When I was pregnant I didn't have any firm ideas about how I'd like to decorate Talitha's nursery, save for the fact I didn't really fancy incorporating the more traditional elements of pink/blue and soft toys everywhere. I was also reluctant to get too into decorating for her as she doesn't really have her own room. It's still a bit of a work in progress, and in fact she's in a room which is a hybrid of a home office for B, a guest room and a nursery. That said, it's worked out pretty well and she has one side of the room, while everything else is fairly well contained on the other side. Having the room as a multi-purpose space has meant that I haven't injected as much colour as I perhaps would if she was in her own little nursery. Instead, I've focused on making her side of the room cosy, with soft pinks and greys that blend into the room's existing scheme.
As someone who loves a new homeware item or two, I was delighted to hear about the new Mamas & Papas collection, designed by the brilliant Niki Jones. (I was even more delighted when they offered to send me a few pieces to try out!) Straight away I could see how the capsule collection was sympathetic to nurseries while not being too 'babyish'. Since becoming parents both B and I have marvelled at the sheer amount of stuff that has built up around our home. Even though we've tried to stick to the essentials it all seems to pile up - and much of it has only been needed for a short season. With this is mind I wanted to create a nursery with items that would last well beyond the first year and would make a nice hand-me-down for future children. (No, I'm not pregnant again before you ask!)
Safety Note :-
I just want to preface all this by pointing out that Talitha is now one, so we feel a bit more comfortable putting the odd item in her cot. Before this we kept it super simple with her sleeping in a sleeping bag, with nothing else in her cot at all. I've styled the coverlet in her cot, but I think it's also perfectly suited to being used on a chair, on the floor, over your lap... anywhere!
With regards to the bumper, opinion on them is divided but we actually use ours outside the cot bars - not to protect from knocks and bumps - but rather to shield Tal when she lies down in the cot. According to Mamas & Papas the critical element is to remove them when the child can push up on hands and knees/sit unaided around 6 months of age. (I think/hope we're ok as the bumper sits outside the bars on Tal's cot!)
The soft colours in the capsule collection are what appealed to me first of all. The soft grey and pink tones, combined with the more fun pops of warmer colours like the mustard yellow are gorgeous. The geometric design also feel contemporary and add interest. Each piece feels really considered and wouldn't just be restricted to use in a nursery. In fact, the coverlet is now a staple in our living room. It's so cosy to wrap up under, but makes a handy quilt to pop on the floor when any friends with little babies visit.
The collaboration with Niki Jones is such a smart way to bring fresh inspiration to a much-loved brand. Quite aside from Mamas & Papas, her work is inspiring, especially her use of colour and extra detailing such as appliqué and patchworks. The Mamas & Papas vibe is all about products 'designed for parents, by parents' and this collection embodies it beautifully.
How cute is that moon cushion? I have to admit, I usually play my interiors very safe and stick to soft / muted tones. But this yellow is absolutely beaut and creates just the right amount of interest without being too much.
The detailing on the pieces is stunning too. Who doesn't love a pom pom? Can you spot Tallie in the cot image below getting to grips with the pom poms coverlet? Too cute! There are four other pieces in the collection that are not pictured here: a lampshade, a gorgeous sleeping bag, a sweet house cushion and a beautiful 'Lotus' rug. They all sit alongside each other so well but they'd work really well on their own, complementing an existing nursery scheme.
The Niki Jones collection is in stores now.
Disclosure - Mamas & Papas gave me the products mentioned in this post for styling and review purposes. All opinions are my own.