Baby BOY nursery bliss


Baby BOY nursery bliss

Baby boy nursery

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on my Insta lately you might have seen some sneak peeks of a blissful boy nursery we just finished up. Our client was expecting her third little man, so this wasn’t mama’s first rodeo and the ‘bones’ of the nursery were already in place with some key pieces she already had – a crib and feeding chair that had been used in the nurseries of her two older boys. For both sentimental and practical reasons, she wanted to use these for the new room too. Our brief was to create a calming space with fresh a fresh colour palette and a touch of whimsy.

Our starting point was the accent wall for the cot – a tile herringbone wallpaper by Milton and King that we’ve used before and love, complimented by a Ila Y Ela Raffia Lion head from Martin and Ella. This wall had an alcove towards the one side that we transformed into a built in cabinet for additional storage and open shelves to display books and cute accessories. The balance of the walls were painted as a colourblock, also something we have used a lot lately, but there is honestly no easier or more cost effective way to give a space some instant character. We used Skylight and Exhale both from Jotun. Exhale is part of the 2020 Lady Collection and this new shade on the block is ticking all the right boxes, a real pastel beauty that brings a sense of calm to the room as the name suggests.

A special piece of artwork from our client’s own childhood room made for a perfect pop of ‘colour and fun in the space. We love adding a vintage or quirky ‘odd piece’ to any room design and this one happened to be perfect. We also added some adorable baby animal prints in the passage entry area.

You’ll no doubt recognise the custom-made dresser that multi-functions as a changing station as we’ve used this in so may nursery designs over the past year (See it here, here and here) – every time in a different colour, and with varying widths that suit each space. We love it’s flexibility and streamlined design and we have to credit Linda Dekkers of LiveLoudGirl for inspiring what’s become somewhat of a House of Hawkes staple. We experimented with another new Jotun colour for this one, Serene Blue, a beautiful dusty tone.

The grey daybed was a fabulous find at an amazing price point from Pan Emirates (so good, I bought one for myself!) and the installation of a new wooden floor from Nordic Homeworx (installed directly over the existing tiles) really elevated the room to a new level. Last but not least to soften those baby falls, we chose a soft chunky handwoven rug from The Loom Collection and a selection of cute accessories from Big Stuffed, H&M Home, Ooh Noo, and Fabelab, to name a few.

We are thrilled with the end result of this cozy, textured and peaceful yet modern nursery, we would love to hear your feedback. 

Al images by Marli Smith Photography

Marli Smith

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Hi, I’m Kathryn

Hi, I’m Kathryn

House of Hawkes is a boutique interior design studio based in Dubai. This website is where it all began and remains a creative platform for sharing my work, my love of design and things that inspire me. Come on over & meet the team.

Subscribe & Follow


Subscribe to the blog and receive new posts right in your inbox.

Follow on Instagram

  • It's been a pretty slow weekend here. Hope yours has been chilled too?
  • On the blog this week, we are sharing some of our favourite digital art resources. During these times of restricted movement, it's more convenient than ever to be able to purchase artwork that can be downloaded, sent to print and frame via online framing specialists like @draftframes and delivered to your door. I'm all about the convenience factor here! Link in bio for some of our go-to's

#digitalart #framingonline #draft
  • My Fronteriors co-founder, @liveloudgirl and I are going to be hosting a live Q&A session over on the @fronteriors account this Sunday. If you've got any  burning questions for us - about anything from which IKEA frames we use, our suggestions for hacking your way to a unique furniture piece, to new designs or just something random you might like to know? Join us on Sunday, 24 May at 4pm UAE time.

Image by @marli_smithphotography

#fronteriors #ikeahacks #live
  • I've been thinking about all the kids rooms we've designed and installed over the past few years, many of which had desks included. Unless they're kids in senior school, I usually view desks as a 'nice to have' addition if space allows. But I'm guessing those desks are getting a lot of mileage these days with Dubai schools continuing online learning until at least the end of the academic year. #crazytimes #stayhome #staysafe
  • A quiet afternoon was much needed to round off the weekend. Hope you all had a good one? Just peeking out on the left there is my new, improved @fronteriors Billy bookcase. More on that tomorrow. 
#home #stayinghome #weekend
  • She's been cursed with my coarse, wiry locks (that take 400 hrs to dry), if only I'd been blessed with that gorgeous colour. Suddenly wondering why I've never tried it. #hmm #maybe
  • I'm out of the house and in someone else's home and its feeling like a big adventure after so many weeks amidst the same walls. We are finally  starting to install the spaces we've designed for a family villa that we've been working on remotely for several weeks. Installation days are not what they used to be for us. This one is happening over a number of days. Fewer handymen and painters on site, masks, a safe distance and a whole lot of handwashing. Its feels strange but its definitely a step in the right direction.
  • The kitchen. It's always been the heart of the home, but over the past two months, it's been more of a command central in the home. All the cooking, baking, copious tea and coffee-making, school planning, live lesson participating, news watching (we have a TV room to the left), snack foraging.... you name it, it's been happening right here.

#kitchen #ikeauae #ikeakitchencabinets #blackkitchen #myhomestyle #houseofhawkes #myhomevibe #stayhome
  • If you'd told me a few months ago that I'd spend 8 straight weeks within the confines of my home, leaving only a handful of times for essentials, I'd have laughed out loud. And that's coming from a real homebody. Life sure is unpredictable. 
#home #stayinghome #stayhomestaysafe

Follow @houseofhawkes