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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).

teen bedroom Back To School workspace revamp with Ikea.

My heart sinks at the thought that Summer may soon be over, as we prepare our kids for back to school.

I’ve noticed on Instagram that the whole back to school shopping rush has begun.

There wasn’t much that I needed to buy this term, so I thought I’d focus on organising my son’s back to school workspace.

You may have recently seen my blog post on his bedroom revamp ( image above).

What you didn’t get to see was the desk area, because it was still a work in progress. It was also a mess, with wires everywhere. This was what my son’s desk used to look like before the invasion of technology and wires.

I knew I had to organise this space to help him back into the mindset of school.

I always turn to Ikea when I need to revamp a workspace area in my kids’ rooms.

This Ikea Lerberg trestle and table top has been wonderful, and served its purpose well for when he was younger.

I felt a revamp was due, as my son is now in Senior school and needs have changed. Ikea Alex desk Here’s the first part of the new back to school workspace.

I had a few prerequisites when it came to organising this space.

I needed to get a larger desk to accommodate the numerous desktop technology.

This Ikea Alex desk in white was perfect because it was large enough to work on without being too obtrusive in a small room. I opted for a desk with a storage compartment at the top that tidies wires away. Ikea Hattefjall chair Storage as always is an important factor. There are 2 drawers in this desk for storing away stationery, pens and pencils. Back to school workspace I’ve also added a further set of 3 drawers with this Fritids / Stuva unit, to tidy away the growing number of text books that comes with moving up a school year. I love the blue and white of the drawers. Back to school workspace The blue perfectly ties in with his room colour. Lastly, the study chair, sometimes an afterthought, but probably one of the most important elements for comfortable working.  Isn’t this Ikea Hattefjäll chair stylish? Not only is it aesthetically pleasing , it is super comfortable too.

The chair comes with height adjustable seat, armrests and a backrest that tilts for support and comfort. I have styled my back to school workspace wall with Art & Hue Beano wall prints. The banana print was bought from the Ikea Museum shop in Almhült, Sweden. So, what do you think? Doesn’t this back to school workspace look tidy and conducive to working?

Hope you’ve found some inspiration from this post and that all your back to school preparation is as planned.

Do check out Ikea for their amazing range of furniture, to help you prepare for your little ones’ new school year. My son is so pleased with the results, and I feel good that I’ve helped him prepare for the new school term and year.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This back to school workspace post is a paid partnership with Ikea U.K., but all views are my own).

child's reading corner How to decorate a child’s reading corner without holes in the wall.

I’ve always wanted to create a child’s reading corner, so I thought I’d style one up using some of my son’s old furniture from storage.

Here is my transformed kid’s corner. What do you think?

I’ve used a variety of Command products to help me with my wall styling. Child's reading cornerI love it that I don’t need a hammer or nails to put up the art prints, and even better, there will never be any unsightly holes left on the wall.

Command products can be used on painted walls, wood, glass, laminate or melamine furniture and more. All Command brand products have a similar adhesive method and are removed in the same way too. Here’s the step by step guide on how to use the Command strips to put up the gallery wall:

Image 1+2 :  Separate the strips. You could either stick the first set of the strips to the backs of the frame by removing the green liners ( I have used a combination of medium and narrow strips here) then press a new set of strips on top of those strips already stuck on the frame. As you press, make sure the strips ‘click’ together.

Or you could start by pressing two strips together till they click and then sticking one side of the pair to the back of the picture frame.

Either of those ways work well.

Image 3 : Remove the remaining green liners and press the frame onto the wall. Press each side of the frame firmly against the wall for at least 30 seconds.

Image 4 : To ensure the adhesive will hold, remove the frame by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall. Do not pull straight off. Now, press the entire strips that have remained on the wall for at least another 30 seconds.

The most important point to note is that the strips need to be left on the wall for at least 1 hour before reattaching the frame.

Image 5+6 : All about removal of the strips. After removing the frame ( remember to remove by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall rather than pulling straight off), you can then remove the strips.

Never pull the strips towards you or peel from the wall.

Always pull the strip straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go.

Keep stretching up to 15 inches and the strip will just naturally pop off. The last image shows you what is happening behind the strip. I was also excited to learn that Command now has a new product on the market called the Broom Gripper. Broom gripper for wall I’ve used the Broom Gripper to hold up a toy hobby horse in my child’s reading corner.

The Command Broom Gripper is a great idea for keeping the kitchen and utility room tidy. There’ll be no more of tripping over brooms on floors. To add a punch of colour to the reading corner, I’ve decided to drape a string of colourful lantern ball lights around the book shelf.

To stop the string lights from sliding, I’ve used Command Clear Decorating Clips to hold them in place. However, Command aren’t just for walls. I’ve also used a Medium Clear Hook to hold up a mini rucksack at the back of this wooden chair.

These hooks are great for hanging up coats behind doors.So there you have it, my kid’s reading nook. How do you like it? My cute Gumball sweets art print is by James Taylor Photo Art. I love how easy it is to style and put things up without damaging the walls with holes.

I will be back with another styling in this very same corner, using more Command products soon. Can’t wait to show you. Have a lovely week.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. this is a sponsored collaboration with Command).

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