Teddy Bear Nursery

When we found out we were pregnant with baby number 1, we decided straight away that we did not want to find out the gender of the baby. Easier said than done, especially when it came round to deciding a theme for the nursery. We wanted something that was as unisex as possible, and a theme that would be easy to find in the stores.
I had seen some really gorgeous teddy bear themed nurseries on pinterest, so decided on doing that. Once we had decided on doing a teddy theme – everything teddy bear related seemed to vanish from the stores.
I love neutrals, and I wanted the same for a nursery – so no bright teddy bears that clash etc – yes it’s a baby’s room – but it can still be done tastefully.
I am the type of person that loves a bargain – and hates to pay full price for anything. I also am not shy of op shopping (thrift store shopping). So naturally these were the first places I started looking. I also hit the internet and looked on eBay and Trademe (a NZ equivalent to eBay).  I had a set vision in mind, and knew exactly what I wanted to achieve for this room.
I luckily found 2 cot sets online, one was second hand, and the other was new. The second hand one came with a teddy shaped carpet, a cot bumper, linen, and a really large blanket. The new one came with a cot quilt, and bumper. They were perfect, and were great additions to the room.

One thing I managed to find was a teddy mobile – this was an All Black one, but it was in the right colours, and it was a bargain (again), so nabbed it up as soon as I saw it.

I also found a cupboard/ changing table on Trademe for $60NZD which I thought was a bargain, as it had enough storage at the bottom for nappies, linen and other bits and pieces, and also had the changing table on the top.
Next was to find a cupboard to put all the baby clothes in (I have taken over the master bedroom cupboard, so hubby has the other upstairs room cupboard for his clothes). Luckily my work were getting rid of some old shelving cupboards, and I grabbed. My husband converted it into a hanging cupboard with some shelves, and it’s been great ever since.

We purchased a cot and mattress, and used my grans old rocking chair (that also happened to go with the cot). Next we needed to decorate the walls. I am not one for stick on borders etc, so decided that I wanted some artwork that would be unique and something that could be updated easily. My one cousin was studying art at university, and I got him to help me. Firstly we painted a giant teddy bear on the one wall (thanks again to pintrest). I love this teddy, its subtle enough not to take over the whole room – but it definitely has the WOW factor when anyone saw it. On the opposite wall – again my cousin painted/drew different teddy bears for me – all in a neutral colour palette. I hunted op shops for frames, and laid them all out the way I wanted, before putting in the teddy prints. I then ordered the letters “Baby” (I think I paid about $5NZD for these off Trademe) and placed them in the middle of the pictures. They look absolutely amazing on the wall and will be super easy to change these out into something else when we wanted to update the room.

Last piece of artwork, was a fabric hanging my aunt did for me, again of a neutral teddy bear. This was made to measure, and fit above the change table/cupboard.

I absolutely loved the way the whole room came out. I loved doing it all with my husband and cousin, and on a budget. It just goes to show, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make something look great.


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