Show us your nursery – Isla’s vintage woodland haven


There are few things that are as cute for a nursery as a woodland theme, and lucky baby Isla has a room with a most gorgeous take on this gender neutral theme.

IslaSUYN5, woodland theme nursery

Mum Kimberley says of putting together her daughter’s room: We began renovating our house just before Isla was born, so we were in a rental for the first six months of her life. During this time I began collecting a few objects here and there to put in her room, but really didn’t finish it until only recently (Isla is now 13 months!). 

Having the time to gather, and in some instances make and revamp her own childhood toys has certainly paid off, resulting in a modern room with some lovely vintage elements to add warmth and history.


I decided on a loosely ‘themed’ woodland nursery quite early on because of two things – firstly, the wallpaper which I absolutely loved when I first saw it and wanted a way of incorporating that into the room,  I think it makes it quite cosy & semi rustic with the dark carpet and the sandstone walls. The second thing was finding a girl on Etsy who made mobiles, and I was able to liaise with her about what I wanted.

Isla SUYN2, woodland theme nursery

Kimberley wanted to keep the room gender neutral should it later be used for another sibling so she kept the key room items quite neutral, with grey, white and natural stone and timber. I then added the pops of duck egg blue and pale pink, with a deeper red coming in from the toadstool elements, and made it more ‘girly’ that way. I sanded back and painted the fireplace surround and mantelpiece using chalk paint for a softer matte finish, and we searched for vintage tiles for the sides.

Isla SUYN 1

The beautiful pink doll’s pram was Kimberley’s from childhood. She repainted and restored it for Isla, creating not just a lovely toy, but an heirloom and vintage decorative feature as well.

Here’s Kimberley’s list of where you can source new items.

Butterfly poster – My Messy Room

Owl cushion & toadstool rattle – Lah De Dah Kids 

Armchair, bookshelf caddy, black & white cushion, waste basket – Ikea

Leander cot & ByBo Design wall mounted change table – Baby Kingdom

Deer, hedgehog & toadstool wall decal & felt fairy toadstool house – Oliver’s Twisty Tales

Cloud cushion (in cot), Fox and Bunny knitted dolls  – Blabla kids

Pendant light ‘Lola’ – About Space


Libby Smith

Libby Smith

Libby lives in Sydney with her husband, three children (plus one on the way) and dog. In a former life, she was a high school English and history teacher who loved going out for breakfast and spending holidays reading book after book. These days, Libby spends her time kid-wrangling, catching quiet moments with a coffee, trying to avoid taking the kids to the shops and, when time allows, getting lost in a good book or a spot of crochet.

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