Pillow Talk Ep 4: Morris's Woodland Nursery Tour

say hello to a new style of nursery that will take you on a magical adventure

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done a Pillow Talk feature where we interview homeowners about their bedroom designs. Last time we spoke to Swoonworthy blogger Kimberly about her dark and glamorous bedroom – check it out here. This time we’re taking you on an adventure into the magical woodland nursery of baby Morris, created by new parents Lucy & Lee. This room is a nursery to kick all other nurseries out of the park. Say goodbye to those overdone bright coloured Scandi kids rooms with painted triangle mountains. Yes, enter a new nursery style that’s sure to become wildly popular with those wanting to create something more special and unique. This mythical, etherial & cosy room shows you that a nursery doesn’t have to be sterile or gender assigned. Many thanks to Marie Palbom for her beautiful images…

woodland nursery
woodland nursery

What’s the design process behind the nursery?

The practical tasks were done first, such as having the walls freshly plastered, sanding the floor, and wiring in an extra light from the ceiling. The theme was decided straight away and knew we wanted ombré walls. We didn’t know at that point if we were having a boy or a girl, plus we both dislike gender specific nurseries, so we went for greens for the colour theme. I worked out how best to create the ombré effect as I went. So, I ended up painting the three colours in blocks and then used sponges to blend the areas where the colours merged. We used the lightest colour at the bottom and the darkest at the top. Then we painted the ceiling in the darkest colour and I flicked paint to create the effect of a night sky with stars.
woodland nursery
woodland nursery

Where do you find your inspiration?

We live in a 150 year old cottage on a mountain right next to an ancient woodland. The outdoors is a  mutual love for us both, so we knew straight away, (without even discussing it!) that the nursery couldn’t be anything other than a woodland theme. It was decided that we wanted it to feel like a nocturnal, magical woodland. We wanted it to look quite dark and with our mutual love of antiques, the furniture was never going to be new! 
woodland nursery

What’s your top tip for creating a nursery?

Personally, we did our best to make Morris’ nursery ‘not’ look like a typical nursery! We wanted it to have a dark & moody feel rather than the usual clean lines, white furniture, bright colours that most nurseries have. I think our top tip would be to think about the details. For example, the loft hatch is in Morris’ room, so rather than paint it the same colour as the ceiling to try & make it disappear, we made a feature of it by making it look like a window. I painted a blue sky, trees & elves looking down into the room on it as if there was another world through the window in the night sky. There is also a fireplace so we bought an old rought iron surround for £10 from a junk shop and Lee made a lamp from an old lantern and hung it inside the fireplace along with a big fern plant so that it looks like a tunnel leading somewhere magical. We wanted everything we did in there to spark Morris’ imagination. To make him feel like he was in a magical, fairytale world where anything was possible. 
woodland nursery
woodland nursery

 “I painted a blue sky, trees & elves looking down into the room on it as if there was another world through the window in the night sky”

woodland nursery

Did you have any other ideas / plans for the room that didn’t happen?

Initially, we planned to paint trees on the ombré walls. I’m an illustrator and I create quite a lot of pet portraits, so it seemed an obvious idea to paint woodland animals on the walls tooOnce we’d finished he ombré effect, we loved it so much that we didn’t want to hide any of it in any way by painting more on top of itThat’s when we decided that rather than paint trees on the walls, we’d bring a real one in! Lee went into the woods and brought home a big branch covered on moss that he cut from a fallen tree. He climbed up in the loft while the bump & I steadied the tree in the room. Lee screwed it in through the ceiling to secure it in place...
woodland nursery
woodland nursery

 I created a portrait of a fox on black paper and framed it in an old battered, gold antique frame that we had lying around. We hung it on the wall next to the cot...

woodland nursery

We were going to buy an antique cot, and when we mentioned it to my Mum, she told us that there was a cot up in her loft we could use. Her father (who was a carpenter) made it when she was born and she slept in it as a baby – as did my sister & I! It’s so lovely to have a piece of family history in the room for Morris to sleep in! (Not that he sleeps in there! My brother in law, who is also a carpenter, made us a lovely bedside cot which is where Morris sleeps for now!)

woodland nursery
woodland nursery

If you’re just as in love with Lucy, Lee & Morris’s nursery as we are, see the links below to Dippy Egg where you can see more about the family and their business. 



A big thanks to Marie Palbom for her beautiful imagery – see her website and Instagram links below.



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