We began collecting ideas for our nursery at the start of the year and whilst some of the furniture and accessories changed slightly over time, there was one key feature of the room that I was adamant about: for the roof window to be extended with a feature wall of blue skies and crisp white clouds.
To ensure that the room didn’t become overwhelmed by pattern, we chose to paint the remaining walls white and add further personality with silver mist gloss on the skirting and beam.
Adding the clouds
I had initially had my heart set on a rather expensive roll of wallpaper with the cloud pattern on but Chris soon put his point across that the weird and wonderful walls in our house wouldn’t be conducive to hanging patterned wallpaper (he found it was hard enough with lining paper). Instead we looked at other options, vinyl stickers and then stencils.
It was hard to see online how big some of the stickers would be and realistically, how many we’d need to fill the wall so after some serious searching, we found a stencil company, Ideal Stencils which offered a cloud stencil in different sizes and opted for the A3 version.
It took Chris a couple of evenings to complete the design (with some guidance from me re filling gaps with extra clouds) and it was reasonably cost-effective as we already had a vat of white paint from Homebase so our only outlays were the blue paint which took a couple of coats and the stencil.
In terms of painting the clouds, Chris dappled using a sponge so that they’re slightly textured and imperfect, just like the clouds Mini will see from his roof window.
The furniture we chose is quite minimal owing to the size and shape of the room; we’re unable to fit a wardrobe in the nursery owing to the sloping wall and after umming and ahhing over a small children’s clothes rail, I decided against it.
Each piece is from a different store, with some slightly adapted or styled to compliment the theme. The chest of drawers from IKEA has had the original drawer knobs swapped for ceramic cloud drawer knobs that I found on the Tesco website and the shelves are styled with a different wooden toy (hiding handy IKEA storage boxes packed with nappies, wipes and the like).
When we measured up the room before the furniture arrived to check it would fit where I envisaged it, we realised that we had more space to play with than we had expected. Taking this on board, I decided to move the Eames-esque rocking chair from the spare bedroom into the nursery so we’ll have somewhere to sit whilst I nurse Mini in his room and for when we’re reading bedtime stories.
We have a lovely white storage box between the chair and the cot to house his books which has laser cut handles in the shape of the clouds (it hadn’t quite arrived when I took these photos).
The cot itself is from a brand called moKee which I discovered through Fritha’s blog. She had the wool nest and I spotted that they sell cots that are really affordable and come in a range of colours. We decided to go for the stone teal cot so it would compliment the grey chest of drawers and this should last until Mini is around 3 years old as it can be transformed into a bed.
We’ve kept the cloud theme within the cot with some soft accessories and bedding from The White Company and Snuz. And there’s a couple of little friends like Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny keeping it cosy while we await Mini’s arrival.
As well as realising we had space for a chair in the room, I soon saw that we’d be able to fit a bedside table into the room and searched for something which would compliment the rest of the room. I decided on a white Scandi style side table from Maisons du Monde who shipped it over from France.
I like that there are some pieces and belongings in the room that are from other areas of the world. We have the table from France, a Peter Rabbit book from Hill Top in the Lakes, a BRIO car from Stockholm, a rocket LEGO set from Copenhagen and a paper storage bag from Paris. I hope that as the room evolves we’ll continue to gather items from different places to teach Mini about other areas of the world.
For additional storage, we have this cloud shaped shelf from M&S above the chest of drawers (which also acts as a changing table). For the moment we have a selection of bathing products on the shelf and have hung a couple of practical items such as the Peter Rabbit bib and a bodysuit from GAP which has a cloud and raindrops design.
I managed to buy the shelf when it was in the sale and chose to collect from the store to save on postage, a cost saving tip I’d recommend to others.
There are a number of cloud themed mobiles available at the moment but after seeing Charlotte from Write Like No one’s Watching talk so positively about her handmade mobile from a seller on eBay, I decided to order a bespoke mobile from the same lady.
I chose the raindrop version with felt baby blue and grey raindrops. We’ve hung this from the beam using a cup hook.
We also have some cloud bunting with baby blue pom poms that I bought from Notonthehighstreet.com and a little banner decoration which matches the bunting. I’ve fixed the bunting to the wall with washi tape but as it’s quite heavy it only seems to stay up for a few days – let me know in the comments if you’ve got any tips for other ways to hang it.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of the cloud themed items in our nursery, I’ve put them on a dedicated board on Pinterest to make it a little easier to click through to the relevant stores:
There are also a selection of exclusive images and more information about our chosen theme on the Wayfair blog.
Disclosure: Every item in the nursery has been paid for. Wayfair contacted me following my previous post about nursery themes and asked if I would be happy to work with them on a post about our chosen theme for their blog and in return I received some credit on the website which I have used towards another project elsewhere in our home.
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