Living / 8 November, 2019 / Leo Bamford

Leonora’s Three Top Tips for Creating A Dream Nursery

Leonora talks dreamy nursery interiors, why she loves the Stokke Sleepi, and her pick of the coolest interiors online right now…

Gender neutral interiors for a nursery

Although pink is my absolute favourite colour, I always try and start a nursery off with a natural colour palette, I love creating a nursery from a blank canvas. I would always choose the cot first in a neutral colour and build the room around it.

I like to opt for non-toxic eco paint. There are literally thousands of tones to choose from now and I always paint little boards up in the colours I like before making a final decision.

I think it’s important to think about the carpet you’ll go for. I made the mistake of using sisal for my first baby which is impossible to clean. Rugs can be a good option, they give you a chance to make your mark, whilst not having to be a forever piece in that particular room. Tastes change and if you start with a natural room, you can always add and take away.

Wall stickers are also a great way of making a statement that doesn’t need to stay for years. I do like a baby’s room to be a relaxing place, like a little cocoon, and so as a rule, I always say less is more.

Be bold with your space

Don’t be scared to take a risk: having said less is more, I think there are so many beautiful wall papers on the market now, so if you want to create a magical feel, this is an easy way.

An interior friend of mine just finished a nursery with a red and white candy striped ceiling to give the feel of a circus. It looks utterly dreamy and somewhere that I would like to sleep!

Don’t let too many people have input into your decision making. A nursery is a very personal room and one where you as the parent can do exactly what you want.


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Create a room that can grow with your child

One of the reasons I love the Stokke Sleepi is because like the Tripp Trapp high chair, it grows with your child. It might not seem important at the time but having to buy just one cot is not only more environmentally friendly, but makes life so much easier for you. The Sleepi is such a special piece, and I couldn’t love it more. The Stokke Sleepi starts life as a Mini and grows all the way from baby to toddler, and with a nifty conversion kit, up to 10 years of age. It then makes the most gorgeous little day bed for relaxing.

I try not to over fill a nursery. The key pieces for me are a good cot; a changing station with draws underneath that can transform in to a chest of draws with good space on top; a chair for nursing and a little side table. I try to go for pictures that will last and love finding odd little treasures at antiques markets. I found a dear little chest for my youngest when he was born and he fills it with all sorts of books and toys.  It’s a piece that I hope he will love forever.


The Oval Crib, Stokke Sleepi

Organic Cotton Growth Chart, Wee Gallery

Safari Nursery Decor, Etsy

Elephant Cot Mobile, PomPom

Cloud Rug, Kidly

Nelli Rocker, Baby Grey

Sleepi Junior, Stokke

2-in-1 Play Gym, Cam Cam Copenhagen

Organic Cotton Play Mat, Liewood

Chalk Paint, Annie Sloan

Elani baby orang-utan, Steiff

Wall Stickers, NOTHS


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