From choosing sturdy car seats to packing the perfect hospital bag (eek, don't forget straws!) to familiarising yourself with the baby poo chart(!) - getting ready for your new arrival is by no means an easy task.
Another biggie on the list, is creating a nursery that your baby will feel safe and snug in. Luckily, Giovanna Fletcher has opened the doors to her newly-refurbished nursery so we can have a sneak peek and get lots of #nurseryinspo.
Giovanna teamed up with Wayfair UK to create the perfect nursery and guest room and it's simply gorgeous! Take a look below.
Giovanna Fletcher's nursery and guest bedroom: the pics!
Ahead of the arrival of her third child, Giovanna spoke to Wayfair UK’s Resident Style Advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, to help redecorate their guest room and their child’s nursery.
1) You have created a beautiful family home with your husband, Tom. Tell us about your home and how you chose it?
We moved into our house 12 years ago when we were only 21-years-old. We’d bought a show house, which was great for us at the time as it meant we could just put our clothes in the wardrobe and pop the kettle on. It was hassle-free and looked stunning. But as time went on we realised it wasn’t really very ‘us’. It didn’t show off our personalities or interests. It wasn’t particularly practical either in terms of storage. About two years ago we decided to make some upgrades and I’m so glad we did. The house is now a collection of the things we love. It’s also colourful, warm, inviting, cosy, inspiring and calming, depending on where we are in the house.
2. Did you have to re-decorate when you moved in? If so, where did you start and what was your inspiration?
We kept the house exactly as it was for the first few years. Then we eventually painted the guest room as we were turning that into Tom’s music room and then painted the cinema room to give it a little more depth. I’ll be completely honest, we really just painted the walls and we moved furniture around. It wasn’t particularly creative of us!
3. How did the design of your home change when you became parents?
Having children forced us to look at our home differently. Firstly, we realised that children take over! There’s not a single room that doesn’t contain some sort of child-related item.
Before we became parents, we did a first aid course which led us to do an extensive ‘risk assessment’ in the house, which completely freaked us out and made us view everything as a potential threat.
The glass went. Any sharp corners were frowned upon. Stair gates went in. Locks were fitted on locks.
But since we’ve really redecorated we’ve been able to have more fun with the space. Growing up I can remember being told off about doing anything that might damage the carpet, sofas, or breakables. The boys still have to be careful, of course, but I’d say our style has become more family-friendly. I want out home to feel like people live there.
4. How would you describe your interior style? What’s most important to you when decorating a room?
I like a room to reflect some personality while being inviting and cosy. I also want it to be practical. I’m not one for useless faff.
5. Baby no. 3 will be arriving soon—what was the inspiration behind the new nursery?
I really wanted to freshen up the space as it’s not been redesigned since it became Buzz’s room four years ago and looked tired and worn. I wanted a fresh, clean space that felt homely and calming. It was also important for it to be gender neutral as we aren’t finding out the sex of the baby - although even when he or she is born we won’t be adding loads of pink or blue!
6. What are your favourite items in the nursery? Why do you love them?
The jungle-themed wallpaper is stunning and adds so much to the space, while also being neutral and calming. I really love a statement design - we have flamingos in the downstairs loo, an intricate story-based design in the boys’ room and then full on ‘flower power’ in my office!
The tipi tent is gorgeous – such a unique but affordable touch and I can really imagine the baby lying in there and taking it all in. There are also so many textures to explore with the cushions, throws and rugs and the muted pastel shades help make it all look so beautiful.
I’m also really happy with the wardrobe and changing unit. Babies come with lots of stuff - and being the third child, this baby is inheriting a fair few clothes, so it’s good to have somewhere to put it all. I love the design of both these items as they feel really unique.
7. Walk us through your Guest Bedroom. What do you love most about the style of the space?
The guest room is an important one to us as we do tend to have people to stay quite a lot. I wanted somewhere cool, interesting, comfortable, relaxing, and adult - somewhere for them to escape from the rest of the house.
Even though the room is full with neutral tones, the pops of inky blues, soft blush and gleaming golds really help to make it inviting and interesting. I love the use of texture too with the tassel throw cushions and woven wall hangings.
The bedside lamps are stunning too. They throw the light in such a magical way in the evening.
I also love it when guests sleep really well here, so I wanted to do everything I could to ensure a good night’s sleep. I opted for a comfy upholstered bed and Wayfair’s best-selling thermo-regulated memory foam Nora mattress. My sister and her husband have already been over to test it out and loved it. Hurrah!
8. What’s next for your home? Any big renovation plans or rooms you would love to tackle next?
I think I’d like to redesign the cinema room and the bathrooms next and I’d also really like to finish off our bedroom. We painted and furnished it about a year ago, but working with Wayfair.co.uk has really shown how me how vital all the statement pieces and finishing touches are and not to be scared to use different textures, colours and to layer things up.
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