Today we’re going coastal to take in the delights of 2-year-old Huxley’s jungle-themed nursery in Newquay, Cornwall. The creator of this wonderful wilderness with a Scandi twist is Ashleigh, who lives in her four-bed, 1930’s home with her husband, son, Hux and five-year-old daughter, Marley.
Ashleigh considers herself fortunate to have been able to quit her job while on maternity leave with Hux and combines full-time motherhood with a love of interiors. Renovating their period home is a true passion that, along with ‘mumming it’, occupies every waking hour.
Let’s venture into the wild and experience the magic of Hux’s room together. Be warned – there’s a treasure trove of delights and inspiration in this space. You might find your interiors’ shopping list is a little longer by the end of this read.
Some rooms start with a distinct theme, while others evolve from a small kernel of an idea. For Ashleigh, Huxs’ room design falls into the latter. Hux inherited his room from his older sister, Marley, who was transferred into her ‘big girl’ room when he arrived. Ashleigh was eager to keep the beloved black feature wall they had painted for Marley but wanted to soften it to something more befitting for a newborn’s room.
This mono XL jungle print on natural canvas from @arbolhome set the theme in motion, and the concept roared into action from thereon in. Ashleigh began to collect treasures and more items along the way, and very soon, it became clear that jungle was this room’s calling.
As we move in to explore in more detail, we can see some of Ashleigh’s fantastic jungle finds. An intricate rattan antelope head by @teylu_trading and a cheeky monkey by @iconic_lights positively pop against the charcoal background. The jungle growth chart from @wildchildamz cements the theme further. At the same time, a crocodile blanket from @zarahome is casually strewn over the @mamasandpapascot – its soft, fleecy finish a surprising juxtaposition against the solid edges of the crib.
There’s adventure and delight in every corner, yet a sense of sleepy jungle calm.
One of the things Ashleigh loves most about Hux’s room is how personal it is to him and his unique personality. She has hand-picked customised products like the wooden initial plaque by @austinandmonkey and chosen a vast selection of prints that really represent who he is as a little one. We wonder what inspired her choice of Cheeky Monkey by @eleanorbowmer!
If we were in any doubt about the room theme, the wire word sign by @all_tied_up20 puts us in the picture – welcome to the jungle indeed. The level of detail and finessing of the decorative objects is immense. Take the letter peg board, for example. It proclaims Hux as King of The Jungle, but the addition of a foil and fur combo crown literally tops it off. The dalmatian teepee by @tayler_and_hugo is another welcome pop of mono magic.
Print looms large in this room – on wallpaper, plush animals and in the gallery-worthy collection of frames and hanging prints too. The irregular spots and dots are almost like the jungle glue that holds the whole composition together.
Ashleigh is not afraid to be bold and says with confidence in one of her IG posts, “We are definitely not shy when it comes to interiors and how we style our home, and although I know it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it certainly is mine, and I wouldn’t have it any other way”.
We love the Cruella-inspired dalmatian spots on this wall and how they frame the shelving unit and all the wildlife around it. If you zoom in a little closer, you’ll also see the adorable handmade slippers by @sewheartfeltuk
We haven’t counted all of the jungle friends in Hux’s room, but we’re certain that Mama Ashleigh is on the leaderboard for the most inventive and inclusive integration of wildlife into a theme. In this frame alone, we have eleven wild and wonderful jungle pals. Of note is the Zebra storage basket by @shopmatalan and the rattan/seagrass tiger face from @littledotshopuk
Ashleigh was keen to create a fun space with creative splashes of colour, and we can see here that she has achieved this brilliantly with vibrant prints like Wild Thing and Go Get’ Em Tiger by @eleanorbowmer.
It’s not just print that underpins this stunning interior project. Texture plays a starring role too. We love the use of the seagrass lion baskets in contrasting colours by @bellybambinobasket and the wily introduction of faux foliage in the felt plant by @wearekidly
There’s more evidence of the personalisation that we know Ashleigh cherishes in Huxley’s wooden train, and the wooden rainbow stacker by @little_stories_uk adds a sophisticated ray of Scandi-style sunshine.
We’ve loved touring this happy-go-lucky jungle space and getting the inside track on all the detail that has been lovingly poured into it. There are no immediate plans to change up the room apart from introducing a ‘big boy’ cot for Huxley. Ashleigh adores the space that she has created, but more importantly, she loves that Hux loves it.
Her parting interiors advice is wise and chimes with our own. She encourages other parents to be courageous and experimental and not to be confined to conventional colour schemes for boys and girls. Ashleigh has more than demonstrated how the clever use of colour and texture can add feminine and masculine nuances as desired. When you’re teetering on the precipice of indecision in your next interior project, it’s worth remembering Mama Lioness’s final sage words: “Be brave with your decisions and don’t listen to what others may say about it. “
Thank you! @our_greenhouse_reno!
Round Leopard plaque and Dalmatian teepee : @tayler_and_hugo I Jungle growth chart : @wildchildamz I Felt crocodile wall hanging and the leopard and tiger face hanging from book shelves : @yumi_and_the_boys I Oh snap crocodile flag : @little.window.living I Leopard fleece : @another.fox I Rattan/sea grass tiger face : @littledotshopuk I Welcome to the jungle sign : @all_tied_up20 I No planet b, leopard and wild thing prints : @miniiandmaxii cool kids I Wooden rainbow stacker : @little_stories_uk I Wooden circle hangers : @austinandmonkey I Leopard cushion : @bizzigrowin I Tiger belly baskets : @bellybambinobasket I Felt plants : @wearekidly I XL jungle wall hanging: @arbolhouse I Rattan antelope head and wheat sun : @teylu_trading I Lion slippers :@sewheartfeltuk I zebra basket : @shopmatalan I Scallop paint design : @lick I Bedding : @georgeatasda I Monkey light : @iconic_lights I Ray of sunshine, cheeky monkey, go get em tiger and wild thing print : @eleanorbowmer I Dinosaur basket and giraffe : @hmhome I crocodile blanket and roar cushion : @zarahome I Cot : @mamasandpapas
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The Scandi theme is a bit busy, but certainly has some really cute stuff! What a talented mom.