I’ve been asked for a tour of Daisy’s room quite a lot over the past few months. And I really wanted to get it done, but initially she wasn’t sleeping in there at all, and then it was a case of getting a last few bits. I won’t ramble on too much in this post, because I have a video tour at the end, but I thought I would include any links to things that are still available, so you can purchase them yourself if you like them!
So in terms of a theme, I don’t really suppose that there is one in a strict sense. I just knew that I wanted to create a calm space that used yellow, grey and white as the predominant colours. We went for white walls because Daisy may not be into yellow and grey when she gets older, so we have the opportunity to change out the colours easily then.
I also wanted it to be a really calm, dozy place. So like a warm, hazy, sunny day. Or a bit like that sleepy feeling at dusk. That sounds really silly doesn’t it? But it started off the introduction of the warm yellows and the twinkling stars. And counting sheep. And dreams. And just…happiness.
I am really pleased with how her room has turned out. It’s a lovely, happy little space, and I no doubt imagine it will grow and change as Daisy grows and changes too.
I loved finding little bits here and there, and I think I will continue to find little touches to add as time goes on. That’s part of the fun though isn’t it?
So, the star of the show is always the cot isn’t it? It is the piece that you centre the rest of the room around. And, while Daisy’s room isn’t huge (it used to be our bathroom actually, if you remember our renovations when I was pregnant!) we did manage to make an area that makes the cot the centre-piece and somewhere lovely for her to sleep!
And as you can see in the photograph above – she absolutely loves it. And yes – we need to lower that cot soon. She can’t pull herself to sitting yet, but can pretty much sit unaided. It’s nearly time! Sob!
We have the Izziwotnot Bailey Cot Bed, which we were sent to review back when I was still whale-like and pregnant. I remember Mark building it and listening to The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness album, while I just tried my best to look like I was doing a good job. It was a lovely memory actually and I love that it’s triggered by music, because I know I will never forget it now.
I really wanted a sturdy white cot bed for Daisy. Bill’s cot bed was second hand and it was perfect at the time (have a blast from the past at a very old-school nursery tour of his in my old house if you’d like, back when I used my phone for photos), but it was missing a screw after we moved and while we found one to replace it, I felt really panicky that it wasn’t safe enough.
So the Bailey Cot Bed is perfect. It’s got structure, a little curve to it, with that sleigh style, and it also has a large draw that you can store (hide) lots of things in. We stuffed ours with blankets, muslin cloths and nappies. And it’s so nice to have that extra bit of storage, which we need in a room of Daisy’s size.
We also have a lovely firm mattress and Daisy sleeps so much better in her nursery than she did in our room in the end. Initially, we had the SnüzPod (read my review of the SnüzPod here), which we absolutely loved and have dismantled and stored away for baby number three, should we be lucky enough. But when Daisy got to around five months, we went away to Centre Parcs and put her in a travel cot and she seemed to enjoy spreading out. She is also a very long baby, so she started to outgrow it around that time too. So the move was great for all of us. The first time we laid her down to sleep in her cot, I got all emotional and jittery, (we even had two baby monitors on) but I needn’t of worried as she slept so well, and having her in her own room has given us some of our time back too. We have more time as a couple and I can lounge around in bed at night and watch YouTube or read a book without being terrified of waking a baby up!
The Bailey Sleigh Cot Bed comes in white, oak or mahogany, and even a limited edition grey too (so on trend), and the brilliant thing about Izziwotnot is that you can buy bundles, so cot and mattress bundles, or even matching wardrobes and chests of drawers from the Bailey range, which is great way to save money. I think this cot bed will last well through Daisy’s baby and toddler days (in fact, let me know if you’d like an update when we use this as a cot bed in the future and I’ll do one!) and we’ll be saving this for our third too!
So let me get into the rest of the nursery and let you know where things are from!
The cloud cot mobile is one of my favourite things. I love how it ties in with the room and it was one for the first things I purchased, back when I was pregnant. It’s made of stuffed felt and the stars hang from the cloud by invisible thread. It seems to sway and swirl with the heat in the room and Daisy always looks up and coos at it. I bought it from this eBay seller, and she does custom colours too!
I don’t suppose you’d believe me if I said that JellyCat bunny was only six months old, just like Daisy, would you? He accompanied her around both hospitals, and I washed him regularly to keep the bugs at bay, and also when Daisy went through a sickness stage, old Dave (that’s his name) was a victim on many occasions. He is so loved though. She always pulls him to her and nuzzles into his body. Very cute!
