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A Neutral Nursery for Nikolaas

The lovely Carla from Pretty Organised decided to keep her baby’s gender a secret! Even though it made decorating more challenging, she created a calming, gender-neutral space for her new “spikkel”.

heart_love_favorite_circle-512You have a super interesting job! Tell us what you do?

In 2014 I started Pretty Organised. I have always loved organising and realised that I can make a business out of my passion. It has been amazing to see how many people needed help and I am so blessed with amazing clients.


Organising is your thing – where did you find the best storage accessories for your nursery?

Mr Price Home and I found their prices very reasonable!


Is your house super organized?

Our home is organised yes, but there is one cupboard which is absolute chaos and I think it brings a good balance in our home!


Not a lot of mamas can go nine months without peeking at the gender of the baby – how does that influence shopping for the nursery?

My husband always says that I am the queen of surprises so it was so much fun to keep the gender a surprise. The shopping was quite easy: grey, cream, green and yellow are all very neutral colours. I also only bought for up until about six months. Once Nikolaas was born I bought some navy and blue items.


We love the reindeer doll! Where can we find it?

Spencer is a handmade gift from my mom’s friend. She bought it from an annual market held at Huis Horison in Stellenbosch.


What is your favourite interior style?

French Country


Where do you go for décor inspiration?

Pinterest and both my mom and mom-in-law are great sources of inspiration


Can you give our mamas three organising tips when it comes to a nursery?

  1. If you can use furniture from your home in your nursery, do so.
  2. Label your cupboard drawers according to your baby’s age (Newborn, 0-3 months etc) that way you can easily check when baby is ready to wear a new size.
  3. During your pregnancy, choose to buy certain items per month. This way your budget is spread out and you don’t have to go shopping at 38 weeks J (Yes I am married to a CA, so this was our game plan)

It is very important to make the nursery comfortable, as you spend a lot of time there!

heart_love_favorite_circle-512 Now that baby Nikolaas is here – what would you change in the nursery?

Buy a bigger book shelf 🙂


⊕  Favourite shop for baba: Tinker Tailor, Cotton On Kids and Pick n Pay Clothing

⊕  Favourite local brand: Sticky Fudge and Pickalilly

⊕  Favourite Kid friendly restaurant: Franco’s Pizzeria in Parkview (we went there when Nikolaas was 5 days old!)

⊕  Favourite blog: Heymamamag, Kimmy and Bear and 100 Layer Cakelet


*Nursery and Pregnancy Photography by: Yolande Marx

*Nikolaas and Carla photographed by: Leandri Kers

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