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Black Nursery Inspiration

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Since it’s Black Friday…I thought we should take some time to think black in the nursery.

When I first started Alphabet Monkey in 2010, black was a colour I started adding to my designs as mums were looking away from traditional colours. And today..well I think we all know the monochrome trend is huge.

But are you brave enough to actually paint a wall black? Especially a nursery wall?

Check out these gorgeous  examples and I guarantee you will be won over with black feature walls in the nursery.

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The dark colour actually has an effect of receding so it looks further away creating an illusion of more space..not closing it in as some people may assume.

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White and colour really pops against this deep base.

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How pretty yet minimal is this space for a little girl..it feels far from stark.

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I personally think the rooms with timber and textured rugs are my favourites..it really create a lot of interest against the strength of the black base.

So, what do you think?

Have I won you over?

Although pastels are trending again in nurseries,  I don’t think black is going anywhere soon. You could also do a similar style with navy which could work equally well in boys or girls spaces.


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Trend Watch..the cross blanket


pia wallen swedish cross blanket

I am seeing scandi inspired crosses everywhere these days. And particularly the blankets.
I thought I’d do a bit of digging to find out a bit more about these blankets and also find out where you can snap one up.

They are the work of swedish designer Pia Wallen who is best known for her high quality felt products and in particular her Crux blanket featuring the cross.

The cross is a symbol of hope in the Swedish folk arts traditions and so it seems fitting that the blanket has become a symbol of all things scandinavian.
It was first introduced in 1991 and is made by a small swedish mill where they use traditional weaving and felting techniques along with the highest quality wools.

The ‘Crux’ blanket is 100% wool and was both expensive , limited and highly sought after.



In response to this, Wallen released the ‘Cross ‘ blanket in 2011. It was created to offer a more accessible version but maintaining the design integrity of the original. This version is 100% cotton and made from ecological cotton from Peru. The main visual difference is that the cross is slightly smaller. This may explain its’ renewed popularity.

Although we are talking of this as a  trend it really has a much more enduring quality as a symbol of scandinavian design..so if you do pay out the big bucks for the Crux you can be sure it will never really go out of date, especially if you are a scandi design junkie.

Cot from Incy Interiors

Baby blanket in wool available from Story North

Cross throw ..find similar items on Etsy

Woollen owl cushion from Kidostore

Felt cloud cushion from Alphabet Monkey



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Black and White Nursery Trend

One thing that has really changed when it comes to creating nurseries and kids rooms is that people have become more accepting of using black.
What do you think of this??

I really like this but I am a fan of having a graphic base like this and adding in plenty of texture and colour. And really, kids toys are just so colourful they become the key injections of colour in the space anyway.

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This minimalist scandinavian inspired style is so very popular for adult interiors that it is natural that the look has crept into childrens spaces.

I think it looks best with a mix of some texture and some natural finishes like some timber. It also looks great with vintage pieces and I will show you some more colourful vintage styles next week.
It is quite distinct and it is so interesting how nurseries differ around different areas of the world. For example I find that American nurseries always seem to have a lot of soft furnishing and upholstered pieces and everything is layered and matching.  Sometimes to the extreme.  I will do another post showing some examples.  I don’t really know if us Aussies have a distinctive look , what do you think?

You can check all kinds of nurseries and kids rooms on my pinterest boards.

I would encourage you to feel free to mix things up a bit when decorating, recycle things, repaint furniture mix and match fabrics..but most of all make it yours.


You can find sources to the lovely images featured here through my nursery and kids room boards on pinterest.

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A big boys room..goodbye cot, hello bunks…

Well I finally ordered a new big bed for Campbell. I figure I can keep his current colour scheme and then in the new year implement a whole new look.  I kept putting it off because I wanted to wait till my sewing room was ready so I could move the cot straight in there.  I thought I could easily photograph new quilts and products that way as the new room will have lots of light and a lot less kids clutter to deal with.  But as time has gone on and a year has passed since we started renovating and things have just stayed as they are..including my sewing stuff taking over the lounge room and boxes filling the hallway.  However there is light at the end of the tunnel..more money has presented itself and things will be moving along shortly…yayyy!!!

I have been eyeing off some new bunks at work ..they are like mini bunks with the bottom bed pretty much on the floor and the top bed around shoulder high…my shoulder that is and I’m not that tall.  Way easier for making the top bunk and I love that he can use the bottom as a kind of chill out/ reading zone once he graduates to the top bunk.  Creating extra space is important is a small room like his….and  I can already see him and his cousins creating fun adventures in their space ship or pirate ship as they did in his little cot.

inspiration baord for cams big boy room

I have quite a few of these kind of scandi inspired monochromatic kids rooms pinned and I thought it would translate well to our home. We have black floors and white walls so its quite a good base to start with. I thought I might add in some chevron curtains and a duvet cover with all the fabric I bought to make curtains for our back bifolds ( to keep the heat in during winter). I  didn’t get around to it so I figure I’ll deal with that next winter and put it to use in this project.

Some people are kind of over the chevron but I’m still liking it and you know as long as you like it that’s all that matters…it’s not like Vogue Living is going to come and critique your room to see if it’s cutting edge enough. You need to buy and surround yourself with what you like and as the kids get bigger…what they like too.

The mushroom lamp is very cool and something I’ve seen in so many kids rooms but regardless I just kind of like it anyway…however whether I actually buy it is another matter. You can get them in black, red and I just saw they do yellow too from Lark……ooh maybe I want yellow now.

camp bells big boy room mood board

I am going to take my colour palette from the cool organic fabric from the Monsterz range at Cloud 9.  I bought some with the intention to make some crib quilts for my shop. However I like the retro vibe of the colours and the cool little monsters so I think I am going to mix in a few other fabrics and make him a quilt for one of the beds. I plan to mix and match patterns and designs so we can change things when we feel like it.

I love the fresh contrast of the toys and colours against the white in this room but in our room we will have to imagine some less glamorous toys like thomas trains and buzz lightyear. But hey I live in the real world. In reality these gorgeous rooms are highly styled and I doubt they remain like that all the time unless of course you have a lovely big toy room to store all the more mundane things in…I can only wish.

What plans do you have for your little one ‘big’ room?

room pics via pinterest

Bunk bed is the morgan bunk from Domayne

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