Neville Knott and his team visit Ailbhe and Jonathan's home in Crumlin to transform a plain box room into an enchanted forest in readiness for their baby daughter, Sophia.
Concept: Baby Sophia was born 16 weeks premature. Having been nursed in The Coombe hospital (Intensive care) for many weeks, Ailbhe and Jonathan recently received the great news that little Sophia will be strong enough to come home in a couple of weeks.
I really felt she is a miracle baby, and as such wanted to create a magical nursery for Sophia to come home to. This is a small box room, so my main concept was an enchanted forest (which should suite Ailbhe, as she is an art teacher).
The design is made up of 3 large MDF (painted) trees, 3 medium size MDF (Painted) trees and 3 MDF (painted) clouds. These were designed and sketched out by me using circles and curves as the primary shapes (as these are stimulating for young babies). Up-scaled and cut by Trevor, they were painted by the team in a baby friendly emotion.
Colours – Often when choosing colours off a colour chart, people can get confused about what will look the best. Why not try a few colours? Drawing free-hand hills and troughs (undulations), simply paint in the lighter colour on the top, the mid shade in the middle and the darker shade on the bottom. While still wet you can blend (or feather) the colours together to give a graduated affect. Normally you paint a ceiling white to give the impression of height. Babies prefer a colour on the ceiling as a warm shade helps them feel secure.
Bunting – Nothing says baby room better than bunting. It is simple to create by folding fabric in half, and cutting a triangle with a crimping scissors. Unfold the material and wrap the 2 sides of the triangle over a length of white thread. Using double sided Velcro allows you to fix it closed, or you can use wonder web to iron it closed.
Baby Changing Area – If space is a premium, you can use existing furniture (such as a chest of drawers) to use as a changing area. Once you ensure the existing furniture is robust and secure, use the top of it to measure out a table tope, which you can cut from MDF. Fixing lips on each side ensures the top will not slip. You can also screw it down to the chest of drawers for extra security. Then simple place your changing mat on top.
Before and After photos: