I have always wanted to live in a cottage and so of course I fell instantly in love with Julie Annis’ English cottage nursery for her newborn baby girl Primrose (such a sweet name). Illustrator Julie runs Hollyhock Lane, where she hand draws quirky, beautiful and eco friendly wedding stationary, all from her little cottage in rural Sussex. It sounds idyllic! I always love nurseries done on a budget as I feel they put people creativity to the test and there is so much to be proud off when you can do this and create a homely space for your baby.
Tell us about your English cottage nursery, Julie?
Living in a two bed cottage we already had a spare room but it needed a little transforming (well of course it didn’t ‘need’ it, but it was a good excuse to do a little bit of interior design – I’m sure Primrose doesn’t mind a bit about décor style in her new environment). A few factors we needed to bear in mind… 1) it had to be done on a budget and 2) we wanted to retain our spare guest bed which turns in to a pull out double as we do have quite a few visitors.
We had lived with the room as it was when we moved in which was painted in a dusky Germolene pink and although it was quite nice and cottagey, maybe a bit too dark for a room with tiny windows and not a lot of light. So the only decorating we did was to paint the walls and ceiling bright white which I think suits the cottage beams much better anyway and immediately lightened the whole room.I made some simple tabbed curtains out of this incredible fabric stash I found at a jumble sale for a couple of pounds. It’s a vintage habitat design called ‘Egyptian birds’ by Collier Campbell and I still can’t believe what an amazing find it was (still have loads of it left so got other projects in the pipeline too as well as a future tutorial on how to make these simple curtains).The furniture was also pretty much sourced from here and there at no great cost. The locker style cabinet was actually found in one of our outbuildings, left by a previous tenant and I painted it up in moonstone grey (one of my current favourite wood paint colours on the market).
The changing table which is really a 1940′s enamel topped kitchen cabinet and the chest of drawers were found at Ardingly antiques market – a local and frequent day out for me. I last went with my friend Kenny and his baby girl from Leaphouse which was lucky as I had to get both those items in/on the car which would have been a feat I couldn’t have managed on my own at 8 months pregnant. He and his family bought us the vintage wire and wooden block toy also from Ardingly as a pressie for the little one which I absolutely love.Finally, there’s the cot we scored off Freecyle (although baby will be in with us to start with), and various other bits and bobs found at car boots, junk shops and charity shops. I also made a wee spot of bunting to liven up the cot area. And the radio… I’m an avid radio 4 listener so I practically need a radio in every room in the house. Besides, I use it to help me get back to sleep at 5am in the morning when I wake, so hopefully it will have the same effect on baby too.Thanks Julie for telling us about your English cottage nursery!
Sources & Credits:
English Cottage Nursery Design: Jullie Annis from Hollyhock Lane
Wall colour: Bright White
Curtains: Vintage Liberty fabric found at a Jumble Sale
Locker style cabinet: Vintage find and then painted with Moonstone Grey paint
Changing table, chest of drawers & wire toy: Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair