Hot air balloons over Africa nursery - The Mommy CityI am proud to say I am a new aunty to my little sister’s first child and son, James. His arrival was a little early – I guess he can’t wait to start playing with his cousins – and he and mom are doing really well.

My sister, Amy, has created a wonderfully adventurous African themed nursery, and a space she feels happy in. Preparing and designing your nursery is an exciting time, and you start to come to terms with sharing your home with another (little) person.

No matter what you choose to do with your nursery, it should be a room that makes you and your child feel safe, loved and truly ‘at home’.

Amy’s inspiration for hot air balloons came from the playful and exquisitely detailed prints from the Whimsical Collection of artist Deziree Smith, which she found at the Kalk Bay Co-Op. Online store Hello Pretty stock the hot air balloon cardboard garlands by local designer younghearts, with fluffy clouds and hearts as well. The personalised animal bunting by Bunting & Biscuits, drapes from the ceiling beams and across the front of the cot.

Hot air balloons over Africa nursery - The Mommy CityJames is a lucky boy to grow up in a room surrounded by images of our beautiful wildlife, and we can only hope that he gets to see all these animals in the wild during his lifetime.

The future of rhino in South Africa is uncertain and it’s a tragedy that this ‘Big 5’ animal is being decimated by poachers for greed and Asian medicine.

Hot air balloons over Africa nursery - The Mommy CityThis magnificent animal is prominently featured in the nursery as a beaded animal head over the bed alongside the tusked elephant. These heads, the personalised door name plate and animal mobile were the work of local bead work artist Innocent. His stall is down the steps from the Just Nuisance statue in Simonstown and next to Bertha’s Restaurant, or phone him on his mobile at 082 097 2204. Well you can’t get much more local than that.

Hot air balloons over Africa nursery - The Mommy CityMost of the furniture was purchased second hand or handed down through the family. The Treehouse cot and compactum where found on Gumtree and the traditional rocking chair is from an antique store in George.

The double bed and side table were ordered and made by Beachcomber Home Decor with two shops, in Bloubergstrand and Somerset West.

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