The felt ball garland is from a lovely Instagram and Etsy seller, who goes by the name of SausageandMissus. Gosh, I must have bough this about a year ago now! I’ve had it for so long. And I used to get it out of its bag and peek at it every once in a while. It sort of helped me to imagine a finished nursery and not a building site, which it was at the time. The seller, Mege, is so lovely and I recommend her lots and lots!
So this little guy is the most recent addition. I had some notonthehighstreet vouchers that my Channel Mum family saved up for and got me when Daisy was in hospital. I had been keeping them until a few things caught my eye. And this little sheep’s head definitely caught my eye. We actually have a wooden stag’s head in our living room, and Bill has a stuffed teddy head (sounds far more morbid than it actually is) in his room. So when I saw him, it seemed a good idea. Especially because, well, you count sheep before bed don’t you? And yes, Daisy can’t count, and nor does she know what a sheep is (yet), but he was added to the basket and that was that! He’s fair trade too!
This custom dreamcatcher was another Instagram find, and I also had one made for my friend’s little girl too. Daisy and Thalia were both born with Pierre Robin Sequence (as I was), so this is to symbolise them both chasing their dreams and not giving up. I chose a white, gold and yellow theme for Daisy’s, and Thalia has pink, silver and white. They are beautiful and so intricately delicate. We have ours hung to one side of Daisy’s cot, on her wardrobe, which not only fits perfectly, but it also ties her wardrobe in to the rest of the room more.
I had to add another sheep touch in the form of this little guy, LEKA, from IKEA. If you pull his woolly bum, he plays a lullaby. He’s absolutely lovely. The rug is actually from George at Asda, as I wanted one with a warmer tone to it. We have a cool white one in our bedroom from IKEA though, and both are cheap.
Just had to include a little snapshot of my little flower enjoying her bedroom for you here. Little poser.
The window may not seem like much, but it has a lovely view of Lyme Park if you look to the right and I love watching our sleepy road stretch out beneath it. While Daisy is at the front of the house, it doesn’t matter because it’s so quiet here. It also means that we have a baby either side of us too, as our room is at the front, and Bill’s is at the back, next to ours.
The blinds may not seem like a normal choice, but I love them. We haven’t got blackout blinds or curtains with either child because I try my best to encourage them to sleep, regardless of the light outside. And it might seem daft but it works for me! These are actually Swish Cordless Venetian Blinds and they are in both kids’ rooms and they are ridiculously easy to fit and don’t have any dangerous cords, so we can have that clean look, and no kids hanging off the curtains, and I can adjust the level of light that comes into the room too, which I find really useful.
I have three sets of Cable & Cotton lights in our house. Some on our mantlepiece, some in Bill’s rooms and the last set in Daisy’s. I custom-selected the two sets in the bedrooms, to match the colours of the rooms. And Bill’s are bright and funky and Daisy’s are soft and serene. They work brilliantly as a night-light and create a lovely soft glow, which I like for dream feeds.
This cloud hanger (there are a range of colours to chose from) is just a little touch to display some of my favourite clothes of Daisy’s. Especially as she grows out of them. Or gets something special. This zebra playsuit from John Lewis (sadly out of stock now, but there are matching sleep suits!) has hung there for a while because it looks so cute and it was one of my favourite things that Daisy wore over the Summer.
Ah! So cute! Sorry. I had a moment while writing this just now, but just look at her. The rocking horse was an old eBay steal. It’s vintage and a bit battered but doesn’t that just make it better? It’s in her room as it once was in Bill’s and she’s only just starting to enjoy it. And I love little touches like this that I can pass down through our family.
You may just notice that I have little, tiny yellow stars suspended from the ceiling through the nursery. I made these myself, finding wooden stars on eBay (similar), spray painting them, and attaching them to the ceiling with invisible thread. They are perfect and look so lovely when the light hits them. I sort of feel like the spherical lampshade from George at Asda seems like a moon or a sun, depending on how you look at it.
This battered, old-school thing is 28 years-old. It’s Dozy Daisy – sheer coincidence – and she was mine as a little girl. I adored her, and Bill did too, and now it’s Daisy’s turn. She squeaks when you pull her plant pot and wakes up. And that’s often how I wake in the morning now, just the same as my parents did.
The sheet is from eBay (seller no longer in action, sadly), the star cushion from Molly Meg, the tie dye sleep suit is from The Dye Emporium (I asked them to make this for Daisy and they have added it to their line now!) and the Pandemonium GroBag is from the Gro Company.
And I think that is everything! I’ve done a room tour on my YouTube channel, which you can see below if you’d like (please subscribe!). Let me know if you’d like to see Bill’s room next and I’ll tidy it for you and show you around.