Real Rooms: A Modern Animals Nursery

I’m a bit embarrassed that Bea is over 6 months old now and I have only just managed to finish the photos of her nursery. (I’m sure those of you with children won’t be surprised!) 😉 We finished the nursery before Bea was born as, of course, we had opened the envelope! Interestingly, before we knew whether we were having a boy or girl, I was convinced it wouldn’t influence my choice of nursery and that I wanted brights. Initially I veered towards this Sian Elin wallpaper, then I felt it was too much for the space and found this incredible animal wallpaper. Once I had a neutral backdrop I couldn’t resist a shot of bold pink to add colour to the room and the room progressed from there. I hope you like it!

That amazing wallpaper is from Beware the Moon – an independent wallpaper designer I found online. It features 51 different animals from the tropical to farmyard, all hand drawn in pencil. It really is a work of art and the neutral palette makes it versatile for the future too. 😉 We papered one wall and colour matched the other 3 to the backdrop of the paper which is a chalky white.

Like so many of you, we chose the IKEA Hemmnes 8 drawer chest for all of our storage – nappies, bedding, clothes, it all goes in here. I chose a coral pink shade from our local trade paints shop and painted the chest myself in an eggshell finish, then diluted the colour with white eggshell for the 3 progressively lighter shades for the drawers. I used a gloss roller and it really was very easy. Then I chose Anthropologie knobs in shades of blue and mint to finish it off.

The table doubles as our changing station and I keep Bea’s changing things in the drawers, with a small tray of cotton wool and a bowl of water out on the top. The table lamp is from Dunelm and the changing mat cover is Aden+Anais. On the wall, my favourite animal, a baby Elephant from Sharon Montrose’s Animal Print Shop. That white bear is a Merrythoughts teddy that I had as a child and my mum bought the Histoire D’ours Classic Bear for Bea when she was born.

The mint green chair was a bargain from HomeSense (love that shop!) as I felt we really needed to temper the pink and I wanted somewhere to feed in peace if I needed to. In fact I don’t use it that much but on the occasions I have, I’ve been very pleased to have it. The knitted pouffe is also from Dunelm and unfortunately now out of stock. I also wanted to add in some gold to the room as my current obsession and this seemed the right corner, as the wall is very blank. I used large gold polka dot decals to create a confetti pattern, from Etsy of course. The geometric cushion is Conran at M&S and the throw over the chair back is Urban Outfitters.

I searched and searched for a cot I liked, having become obsessed with the Oeuf Sparrow but drawing the line at £600 for a cot! This cotbed was from John Lewis and similar in style. I know some people think cots should be cheap but I hope this one will see more than one baby and it’s the central piece of furniture in the room so I thought worth spending a bit more on. The patterned fitted sheet (so hard to find!) was from The White Company. I searched high and low for the perfect mobile (thinking about, but failing to make one,) and eventually chose this paper clouds mobile also from The White Company.

We also needed some storage and I wanted to be able to display pretty toys or books and for Bea to be able to get her own toys out (and put them away!) The remaining alcove was a funny width (66cm) but I found these ladder shelves at a great price from The Futon Company. We need to fix it to the wall before Bea is toddling!

I found this rug in Urban Outfitters again, as the floor needed something to soften it up and I loved the geometric grey pattern – and the price!

Lastly, the art came from Society6, my new favourite place for well price art for your home! I chose the ‘Be Brave’ print, a pink and grey fox with a gold nose and hung them with a letter B balanced on top of a ceramic hand and foot print we did when she was 1 week old.

So that’s it!

I hope you liked the tour! 😉 If you’d like to see more of the inspiration for the Nursery I’ve just made what was a secret Pinterest board, public. So feel free to have a look!

All the sources are listed below but do ask if you have any questions!


Animal Wallpaper, Beware the Moon
Mirror and Mint chair, HomeSense.
Chest of Drawers – IKEA
Knobs – Anthropologie
aden + anais Twinkle Changing Mat Cover
Baby Elephant print
Owl lamp, Dunelm
Gold polka dot wall decals (UK supplier) Etsy
Stockholm Cotbed, John Lewis
Paper Clouds mobile, The White Company
Star fitted cot sheet
Ladder shelf, The Futon Company
Rug (no longer in stock) Urban Outfitters
Art: Be Brave and Pink Fox, Society6.

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16 thoughts on “Real Rooms: A Modern Animals Nursery

  1. Such a gorgeous nursery! I love how simple it is, but doesn’t look stark. Will definitely be pinning some of your pictures for future reference! 😀

  2. What a beautiful room! Thankyou for sharing. Quick question, what sealant did you use on those beautiful drawers? Thanks! X

  3. Rebecca, I have shamefully copied the wallpaper and have now seen that I also have the Hemnes dresser (not hacked, although I might change the knobs), and have fallen for the Sharon Montrose prints in a big way! We’re accenting the room with burnt orange and olive green, as we’re waiting to find out if baby is a boy or girl. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  4. Gorgeous. I really need to know how you hacked the hemnes drawer and what paint and stuff you used.

    Our cot wasn’t cheap either….we went for a boori. She’ll be in it for ages and it’ll do for any subsequent babies. I wanted something super solid!!

  5. It looks beautiful. What a gorgeous room and that wallpaper really is amazing. We’ve got our 20 week scan next week and I’m beginning to think that I want to find out, partly to help with the nursery decorating!

  6. Ooh, I love Bea’s nursery. I like how it’s subtly girlie. Personal faves – the wallpaper and the rug. Definitely pinning this for future inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Claire x

  7. I just stumbled across your living room makeover whilst googling paint colour examples and as it turns out – you had bought the gold dots pictured here from my Esty shop! ha ha what a coincidence! The room looks beautiful!

    Will continue to browse around your lovely blog now! 🙂 x

  8. What a gorgeous room! The gold dots are a fab idea. Etsy is a haven! I really love your flooring. Where is it from – do you know the name of it too?

  9. Hi I know this is an old post but I’ve recently discovered your website and I love it! Your interiors are so gorgeous… I’m actually planning on making over a hemnes drawer set in my son’s nursery too! Can you say more about how you painted it? Did you sand first etc? Use primer? How has it lasted? Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Lara!

      It’s still pretty immaculate actually. Although it doesn’t get bashed much in the nursery, just usual drawer opening etc!
      I bought the version that is a kind of matt finished paint rather than the gloss one so no, I didn’t sand or prime it, just got on and painted it with eggshell gloss. it took about 3 coats and I used (apart from in the crevices,) a gloss roller to give a better finish. Made it quicker too. It really wasn’t hard – go for it!

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