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Nursery Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now

As if having children wasn’t enough of a gigantic leap into uncertainty, for many homeowners the thought of potentially ‘devaluing’ a room by converting it into a nursery can be as horrific a concept as pushing out a placenta.

But a beautiful nursery can be a style statement, and arguably the design trends here move just as quickly as those for kitchens and bathrooms. We take a moment to consider the developments current making waves and which we think will remain buoyant in the future.

Think big in a small space: aside from the proverbial ‘powder room’, it is fair to say that a nursery is normally the designation of the smallest space. But yet, there can be a lot of ‘boxy’ items to cram into that space (cot, changing table, chest of drawers etc). Whilst iconic nursery brands such as Silver Cross have recently introduced more compact versions of their furniture, we love the idea of making a big style statement and then custom building the essentials of the room around it. How wonderful would Cots of Distinctions’ Seven Seas rocking baby cot (above) look with some subtle nautical touches such as aden+anais ‘high seas’ dream blanket  or a minimalist paper boat shelf from JojoMamanBebe?

Grey is the new neutral: gone are the days when magnolia or yellow were the wall-hue staples of indecisive parents. Grey has become the perfectly pitched neutral and partners beautifully with pastels so that ‘pink for girls and blue for boys’ no longer needs to be represented by gaudy hues of Barbie of Chelsea FC. We adore Earthborn’s subtle pink ‘Maybe Maggie’ paint, or Frenchic’s ‘Moody Blue’ – both of which pair delightfully with grey.  Accessorise with a grey ball pit – like MadeByNori’s one or maybe Mokee’s ‘rainy day’ mobile?  (incidentally, if you are still sitting on the yellow fence, a touch of Daffodil brightness looks the bees-knees when paired with grey…)

Tech is your friend: Philips Avent recently launched their ‘UGrow’ Smart baby monitor, which creates a constant audio and visual connection with your baby. The monitor is unobtrusive and chic so why not integrate it with your nursery design? You might be currently baulking at the idea of a flat screen TV in the nursery, but roll on three years and having them watch Peppa Pig in their own space will be a godsend to the rest of the house. Install one early and play Baby Einstein or Mozart in HD quality.

Push Scandi further: Oh those Ikea-fiends and their clean lines. Simplicity and lack of corners in nursery design not only is the current height of vogue but has the added practical bonus that when bubba begins to toddle there are fewer sharp corners to impale themselves upon. Forget plywood curvature though; how about a real forest, complete with wild beasts? We love this hairy rocker from Scandiborn (above) or this chic wooden wall art from Etsy. 

Upcycle: why bring more unnecessary plastic tat into your home when other people’s junk can be the basis of beautiful eco-friendly furniture? Maggie and Rose’s new homeware collection includes a doll’s house made from reclaimed wood and shabby chic chairs – but why not try your hand at DIY as, let’s face it, if it goes wrong it was somebody’s trash anyhow…

Go organic: if the mention of bamboo has you thinking about Dick Van Dyke (and how he never has a bother with it) then check out brands like MORI and Piglet who are creating marvellously snuggly children’s bedding from bamboo and organic cotton.

image: The Sun

Letters play: we love the word art trend (as exemplified when Jools and Jamie Oliver announced their latest arrival, River) – but creating inspirational bon mots on a lightbox is a lovely way to bring subtle lighting into the space occupied by the new light of your life. A Little Lovely Company’s lightboxes can be customised with your own message and are available from MeandBuddy.

Who knows, your future nursery might become the stylish focal point of your home, regardless of the sleep-sapping squawker who resides in it.

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organised by CGTrader

Lansinoh joins forces with Up All Hours at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival

Leading breastfeeding and baby products brand Lansinoh is joining forces with parenting website Up All Hours to give a helping hand to breastfeeding mums at The Big Feastival, co-organised by the nation’s favourite chef and father of five, Jamie Oliver.

