Hi cuties!!! BEAUX BABY NURSERY IS FINALLY HERE!!! Omg it's only taken 10/10 months of pregnancy to get this baby room done. I really wanted to make this space the most thoughtful, carefully curated, meaningful and beautiful room in our home. I also hate 'baby' stuff, gendered colour themes (ugh so archaic!), and having wasteful or disposable decor...it makes me so bored and I tune out. I really focused on accruing forever pieces that would be able to stay with our baby well into adult years. So I turned to all of my favourite artisans and brands to make it happen.
I remember reading once pre-pregnancy that it is wise to spend the same amount of time prepping yourself for the marathon ahead as you will on the nursery. I just didn't expect all of that to take 10 months. So! I’ve tried to spend 60% of this pregnancy preparing my mind and body for the birth, 30% getting the baby room ready, and 10% telling myself pregnancy is temporary and that it will all be ok. All of that though has taken 10 months of prep to fully explore and for the most part, 'accomplish'. Pregnancy is no joke.
The 60% of my baby prep was spent with my Beaux Black Book of London healers, via weekly reflexology, acupuncture, and biweekly osteopathy, my antenatal course (the gentle birth method), doing yoga, yoga nidra, hypnobirthing, therapy, walking, clearing emotional baggage and doing shadow work, perineum massage from 36 weeks onwards, having lots of baths, essential oil routines (ie, frankincense in facial lotion), and resting as much as possible (...that wasn't by choice. I literally was bedridden most of this pregnancy.) I also dived into holistic and alternative pregnancy and birthing books. Also included in that 60% was honouring the fact when I was maxed out of said books, hypnobirthing, information. When I needed to just be and not take anything more in. And now I can say I think I am ready on that '60%' front. I literally cannot prep any more. I am full to the brim.
The 30% of nursery work revolving around the premise of needing to create a literal and metaphorical space for this baby...started actually back when we went to Puglia last May, about 2 months before I fell pregnant. I found a few vintage Italian magazines (called OGGI, a huge hit in the 50s and 60s) at a flea market in Brindisi that I wanted to frame in our home at some point. It was that trip that we decided we were ready to begin calling in the souls to our family. Aka "trying". Then I commissioned the supah KUL wire mobile from Lane Walkup. I started curating art pieces for the baby room (I painted a tribute to David Shrigley's "It's Ok" bubbles and had pieces commissioned by my all-time favourite London-based painter Alexa Coe.) I pulled beaux rugs and organized the tres kül and tres afforable Ikea crib and perfect rocker. I found a really cool dutch antique linen press--->changing table at a flea market. The cherry on top of the cake pieces were the PERFECT (and custom) Ayla furniture linen presses that go alongside the crib for our baby! But before any of this was able to quite literally come together I had a bigger issue at hand. The flat needed a (professional) deep clean. I needed help. But by this point I was 38 weeks pregnant and less than...mobile.
Pandora Sykes mentioned this London company called Fantastic Services a while ago after they helped her move house seamlessly. COOL. noted, and bookmarked...and omg, I am so glad I made that note bc I would not have a completed nursery if it weren't for them. I have had the desire to 'nest' in a more figurative sense...ie, wiping my phone clean to get ready for photos, organizing our family files, etc. etc. But not actually cleaning. I am too big and uncomfortable atm. Conflictingly, I was super keen to have a proper full on one-off shake down of our home to honour baby's arrival. Anyway. I organized one Sunday afternoon to have them come and do a massive clean (which btw is a great resource to have if you live in London, also mentioned in my Beaux Black Book.) Most helpful decision I've made this pregnancy. That and to practice yoga.💖
Now we can just chill and prepare to welcome baby and focus on the final 10% of the birth prep: which is telling myself it’s all finite. And that feels pretty good.
Anyway without further ado, The Beaux Nursery.
I have to thank my most stylish friend Maddy helping me hunt for the perfect belgian-esque armchair under 1000£. Ideally under 500£. And she found this insane one from Ikea that couldn't be most perfect. Shout out to great friends who have the best taste!! Also there is a great life hack company called Bemz that makes beautiful linen slipcovers for Ikea furniture and suddenly you have like a high design investment piece....from ikea.
My beloved smudge stick in an abalone shell, alongside my commissioned Alexa Coe portrait of me pregnant and a 1960s Italian magazine beach tear out.
I keep trying to find the words to describe the most beautiful handmade cabinets by Ayla Furniture I have ever seen....but words fail me. I have walked into the Beaux nursery dozens of times a day since these were delivered just to take these in. I have never seen pieces of furniture more beautifully made, or flat out, more beautiful. End of story. We commissioned these custom pieces for our baby room and they could not have turned out more perfectly. They are made by the most talented Devon-based furniture store...AYLA...and the genius behind it happens to also be our best friend. That couldn't be more amazing.
Before I even considered beginning a family with my hubby, I wanted this illusive Senovinis blanket that is from Lithuania. I always saw it as our (future) family heirloom and let me tell you, after looking for 3 years, I still only know of two stockists in the world who stock it. The first is my favourite Aussie brand, Yoli and Otis, and the second is an American store called Fog Linen. My parents bought it for us and I cannot wait to have it forever.
Additionally, the first purchase I made for the baby room back in September was commissioning this wire mobile from one of my favourite artists, Lane Walkup. She is based in Oregon and is such a boss. I want everything from her.
My parents also brought this Restoration Hardware moses basket over from California for me (along with the Senovinis blanket), complete with organic linen bedding and lovely little toys for baby. Everything was handpicked by people in our lives that we love.
This is a one-of-a-kind hand-painted plate from my number one Alexa Coe and Kana London and then these little figures are from my favourite art shop in London, Greene & Stone in Chelsea. You're supposed to paint them colours but I don't like colours that much unless its all the colours. Can you tell?
We had an incredibly useful custom table top made that makes it safe for baby changing to happen on top of my beloved antique dutch linen press. Baby wont roll off, and the pad is attached to the top.
Changing table featuring eco nappies, eco disposable nappy bags, grapefruit seed oil wipes, and of course fresh flowers. And to the right are the most stunning Ayla cabinets, an essential oil diffuser and my Beaux Store rug storage lol. 🙈
I really had hoped I would have been able to describe my pregnancy as 'graceful' but at least I am able to pick my dates and eat them too. Dates like the food, not like the calendar. Anyway, here is my journal at 4am one snowy London morning... xo Ashley