Tuesday, February 24, 2015


By Emily Beetleshack
The original author of The Beetle Shack, Emily is a chronic over sharer and collector of unnecessary consumer goods. In a past life Emily was a high school Visual Arts teacher. She always enjoyed the ‘naughty’ kids the most; the ones who were resistant to following the rules and questioned the boundaries. They were interesting, challenging and funny. When she was pregnant with her first child she could be heard saying, “I hope I have a cheeky child, one that speaks his mind and is rebellious in nature”. Unsurprisingly, she did. In the archives of the Beetle Shack you'll find her tales of raising her own ‘spirited’ children whilst swanning about the house dressed as a fruit salad.

A beautiful post from the archives. Doesn't time fly?

Over the past few weeks Dave and I have systematically purged our office space. We have thrown out junk, scrubbed walls, dusted blinds, touched up holes and mopped the floors. We have relocated all of my art and craft supplies to the studio and even managed to find some space in the wardrobe for wonder suits and wraps.

It is officially a baby room now and our house is officially full.

For this space I was inspired by this design board created by the beautiful and talented Briar Stanley. I went about sourcing as many products as I could as well as gathering special items that I had collected over time- some furniture from my youth, some treasures from friends and of course the usual old faithful items that are both practical and sturdy.  

I had the bee stickers custom made by Look Sugar after seeing Rebekka Seale's stamped walls- I just couldn't resist their perfection but didn't want something that might be difficult to paint over. It offers a wall papered effect with out allowing for this kind of disaster

When I first found out I was pregnant I bought the 1920's vintage mirror from Alison at Bayside Vintage, knowing that it would be perfect for a nursery when the time came. It's such a treasure and I'm so happy to finally have it on the wall.

The chest of draws was my 16th Birthday present from my parents and has since been painted white (for Pippi's Nursery) and had new handles from Uniquely Exotic on Ebay. Atop the draws sits a mirror my dad bought for me from a garage sale many, many light years ago, a set of Russian dolls gifted to me by a friend when I was working in retail (also many light years ago) and a simple circle artwork by I Need Nice Things. An embroidery hoop holds a section of a vintage tea towel while the yellow feather is by none other than Made by Mosey.

I bought the cot for $99 from IKEA and topped it with a delicious pure linen quilt from Lovely Home Idea. It crushes and crumples just as I hoped it would.

The small set of shelves beside the window were made by Dave and are filled with special trinkets and mementos including a miniature vintage chest that my sister in law gave me for my twenty-something birthday, a photo of my parents in the 70's and carved wooden boxes collected from adventures past.

Because i'm a creature of habit and slightly fussy, the change table set up is exactly the same as it has been for each of my babies. I like the nappies (both cloth for spills and disposables) to be stored in baskets under the change table along with pyjamas and a selection of simply toys to offer a distraction for baby when needed. This time I've included some crocheted baskets made by a beautiful friend (who is soon to open an online store) along with some hand printed linen buckets by Lumiere. The baskets mounted on the wall above hold the wipes and other essential 'change time' items. 

For me, the highlight of the room is the amazing Boucherouite Rug from Beyond Marrakech. It offers warmth, colour and texture- three of my favourite things.

So, now all we need to do is bring a baby home from Hospital and... well, have it sleep in a cradle next to my bed for 6 months before it moves into it's perfectly lovely room :)

I suspect the next time you hear from me it will be with a very exciting announcement!

See you soon, friends :)


Product Details - I have linked directly to the product where possible and found alternatives where products are vintage or no longer for sale. If there is anything I have missed, feel free to contact me for further details.

Boucherouite Rug // Beyond Marrakech*,Cot // IKEA, Cot Linen // Lovely Home Idea*, Hot Air Balloon Mobile // Made by Mosey*, Otomi // The Toucan Shop, Yellow Blanket // Little Tienda, Stanley Doll // Little Pie Street, Succulent Plant // Octopus's GardenBee Wall Stickers // Look Sugar*, 1920's Mirror // Bayside Vintage, These are the Golden Days Print // Foundry, Embroidery Hoop // Fabric by Walter G, Hanging Baskets // IKEA, Change Table Cover // Eco Nino*, Linen Buckets // Lumiere*, Button Back Chair // Vintage, Floor Mat Under Chair // Urban Outfitters, Striped Knitted Blanket // La De Dah Kids*, Sleepy Face Pillow // Little Me Little You*, Chest of Draws // find similar, Ceramic Pulls // Uniquely Exotic*, Yellow Circle Artwork // I Need Nice Things*, Yellow fence Artwork // I Need Nice Things

* represents items that were very generously gifted to me for this room


  1. Wow, this is really really pretty! I love how you paired the colours and made it look playful.

    One little thing: maybe you could consider upsizing your post-content font. Because the 1st alinea is so tiny I just can't read without zooming in, and the rest of the post is very hard to read too. I think I'd more easily and often read your blog post if you'd make the fonts bigger. (I still keep watching the pictures, whatever you decide to do ;)

    Love, Jolijn

  2. I remember reading this post the first time around, it is such a pretty space xoxo

  3. I had to read a few times and find the 'from the archives' section! ;)
    The room is divine! So many little pieces of perfection! I love it! x

  4. I've just posted about my sons new nursery! I was pretty happy with ours until I seen this! Now I feel a bit deflated! This is beautiful. Love the colours!

  5. That's cute! I was looking for toddler bed for boys.. This is giving me a little idea... Thanks.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em