room for baby : cherry apple blue

posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Please welcome one of our lovely new baby space contributors, Belinda Nihill from Nest Design Studio.

All photos from Little One Baby by Lisa Nankervis.

Relaxed, modern and whimsical.

who lives here?
Hugh, now nearly 2, in regional Victoria, Australia.

The key feature of the room is Hugh’s tree which was drawn and painted by me. I also made the owls on his tree and his prints. Many of the items in his room were made by family and friends (such as the Hugh blocks and quilt). Other items featured in his room include red suitcases and an Alimrose mobile from Babys Got Style, cushions from Freedom Furniture, the lamp is from Fantastic Furniture and the Hugh lettering is from Bambini Pronto.

Throughout our house the walls and ceilings are painted Haymes White Wash and in Hugh’s room the feature wall colour is Dulux Sell Out.

The cot is a King Parrot Daintree, the gorgeous white leather chair is an Italsofa and the beautiful vintage dresser is a family heirloom.

After trawling through many websites, I couldn’t find the shape I was after for Hugh's tree and decided to paint it myself. It also incorporates a little memorial -- I had a miscarriage before having Hugh and we had nicknamed the baby Apple (I painted an apple on the tree).
At the time, owls weren’t very popular so there wasn’t much around in the way of artwork. I created the owls on Hugh’s tree and the owl prints on his wall by using decorative paper. It was simple, easy and cheap!

best buys
His tree! I just used paint the painters had left behind when they painted our new house.

top tip
Unique doesn’t have to mean expensive. Shop around, you will find things you can use in your nursery anywhere, not just baby stores.


  1. Wow! I love love love this room! My little girls room is half done and she turns 1 in 2 months! Here I've found a little extra inspiration and motivation to get it done!! :)

  2. I've always loved Belinda's nursery - nice and neautral furniture and paint with pops of colour. I love the sentimental meaning of her apple tree.

  3. What a beautiful little room. I love how calming it feels:) Have a lovely Tuesday! Kisses

    PS: and that tree is the sweetest!

  4. I love how you have so many inspirations for boys rooms on your site Bron. This one is seriously wow. Bright, clean and simple. Just love it!

  5. what an adorable nursery! I love the accent wall with the owls! I did that in my son's nursery also, but with birds instead of owls :)

  6. I love your tree and owls, and that special apple. It's a mightily wonderful room!

    And so true that we can find things to use in the nursery everywhere.

  7. that is a great color combo that i never would have thought of!

  8. What a beautiful room, love everything about it xo

  9. Gorgeous! Love your blog, now following! Miss Walker xoxo

  10. That shade of blue is wonderful! The whole room is so sweet and cute!


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