Nursery Reveal


“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” - The secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Little ladybug’s nursery. Sitting on the floorboards with pink paint & brushes in hand in the early morning hours. We try to think of all the treasures we want to fill your room with. As the furniture from Pottery Barn Kids went in, we handpicked details and loves from our favourite stores and sellers. Searching markets on sunday mornings for books to read to you one day & picking out flowers on fridays to dry and hang. I planted gardens on the wall, arranging small woodland friends to greet you. Mr robin keeps a watchful eye. This room has quickly become our favourite in the whole house. I try not to disturb it too often in the day, to keep the magic alive. But in the afternoon, the sun spills through and we can’t help to take a peek and it makes us so happy.

We are so lucky to have worked on this nursery with Pottery Barn Kids, Ripe Maternity & so many wonderful makers and sellers. Please see a linked list of each and every treasure at the end of the post.


Links to Treasures featured:

Mid Century Cot - Pottery Barn Kids
Bassinet & Mattress Set - Pottery Barn Kids
Angled Bookcase - Pottery Barn Kids
Mid Century 3 Drawer Dresser + Change Table - Pottery Barn Kids

Bassinet Fitted Sheet - Pottery Barn Kids
Organic Matelasse Changing Pad Cover - Pottery Barn Kids
Ramona Woodland Baby Bed Linen - Pottery Barn Kids

Maternity Outfits
Sofia Shirred Dress - Ripe Maternity
Short Sleeve Round About Tee with Denim Overalls - Ripe Maternity
Paige Poplin Dress - Ripe Maternity

Wall Decor
Paint: Maiden’s Blush Quarter - Dulux
Botanical Flowers Wall Decal - Lilipinso x Nina Stajner via Little Whimsy Boutique
Sparrows and Branches Wall Decal - Lilipinso x Nina Stajner via Little Whimsy Boutique
Little Forest Animals Wall Decal - Lilipinso x Nina Stajner via Little Whimsy Boutique
Sketchbook Mushrooms Art Print by Emily Winfield Martin - Society6
Rose Red Art Print by Taryn Draws - Society6
Anya Wallpaper - Loomwell

Natural Rust Dot Rug - Hunter & Nomad
Gold Peony Flower Mobile - My Dear Ellie
Rose Strolley - Olli Ella
Straw Luggy - Olli Ella
Sunshine Felt Flower Garland - Realm Decor
Botanical Garden Canopy in Baby’s Breath - Spinkie
Kids Rattan Hanger 3 Pack - The Ivory Fawn
White Bunting - Numero 74 via KID
Muskhane Mushroom - Little Whimsy Boutique

Most were thrifted
Anne Arrives - Penguin Books via Little Whimsy Boutique
Jane Austen : My First Little People, Big Dreams - Booktopia
The Secret Garden - Wordsworth Collector’s Edition via Booktopia
Alice in Wonderland - Wordsworth Collector’s Edition via Booktopia
Anne’s Feelings - Booktopia
Pride & Prejudice - Cozy Classics via Booktopia

Baby Clothing & Accessories
Floral Bow Headbands - My Dear Ellie
Floral Embroidered Pinafore Dress - Boden Clothing
Collared Body - Boden Clothing
Samson Salted Caramel Lace Up Booties - Fawn & Finch

First Stacking Ring - Plan Toys
Alphablanks Blocks - Uncle Goose
Dreamy Doll Marikit - Spinkie
Cecilia Soft Doll - Bonikka
Felix the Fox - Nana Huchy
Dottie Doll - Nana Huchy
Bonnie the Bunny - Nana Huchy
Matilda Doll - Alimrose
Sofia Bunny - Alimrose
Toby Elephant Comfort Toy - Alimrose

Baby Spy Diary

Ft. My Dear Ellie Headband

Ft. My Dear Ellie Headband


There’s a ladybug kicking in my tummy and she’s 25 weeks. A sagittarius in the making, due a week before my most favourite time. This time is passing so quickly. We know Christmas always comes around so quickly each year, that I think if little spy was due at any other point then time would surely move slower.

1 AM mornings, I sometimes whisper to Paolo “Can you believe we’re having a ladybug?” I expect him to be in as much disbelief as me, but he always replies so surely, “Yes.” I can always depend on this Taurus moon. He says his goodnights to me, like always, but now adds one for little spy.

My days are quiet and I feel my creativity replenished but calm. I haven’t been working anymore. These structure-less days are still foreign to me. Some mornings I write, some I sew or take photos. Some I don’t know what to do, and so I just close my eyes. I hope I am taking enough care of this ladybug.

Nursery planning has consumed my afternoon hours. Paolo paints and my dad comes over to answer all my questions about building things that I don’t understand. I feel myself overwhelmed with all the loves I want to share with little spy - I buy her books from the markets, and dolls that she can tell her secrets to. I want her space to be full of loves & a place for her curiosities to grow.

Nursery Notes

Notes from my planning stages of baby spy’s nursery.


Mood board

Theme: The Secret Garden

Muted peachy tones, delicate florals, secret wooden doors, dried flowers, antique keys, straw hats, pretty ribbons, wooden elephants, vintage fabrics and sweet dresses, little treasures, antique gold, a love for timeless classics, curiosity.



Links //

One (Billy Bibs)
Two (Boden)
Three (Society 6)
Four (Numero 74)
Five (This Paper Book)
Six (Alimrose)
Seven (Ebay)
Eight (Fawn & Finch)
Nine (Modern Monty)

A Guide To Spring

Spring: Following winter, followed by summer.
Southern hemisphere: September, October & November.
Northern hemisphere: March, April & May.



To Wear


Spring look no. 1

Softly wild hair, flowing dress, puff sleeves, pastel hues, picking wild flowers, woven accessories.



Spring look no.2

Powder pink, angelic rose. Hopeless modern romantic. Pearls and poetry.



Spring look no. 3

Pack a picnic basket. Days bicycle riding to nearby castles. Woven accessories and ribbons in hair. Monochrome chic.


To Do

  1. Spring nail art

  2. Press flowers

  3. Find wild flowers

  4. Paint outside

  5. Plant a flower garden

  6. Host a tea party

  7. Make brunch plans

  8. Spring clean

  9. DIY perfume

  10. Feed the ducks

  11. Make a flower crown

  12. Visit baby farm animals

  13. Learn to cross stitch

  14. Watch the sunset

  15. Pick fresh flowers

  16. Go on a bike ride

  17. Wear pastels

  18. Plan a picnic

  19. Eat fairy bread

  20. Update your makeup shelf

  21. Keep a journal

  22. Visit the farmer’s market

  23. Wear floral

  24. Make cupcakes

  25. Take a bubble bath

  26. Visit a flower show

  27. Make homemade lemonade

  28. Go on a hike


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to listen to

Love Like A Sunset Part II - Phoenix
The Melody of a Fallen Tree - Windsor for the Derby
Chateau - Angus & Julia Stone
Pride & Prejudice Film Soundtrack
Neapolitan Dreams - Lisa Mitchell
World Spins Madly On - The Weepies
Where You Lead - Carole King
Tongue Tied - Group Love
Youngblood - Angus & Julia Stone
The Breach - Dustin Tebbutt
Ride - Lana Del Rey
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

to watch

The Secret Garden
The Virgin Suicides
Big Fish
Pride & Prejudice
Sense & Sensibility
Howl’s Moving Castle
Picnic At Hanging Rock
Marie Antoinette
The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz