Wednesday, 11 January 2012

In the land of Lola...

When I first discovered we were going to have a baby, and once I had sufficiently wrapped my head around the idea, I dove into the search for items we would need once bean arrived. It was a never-ending rabbit hole of prams, cots, nappies...the list goes on and on. The search for the perfect cot came to an abrupt halt when I first laid eyes on the pretty Leander cradle.

It was on the higher end of our budget and, due to its design, is only safe for baby to sleep in up until about 6-9 months. As much as I loved it, we just couldn’t justify the expense knowing it would be used for such a short time, only to have to replace it with something wriggle-worm friendly. I was, as you can imagine, hugely delighted to discover that my group of girlfriends had banded together to give us our very own Leander cradle as a gift for my surprise baby shower!

Our darling little girl, Lola, is now 7 months old and it pains me to say that she seems to have filled out the cradle. The tiny dreadlocks on the top of her head (from rubbing against the top end of the cradle in her sleep) are a sure sign that we are moving on to bigger things.

Before we do, I would like to share her bedroom with you before packing up the cradle for storage.

Welcome to the land of Lola…

As we wanted to keep the sex of the baby a surprise, we went for a soothing bedroom of neutral hues that would be suitable for both a boy or a girl. I think I must have known deep down that I was having a girl because, come to think of it, it's quite a feminine room! I also wanted to try to create an original space with vintage and home made touches, while making use of items we already had to save on the expense of it all. 

I had a nine month surge of nesting behaviour, having me reaching for the needle and thread and creating all kinds of cute things for the baby, including these wall flags. I used patchwork fabrics I had bought while on holiday in Australia last Christmas. The flags were slowly created over a couple evenings in front of the telly, and were so simple to make! I didn’t want to be too matchy-matchy, so went for a few different pattern and colour choices that would work well together, for a girl or boy.

Our changing station is one of my favourite items in the room. It is an antique TV cabinet that we fished out of Dirk’s parent’s attic about two years ago. I instantly loved it and knew that one day it would be used as a changing table. I didn’t know that day would come quite so soon though!

Apart from some flaking varnish, it was in mint condition. We gave it a very light sanding, replaced the handles as they were broken and used it to house our TV. When we were ready to start working on the baby room, we added a shelf and placed some woven baskets inside it to use as storage. Don’t get me started on how hard it was to find the right sized baskets, hence them not matching! Trip after unsucessful trip to various stores on my bicycle, tape measure in hand, left me a little less picky when it came to being precise, but I now like that they are a little different.  The mix n' match baskets give it a country charm. Each basket has it's own use. We have one for nappies and baby wipes, one for rompers, pants and skirts, one for Pjs, one for cloths and rags and one for socks, tights and odds and ends. Underneath, we have a basket for soft toys and a basket for shoes.

When one of my best friends sent me a collection of hand made fabric birds she had created, I knew I had to find a special use for them. Using a twig I picked up while walking with Lola one day, I created a mobile to hang above Lola in her cradle. Dirk stripped the bark, sanded the wood down to make it smooth and created the cross for me to hang the birds from. The birds are sewn to pieces of ribbons, which are adorned with buttons, bows and little flowers. The pretty decoration has Lola squealing with delight before nodding off, and has become one of the most sentimental items in the room.

My feeding chair is simply an Ikea chair that we already had. I liked the pale wood in combination with the other shades. Though it’s a little bit contemporary, I dressed it up with a couple of cushions to tie in with the rest of the space.

I used the left-over hearts cut out of the wall flags and attached them to a simple cushion to bring together the fabrics and colours of the room. I also added some cute buttons to the centres of each heart for fun.  

Storage space was lacking in this room, so we created a wardrobe type affair from the shelving unit already there. We painted the entire room a soft shade of mushroom, including the inside of the shelving unit, added a charcoal coloured blind we bought for a steal at Ikea and filled the shelves with clothes, books and a basket on the bottom shelf (found on the side of the road!) for Lola’s bed linens.

Over the back of my feeding chair is a darling cotton blanket for chilly middle-of-the-night feeds. It was one of my very first gifts for the baby from my oldest sister.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my sweet girl’s room. Stay tuned for the next instalment as we move on to new horizons with a new bed and new wall art.

Love, Holly


  1. Lola's baby room is so delightful and exudes a calm air of contentment and pure bliss, just love the country touches and the colours and oh the cradle, wow, I have never seen anything like it! I wonder what theme you will embrace for Lola's toddlerhood...won't be long and your beautiful sense of order will be chalenged by a growing up little girl's curiosity and sense of adventure. Looking forward to the next instalment!

  2. This is such a gorgeous room. I love all the little personal touches. So special. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, I just love Lola's room. You're such an inspiration!

  4. OH MY! HOLLY!!! How beautiful is this room! My word! When i have a bvaby, YOU are my designer! LOVE all the hearts, the bunting above the changing table is just too precious! And that cot! She is a very lucky little princess xxxx

  5. Hi..I'm from Indonesia. I love your leander cradle so much. I want to have one too for my next baby but it's soooo expensive. Do you want to sell your leander cradle to me with chepest price ? Maybe you want to give me your email adress for ask more. Thx b4