From the beginning of my pregnancy, decorating the baby room was something I couldn't wait to start with! Though I had to clean out my second dressing for it (we all know that's kind of an annoying task :)), I loved plowing through magazines and the web to pick out baby room inspo and finally ease my mind by slowly but surely collecting our favourite pieces. I wanted the room to feel clean but cosy - like a safe place that feels simultaneously cute and sophisticated. With the many (many!) slightly hysterical neon coloured baby things out there, it actually did take us some time to find the pieces that felt exactly right for us, especially since we really wanted to focus on smaller dedicated brands that make their items with love and an eye for detail (something I'm always conscious about, but particularly for the baby room!). We wanted to make the most of the space by creating 3 little areas - for changing, dressing, and sleeping - and after putting everything together, I couldn't be happier with the result! Read along for my favourite decorating tricks and details of the pieces we picked out...
The changing area is actually my favourite part of the room. For the main pieces, it took us quite a while to find things that looked mature but not too heavy, but when I saw the collection of Théophile & Patachou, I knew it was a match made in heaven. They have so many cute options, it was actually pretty hard to choose! :) Since I'm not a huge fan of a blue theme for a baby boy's room (as we want him to embrace as many colours as he likes, remember? ;)), we went with a gender-neutral colour scheme (which is very happening this year) of all-white items with a classic finish, to make the room feel fresh and breathy. To balance out the white, we added little pops of colour and metallic details such as fresh flowers, a golden giraffe, and framed baby animals (so unbelievably cute). Finally, we used open white baskets to display the prettiest of baby practicalities - beauty products, bottles, wooden toys & soft bears - and additionally some closed versions to hold the less-than-pretty things such as diapers and breastfeeding accessories.
CREDITS: CHANGING CABINET, PILLOW, LAMP, BASKETS & WHITE TEDDIES THÉOPHILE & PATACHOU / BABY ANIMAL PRINTS ANIMAL PRINT SHOP / CLOUD PILLOW LIEWOOD / GOLDEN VASE H&M HOME / BUNNY SNEAKERS MINNA PARIKKA / ORGANIC BABY SKINCARE ESTELLE & THILD / CLEANSING WATER & BODY WASH LA LANGERIE / BUTTERFLY BOTTLE LA LANGERIE / WOODEN ANIMALS SARAH & BENDRIX / GIRAFFE TOY SOPHIE LA GIRAFE
As you can probably tell, the baby room itself has a pretty odd shape (reminiscent of our bedroom). I really wanted the bed to be near the only window (as I find it super important for our boy to catch as much natural light as possible), and luckily, we found a crib at Théophile & Patachou that seemed to be made for that particular spot! I wanted to keep this area as simple as possible (I don't like overstuffed beds!), so I only added some soft pillows & bears, and a clean mobile and flag chain to distract our little one when he's tired of looking out the window. :)
And then the most important part: the wardrobe! (haha) Contrary to what most people think, I actually haven't gone that crazy with baby outfits. Just as for my own closet, I like to focus on quality over quantity, and since he'll outgrow most pieces in a heartbeat, I didn't want to overdo it in the clothing department. Having said that, I did want to have a roomy & practical wardrobe so that it has the ability to be used for a longer time, and this one from Théophile & Patachou has enough different compartments and drawers to do just that. And to all of you wondering: yes, I fell instantly in love with the big stuffed lazy octopus that we added on top of the closet! It makes me smile every time I see it, and I hope it'll do the same for our little boy. :)
And that's it! Did you find it easy to decorate your baby's room? Anything you'd like to recommend we add? :)
Thanks to Elle Belgium for featuring our baby room too!