Decorating your nursery when the new arrival is a surprise!

Nowadays, many expectant parents will find out the sex of the inhabitant of their ever growing bump at one of their ultrasound scan appointments. Knowing whether their baby is going to be a boy or girl, they say, makes shopping for its impending arrival easier. Just as many mums and dads to be, though, want a true birthday surprise and do all they can not to find out the sex. I’m of the opinion that what babies need in their very earliest days is no different whatever the sex. In fact, and this may be a bit controversial but I’ll say it anyway, you can make more stylish choices without the pink or blue burden upon your shoulders and here’s how.

Decorating nursery


This is the easy option. As in any room, going for neutrals for your nursery furniture makes for a restful and calm room. Of course, once you know if baby is Johnny or Joanie, then you can add more gender specific items as he or she grows. It’s an easy look to achieve and transform.

Here are some of my favourite nursery neutrals:


This might seem like a radical choice for a nursery but randomised controlled studies of even very young babies have shown time and time again black and white, high contrast images are the ones the little bundles love best. As baby grows into a toddler you could paint an area of the wall first with magnetic paint then add a top coat of blackboard paint. He or she will have a magnetic blackboard to play with that will take up zero floor space.
Just like neutral schemes, this is one that would be so easy to jazz up with additional colours over time.

Bright and bold

Now this is a look you can really have fun with and it’s almost impossible to get it wrong. Choose key pieces in bright, primary colours to create a fun and lively space for baby to enjoy. This would also work overlaid on a monochrome scheme. This has to be my favourite!

Just a note on safety

Whatever scheme you dream up or choose please bear in mind the following safety points:

1. Always put baby to sleep on his or her back, preferably with a dummy (pacifier);
2. Make sure curtain cords, light pulls, bunting, etc. are way beyond baby’s reach;
3. Get a nursery thermometer to ensure baby doesn’t over heat;
4. Don’t let baby sleep with its head covered (that includes hats)
5. Babies do not need to sleep on cushions or pillows until at least a year old;
6. The best place for baby to sleep for the first six months is in a crib next to mum and dad;
7. NEVER, EVER let baby sleep for even short periods on bean bags or cushions.

What You Need To Know About Selecting Vessel Sinks

For the home owner looking for a fresh, innovative look for their bathrooms, vessel sinks are worth consideration. Vessel sinks come in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, making it a valuable addition to any home. Vessel sinks can either be bought from a retailer, or purchased from a small designer that will create a custom vessel sink that truly represents you! With so many options to choose from, deciding what vessel sink to own can be difficult. Below is some more information about vessel sinks, purchasing vessel sinks, and even comparison of the materials most commonly used in vessel sinks.

Is a Vessel Sink the Best Fit?

Vessel sinks are popular because of how customizable they are. Indeed, buyers can choose them in various colors, shapes, and sizes. They sit on top of the counter, though some vessel sinks are recessed slightly into the counter. They are ideal for those without small children or special needs, as they may not be as accessible to those groups.

Vessel Sinks

Choosing the Best Material for Your Vessel Sink

The main materials that vessel sinks are made out of are clay, glass, and metal. These materials all have their strengths and weaknesses that should be understood before purchasing a vessel sink.

Clay materials are the oldest material used for creating sinks, and vessel sinks are definitely no exception to this rule. Examples of clay materials are earthenware, ceramic, and Vitreous China. Vitreous China is a type of earthenware, but it far more fragile. However, Vitreous China is very glossy and smooth, which is often a higher priority with some buyers. Don’t count out earthenware, though – earthenware is prone to developing a crackle appearance that is highly prized. Also, earthenware is very porous, making no two pieces of material alike. This adds to the unique qualities of the vessel sink.

Clay materials are beautiful and durable. However, they can be broken or damaged very easily, so they must be treated with care. Compared to glass materials, vessel sinks that are made from clay are much more durable than glass. Glass is not as fragile as most buyers would think, however. Glass materials have evolved from their early counterparts. Glass sinks can handle small accidents, such as a small plastic bottle or brush falling into the bowl. Heavy objects will naturally cause breakage. The strength of the glass stems from both the type of material used in the creation, but also the production.

Glass sinks are generally made from either soda-lime or lead glass. Soda-lime is a very common, inexpensive material, which makes it perfect for vessel sinks. The material can be etched and shaped into many intriguing designs. For those that are looking for an even higher premium grade glass, the lead glass is the best choice. Lead glass is soft, has a brilliant shine, and can been enhanced dramatically by cutting. Many buyers often choose lead glass over soda-lime for vessel sinks, but if the price difference makes a difference for your budget, the substitution of the cheaper glass does not reduce the beauty or quality of your vessel sink.