’ll do my best to keep at it. And I apologise to anyone who’s emailed or messaged me in the past few months.. my inbox has been largely neglected and I’m so sorry if I never got back to you! I’ll try and do better from now on :)
PS. Arlo is now 5.5 months old! He’s just started some solids, is able to drag himself around our lounge room (eek!), and is just the happiest little boy ever. We couldn’t love him more :)
I know, I know, it’s been aaaaages again. I’m sorry! :(
These past few months have ticked by steadily, and suddenly I’m at 33 weeks, finally finished work, my wonderful Mum visited last week, and I’ve been free to potter around home enjoying some downtime and all-important nesting! Yay!
Luckily, I’ve been feeling pretty good – the Bump is a substantial size now (or at least, it feels like it!) and it’s starting to get in the way – I run into things ALL the time because I’ve forgotten just how much I’m sticking out now. I think I’ve also nearly reached the stage where, if I drop something, there’s some serious consideration about whether it’s really worth trying to bend down to pick it up. Hehe, happy days.
So I just wanted to share some updated bump shots with you, in case you’re interested. I’ve *still* been completely slack on the photo front and somehow missed weeks 26 – 32, but you get the idea :)
Anyone else out there at the same stage of pregnancy? I hope you’ve been keeping well! Not long to go now… eep!
Why hello there poor neglected blog, and to you, wonderful, wonderful friends (are you still out there?). It’s been a little while!
I truly didn’t intend for it to be quite so long between posts, but I’m afraid everyday life’s just been taking up all the space in my mind lately! And sometimes everyday life just needs to be given my full attention.. know what I mean? It’s been a crazy year so far, and is only set to get crazier!
You see, for the past little while I’ve been working on something very important. Those following along on Instagram have already had a sneak peek, but I’ve been doing a little baking! Baking of a new little bun…
I’m currently at 20 weeks – half way, baby! I’ve been really lucky so far with my pregnancy… I’ve hardly had any morning sickness, no cravings, no crazy senses. Just a lot of fatigue and constant hunger! But always for all the wrong foods (muffin pig-out happening here every morning).
We’ve been terrible at remembering to take bump photos (bad first-time-parents!) but we did manage to take this one this morning to mark the half way point. It’s the first time I’ve put on a tight top in weeks, and it kinda shocked me to see how big the bump looks! This is where all my friends who have had kids laugh at me because I’m sure this is nothing compared to how big it’s going to get! The top button of my pants has been undone for weeks too, but I’ve managed to cover that one up fairly successfully so far ;)
So I hope you guys are all doing well, and I’m sorry I haven’t been around much, I really miss blogging! I’ll do my best to keep you posted on the growing bun over the coming weeks/months.. exciting times ahead! :)