Must-know nursery decor tips, plus a giveaway!

March 6, 2012

When I worked at Elle Decoration years ago, I became friends with its art director Sam Scarborough who I like not only because I think she’s so awesome at what she does, but she has a cool sense of humour and she runs too!

A few months ago Sam released her third kids’ interiors book called Baby Rooms and Spaces and it offers so many beautiful and inspirational decor ideas, plus some solid advice on how to actually achieve cool rooms. It’s really not one of those books with hard-to-attain looks or products, and that’s another reason I love it. There are also paint colour suggestions and a stockists guide so you can find matching or similar items that are featured in the book. Sam also runs a children’s decor company, Kidsdecor, focusing on decor items to encourage creative play.

Here’s an extract from the book, plus a giveaway at the end.

Sweet vintage
A new baby makes us nostalgic for a happy childhood. Share this enchanting style with your
little one by creating an evocative sense of days-gone-by through the use of family heirlooms, 
car boot finds and junk shop trawls.

Get the look
COLOURS: Gently faded and soft, such as the palettes found in old children’s story books, are the required colours for a vintage nursery. Here shades of strawberry and vanilla in a froth of lace are brightened with building block colours to prevent the look from becoming too sugary sweet.

WALL TREATMENT: This pale pink cross-stitch-wallpaper creates a strong impression without being over bearing. Cover the cot wall and paint the rest of the room a light pink or soft cream.

FABRIC: It has to be home-made and hand-me-down, knitted, stitched or hand-sewn. Vintage shops are great sources for crocheted blankets, patchwork and embroideries. A layer of simple, candy-stripe cotton on the bedding and by the windows does, however, create the effect of a fresh and clean nursery. Think washing lines in the breeze…

ACCESSORIES: An antique cot really sets the scene but do be careful about lead paints. If in doubt, strip the paint to the metal base and repaint – you can rub the paint back in parts to create an old look. Painted floorboards create that ‘up in the attic’ mood whilst bunting, pomanders, ribbons and pretty crockery all add to a sense of the past.

LIGHTING: Reminiscent of old-time nurseries, antique light fittings enhance the soft ambience.

Sam is giving away two copies of Baby Rooms and Nurseries. To enter, comment below, and go and like Sam’s Kids Decor Facebook page.

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  • Jassika Sheikh aka Sunaina Orrie

    Hi. This is amazing. Hopefully I get chosen as a winner this time around. I try and try 🙂 …. good luck all.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:17 am Reply
  • NickiD

    Oh my! This is GORGEOUS and JUST what I need to get inspired to decorate Mika’s nursery in our new house!!! Popping over to like the page now!

    March 6, 2012 at 6:18 am Reply
  • Beth

    just the book to get me started, love the days gone by look.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:27 am Reply
  • Lea-Anne Clayton

    Oooo Would def LOVE a vintage nursery next time around… awesome prize 🙂

    March 6, 2012 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Abbygail

    Wow.that is stunning.amazing what you can do with a little imagination.

    March 6, 2012 at 7:16 am Reply
  • Jessica Giger

    This nursery looks awesome.

    March 6, 2012 at 7:19 am Reply
  • Helana Lubbe

    I got a lot of inspiration and ideas from Sam’s first book that was also published in Afrikaans, Children’s rooms, for my three children’s bedrooms. I would love to have her new book!

    March 6, 2012 at 7:33 am Reply
  • Caryn

    Oh that is so pretty! Wish this book was around when I had to decorate Maddy’s room.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:02 am Reply
  • Andrea

    Looks awesome….x

    March 6, 2012 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Ansa Eksteen

    I actually saw this in the Baba en Kleuter and was amazed by the creativity, stunning!

    March 6, 2012 at 11:29 am Reply
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    This is stunning! Please pick me…

    March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am Reply
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