Remember our travel-themed nursery for Otis? Well that’s where baby number two will be heading, and in the meantime, we created a whole new room for Otis – and this time it was even more fun as Otis got to be involved in choosing what he wanted. After deliberating over the galaxy, travel and animals, he finally settled on a jungle theme, and here’s the finished result.
As with the nursery, we went with a Scandinavian-inspired style, using lots of white and natural woods. The vinyl stickers, bunting, books and pictures add splashes of colour. And then it’s all tied together with the big jungle mural.
The mural was gifted to us by Murals Wallpaper and is called Hidden Paradise. It costs £37 per square metre. The mural is made-to-measure and they give detailed instructions about how to hang it – Steve did it himself without any issue.
Otis is currently two, so this room will evolve as he gets bigger. He’s currently still in a cot, but we’ll soon upgrade to a bigger bed – I’m thinking of getting one like this and making it into a sort of jungle den. Although this bed would be the absolute dream!
Vinyl jungle stickers
The jungle stickers – one of my absolute favourite things about the room – are from Made of Sundays, a Helsinki-based company that does a gorgeous array of wall stickers. We got the jungle monkeys, jungle sloth and jungle flamingoes. I’m also tempted by the leopard and tiger, which we could add to the bottom of the wall/wardrobe to add to the jungle theme. The stickers were super easy to put up and it’s easy to take them off and re-position them if you don’t get it right the first time (not sure how many times you could do this without them losing their stick, but I moved the flamingoes about four days later without an issue). I also can’t believe how well the stickers match the mural! The stickers were gifted to us by Made of Sundays.
Rug and carpet
Other updates will include a new carpet. We had one ordered, but it had to be cancelled becuase of the lockdown (turns out fitting a carpet yourself is one step too much for us). Instead we put down a rug for the time being, which is from Wayfair.
Aside from the cot, the main furniture is from Ikea. We got a Platsa wardrobe with Fonnes drawers and Fonnes doors. The tanned leather handles are called Östernäs (we still need to add some of the drawers).
The book shelves on the wall are Flisat shelves, perfect for displaying books attractively. And the little book caddy on the floor is from Hartleys, although I’m not sure I’d recommend it as the fabric for the shelves is made of plastic and a bit flimsy – I’d have preferred a canvas option.
The toy storage is made up of two Trofast cabinets.
Toys and decorations
On the gallery wall, we have a solar system mobile and two prints by Bristol artists from The Little Shop. I’d like to extend the gallery wall to include more pictures, and perhaps one of these jungle animal heads.
The lovely wooden Noah’s Ark was a hand-me-down, but there are similar ones available, such as this one by Le Toy Van.
As it is though, we love it, and most importantly of all, Otis loves it too. In fact, he transitioned to the new room with pure delight, putting to bed all my worries about him feeling displaced by his little brother. He refers to it as “the jungle”.