A Nursery Makeover with Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp

I love makeovers.  Beauty makeovers, those home improvement shows, Hannon on TV giving ladies new lip color and then my ultimate favorite, nursery makeovers. I am so confident in my decorating skills that I never thought I would need this makeover in my home!

I LIVE in my babies’ nursery. At 4 weeks darling Annie wakes up every 3 hours and not a minute less or more. I spend at least 30 min feeding and then another 20 min burping her. And sometimes 1 hour trying to burp…. That’s a lot of time in a room. So it better be a pretty one.

My makeover happened like this:

I left home for the day, and upon my return found my then walk in closet, that I sort of decorated as a nursery, turned into the most beautiful haven for my princess,

The angels at Kids Emporium,  launched a decor service recently, and decided to pay my house a visit with the permission of my darling husband and redecorated my baby’s entire room.

The nursery was a basic room, with a few bits handed down from my eldest daughter. There was no color scheme except for the few peach towels that I bought, and the curtains that would arrive the following week. Pull up your nose to some of these pictures of my “before”…



The designer, Lauren de Swart, and her team had the following in mind. Shades of peach, gold and white would be the primary colors. Now based on what I had, this look is easily achievable when you have a blank canvas to work with.


Here is how you could redo your own room, with some of the suppliers who contributed generously to create Annie’s “crib”


How beautiful. I tend to be predictable when it comes to decorating. Why not elephants? Try Wreak Havoc – White Ellie full plush toy rangehttps://www.wreakhavoc.co.zalisa@wreakhavoc.co.za ; Daniella Huyser (daniella@wreakhavoc.co.za) Facebook

With my firstborn, I used the wrong chair for breastfeeding and hurt my shoulder muscles badly. If I can give any advice, it would be to invest in a good chair for nursing. I bought one for the my eldest, and Comfy Mummy generously fitted us with this one, in striped canvas. There are 2 sizes available. Bigger is not always better, so choose the smaller version if you wish. Contact them here: Comfy Mummy – Nursing Chair – https://www.comfymummy.co.za – Sarah Jeffreys sarah@comfymummy.co.za Facebook

What about an interesting pillow to tell a story, or a talking point for visitors to your baby’s room. I love, love the arrow blanket draped on her Moses basked, and the bear cushion on the feeding chair. Thank you:  Little Love kids – Cotton peach arrow blanket, Love arrows garland ,Grizzly bear scatter cushionhttps://www.littlelovekids.com-info@littlelovekids.com Facebook

I didn’t have a lot of wall space in the nursery and wasn’t really sure what to do with the      1.5 m blank space other that a big boring mirror or perhaps a stunning picture.  Well, out with the predictable, and in the the CUTE factor.  These letters on the wall, that cleverly spells, ” I love you” is from The Letter lady – ABC I love you- https://www.theletterlady.co.za – Janine van Loggerenberg janine@theletterlady.co.zaFacebook


I’ve learned that babies and toddlers love a good mess, while eating, playing, or just while living! This is my ultimate favorite supplier. Spill proof bibs, clothing and play mats. It’s a must try or the ultimate gift for the modern mom! Contact Step South – for Caboo Organic, DxGo, playmat, Ubbi bin, this is just some of their products. You can finally have a metallic bin that limits the smell of those healthy poos!  Thank you guys!!  dirk@stepsouth.co.za – https://www.stepsouth.co.za Ubbi SA Facebook Close Parent SA Facebook 

Last year I bought the most amazing prints from Simply child, they also made the ladder shelf and crochet rug for the nursery. Delicate and beautiful for any room, especially for that of my little princess. Simply Child – ladder shelf, dot vinyl’s, crochet rug – https://www.simplychild.co.zalindsay@simplychild.co.za Facebook



Affirmations and positive spoken words are everything! A little “Be Brave” plaque, to tell my little one that she is going to be the most amazing human ever! Thank you Kiki and Franki – https://WWW.KIKKIANDFRANKI.CO.ZA – Stacey (stacey@kikkiandfranki.co.za) Facebook

Ruby Melon is responsible for these cute Dingle dangles, the beautiful receiving cuddle blankets in the picture and the teddy soother that you attach to your baby or toddler’s dummy. When they are ready to part form their dummy, they get to keep their cuddle! – Ruby Melon mail@rubymelon.co.zahttps://www.rubymelon.co.za Facebook
c5Also, a massive thanks to Parental instinct for the Muslins, baby growers and sleeping bag – Paddy Muldoon (paddy@parental-instinct.com) – chris@parental-instinct.comhttps://www.parental-instinct.com

I always say; when people gift my children, it’s the biggest blessing I could ask for.

Thank you Lauren and the team at Kids Emporium for this amazing gift together with ALL of your friends. See you soon. There might be a baby number 3 soon. (Wink Wink)

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Love, EAB


Credit to : Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp

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