Top 10 nurseries of 2015

Designing a nursery is an exciting time for parents-to-be, and we’re honoured that so many share their elation – and creativity – with us. We’ve stepped inside dozens of baby havens through our “Show Us Your Nursery” series. Let’s have a look at our readers’ 10 favourites.

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At No.10 is baby Cici’s “pimped-out” crib – by no means our regular Show Us Your Nursery post, but one we couldn’t resist sharing. In a YouTube parody of TV show MTV Cribs, dad Bryan Canatella takes viewers on a tour of baby Cecilia’s nursery. The “elegant” nappy changing station, reading corner, “chill” spot and baby-sized “walk-in closet” are among the features that make it a must-see tour.

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From the semi-ridiculous to the sublime, in ninth place was this colourful modern Aztec-style nursery fit for a growing boy. Lucky Greyson’s room is bright, with bold patterns and strong native motifs. It’s already lots of fun, but gives him space to inject his personality as he matures.

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We all like to embrace our inner interior designer to create beautiful spaces for our children, but what happens when you are a stylist by trade? Mum Aleisha showed us how the professionals do it, taking us through the divine bohemian-style nursery she designed for baby daughter Summer Daisy (while also keeping in mind her older son).

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Lucky by nickname and lucky by nature – this baby boy was welcomed home to a gorgeous nursery, planned by mum Holly from her first trimester. The cosy room stands out for its hints of gold and blue on monochrome, with a beautiful painting by Lucky’s grandmother providing the perfect finishing touch.

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When reader Tracey found out she was having a girl, she hit her colour palette with gusto. Baby Milla’s nursery is a serene combination of sweet pink, white and beige. “I wanted it to look girly, pretty, calm and classy. No bright colours for this room!” Tracey says.

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Our No.4 nursery post was baby boy Lincoln’s blue retreatMum Tamsyn embraced the challenge of turning a blue space into a calm, boyish nursery for her second son. “My challenge was to use the same colour walls (and a lot of the same furniture) yet still come up with a nursery that looked completely different from the last,” she says.

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Of course some parents prefer to keep the baby’s sex a surprise, which can make designing the nursery even more challenging. It was a task mum-to-be Meg took on with relish, skilfully creating a gender-neutral baby room with flair. No easy task, but we’re sure baby Oliver loves it as much as we do.

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Monochrome makes another appearance in our No.2 post. Mum Maria, a children’s interior stylist, used bursts of colour to bring son Max’s small room to life. She even designed his bed to make the most of the cosy space. It became the “hero piece” of the room, around which everything else was designed. You’ll be amazed by all there is to see in this space.

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We also love to get a sneak peek at kids’ rooms further afield, and it just so happens that our top post of the year hails all the way from New York City. The most extraordinary thing about this particular nursery is its size, or lack thereof. Not that you’d know – a revamp has given siblings Brody  and Harper’s 4.9sq m room an urban, chic edge that has to be seen to be believed. You were also in awe of the stunning room, which has a black-and-white colour scheme and key pieces of furniture from Ikea.

Do you have a nursery you’d like to share? Simply fill out our Show Us Your Nursery form, we’d love to hear from you!

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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