Nova’s Nursery Nook… that’s a lot of N’s, and this post is a tad delayed. I wanted to write this up before Nova was born, but he decided to keep me on my toes so I ended up spending the last two months of my pregnancy in hospital. He also came a bit early, impatient like his mama!
Anyway, I promised I would share with you how I managed to do his nursery on a budget. With this being my last baby, I did not want to spend a fortune – but I also wanted it to be special! His nursery nook takes up half of our bedroom, so it needed to be beautiful as well. I spent a total of R3500 on all his furniture – yip, that’s right. Cot, rocking chair, side table and compactum. For some of the decor and functional tidbits I chose more expensive items, but that is due to the fact that this is my third baby and I know what works (and what doesn’t).
Some people might not agree with the fact that Nova shares a room with us, but I need it to be this way. Having a preemie changes things. This is my second premature baby, and he does not leave my sight – there is no way that I could be at ease with him sleeping in another room. We also ended up co-sleeping, but still use his cot for daytime naps so he does not get too used to the idea.
Nova’s name inspired the theme for his room. The Native American meaning of ‘Nova’ is “Chases Butterfly”, but it is the meaning in astronomy that sealed the deal for us.
Nova – a star that suddenly becomes thousands of times brighter and then gradually fades to its original intensity.
Having too much matter causes the star to explode, resulting in a supernova. The second type of supernova occurs at the end of a single star’s lifetime. As the star runs out of nuclear fuel, some of its mass flows into its core. Eventually, the core is so heavy that it cannot withstand its own gravitational force.
It is mysterious, beautiful, unique and rare. Just like Nova. Those who have been following me for a while over on Instagram would know that the chances of me getting pregnant again were pretty much non-existent. I had a condition which caused my body to form cysts instead of ovulating. I had one of my tubes burnt due to the severity of the cyst, and I was going through hormone treatments because my cycle made me incredibly sick. My body stopped ovulating shortly after Knox’s birth – and so did our plans of having a third child. We gave away or sold all our baby things, thinking that we would never need them again.
Where we started…
When I found out that I was pregnant with Nova, I was a tad shocked. We had to start from scratch, but soon the shock faded and made room for excitement. The day I settled on his name, I ordered this custom mobile from The Curious Kitten. I wanted something special for this little boy, made of stardust and dreams. He beat incredible odds to make his way into this world… he is my starry sky, Knox is my moon and Mikayla is my sun.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…
Because of the mobile design, I had an idea of the cot I wanted. I wanted a simple wooden cot with a house frame – but nearly had a heart attack when I sourced it and saw the prices. I could not find one under R4000. That was just not going to cut it for me, so I went on Gumtree and found a vintage plain white cot for R500. I then put Cole and a friend to the task to build the framework with some off-cut pieces of wood we had lying around. The plan was to paint the framework grey, but once again – Nova’s antics put that plan to a stop fairly quickly. I left the pine bare, and I actually like it this way… for now.
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I adore this cot, but struggled to find the perfect bedding to compliment it… eventually, a reader sent me a photo of a celestial design bedding set. It was a tad expensive, but I had to have it. It was perfect, and just what I was looking for. Available at Clever Little Monkey for R650. It was worth splurging on!
I was looking for a rocking chair, and luckily a friend was selling hers! It was a proper vintage piece – I just love furniture that has a history. I paid R300 for this, such a bargain!
Next, I needed a side table to put next to the rocking chair. This did not need to be something fancy, but it is necessary for those long feeds. I usually keep a snack, something to drink, spit cloths, books etc. close by. I needed something that would suit the rocking chair, so I headed to trusty old Gumtree once more and found this gorgeous vintage-looking pedestal for R600. I gave it a paint and viola!
I had some custom wooden maracas and a ring stacker made for Nova from Rose & Vickory. They painted it to match his bedding, and I purely bought this for the pretty factor! The maracas was R250 and the stacker was R300.
I once again went onto Gumtree to find a changing table. This serving table was the perfect size and width, not to mention GORGEOUS! And at R500 – a total steal.
We were gifted a changing mat (R499), cover (R259), frame (R329) and dangles (R359) from Ruby Melon, and I can honestly say it is the most amazing quality! We have used it tirelessly for the past 4 months and it still looks like the day we got it. Nova is also loving staring up at the dangles while I change him – it makes nappy changes so much easier. You can shop Ruby Melon online here or at selected Kids Emporium stores.
Now this might seem strange to some, but I use gift boxes from my baby shower gifts as organizers for nappies and all Nova’s lotions and potions. Free and pretty enough!
So what do you think? All of this came to a total of R4876 – not too bad! What do you think?
Photo’s by Twinkle Star Photography
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