athomeparentingwithJoFrost2017 - 41
BABY'S FIRST YEAR
'IT WAS REWARDING
TO WORK ON THIS
AS FUTURE PARENTS'
from one of my favourite stores,
These two clearance buys became the
source of our accent colours - mustard
yellow, royal blue and tangerine - which
we introduced here and there to enhance
the rest of the décor.
THIS COSY CORNER
We've never been big fans of traditional
baby colours. No matter if we were
expecting a boy or a girl, a room awash
with blue or pink was never going to be
STAY IN STYLE
for us. And while the rest of the house
When choosing a cot,
demonstrates how eﬀective using
try to ﬁnd one that can
various shades of ivory and
be adapted as your child
oﬀ-white can be, we wanted
something with more character
grows so you get plenty
in our boy's room.
of use out of it before
The on-trend grey palette was a
sleeping in there
needing a 'big bed'.
serious consideration but, having kept
for months yet,
the rest of the house very neutral, we
being able to get into
were keen to introduce some colour here.
the ﬁnished room,
We looked to natural, nature-inspired
organise everything and put his little
shades, and settled on sage green. This
clothes and nappies away made me feel
was the catalyst for how the rest of the
so much calmer and better prepared.
nursery came together.
Jem felt the same. Finishing the
From the white antler-cum-branch
project in good time made us both feel
table lamp to the solid beech cot by
much more relaxed as we prepared
moKee (mokee.eu), and the wooden
for our new arrival, giving us room to
under-stairs storage area that Jem
breathe and allowing us to make the
hand-built with its wicker baskets and
most of those last weeks of pregnancy.
decorative 'trooks' (tree hooks), so many
Having been left to my own devices
elements of the nursery ended up with a
when furnishing the rest of the house,
Mother Nature vibe. Even the fabrics we
it was a rewarding experience to work
chose were linen and organic cotton.
on this project together, as a couple and
as future parents.
BOX ROOM WAS WAITING
TO BE TRANSFORMED
ROOM TO GROW
Despite the fact that Jem and I had never
discussed the nursery's décor, we were
surprised by how deﬁnite our ideas were.
It was all about making the room as
future-proof as possible - a space we
could adapt as and when we needed.
We wanted the nursery to be a space
that we could enjoy as much as our little
one. That meant having some 'grown
up' aspects to complement the babyfriendly ones. These came in the shape
of furnishings that could be removed,
such as the rug and curtains. Both came
Like many ﬁrst-time parents, money
was a major concern. From prams to
nursery furniture and endless accessories
designed to make your life easier, it's a
struggle to know where to start.
It's very easy to see how quickly you
could rack up a big spend. So having a
budget and sticking to it was vital.
The cost of every item we picked out
was thoroughly researched and carefully
weighed up. When the reality of living on
maternity pay sunk in, I realised that it
paid for us to ﬁnd out whether we could
get each item cheaper elsewhere. >
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