Putting aside childbirth, one of the most stressful elements of pregnancy is deciding on the furniture for a baby’s room. UK-native and Dubai resident, Joelle Clute, savvily picked out pieces for her nursery that would last way beyond the baby years. Here she shares how she pulled it all together.
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“We started planning my nursery corner back in January. Unfortunately we have to move house in October 2016 as our landlord is knocking down our villa compound down to build apartments, so instead of redecorating my office, we decided to create a nursery corner in our room. We hadn’t done much with our bedroom so it was an easy space to work with.”
“I spent hours and hours waking around the malls looking at nursery furniture in your typical baby stores and just wasn’t impressed, and didn’t want to spend money on something we wouldn’t use in the future. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m slightly obsessed with decor, flowers and home accessories. West Elm Dubai and their friendly staff made sourcing items for my nursery corner, easy.”
“I loved the mid-century collection and if I didn’t have a budget to work around I probably would of bought so much more. The chest of drawers is something we can use forever, as is the grey chair and side table. The drinks trolley was my favorite purchase. I wanted a stylish changing table and I thought it was the perfect solution as it had bars around the edge and a section for nappies and wipes, it wasn’t until we got it home that I realised it was a bit low for us to change Adeline on, so we bought a cheap changing table elsewhere and used our drinks trolley as a side table for changing accessories. It’s seriously practical!”
“The brass lamp, gold and white picture frames and wall hooks were the perfect additions for finishing touches as they all featured a little touch of gold. We knew Adeline (our now 3-month old baby) was a girl so using gold was my way of making the nursery corner feminine but not over the top. My friend Lillian who owns E Walls printed off some gold dots for me and designed a large dark grey giraffe, which sits over her retro crib. I love animals so we went for safari animal theme using soft toys and prints. After all, it’s still our bedroom too so we didn’t want to over do it with baby decor and bright colorful baby toys!”
Joelle Clute moved to Dubai nearly 7 years ago, where she met her Canadian husband Nathan. She’s a full time wedding blogger and event stylist and obsessed with flowers, interiors and home accessories. Check out her blog, My Lovely Wedding, follow her on Instagram and check out her Facebook page.