Teaming up with Up All Hours, which provides nappy changing and feeding facilities to festivals around the country, Lansinoh will be offering breastfeeding mums its range of products and a selection of its Earth Friendly Baby organic range of bath products.

The festival is co-organised by Blur’s Alex James and Jamie – who recently welcomed a new addition to his growing family after his wife Jools gave birth to new baby River.

Big Feastival takes place on August 26-28 and will see the Up All Hours tent set up for feastivalmums looking for a quiet, cool spot to feed and change their little ones. Lansinoh will be able to not only provide a comfortable breast pumping station to mums in need of a respite, but also the free-use of its Double Electric Breast Pumps, Disposable Nursing Pads and Breastmilk Storage Bottles as well as its award-winning HPA® Lanolin Nipple Cream.


Earlier this summer, Lansinoh also supported the Up All Hours tent which was set up at Jimmy’s Farm Harvest Festival, to support parents and their children who need a break from the madness of the festival.



SM Reviews… Martha Hill Skincare

Martha Hill’s story is equally tragic, inspirational and – well – a little bit bonkers.

A true Slick Mummy, she was widowed when disaster met with her pilot husband’s plane just weeks before the birth of her youngest daughter in 1947 but rallied her strength to raise her children and tend a productive farm. At her kitchen table she began to use plants and herbs to make beauty products – and the range began.

Martha also had a successful fashion career – and her youngest daughter went on to debut the mini skirt at Ascot – and today the Martha Hill range caters for all skin types and is praised by women of all ages for helping them achieve an ‘English Rose’ complexion.

We tested a selection of products from the Martha Hill range, which are all available from Beauty Naturals.

Our SM tester says: I loved the look of the packaging for this range, really old fashioned/classic looking, like my grandmother would have used.

– Rosewater Skin Tonic: I grew up soothing my teenage skin with rosewater and witch hazel, which I bought from the chemist and then decanted into a vintage glass bottle. It seemed so decadent, but was also much kinder to my skin than harsh spot treatments. To this day using anything rosewater based always makes my skin feel clean and fresh, and this product is divine. It smells lovely and your skin just glows with health after just a couple of days use…

– Gardeners’ Cream: I was keen to try this one as the Winter has ravaged my hands – well, Winter and being without a dishwasher for a few months, scraping the ice off the car windscreen every morning and forgetting my gloves on a daily basis – and even my beloved Eight Hour Cream wasn’t making any difference. This comes in a huge tube and can be used on all rough extremities – as it were – is packed with nourishing almond and wheatgerm oil and isn’t greasy at all. I kept the tube in the car and before the week was out my husband was using it too (especially on his bald spot).

– Mimosa Night Cream: this one is part of a set including cleanser and day cream, I tried the night cream and even reading the ingredients sounds luxe. The product is packed with Mimosa Absolute (Mimosa is the flower of happiness, apparently), ylang ylang, beeswax, honey, juniper berry … I must say the smell of it is quite strong and distinctive – not unpleasant – but definitely perfumed. When you use the cream at night it really does tighten up the skin – after a couple of nights I was using it on my neck and decolletage also.

– Perfect Finish Face Powder in Rose Beige: For serious vintage glamour, nothing beats loose powder. This one comes in a small enough tub with a decent lid so as to prevent accidental handbag explosions and is easy to get a smooth, even finish with just a make up sponge – so all in all pretty portable. It comes in three shades and this one gives sallow skin a little bit of a pink flush. It is packed with kaolin to soak up skin shine and create a matte finish. Martha’s range also includes cream foundation if you need more coverage.

Editor’s Tip: Martha was a huge advocate of raw food, saying “The earth provides wonderful foods which aren’t used enough. At this time of year you can make marvellous salads with raw vegetables, grated celery and watercress – but not the stuff grown in boxes, the big river cress.” … Channel Martha’s love for the green stuff with Jamie Oliver’s cress salad with mackerel pate