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neutral nursery How to style a calm neutral nursery for a baby boy or girl.

I remembered the excitement when I was pregnant with my first child.

After the initial 12 weeks period, that nesting instinct kicked in.

Being an interiors lover, I recalled how excited I was to start work on the nursery.

At 12 weeks, I still didn’t know the gender of my baby, so buying for the nursery was difficult.

In those days ( gosh, makes me sound ancient saying that!) there wasn’t a lot of choice in the nursery market.

Fast forward to now, and my baby has grown up, but I’m excited to be styling a nursery again.

Before you jump to conclusions, I am not pregnant.

Marsh and Parsons with their ‘matching people and property in London’ campaign, have just released their favourite look for a neutral nursery.

I was excited to be asked to create my take on a neutral nursery at home ( image above).

I’ve chosen a gender neutral scheme with white, greys and earthy tones of ochre yellow and brown.

The simple white cot is the Sundvik from Ikea UK.

I wanted to create a cosy feel suitable for all seasons. I’ve decided to layer sheepskin rugs on the wooden floor. The grey rugs are from Ikea UK and the cream one is from The White Company.

The rugs are perfect as play mats, keeping babies warm in Winter and cool in Summer.

One of my favourite finds for this room is the bed linen. The flat top sheet is by Numero 74, from Molly Meg, and it’s in a soft muslin gauze fabric.

I can still remember how babies love carrying muslin blankets around as comforters. How I wish they came in adult sized bed sheets too.

The sleeping bag and cot bumpers in a warm cream with gold stars are by Nobodinoz, also from Molly Meg.

The silver grey cotton futon is by Numero 74, again Molly Meg. Cuddly toys are an essential in any nursery. I’ve picked a cute penguin softie from noodoll and a beautiful collection of hand knitted cotton toys from Sophie Home.

After having two kids, I can say from experience that storage is an important factor when planning a nursery.

Another important point to remember is that kids grow up quickly, so it is essential to plan a bedroom space that can evolve with age.

My neutral nursery space has 2 large built in wardrobes to house baby’s clothes and toys.

The gap between the wardrobes are large enough for the cot bed and even in future, for an adult sized double bed. I absolutely adore this little rusty brown coloured See-ya travel case from Olliella. It’s perfect for storing baby’s toys, but also doubles up as decor in the nursery.

It’s a cool travel bag for a toddler don’t you think? As you know, no room is complete without something on the walls. In keeping with the neutral palette, I have selected a few wall pieces from my favourite brands.

The bunny art print is by HAM, the sushi Futomaki print is by bornlucky  and the bottom 2 cute art prints are from small bob.

The garland below the art prints is from Velveteen Babies, and the peace sign banner is by Happy Sunday Studio.

Finally, every nursery should have a night lamp. My lamp is from HIMMEE lighting.

I’m aware that I don’t have a nappy changing table or nursing chair in this room set, but I would highly recommend taking a look at Smallable for more nursery furniture.

So, what do you think of my calm and elegant neutral nursery for a new arrival? Hope you like it.

Do take a look at more nursery inspiration and how to on Marsh and Parson’s site.

( All styling and photography are by myself, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership with Marsh and Parsons, but all opinions are my own).

A fun and colourful advent calendar DIY.

Hello! First of all, can you believe that it’s only 3 more weeks till December?

Since time is flying by, I thought it would probably be fun to make something in anticipation of the Christmas countdown, hence my advent calendar DIY. I’ve decided to fill my advent calendar with indulgent Green & Black’s chocolates. Green & Black’s chocolates are simply a treat because they are smooth, velvety and delicious.

This year, they have given their Organic Miniature Bar collection and Organic Milk Miniature Bar Collection a new look.

Each box contain twelve 15g miniature bars with numerous flavours, from Sea Salt to Butterscotch and fiery ginger.

As you can see wrapped up for Day 25 is one of the Miniature Bar collection boxes. If you fancy gifting a bigger box, then there’s another option.

Feast your eyes on Green & Black’s Organic Tasting collection (on my desk above). It contains a perfectly indulgent collection of chocolate flavours from all over the world I thought it would be fun to show you how I’ve created the advent calendars.

1 : Cut festive gift wrap paper into 17x17cm squares

2 : Fold the paper with a slight 2cm overlap.

3 : Tape the edges together  4 : Fold one side up by around 2 cm to create the base of the bag. Open up the base folds by creating 2 triangles on either side.  5 : Fold the base edges together and secure with tape.  6 : Open up the bag by pushing out the base of the bag so that it can even stand on a flat surface. 7: Fill the bag with treats, and in my case, Green & Black’s miniature chocolates.

8: Fold top of bag over and seal with tape  9: punch a hole over top of bag and thread a ribbon through. I joined my ribbons together with double sided tape. 10: Print out some cards printed with numbers and stick it onto the advent bag with double sided tape.

So here it is!

What do you think? I’ve also used one of my old metal grid boards to hang the advent bags. Don’t they look pretty? I’m starting to get excited for Christmas. Will you be creating your own advent calendar this year?

It really seems like time is now rushing by doesn’t it?

At least I can reassure myself that I’ve done something in the run up to Christmas right? advent calendar diy Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Finally, I’m now tempted to go make myself a cup of tea and taste one of my Green & Black’s miniature chocolates. They are most certainly moreish.

( all DIY, styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This advent calendar project is part of a paid sponsorship project with Green & Black’s).

papier photobook The perfect Christmas gift of happiness in a Papier photobook.

Do you find it difficult buying Christmas presents for your parents or in-laws?

I certainly do , for two reasons : Firstly, we have different tastes and second they have everything.

I’ve realised the things they value most may not be the expensive things we think they would like.

It’s the little things such as happiness and memories that are most treasured.

I know they love their grandchildren, and so creating a beautiful photobook of them as a gift will definitely bring joy.  Nowadays there are so many online photobook services, but one that has shone above the others is Papier photobooks. I adore the soft coated books they offer, printed on beautifully textured paper to give it a coffee table feel.

You have to check out the cover templates on their site too, they are stunning with lots of pretty pastels.

All the formats and fonts are just gorgeous. I picked a pretty sky blue cover.

It was so easy to create. Once I’ve picked the cover, all I had to do was to upload my edited photos from my  computer.

You could add captions or change layouts, but I kept mine simple with no words and let the picture do the talking. My photos were all taken during our family Summer holidays in Malaysia and Singapore.

In addition to photos of the kids, I added images of memorable moments , like this delicious yoghurt ice cream we chanced upon whilst hunting for that “instagram worthy restaurant” in the sweltering Kuala Lumpur heat. Can you spot that sunset by the beach in my Papier photobook? That was the romantic stroll I took with my husband whilst in the Tropical island of Langkawi.

There are loads of captured images of the kids too. I don’t want to spoil it for the grandparents in case they are reading this. I can’t believe I’ve managed to cross two gifts off my Christmas list.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that it has helped you with some of your Christmas gift ideas. Capturing those moments in a book is so precious, as often these moments get lost in the sea of digital images on our camera roll.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little big Bell. This is a paid partnership post with Papier. All opinions are my own).

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