I've decided to break-up this post up into two parts, as there's a lot to go through! I should also mention now that I am one of those annoyingly organised people (you'll see what I mean in part 2).
So before this room was a nursery, it was our spare room. To see pics of what it used to look like click here. We decided not to re-paint the room, as we still liked yellow for bub. Using yellow as one of the main colours, I decided that the colour scheme would be yellow, white, grey and turquoise. Turquoise is slightly more boyish, but I still think it can work for a girl. As for a theme.. I picked up a classic winnie the pooh book set at the markets in my first trimester and decided then and there that I wanted a classic winnie the pooh theme. I didn't want it to be over the top, just a few hints of it here and there.
Now that the colour scheme and theme were sorted, it was time for us to get the big ticket items (cot, mattress, chair, lamp etc). We wanted to build the nursery on a budget, so where better to go than Ikea! We don't have an Ikea in Canberra (yet!) so Rob and I made the trip out to Sydney and after 4 hours of shopping we successfully left with...
The Poang Chair ($249) which was one of the most expensive items we got but well worth it in my opinion, it is sooo comfy and I figure if I'm going to be feeding every 2 hours... I need a good chair! I also wanted to get a stool that was small enough to fit next to the chair so I picked up the Frosta Stool ($15) and we also got a floor lamp (Januari Base $40 + Umfors Shade $25).
The Gulliver Cot ($199) was another purchase from Ikea, as was the Vyssa Skont mattress ($89). Attached is a Tomy Winnie the Pooh Lightshow Mobile which we couldn't resist getting on Ebay ($34). It's the cutest thing when lit up and will come in handy over the next few years.
Given our nursery is quite small, we wanted to get an all-in-one change table/chest of drawers. That way, down the track we can remove the change top and use it as a regular chest of drawers. I fell in love with this one from Ebay ($279) because of the open shelves. I also splurged on Etsy, buying a Chevron Nappy Caddy ($52) so we'd have all the essential at our fingertips (nappies, wipes, powder etc) and a Classic Winnie the Pooh Wall Sticker ($37) to add some character to the room.
We also got a few other bits and bobs like this Cool Mist Humidifier from Ebay ($45) which doubles as a night-light. This sits next to the cot (behind the chair). I've been using aromatherapy oils (such as lavender, chamomile and orange) in it to make the room smell nice. This will come in handy at bedtime and after nappy changes. We also got a few baby monitors which we haven't yet set up. The first is the Babysense II Respiratory Monitor (which sounds an alarm if baby stops breathing) and the other is a standard Tomy Walkabout Baby Monitor (purchased used, both for $55 on Gumtree).
Once bub's born and we know the gender, we'll be adding more personalised pieces to the room. I can't wait for that! For now though, I'm pretty happy with how it's come together.
Keep an eye out for Part 2 of the Nursery Tour, which will focus more on storage (aka what's in the closet and drawers!).