With winter well on the way we decided to gather a few items to inspire you to create a penguin themed nursery suitable for boys and girls!
This print will brighten up your little one's room and bring happiness with its sweet smile and fluffy belly.
1. Newborn Penguin Print
2. Mia Sleigh Convertible Cot & Toddler Bed, Mamas & Papas
3. Personalised Penguin Dressing Gown, Notonthehighstreet
4. Snowy Penguin Comforter, The Little White Company
5. Peanut Penguin, Jellycat
6. Round Balloon Print
7. Mia Dresser & Changer, Mamas & Papas
Here is a little sneak peek of a new product coming soon to Daisy & Bump! It includes an adorable illustration of Kiboko the Hippo drawn and painted by Jessie. The name Kiboko comes from the English translation of Swahili, meaning hippo or hippopotamus.
Handmade from our studio, Kiboko will be transformed into a beautiful cushion and will be the perfect addition to your little one’s room. Made from 100% cotton, Kiboko is soft to touch and lovely to cuddle!
... And so the tour continues! The other side of Theya's nursery has quite a bit more crammed in. Obviously I needed somewhere to put all her gorgeous clothes, but I also wanted to fit in a story telling/nursing chair next to the window. I love sitting and gazing out over the roof tops whilst cuddling my baby girl.
As much as I love modern furniture, you just can't beat that magical feeling when you find a unique vintage piece. I snapped up this old doctor's filing cabinet a few years ago at a local vintage fair. It's tiny drawers are just perfect for tiny clothes! I lined and labelled the drawers so that I can quickly find what I need, and gave it all a good scrub to satisfy my overwhelming end-of-pregnancy nesting urge!
Feeling inspired by the current trend of creating a focal point with story books, I transformed the blank area above the cabinet into an inspirational story area with these simple B&Q shelves. Hiding amongst the books are intricately embroidered handmade animals, all from Etsy. I searched for months for the perfect wardrobe and finally found a gorgeous retro wardrobe on Ebay that had been revamped in grey paint. Theya's cute clothes are so little that I was able to add an extra rail in myself below, it was super easy to do even at 9 months pregnant!
For years I have been coverting these gorgeous felt and Liberty fabric hair bows on Etsy, and when we found out we were having a girl I just had to buy them! The ceramic bunny lamp is from Notonthehighstreet, and the lace crown is from Etsy.
Every reading area needs a comfy chair, and this £50 bargain vintage chair was a fab find on Ebay! I plan to recover it in Daisy & Bump Enchanted Fabric. Above the chair I hung my Woodland Alphabet Illustration. I can't wait until Theya is old enough to snuggle with me in this chair and loose ourselves in magical stories together. Finally I want to give a big thank you to my Mum. Using our Daisy & Bump Rabbits & Roses fabric she made these beautiful curtains, lining them with a cream cotton. Even on the rainiest of days, they give the room a lovely warm glow.
I hope you have enjoyed my nursery reveal, even if it is 6 months late!
I am so excited to finally share this with you! Sorry it's so late - the pre-baby me thought this blog post would be something I could do once my baby arrived (haha! I know right!) Anyway, 6 months later... and I have finally got around to photographing and sharing Theya's room with you all.
Decorating my daughter’s nursery was a magical fun time. I loved putting it all together. As I added every detail, I was reminded of my daughter's imminent arrival and that she really would be here very soon!!! I wanted to make it the most special room in our home, where we would make wonderful family memories with our daughter. But I also found it to be quite a daunting experience too. I felt the need to make everything 'perfect', like somehow if the nursery was ready then I would be ready too. It was a way to connect with my daughter before she arrived.
I decided early in my pregnancy that my baby's room would feature my illustrations, but when I found out I was having a girl, I felt quite overwhelmed that my decisions might affect my daughter's aspirations and perceptions of what a girl should be. Would she like the way I have decorated her room? Should I use lots of pink? Or no pink? Flowers? Adventurous? But I realised at this young age her room would be more for me - somewhere I could feel calm and relaxed with my daughter, tell her stories and see her grow. So I decided upon an "English Garden” theme with lots of rabbits, florals and a traditional soft feel.
Unfortunately we couldn’t do much about the textured walls because it is rented, but the landlord was happy for us to paint over the wallpaper. It will probably come as no surprise that I chose grey! I find grey walls provide an easy, calming base to start building any style on. I used ‘Chic Shadow’ Matte Emulsion from Dulux . We also paid to have a new carpet laid in the room, choosing a light oatmeal colour to add warmth.
I knew the focal Art piece would have to be my favourite Enchanted Tea Party. I then added more illustrations around this to create a symmetrical collection of Artworks above her cot. The Garden Wreath illustration fitted perfectly above the head end of her cot and the balloon Artwork above the changing table. It is so fantastic to see my original Artworks framed and displayed so pretty. I just hope Theya appreciates them too as she grows!
I opted for a modern changing table from Mamas & Papas. (you can lift the changing table up to use the hidden baby bath underneath, very useful and tidy solution). Theya loves looking at the rabbit head hanging on the back of the door whilst I change her (also from Mamas & Papas). The cot is from House of Fraser; I love its elegant curved design. Simple yet oh so stylish, it makes a real focal point in the room. The pretty floral bedding from The Little White Company is so understated and dainty, plus it's the perfect spot for her soft friends to hang out.
My assistant gifted Theya this rabbit wall hook and floral dress from John Lewis. Aren’t they simply gorgeous! I put them up straight away, it completed this side of the nursery perfectly. I already had the vintage rocking horse, but thought it would make a very cute shelf for our Beatrix Potter book collection. You can read more about how we revamped the rocking horse in our blog. The duck pram was a present from my parents. The adorable doll is from Cottage Toys and the stunning handmade felt flower garland was a fab find on Etsy.
There is a lot more of Theya's nursery and plenty more photos to share with you very soon.
Hope you all like it!
It's official: Spring is here at long last! With April nearly upon us, we'll soon be enjoying warmer weather and longer days. Of course, with Easter fast approaching, we thought it was only right that we shared some fun inspiration to make your little one's Easter that extra bit special!
Last year we shared these lovely Easter Chick Cupcake Toppers with you, and they're back again this year too! Click here to download your own to print and make at home. They're so simple to do, and a great activity to keep children (and grown-ups!) entertained.
We also love this little card, featuring a baby chick and a rabbit. All of the cute newborn animals have got to be the best part of Spring, and this is a great little keepsake to celebrate baby's first Easter with.
We've been busy on Pinterest lately too, collecting some of our favourite nursery and bedroom ideas from all the clever Pinners out there! Our Easter board is full of exciting things to make and do, including tasty cake recipes and some adorable bunny rabbit DIYs. Hop on over to take a look!
A few months ago we asked which new animals you would love to see on our popular balloon prints and you provided so many great suggestions! Here's just a small preview of some of the adorable characters Jessie has been hard at work on. We know some of you have been waiting a long time for these furry friends to become available, and we promise you won't have to wait much longer!