Show us your nursery – Sunday’s designer edge, budget friendly space

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A nursery as visually delicious as this couldn’t possible be a fluke, or an accidental stroke of design genius. No, this nursery has the touch of a mum who knows exactly what she’s doing when it comes to interior styling.

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Welcome to the darling abode of Sunday, a rather lucky young lady, who has her mum – interior stylist and props purchaser Briar Stanley to thank for her beautiful surrounds.

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Here’s what Briar had to say about styling her own daughter’s first room:

Decorating the baby’s bedroom was one of my most enjoyable styling projects ever. I spent about four months putting it together slowly, purchasing things along the way. As with most of my styling projects, I started off with a mood board to get the look and feel I was after, and worked out early on the colour we planned on painting the room – Taubmans ‘Inverness’. Although we knew we were having a girl, I was keen to make a bold, fun and colourful space that wasn’t too girly. I was also conscious of working to a strict budget.

You hear that? This gorgeous room was created on a budget! And we won’t leave you hanging – here are some of the clever ways that Briar pinched her pennies while creating the nursery:

  • The vintage bookshelf was purchased from a thrift shop for $50 – and became as good as new with a coat of primer and Taubmans Peach Orchid.
  • I have always loved the 1963 Enzo Mari Red Apple screenprint. Budget wouldn’t allow for me to purchase the real thing (£220), so I painted my own version on canvas.
  • The vintage change table was from Gumtree for $40 – I gave it a good clean and re-painted it white.
  • The pendant light is the Foto from Ikea. I then spray painted it with White Knight ‘Rust Guard’ – the perfect matt grey in my opinion.
  • I created a giant confetti project from Beci Orpin’s book ‘Find & Keep’. I used more durable cardboard rather than paper.
  • My mum is very crafty, and made a collection of soft toys (critters), crocheted blankets and knitted clothes for the baby while I was pregnant.
  • A large amount of vintage books and toys were purchased at thrift shops along the way during my pregnancy. I love the mix of old and new items, making it a truly eclectic space.
  • I painted one wall panel in black chalkboard paint so when Sunday is older she will have her own wall to ‘grafitti’ with chalk. In the meantime, I have drawn my own whimsical illustrations.

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One of the most beautiful pieces in the entire nursery, in my opinion, is the framed French Navy card, on which Briar had the doctor secretly write down the sex of the baby, and was later opened in private.

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And here’s where to source some of the other brilliant and bold items in Sunday’s nursery:

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