Planning your baby's (part two) Nursery decor and layout | Peas in a Pod by Karin Nagel

Planning your baby's nursery decor and layout...

Now that you have your list or little notebook where you are planning the ins and outs of your bubba's room, I would like you to go over everything:

So we have the essentials and decided on the colours, so before we get ahead of ourselves, I have attached a little Nursery Checklist (which you can download and print - it will open up in a new window click on "Nursery Checklist" and it will open a PDF for you). This will also be helping in planning the layout and measurements.

After getting your little checklist and notebook together, you need to visualise the room, make a drawing of the room. Here is a couple of examples to help to get your creative juices flowing.

After drawing your room and sketching in your furniture, start to do some research (if you haven't already), do price and quality comparisons, and if you are a creative/DIY individual start thinking about little twists and details you can make or bring to make this beautiful space even more special.

Whilst planning your baby's room I would always encourage you to not only go for what is aesthetically pleasing but to go for products and furniture that is safe - (if you aren't sure Please have a look here at the SIDS safe sleeping guidelines and Choosing safe furniture for your baby)


  • If you are on a strict budget, there are many creative ways to make your little ones room special, visit some second-hand stores, vintage stores and ask around, you will be surprised how many people are happy to barter for goods (but whatever you manage to get, please make sure you have checked that it meets the safety requirements), HINT: Pinterest has millions of DIY ideas that wouldn't cost you an arm and leg.

Peas in a Pod by Karin Nagel Newborn Photographer Perth


  • If you have a middle of the road budget, IKEA is probably a good place to start, plus all their furniture will be safety checked etc. Here is a link to baby stuff for IKEA - and if you want to be an IKEA hacker - have a look on Pinterest, there you will always be able to find something interesting you can do with IKEA good.


  • And if you are on an unlimited budget, here are a few stores to have a look at:

  • Pottery barn - a personal favourite

  • Babyland

  • Babyhood

  • Also, visit some baby boutiques in your local area.

You might not be able to get everything you want before baby arrives, as we all know, babies are expensive, so don't fret! Just make the room comfortable, cosy and happy, and all is well.

Now that you've thought about your budget, done some price comparisons, and hopefully visited a few places (I need to touch things to know whether I would like them :-)) we can move onto the next steps...

So whats next?

Planning your Photo Display wall!!

This is the best part, in my opinion! :-)

Displaying photos in your baby's room not only makes the room feel more personal, cosy and happy, but it also engraves in your baby's mind, how much he or she is loved.

Besides, everyone loves seeing a photo of a baby! (one of my favourite quotes is: "oh honey that CD looks great on the wall!!... -said no-one ever!!)

Peas in a Pod by Karin Nagel Fremantle Newborn Photographer

When thinking about how big to go with your wall photos it’s so important to keep scale in mind.

Are you looking for a photo to hang on a narrow wall between two windows?

Are you looking for something to hang on a large blank wall over your 6-foot sectional sofa or above the cot? In this case, one large 60x60cm OR 60x40cm or a grouping of several pieces will be more suitable.

A cluster is a great option when you can’t select just one favourite image.

One of the things that I include with each session is design assistance to help my clients visualise what their images have the potential to look like when displaying in their homes.

So many of my clients have told me that actually seeing their images displayed to scale in a room with furnishings has helped them so much in their decision-making process.

A great idea for visualising your space before placing your order is to cut a piece of cardboard or large sheet of paper to size and actually tape it up to the wall, or even use masking tape and mark the corners of the space you’re considering.

Either way, it’s a great idea to keep the space and sizes in mind.

The main thing to keep in mind is the importance of scale!

It can, and should, create a beautiful focal point.

At the viewing and ordering appointment, we can go through the different display sizes and I will answer any questions you might have about displaying these beautiful memories that is sure to become heirlooms.

Peas in a Pod by Karin Nagel Fremantle photographer
Peas in a Pod by Karin Nagel Fremantle photographer


There is a lot to think about, so take your time and enjoy the experience. In the next Blog, we will bring it all together to create a beautiful nursery