Essentials – The Room

There’s nothing quite like obsessively compiling lists of things you need / want in advance of a new baby, and then doing nothing about it. It may be cool right now to reject All the Stuff – and I think it’s a great, great thing and am proud to say I didn’t even notice Black Friday / and Monday / whatever it was – but my inner love of interiors is desperate to escape once again. I know I need to think about this baby’s room, but I’m most excited to rejig the rooms of the big girls. But rather than doing anything about it, I’m just going to leave my wish list here, and than at least it’s out my head and on virtual paper. Productive, right?? And I don’t want to enable you at all . .

The Wallpaper

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There’s really nothing I love as much as a good wallpaper. This Andrew Martin design is perfect for a baby’s room, but not cutesy or – gag – garishly pink or blue. Teamed with soft fluffy rugs (and let’s face it, whatever’s left over from the other two) it could even look kind of elegant.

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The teepee

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A teepee? How original! Yep, it’s not – but finding the right style has proven difficult. I want to get something for Pearl’s room, to compensate for the fact she’ll just be moving into Dory’s old room (not that she’ll care less) and she’ll love this. It’s not garish, it’s not monochrome, it’s not too girly but it will make a nice contrast to the blue and white wallpaper that’s already in there. She’ll be two in January and loves nothing more then hiding away with her books. It’s perfect.

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The desk

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A four year old girl who has just started school and takes her writing and artwork very seriously needs a desk for her new big girl room. I’m not sure about getting one with shelves because if she’s anything like me (she isn’t) she’ll shove them full of bank statements and general life admin. Fortunately, I know she’ll keep this pristine and the board is a great place to display all her masterpieces.

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The paint

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Dory and I have had long, serious discussions about what colour her new room will be. She is gunning for pink. I’m going to have to break the news to her, gently, I’m going for grey. It’s kind of a compromise.. because everything else will be dusky pink – see below. There’s lots of lovely vintage-y, grey wallpaper with subtle patterns which will work for the walls, but the built-in wardrobes – currently bright white – will look good this colour. Will just replace all the door knobs with brass handles – it’ll be EASY. And any excuse to indulge my Farrow & Ball love . .

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The bed 

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Pink don’t have to be hideous. This blush velvet and linen quilt will look beautiful against a grey backdrop.

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The extras 

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It’s all in the details

Bunting here

Kids Bereber rug here

Too cool for school mobile here

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