Baby Rankin Room Reveal

One of the most exciting things about having a baby is knowing that you get to create a space, just for them, in your home.

I have never been one for ‘themes’ and always envisioned a calm, neutral and tranquil space… which mean that the 1980 pink terracotta floors that came with the house had to go! Working in client service, I get paid in smiles (and the occasional pat on the head) so sadly the budget wasn’t there to re-floor the entire house, but we did manage to save enough to put laminate flooring down in the guest bedroom and study (turned nursery).

It made a massive difference!

Floors before

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We inherited some pre-loved furniture – a cot and compactum – which, after serious amounts of elbow grease, sanding, priming and painting look almost brand new.

Being the frugal DIY’er I am I made the mobile and my hubby applied the stickers to the walls.

I sometimes wondered if this room was ever going to come together, and even though there are still some things left to do it’s pretty much complete and I just adore it.

Walking around the room last night to take photos I said to the husband “It still feels like something is missing…” to which he replied “Yes, a baby”

So, minus 1 x baby, I present to you #BabyRankins nursery:

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Baby Sprout Nursery Ideas

One of the most exciting parts about a baby on the way is undoubtedly the baby nursery. Hell, I will find any reason to decorate and buy things for the home, and here I have the perfect excuse. But, unless you’ve always known what your dream nursery looks like, it can be a daunting experience.

Thank goodness for sites like Pinterest – but also, not thank goodness – because, so much choice!

Luckily for us we know the sex, so that eliminates half the options. I’m also very firm on the ‘no theme’ rule. I’m just not a Disney or Teddy kinda gal.

I’ve always loved prints and have decided this is the perfect-time to pay round with contrast. We’ve decided to keep the nursery neutral – with tones of grey and white and pops of colour. I initially wanted mustard but was met with a raised eyebrow, so we’ve changed it to royal blue.

Friends and family have been totally amazing, and we have been so fortunate to receive a hand me down crib and compactum. Both these pieces need a lot of work, but if now’s not the perfect time to unleash my inner DIY’er, then when is?

Here are just some of the ideas I’m playing around with… but with just over 4 months to go, it’s time to get cracking on making a firm commitment.

I wish we had Etsy in SA
I wish we had Etsy in SA

Grey + Felt - What's there not to love?
Grey + Felt – What’s there not to love?
Look, more deer heads :)
Look, more deer heads 🙂
I just love how calm and airy this room is!
I just love how calm and airy this room is!
I love the raw wood in contrast to the chalk board wall
I love the raw wood in contrast to the chalk board wall
Current obsession: Anything deer head and horn related.
Current obsession: Anything deer head and horn related.
A rocking chair needs to be plain and simple so it can be integrated into the rest of the house once I'm done with it
A rocking chair needs to be plain and simple so it can be integrated into the rest of the house once I’m done with it
This is the linen company we have chosen... now just to decide on a print and a colour.
This is the linen company we have chosen… now just to decide on a print and a colour.
Love the mosquito net draped over the cot.
Love the mosquito net draped over the cot.
A rug adds the perfect finishing touch to  room.
A rug adds the perfect finishing touch to room.
The one new item we've bought is a bookshelf. I can't wait to fill it with hundreds of stories!
The one new item we’ve bought is a bookshelf. I can’t wait to fill it with hundreds of stories!
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