Ideas for my daughters nursery started way before she was born! Like most creative projects it started with a Pinterest board and I was constantly checking what new styles were being launched by the brands I love.
I wanted her to have a place where she could be completely comfortable in her surroundings, play and interact with her possessions – an environment which could grow and evolve as she did.
Living in rented accommodation I knew it would be the small, subtle yet clever solutions which would create the most impact. Also not wanting to spend a fortune and conscious that novel items can be short lived and outgrown almost instantly, the aim was to create pieces which could serve Nivah in more ways than one, and for longer.
For her first birthday I attempted the infamous Ikea Play Kitchen hack. It was so much fun for me, and even if Nivah wouldn’t appreciate it, I certainly did 😊 Again after endless amounts of time spent scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram I had an idea in mind and went about executing it!
Some of the accessories were ‘pimped-up’ by spray paint and the handles were replaced by real kitchen handles and draw knobs added as oven knobs.
With the leftover paint I then completed my first ever furniture upscale project – if you can call it that! Painting an old bookshelf in the same colour as the kitchen made a perfect addition to the room. I used washi tape to create a house silhouette around the bookshelf to add more interest.
During lockdown I started a drawing challenge with the purpose to create something every day. Seeing all the lovely rainbow images popping up to give us all a sense of hope, I drew my own version of a rainbow. I took this concept further and digitalised it to create a print which I could put in Nivah’s room to remind us of our time in lockdown, so we could look back and appreciate that we had a safe, warm and nurturing environment to spend these days.
By painting the end panel of Nivah's cot with chalkboard paint gave a dual purpose for this rather bulky albeit necessary piece of furniture! I love that it is fun, creative and completely unexpected for the side panel of a cot! 😊 - And finally I put up my most loved online purchase of a puzzle height chart by Page & Pine!
Below are some of the items featured in the images with links for reference:
Hanuman A5 Print - https://www.anilapatel.co.uk/products/art-print-hanuman
Krishna A4 Print - https://www.anilapatel.co.uk/products/art-print-krishna
Ganesh Foiled A4 Print - https://www.anilapatel.co.uk/products/art-print-limited-edition-foiled-ganesh
Miffy First Light Lamp - https://www.kidly.co.uk/products/mr-maria/miffy-first-light-lamp/9098
Page & Pine Measure Chart - https://pageandpine.com.au/height-chart/
H&M wooden hook - https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0631490007.html - (only available in black now)
H&M Rattan Framed Mirror - https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0714503001.html
Ikea Picture Ledge - https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/mosslanda-picture-ledge-white-90292103/
Ikea Play Kitchen - https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/duktig-play-kitchen-birch-60319972/