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Hector’s Nursery

Author: Lolly Gautier-Ollerenshaw

If you swung by the blog a couple of weeks back then you might have seen my inspiration post on how to create a modern unisex nursery. Essentially the post was all about sharing all those images I’d collected along the way to creating Hector’s nursery. This week, as promised, I’m sharing the real deal – Hector’s very own grey oasis of calm – or at least that’s what I tell myself anyway. If I’m being really honest then it’s my favourite room in the whole house and I’d be fibbing if I said that I didn’t go and lie down in there every so often and enjoy the peaceful tranquility as Hector plays with his trains around my head.

Colour Scheme

Our last house consisted of a pretty much all-white colour scheme so I was keen to move on to pastures new and embrace a bit of colour from an interiors perspective in our new home. I wanted something warmer and more resistant to the general wear and tear that life brings us (in reality I just don’t want to have to repaint as much!). I touched on the fact that we haven’t quite moved into house number two just yet in my last post but that didn’t stop me from whipping out the paintbrush in Hector’s temporary room at my mum’s. We opted for Fired Earth’s malm which looks taupe both on the web and in the sample swatches but in reality is a very soft grey and very flattering. The woodwork was painted in Dulux’s Grecian White eggshell which is an off-white shade in order to make the grey pop and to complement the picture ledge style shelves from Ikea.

Luckily John Lewis make the perfect curtain pole to match the paintwork in Hector’s room and I paired these up with some grey ticking stripe curtains also from the store which I knew would stand the test of time from babyhood until his early childhood at least. On a side note I should probably mention that if you’re looking for a complete black out curtain then it’s worth investing in these linings to block out the light completely.

Furniture

At the moment especially given that Hector’s room is a generous size, we don’t have all that much furniture to fill the space so it looks slightly empty and unfinished at present. I’m not losing any sleep over it though as I’d love to add a tipi such as this one and this awesome rocking sheep (although I think Father Christmas or the Grandparents might have to stump up the cashola for this one) in one of the corners or two. Plus at the moment it gives him oodles of space to crawl around whilst bashing everything with a piece of train track. Yep that includes my face.

I was quite fussy when choosing the cot. Although it was purchased when Hector was about two months old, it was important that it was unisex in style so could be repurposed for baby number two and that I actually liked it. I’m not sure about you but it seemed to me that so much that was on offer in the baby furniture world was…well…naff. It was a chance booklet that my mum brought back from one of her trips to M&S that revealed the wonders of the Winchester Cot Bed to me and I was instantly smitten. Granted it’s not cheap and I did wait for a 20% off day to appear before committing to buy but I’m really pleased with both the quality and design of it. And yes I’ve not yet found another that I like better.

The chair and sheepskin are both from French store Caravane – a shop I fell in love with when my mum introduced me to it on a trip to London. We saw the chair when I was eight weeks pregnant and at that point Ste and I hadn’t told anyone about the exciting news. Mum remarked that it would make such a good nursing chair when we were lusting over it in the window and I was convinced that she knew and was letting me know how happy she was – mother’s intuition and all that. As it turned out she hadn’t a clue but took it as a sign nonetheless and bought us the chair as a pregnancy gift.

The last key piece of furniture was the ‘Teramo’ chest of drawers from Barker and Stonehouse which is by the well known brand Ercol. We wanted a fuss-free, oak unit that wouldn’t present a toppling risk and which would grow with our baby. Frankly we didn’t see the point of spending an extra £200 or so just for a slight rim around the top of a chest of drawers in order to make it an official changing table. It’s sturdy and well-made and will be just as at home in 15 year old Hector’s bedroom as it is now.

Storage

Yep there’s a whole section dedicated to storage. My name is Lolly and I’m addicted to baskets. Seriously though I can’t be alone in hating the plastic tat that Hector seems to accrue by the truckload on a daily basis? So any chance to hide and conceal and maintain the appearance of soft grey serenity is definitely seized upon!

Special mention must go to the picture ledge shelves from Ikea which I’m guessing from the many conversations we’ve had previously that you all have in your own homes already. They are epic and I only wish they did them in grey too. Come on Ikea! I purchased three of the 115cm lengths to house Hector’s books and knick knacks although I really want this bookcase too.

His rattan basket filled with soft toys is from Tea And Kate and I’m resisting the urge to buy this  and this to add to the collection. His leather bucket was actually repurposed from my own home office and you’d never guess that the white basket from The White Company houses a huge collection of wooden train tracks from Brio. Actually I can’t wait until he’s old enough to appreciate the beauty of this particular toy. Lastly I purchased this huge paper bag from This Modern Life to keep the vast majority of his bulkier toys in and I can hand on heart say that it’s been a godsend.

The French postal sack for Hector’s toys came from a pop up shop in Burham Market in Norfolk when we visited for our baby moon. I like to think of it as a subtle nod to his French ancestry on my side of the family.

