Melissa C. Koh

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Nursery Revamp

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Welcome to our newly revamped Nursery! With the addition of a new family member, Baby Asher, I wanted to do something to commemorate his arrival. We decided to transform the current nursery to one that can fit both Noah and Asher’s needs.

As we are moving out in a couple of months, we wanted to changes to be as minimal and fuss-free, repurposing as many furniture pieces that we could as possible.

So let me take you through each section of the nursery!

Before
After

As we didn’t want to do any major changes to the nursery, we needed to find ways to make minimal changes with the biggest impacts and one of the best ways to do that is to change the colour of our accent wall. We chose this Blade Runner colour from Nippon Paint which was the perfect choice for the theme of the room. It was originally in a gorgeous shade of green, but we thought it’s time to make this space into a “blue sanctuary” for the boys. I actually asked Noah for his opinion, and he selected “blue” as that is his current favourite colour! As a feature 

wall in the room, we added a series of 3 frames to tie the theme of the room together! We settled on the theme “Babs Barn” as the story goes: both our boys are born in the year of a barn animal. We’ve got a little piglet (Noah) and now, an Ox (Baby Asher), so we thought it’d be cute that these frames also represent them in some way. If you recall, my changing table was against this feature wall in my previous nursery, but we decided to move that out of the way to make space for Asher’s Stokke crib, as the new changing table was too bulky for this wall.

This side of the room is meant to be all fun and games. We’ve put Noah’s desk for drawing and activities and installed floating shelfs as storage for Noah’s storybooks. Though it is a shared space, we wanted to make sure that both boys have their own little corners to call their own, at least for now. There’s also a kitchen set that we will soon set up to complete this section of the nursery as Noah has taken interest in playing pretend as “chef Nono” lately.

The wall with these cute little decals which we co-designed with Urban Li’l is also called “Babs Barn”! We tried to make every aspect of the room be tied to a barn house theme/aesthetic. A lot of thought was put into designing these decals, from the number of elements, to the size of each decal, to the colour scheme, which we made to match with the exact shade of my feature wall.

We also tucked my nursing chair from Hatchery Cribs  in this corner of the room so that I can watch Noah play while feeding Asher at the same time. I love the natural light that comes in at certain times of the day, so I wanted to be nursing in a spot that is calming and yet inspiring. We also placed our IKEA Kallax Shelving unit next to it and against the windows which stores a variety of things from

Noah’s books and toys to my breast pumps and milk bottles. Storage spaces are so crucial in a nursery. I strongly believe in having Noah’s toys easily accessible to him as this will encourage independent play time. The different boxes also acts as organisation units for his toys. Noah knows where to go for his cars, doctor set, construction blocks, legos, etc. 

This side of the nursery definitely boasts the biggest transformation. To further emphasise the theme of Babs Barn, we installed these wall panels from Vwalla which instantly gives off barn house vibes. Solid wooden vertical panels also add height to the walls, giving an optical illusion of a higher ceiling. We replaced our previous dresser (which I loved very much) to a bigger dresser so that we can accommodate to both Noah and Asher’s needs. I love that this dresser is symmetrical, giving me double the volume in terms or storage. This is where I keep all their daily essentials from body creams, diaper balms, diapers, clothes, swaddles, blankets, etc.I believe in going a little over-the-top when it comes to wall

decorations in nurseries as it encourages the kids to explore, pay attention to and have an inquisitive spirit towards their surroundings. I was on the look out for posters that I could hang up but haven’t found something suitable yet. I might actually design one to my own liking soon! Other than that, we heavily decorated the panels with a large Nautical mirror, some floating wood shelves for more storage and decor space and an accordion rack above the clothing rack. To personalise the space, we also have the name boards that I co-designed with Urban Li’l! I believe I’ll have much fun constantly transforming this wall, based on how and what I feel, in time to come! But for now, I’m loving how open-ended it is. 

Revamping the nursery has been a little passion project of mine and it makes me so happy to see everything come together. It still has the essence of the previous one (we haven’t steered away from an animal theme nursery) but is enough of a change that it feels like a new space to welcome baby Asher in.
If you’re interested in any of the items, be sure to click though the links in the post to purchase!

I hope you enjoyed this little nursery update! Follow me on my Instagram to see how else I’d be transforming the space in the weeks and months to come!

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