Once you’ve established your neutral zone, have fun with accessories says Parisian-born Julie Stott, who used to work at Chanel before setting up her children’s boutique Rue des Petits. ‘i compare decorating to putting together a wardrobe. You don’t need to spend much on basics but it is always worth paying a bit more for interesting, one-off pieces.’ A favourite ploy is to create a feature wall with a mix of mirrors, rattan frames (try Etsy), retro-inspired prints by Studio Jolis Momes, hooks and postcards (all at rue des Petits) in inexpensive metallic frames (from Oliver Bonas). Or try Little carousel and Studio Mini in Copenhagen for vintage-inspired posters. Closer to home, British artist Liz Temperley’s charming animal prints will outlast nursery days. Elsewhere, Deonne Rowland recommends postcards from Seventy tree and prints and wooden birds from Snug.studio. At Scout & Co, whimsical prints start at £5 or Mr Printable has free downloadable posters.
Red star light £99 Out there Interiors
Animal prints (£16 unframed) by Liz Temperley at Blank inside
Balka hanging balloon £39 Out there Interiors
Dali hooks £16 each at Sketch Inc
Set of rattan mirrors £315 at Graham & Green