Accessories

I think if anything choosing the accessories for Hector’s room was my favourite part of the whole process and I can’t wait to see how these will change and evolve as he grows and begins to choose bits and pieces himself. I’m praying that he’s not like his dad and won’t ask to have Thundercats wallpaper in his room when he turns six though.

The hanging fabric clouds have always been a favourite of mine and were something that I picked up for the grand total of £11 in the sale at Cloudo Kids when I was pregnant last summer. They’re by a French brand called Pompon Petillant but you can buy similar at Velveteen Babies. I’m still tempted to get this one to add to the collection…

One of my favourite things to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon is to get out all the pictures from when my sisters and I were small and to rifle through them pointing out all of the funny things we used to wear and how cute/ugly we were. It seems only right then to pass on such an experience to Hector and his siblings one day so I make a conscious effort to snap away as much as possible all the funny/not so funny moments that happen every day. Admittedly most of my photos are taken on my phone but I do try to use my Nikon DSLR camera when I can and I’m actually pretty good at printing them off via Simlab which offer a brilliant service. I’ve framed them up in these white lacquer frames also from The White Company which they’ve since sold out of which is a shame since they’re such good quality and were so reasonably priced. I like these ones from Marks and Spencer as well though.

Ste picked up the silver mushroom lamp for Hector recently from The White Company but unfortunately they’ve now sold out but they do a similar version which is also available at a discount too.

I spotted the ‘My Dad is better than Batman‘ sign on a awesome site called Zilvi which sell a whole host of cute and hilarious ‘Dad Flags’. I also invested in an ‘H’ wood letter tile which sits propped on his shelves for the time being. Both are great quality but I would suggest to keep them out of the way of little hands until they’re old enough to appreciate them a little more.

Continuing the ‘H’ theme, I also invested in a cushion from Miles & Tate based in Australia with Hector’s name inscribed on it in monochrome. It’s such a lovely quality and each name is hand-drawn in a personalised design. It matches the ‘Hector’ grey felt name bunting that hangs above the clouds perfectly from RMS team favourite Studio Sappor who is a bit of a genius when it comes to creating anything beautiful out of stuffed felt. The rabbit cushion is from Rebecca Kiff and I bought the raindrop from Stories For Autumn on Etsy and the penguin is from Chykaboo also on Etsy. The ‘It’s Ok’ banner which hangs above the chest of drawers was actually purchased for our house to be hung near the top of the stairs but it perfectly slotted into the spot by the changing mat and Hector loves reaching for it when he’s having his nappy changed.

The two black and white prints propped on the top of the shelves were purchased from Paperfelt on Etsy and framed at my local framers using white mounts and black cores and a simple black wooden frame. I actually quite fancy having them in my own bedroom…

Lastly the blankets propped on the edge of Hector’s cot are just a small selection of many from The White Company, Cologne & Cotton, Bonpoint and from my own childhood which I switch in and out depending on the time of year and Hector’s needs. We used a fair few of the smaller thinner blankets when he was smaller but now that he’s ten months, most of them end up being used as playmats until he’s old enough to have them inside his cot without being smothered by them. Obviously for health and safety reasons I wouldn’t advise layering up the sides of your cot with piles upon piles of blankets; these have only been placed here for decorative purposes and usually they’re safely packed away.

So there we have it, Hector’s nursery. I’d love to hear about your little one’s room decor and any furnishing ideas particularly relating to taking a nursery through to a toddlers room which essentially will be our next step. If I’ve missed any details that you’re keen to hear more about then just let me know in the  comments section below and I’ll do my best to give you all the goss.

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34 thoughts on “Hector’s Nursery

  1. Beaut. Especially the crib. Yay for grey nurseries!

    Rae also has the Ikea Ribba shelves which house her extensive shoe collection, there are tiny Chloe ones, Ralph Lauren’s, Early Days, Dr Martins, Dior… she’s a tiny Imelda Marcos. I plan on putting my faves in box frames when she’s outgrown them.

    1. Ahhhh thanks Lynsey – we do love a grey nursery don’t we! And I’m especially jealous of Rae and her designer shoe collection. She has a better wardrobe than me! Hector has a pair of Early Days – they are where the blue ones on his shelf are from. SO cute!

  2. Wow…I love this nursery! We’re thinking of starting a family next year, if it all goes to plan and we need a nursery I’ll definitely take inspiration from (*copy) this 😉

    1. Sarah you are more than welcome to ‘take inspiration from’ Hector’s nursery. So pleased I’ve inspired you 😉

  3. Probably shouldn’t have read this blogpost on the day of a shopping trip with my mum & sisters at 35 weeks pregnant *mustnotbuyeverything*!

    1. Oh Katie if you can’t buy everything when you’re 35 weeks pregnant and on a special shopping trip then when can you? I say go for it!

