When we were expecting our first baby, we didn't find out if we were having boy or girl until the birth; we liked guessing and listening to old wives tales about whether it would be a bouncing baby boy or gorgeous baby girl.
This did, however, make it rather difficult to prepare the nursery and clothes as we had to keep things neutral.
We decided to go with the main colours green and yellow, accented by neutrals; grey, black, cream and white; with a splash of bold colours here and there.
Keeping our nursery to a strict budget we embarked upon creating and hand making most of the items that would make up the nursery with the addition of other items that were Kindly gifted to us by close family and friends in time for the birth.
And here is the result...
Inside the cot, we made a bumper for around the top of the bed and a matching blanket for the base where the baby would lay.
We bought most of our materials online, picking 9 different materials and ordering just 1 square metre of each material (which was plenty for creating patchwork items).
We used a lovely Jelly Cat bunny in the cot which was the first thing we bought when we found out were were expecting.
We also used the same material to create matching bunting which hung along one wall to add colour to it.
By using black and white images on the walls, it added to the scheme of the room and helped the bunting to stand out more; we picked two of our favourite wedding photos to bring the feeling of love into the room.
That same material was able to make lots of coloured hearts that we hung around anything we could; door handles, curtain rails and the edge of the cot.
Three of the walls were painted a simple white colour and we bought a gorgeous Laura Ashley wallpaper for the third wall and then hung three pictures with the material framed inside, to keep things inexpensive.
The patchwork cushion is still one of our favourite items from the room and still gets used almost six years later!
You can see the theme of yellow and green within this accented by the other shades.
Hung around the cot was a gift from a friend. This one is called 'sir-prance-alot' from the Lamaze range of baby toys and it became a firm favourite once our little on was born.
At the base of the cot, along with the patchwork blanket, we were also gifted 'Ewan' the dream sheep by a close family member.
'Ewan' plays soothing music to calm the baby, which has the beat of the heart in the background and also a white noise setting. Great for helping to settle the little one.
Above the changing area we hung a lovely balloon and animal mobile from Ikea.
This was great for keeping the baby entertained when changing their nappy.
Above the light switch we hung a tiny mirror with the words 'good night sleep tight' written on from Laura Ashley.
In preparation for the little ones arrival, we washed all their little baby-grows in anticipation.
Having chosen neutral clothing so they would suit either a boy or girl and ready for 0 to 3 months of age.
These also came in handy when baby number 2 made an appearance!
When baby did arrive, we are pleased to say we had a bouncing baby boy and spending time in his nursery was one of our favourite places to be!
How did you decorate your little ones nursery? Did you find out if your were having a boy or girl?
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