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Bella's Nursery

I thought I would share my Little Black Book when it comes to decorating Bella's nursery - on a very small budget!

As any of my friends will tell you, I absolutely LOVE interior decor! Steve has to be very patient with me as I am constantly on the lookout for new projects to tackle at home, the latest being our upstairs lounge and dining room that we opened up into one large room. But when it came to Bella's Nursery - I hit a complete blank! I am not one for "cookie cutter" room schemes, mostly because I don't like anything to be too match-matchy, but other than knowing that I wanted an owl theme - I had no clue!

FINALLY, about 5 weeks before my little girl arrived, inspiration suddenly hit! I realised that I had the perfect curtains for her room - but they were hanging in my spare room. And that with just one gorgeous wall mural and other subtle tones of blues and greens (with a few pink accents), I had everything I needed!

1. First up was getting Kayla's old compactum resprayed (it had received a fair amount of paint, crayon and toy damage over the past 7 years!) It looks brand new and was so worth getting done professionally. FYI, Michelle specialises in revamping kitchens!

Contact: Michelle from On The Inside - 082 608 0278 or

2. I then wanted linen that had the right duck-egg blue tones but wasn't too "themed". I found the perfect set at Willowbrook Cotton in Design Quarter, and they also made up a matching cot bumper for me in a gorgeous polka dot fabric. I also found a cushion for the chair, and a matching laundry bag! Not to mention the sweetest owl soft toys.

Contact: Willowbrook Cotton 

3. Next up was the owl mural. I couldn't find anything I liked locally - but found such stunning stick-on murals on overseas websites. Then I discovered a local company that will MAKE any wall stickers from images that you send them! It took 2 weeks before we could collect it, and then Kayla and I had so much fun putting it up!

Contact: Slumber Hub 

4. The room desperately needed a coat of paint, so I used my latest colour find (that has since been adopted by two of my brothers-in-law and one of my close friends!) It has the uncanny ability of looking different in each room, depending on the light, and I think it looks so warm and inviting!

Contact: Dulux Fossil Grey (30YY 56/060)

5. The curtains ended up being a bit of a fiasco. As I was using my spare room curtains and decided to have them dry-cleaned, I was completely unprepared when they came back and had SHRUNK (the dry-cleaners had used the wrong chemicals!) A few tears later and having put in an emergency call to the fabulous people who made them in the first place, we had a solution: to add a panel of fabric to the bottom of the curtains. And I think they look great!

Contact: Janes Linen 

6. The chair was actually in my bedroom (told you I did everything on a budget) - and was purchased from a second hand shop last year for just over R2 000!

Contact: New To You 

7. The chandelier was from Mr Price Home - I just love how its distressed look fits in so beautifully, AND it was just R700! (The cute pink owl on the window sill is also from Mr Price Home).

Contact: Mr Price Home 

8. The rocking horse, floor lamp, shelf and cot were originally in Kayla's nursery.

9. The distressed green wooden photo frames were actually old window frames that I picked up in a second hand store last year. A coat of primer, a few coats of paint and a bit of rubbing the edges with steel wool and they were ready for the framing shop. And now they are up on the wall awaiting Bella's first baby photos that are being taken next week!

10. Everything else you see was a gift from family and friends at my baby shower!

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