A mum put her DIY skills to the test to create a lush nursery room for her fourth baby.
Victoria Salisbury, 35, crafted the nursery of her dreams by using kitchen materials from Ikea and accessories from H&M and Matalan.
The guidance worker, from Chester, turned her son’s room from a dull space into an incredible Scandi-inspired nursery.
She used bits from Ikea, H&M Home and even Matalan to get the perfect look.
The mum-of-four took her time building the nursery, asking family members for help with joinery to save on costs.
And she also sourced deals from small companies in another way to spend less.
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Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, Victoria said: “I love the Scandi style that is so popular at the moment so when we found out we were having a boy back in October 2019, I started planning his nursery.
“We weren’t in any rush, as it’s recommended babies stay in your room for months after they are born anyway, which is how we were able to finish the room to such a high standard by buying bits here and there rather than in one go.
“I took a lot of inspiration from Instagram. There are so many gorgeous home accounts that often have links where items can be purchased.
“We decided on a safari theme as it can be done really well with Scandi style using natural woods and plants. I created a couple of mood boards with screenshots of items and designs I liked and would shop around and try and buy things when they were on sale.”
Victoria also picked up her son’s cot bed from John Lewis, at the time the retailer was having its 20% off sale.
She added: “I like to buy quality key pieces that will last through the years and accessorise with high street items that can be easily switched.”
The mum also asked her dad, who is a joiner, for help replacing the skirting boards, windowsill and laid the laminate flooring.
And finally Victoria turned to Ikea to get some ideas on space-saving storage ideas, which she spent around £40 on.
Now she’s delighted with how the nursery turned out and urges other parents to take their time to find great bargains.
She continued: “I think we’ve done a really good job of utilising the space. His little reading corner is my favourite area. It’s so comfy with a little throw, snuggled up reading to him with his lamp on!”
Tom Church, co-founder of the money-saving community, said: “Having a baby is an expensive project, and creating a lovely nursery can be a huge expense!
“However, as Victoria proves, you don’t need to splurge to make the nursery look like it’s stepped straight off a stylish Scandi Instagram account – IKEA spice racks, Matalan artificial plants and H&M Home toys are super cute additions and don’t cost the Earth.”