The Forever Home Tour – The Nursery


One of my favourite things about the new baby preparations has been planning the new nursery.  With O we worked with what we had, there was no new wallpaper or curtains and as lovely as it was it still felt a little like the spare bedroom rather than a nursery.  It’s only been this year that we have decorated the room for him and it is still awaiting new curtains.

The new nursery was a completely different matter, the room had been my husbands office and (once the Manchester United memorabilia had been taken off the walls) it was a complete blank canvas.  Whereas with O’s room I had chosen items from the Mamas and Papas Gingerbread range which were all bright and colourful this time I wanted something a little more calming.

My first step was researching wallpapers and I completely fell in love with the Cole and Sons Woods and Stars paper which then dictated the theme of the room, a woodland/forest room.


The furniture was the original nursery furniture from when O was a baby which was moved into the new room, a gift from my parents from Mamas and Papas and consisted of the wardrobe, changing unit and cot bed.


Our original Moses basket was looking a little worse for wear when it came down from the attic where it has been stored for the past 4 years so we were on the hunt for a new one.  Personally I didn’t feel that a wicker basket really went with the room and I was delighted when I came across Moba as their baskets are a little more contemporary and were ideal for the look I was going for.  The basket is set up in the nursery for now but will be coming into our room when the baby arrives.  I love how the grey colour of the basket compliments the trees in the wallpaper.




Once the wallpaper was up and the walls painted I started to look for accessories to decorate the room.  There are some adorable items out there and some bargains if you don’t mind trawling the shops and the internet.

This clock from Asda was one such bargain at only £12 and perfect for a children’s room.


The fox print was another bargain in the sale at Bobby Rabbit and the frame was a good old Ikea Ribba.  We ordered a few items from Bobby Rabbit and they came beautifully wrapped and with a lovely hand-written thank you note, it’s all about the little touches!


I want to add a few more pictures to this wall but want them to be family photos when our little boy arrives so for now I’m leaving the space either side of the print blank.


With no obvious place to put up shelves in the nursery I have had to look for other storage ideas.  I found these baskets in TK Maxx and they fit well on top of the wardrobe.  I have filled them with toys which can then be brought down and popped back up at the end of the day.



I’d seen a few of these paper toy storage bags on Instagram and couldn’t resist the sleeping bear one.  It is really strong and absolutely huge, perfect for storing all of O’s old toys until the little one is ready to play with them.


I stumbled across this lamp when I was browsing the John Lewis website.  When lit it casts a tree print on the walls and I loved that it would tie-in with the wallpaper.  It will be sitting on a side table once it arrives but for now it’s home is on the windowsill along with fox and owl.  How cute are the Gro Egg covers?


We are still waiting on a few additional items to make the nursery complete.  My lovely friend is giving us her nursing chair and I’m waiting for a side table which I really should have ordered earlier as it had an 11 week wait for it to come in stock so baby will be here long before it is but I’m sure we’ll manage in the mean time.

Hopefully I’ve created a room that can grow as our little boy does and I’m sure over time there will be many more bits and bobs that will be added to make the room truly his.  For now the room is ready for our new arrival, the bags are packed and and we can’t wait to bring him home.


Disclosure:  The Moba Moses basket was kindly sent to us to be used and featured.



  1. May 23, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Such a lovely post and a great idea! We’re moving back to the UK in July and I plan to document the process too. Hopefully I too will be able to give a tour of my forever home but it will likely be a tour of our “we couldn’t afford anything else” home!

  2. May 23, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I love the wallpaper. You’ve created a lovely nursery.

  3. May 23, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    Oh I love it all. I love the rabbit clock, the foxes, the storage baskets, the wallpaper. ALL of it. So exciting and the Moses basket is perfect. So exciting xx

  4. May 24, 2016 / 6:16 am

    Ah Jo it looks perfect! I cannot tell you how much I love that wallpaper and finding that lamp to go with it is such a great fit! All your little touches are lovely, I noticed TK Maxx had some great storage baskets in, they are fab for kids rooms and the big bear bag is amazing! It does look so calming and relaxing, I would happily sleep in there 🙂 So excited to see your little man arrive xx
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  5. May 24, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Oh I love it – all the little touches make such a difference. I love the Moba Moses basket it suits the room perfectly. You have done a great job x
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  6. May 24, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    A really lovely room Jo. I just love it. It reminds me of the calm of babies. Those quiet cuddles and snuggles which us mums never forget, even after they become loud toddlers!

  7. May 24, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    It all looks so lovely Jo – you must be so excited now. Dreams do come true xxxx Good luck x

  8. May 25, 2016 / 6:05 am

    What gorgeous wallpaper. Baby is in for a treat with the lovely nursery you have created for him. very tastefully done. #HomeEtc

  9. Beth @ Twinderelmo
    May 25, 2016 / 6:17 am

    Absolutely gorgeous although I knew it would be. Won’t be long until there’s a little man in there. So thrilled for you all xxx
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  10. May 25, 2016 / 10:09 am

    How very exciting, I love that wallpaper and the tree-lamp too. What a wonderful nursery for your new little arrival, good luck X #HomeEtc

  11. Amelia
    May 26, 2016 / 9:10 am

    A beautifully designed nursery. You’ve really created a calm environment – I love the woodland theme. Lovely!

  12. May 27, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Thank you for showing us round the nursery. I adore the wallpaper and the baby’s bed. #HomeEtc

  13. May 30, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Aaah you went with the Cole & Son paper!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Absolutely gorgeous. The whole room looks fabulous — I can’t wait to see your new little addition in there now! Not long Jo!! So exciting! 🙂
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  14. Kay Brown - Cheery Little Thing
    May 30, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    The nursery looks lovely 🙂 Have you been on This Modern Life? They have a Sass & Belle fox rug which would go perfectly with your theme and print

  15. mummyofboygirltwins
    May 30, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    It looks STUNNING and so cute. You’ve made it look beautiful. How exciting and I cannot wait to see your new arrival in there 🙂 Great job. Thanks so much for linking up, love Jess xx


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