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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).

Decluttering and kids’ room storage. Stylish ways to hide toys away.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend. We were lucky in the UK to have had a Bank holiday weekend, so the Monday off.

It is customary for me to Spring clean on one of the Bank holiday days, and I’m pleased to say, I managed to do some decluttering on Saturday.

I’m surprised at my renewed energy after my Summer break away.

I’ve managed to do 5 blog posts ( including this one) in 5 days. This is pretty out of the ordinary, because I usually post a maximum of twice a week.

If you fancy catching up on my blog posts, I have written about:

1.The most amazing Indian vegetarian restaurant in London that I have recently tried.

2.My newly decorated pastel workspace.

3.A super luxurious Urban resort in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

4.My Autumn Winter 2017 interiors and home decor curate for the Autumn Fair in Birmingham. Anyway, back to the subject of decluttering. I managed to fill up 5 large boxes with clothes and home decor that I no longer needed for the charity shop and friends. This seems like a good result right?

It’s such an uplifting feeling, when you can see the space in your home again. I’ve shown you an image of my son’s room, because I think we all know that children’s rooms tend to be the messiest space in the house. Do you agree that tidying a child’s room seems like an unending task? decluttering and kids room toy storage In line with the subject of decluttering, I have written a guest post for The Shurgard blog on the subject of “Stylish ways to hide toys in your kids room”

The image above is a little sneak peek of that post:

I have separated out, and organised Lego pieces by colour into plastic drawers. I’ve turned organising Lego pieces by colour, what seems like a mundane task, into a fun racing game with my son.

We each pick two colours and then try to fill the drawers as quickly as we can.

Do take a peek at more of my tips here, and I hope you’ll find them useful.

Have a lovely week all.

(All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell).

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