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'We future-proofed
OUR NURSERY'
WHEN JO ALLEN LEARNED
SHE WAS EXPECTING, SHE
AND HER HUSBAND JEM
SET ABOUT MAKING THEIR
BABY'S ROOM A SANCTUARY
FOR YEARS TO COME...

T

he moment the words 'I think
I'm pregnant' fell from my lips,
our priorities changed. My
husband Jem and I were the
last in our group of friends to sprog up.
For years, we've been the go-to house for
a get-together, dinner with friends or an
impromptu barbecue. We've always been
'the busy couple' with plans every weekend
and a jam-packed social calendar.
But last August bank holiday, when we
found out we were expecting, that all
turned on its head. A whole new agenda
was set and, of course, a nursery for our
bundle of joy was top of the list.

SETTING A DEADLINE
The space we'd mentally flagged up as
a baby's room had been the spare room
in our two-bedroom terraced house, ever
since we bought it back in 2012.
Not wanting to do away with the
option of being able to have guests stay,
we decided to convert our attic. This
allowed us to create a guest suite on the
third floor, and keep the spare room as
a nursery, as we'd always planned.
Once the third floor renovations were
completed in March this year, we were
ready to tackle the nursery. But with a
due date of 5 May fast approaching, we
had to put a strict deadline in place.
Mid-April was our cut-off point to get
our baby boy's room finished.
Far from adding pressure, having a
deadline made us more productive and
focused - I recommend it if you're
planning a nursery makeover of your
own. Even though our baby won't be
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