Nursery to Toddler Room Transition
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This big boys room by Maison Ellie interiors is an absolute stunner! Rebecca, the Founder and Designer of Maison Ellie, originally designed the clients nursery, with the beautiful blue sky wall mural - a dreamy, soft, playful space for baby. However, with the arrival of baby sister, the crib, glider and dresser were moved into the new nursery, and it was time to transform this into a more functional toddlers room.
First off, let's take a look at the original nursery interior - that way, you can see how easy, and cost effective it is to transition into a toddlers room, from an initial timeless design, once they're ready for their big bed.
The top image shows the nursery layout - Rebecca chose a traditional, spindle / bobbin style cot (crib) in off-white, paired with neutral coloured bedding and a natural linen throw in blue.
This nursery was ready for a new cohesive aesthetic, something soft and playful that still felt mature enough for a young child to grow into. So, we chose a bright and crisp palette with pops of soft blues, whites, creams and light wood tones — and now it feels like a breath of fresh air! As soon as I walked into the room I knew that we needed to accentuate the ten foot slanted wall; this room was just calling for something special! After sourcing multiple wallpaper options, we landed on an ethereal cloud mural complete with soaring birds. It makes the room feel so much bigger and brighter, which proves just how powerful wallpaper can be.
Continuing with the soft upholstered look, Rebecca replaced the cot with this beautiful linen fabric bed, complete with elegant padded safety bars (how hard is it to find nice looking safety bars for children's beds huh!). As the room isn't large, she positioned the bed along the feature wall, to maximise floor space for playtime.
Above the bed are two of our 4x4 jeep designs - kids who are into cars, trucks and any other transport adore these wall art prints! Hand illustrated by me, Rachael, in colours inspired by Farrow & Ball, they make the perfect finishing touch to any big boys bedroom, or tomboy toddler room. Tap the image below to shop the entire collection;
I know lots of you will be swooning over the sky / cloud mural wallpaper - it's so subtle, but so effective at filling what would otherwise be a blank space. Figuring out how to decorate your sloped ceiling isn't easy, but this certainly fits the bill for a child's bedroom - they can sleep under a dreamy sky! The wallpaper seamlessly transitions over to toddler room, tying in the dusky blue colour palette and complimenting the natural fabrics in the curtains, rug, chair and bed linen.
Below, the reading nook by the door, now transformed into an area for toy and book storage, using IKEA's Eket cabinet, with the Eket wooden legs.
This little guy is at the perfect age to play independently in his room after nap time, and although he already had a tall bookcase we added extra cubby shelves to house more of his favourite toy collections and books.
After moving the bobbin mirror and chest of drawers to the new nursery, Rebecca chose to replace these items with two IKEA classics; The Malm drawers and the Rotsund Mirror - both complimenting the cleaner, sleeker more grownup feel of the toddler room.
The tall shelving unit, by OEUF, remains the same, showing you don't have to make huge changes when you start off with classic, timeless styling.
Soft furnishings are just as important in nursery and kids bedrooms, as anywhere else in the house. Rebecca chose this neutral, hand loomed wool rug, which softens the overall look of the room, and coordinates beautifully with the chair, cushion, bed and curtains.
It all came together so effortlessly because the initial design was so thoughtful. Just goes to show that a timeless design has legs to last, even with a few new pieces of furniture! The space still evokes the same feeling, it’s just been updated to meet growing needs.
To sum up, I am head over heels in love with this room - if you're not already following Maison Ellie, I've provided links below to her socials and website. We also need to give a big round of applause to @heidilauphoto for the stunning interior photography.