        1. Katie I am that! Although I recently had another wisdom tooth out so the limits of my wisdom are quickly diminishing 😉

  4. Lovely nursery, we waited until my son was moving into his own room to do ours. Nursery furniture that will last the length of time is really difficult to find! Especially when your style is on the mid century modern side and you don’t want to spend ££££! We did find something we liked in mothercare, although I must say the customer service was absolutely shocking when our dresser arrived damaged. We have ended up with a second dresser for free though, so every cloud.
    Also difficult was that we are currently renting, so not much can be done in terms of painting etc, however I made black out curtains in an owl print fabric and my mum very cleverly knitted owl bunting that matches exactly which is fab. We haven’t got much wall space but have also signed up to the ikea ribba shelves, they are so handy.
    My new project is to make some sort of cot bumpers as he keeps banging his head on the ends – need to make them in a safety first manner so bit of planning needed before starting!!

    1. Love owls Claire – so much so that Hector actually has two of the same cuddly owls in his toy basket! It must have been so disappointing though to have such a bad experience with your dresser – like you say there’s a silver lining in every cloud. Let me know how you get on with the cot bumpers – ours were from The White Company and they’ve been worth their weight in gold.

  5. Love it all, it’s beautiful! ? the wall colour is gorgeous, I want to do my living room in something similar so may have to get a tester of it…. Definitely going to buy a couple of those storage baskets from Tea & Kate, I’ve been looking for some nice toy storage for a while! My little girls room isn’t really big enough to store toys in so they’re all downstairs and the brightly coloured plastic is taking over! I bought this felt storage bucket from John Lewis last week in the grey and it fits nicely into my lounge but think we need some more!
    http://www.johnlewis.com/house-by-john-lewis-felt-storage-bucket/p1819557?colour=Red
    Please say you are going to share your house renovations at some point as well?? Can’t wait to see! X

    1. I most definitely 100% will be sharing the house renovations Sarah! In fact I’ve just shared a very messy image of the back of the house on my private Instagram account if you’re interested ( https://instagram.com/graceandgable/ )
      And the Tea and Kate website is lush – I’ve seen so many things I ‘need’ that I’m thinking a magic money tree or a win on the lottery is very much required! Love that felt storage bucket too – utterly lush!

  6. Lolly, this is beautiful and very much reminds me of my daughters nursery! Just wanted to say…I have the ikea picture ledges all over my house too, did you know they paint really well? Mine are all the same colour as the wall they are on. No need to sand or anything! X

  7. Ahh, I was looking forward to this and it’s even more lovely than I imagined! Love it all! We have been struggling to find curtains but this is a good example of how you don’t necessarily need ones designed with kids in mind (why are so many of the children’s room specific ones so terrible?!). Also love all the storage solutions and may be making one or two purchases on these recommendations shortly!x

    1. Go for it Amanda – so pleased I’ve been able to help with the curtains hunt. I have to say that generally I am very unimpressed with furnishings for kids. I did toy with the idea of buying him some curtains with illustrations on after seeing another nursery of some friends of mine (which we showcased here on Rock My Style – http://rockmystyle.co.uk/simple-stylish-for-rufus/) which were pretty ace but I couldn’t find some that worked with the overall scheme. Then I came across the John Lewis ones and I was hooked.

  8. Lovely nursery! I’m just planning mine for my 6month old twin girls… Where is the little crochet bunny from? So cute.
    I’m now looking at Early Days shoes for Christmas…

    1. Hi Helen – the crochet bunny was a present from a friend. I’ve just asked her if she can let me know where it was from so bear with me….
      Also how cute are the Early Days shoes 🙂

        1. Ah-ha but it seems to be working now!! Apart from cooing over Hector’s nursery, I was trying to see if you had seen the bambi stools on Skandivis?

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And so serene too. I love how Hector already has an enviable art and literary collection and isn’t even one yet! x

  10. How lovely is this. Looks like a nice calming place to be.

    I joined the ribba shelf club just this morning and have a whole bunch of photo prints winging their way to me for tomorrow morning so by the weekend we should be all done with curtains up, shelves up and photo frames filled….famous last words!

    I second the nod for the grey felt buckets from John Lewis, got a couple and they’re great. Quite sturdy so will be useful for toys later on (I hope).

  11. Aww it’s beautiful! So simple and cosy. Love all the little details.
    We’re currently decorating our nursery (baby due Sept!) and I’m really struggling to find soft lighting ready for winter months. I’d like a floor lamp ideally, any ideas on where to look? X

  12. What a beautiful room! I’m currently designing our nursery and want to keep it lovely and neutral like yours, partly because we don’t know what were having but mainly because I want it to tone with the rest of our grey and white decorated house! I’m really struggling with the overwhelming choice of cribs and cots at the moment… there’s SO much to choose from it’s making my head hurt.

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