This wasn't one of our best interiors decisions and we could definitely have spent our money a lot more wisely. The nursery furniture sets are typically large, ugly, boxy items of furniture and there are some much nicer alternatives out there. So with the benefit of hindsight, and now with many rooms designs under my belt here are my thoughts on how to go about planning baby's first space.
When planning a nursery, of course your baby will need somewhere to sleep. However, for their first 4-6 months they will most likely be in a smaller Moses basket or bedside crib in your own bedroom so the cot bed isn't a time critical purchase and you can take your time working out your style before you commit to purchasing it. A newborn would feel rather lost in a large cot bed after being tucked inside your tummy for 9 months so to begin with, I would suggest investing in a beautiful Moses basket and stand, which won't take up too much space in your master bedroom, and will provide a cosy space for baby to spend their first few months. It also has the advantage of being easily carried around the house so if baby will only sleep with you in close proximity you can move it around and still get on with things whilst baby snoozes. Add some striking wall art, black and white photographs of the family (babies love faces!) or a mobile for baby to look at and you're all sorted for your first few months.