Have you ever been stuck in a rut when it comes to a bedroom- you don’t know how to change it you just know you want it changed, it needs a freshen up?
That’s exactly how I felt about Ava and Raegan’s room. Here’s the link for what her room used to look like prior to Raegan being born. When Raegan turned around two months old we moved her in Ava’s room. They both sleep quite heavy so we had no real problems with one waking the other up.
We obviously had to change the layout of the room to fit a cot, single bed and large chest of drawers. I was also getting a little tired of the watercolour dots on the wall. Thankfully they’re removable so we re-located them all to the playroom!
I DIY added the tassels to a basket I already had been using for Ava’s stuffed animals.
The “you are capable of great things” print relocated from her playroom to her bedroom a well as the fluro coloured tassel garland.
I didn’t have to buy anything additional- by simply switching out pieces we already had I was able to change the room into a little more grown up for our 3 year old while keeping the left side still simple and complimentary for Raegan.
I am loving on these toddler boy rooms at the moment! From the large Gathre mat as a wall hanging to the Ikea Scandi DIY bunkbeds- I am loving the muted tones but super fun design!
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It is not secret that I love looking at kids bedroom ideas. There is something extremely fun and exciting about designing a space for a little one to explore every day- at least I’ve found it to be so! A bedroom needs to have the necessity of storage and a bed but then everything else is totally left up to the designer! I am by no means an interior decorator but my heart skipped a beat when I saw the final layout of the rooms (especially the little girls’ room.. I know.. I’m partial)! You guys, I am dying over that little girls bed- like literally swooning.
As Ava gets older I will definitely start looking into transitioning her into a big girl bed- as practical as bunk beds or trundel beds are I cannot ignore these little house beds that are EVERYWHERE at the moment.. Should I throw caution to the wind? I would love to hear your feedback as to when you moved your kids to big beds and how you went about changing their rooms up.
Magnolia Canopy Bed | Target Swan Head | Leo & Belle Canopy | Kmart Nursery Clothes Rack | Nathalie Lete Wallpaper | Freedom Furniture Ranunculus | Freedom Furniture Rocco Rug | H&M House Shelf | Adairs Pom Pom Basket
Freedom Furniture Charlie Bunk Beds | Target Dinosaur Night Lights 1 & 2| Target Superhero Print | Target Colourful Rug | Indoor Climbing Wall Source* | Target Timber Rhino Wall Decal | Adairs Jack Storage Shelves
* Look for your local climbing store that sells climbing wall hooks. If you’re in Australia here’s a local company- Uncarved Block.
All paint colours are from Dulux Paint.
Because we created a playroom for Ava we were able to re-arrange her bedroom and create more room! By removing a large white sofa bed we had in her room (It’s surprising the amount of room it took up) we could finally put a little tent which she loves! Sources linked below!
Faux Sheepskin (one on the change mat and one in the tent)
White Frame (I love you forever print)
Colourful pom pom bunting (similar linked here)
Flowers (on window). They don’t have their items listed online. You can visit their website here.
I love you forever print
Now that we are rounding the corner on sickness in our home I’m slowly transitioning out of survival mode.. It’s one thing when mum is sick.. I generally keep going on with life and work.. but when you’re little one is sick you want to wrap them up in bubble wrap and rock them to bed.. while simultaneously wanting to throw them out the window.. well.. not really.. but you get the idea..
Miss Ava came down (for the first time) with the cold sore virus.. eek.. I know.. It runs in our family.. like W.H.O.L.E Family.. so it was inevitable, but it was so terrible. Apparently (from what I read on Dr. Google) the first time they get the virus it’s really bad.. and trust me.. it was really bad. She didn’t want to eat.. her throat was sore.. she had canker sores in her mouth on top of cold sores.. we’re still coming out of the whole event but it’s a lot better compared to what it was!
Side note here.. Ava normally has a dummy (pacifier) when she goes to bed- so nap times and night time, however we sometimes end up using it to keep her quiet during church or lunch.. I recently found out Greg gives her the dummy in the car on the way to drop her to my mum.. Insert double frowning face here..
Anyways.. I had an ah hah moment last week that the dummy was probably not helping the cold sores get better as it was constantly rubbing up against them..so while in the car one drive I took Ava’s dummy and told her that her Na-Na (Dummy) was going Bye-bye.. and that she needs to wave Bye-Bye to her Na-Na.. well she waved bye-bye and then didn’t asking me for it again.. she probably has asked us for it twice in the last 4 days.. I don’t know if I’m dreaming or if my child is a genius.. whatever it is we are off the na-na!! What the?! Yeah.. call me the baby genius or something.. let’s see if we can get her to read by the time she’s one and a half! My advice is- if your child is old enough to understand the concept of something or someone going goodbye or bye-bye then they are ready to understand the concept of something being taken from them.
Anyways.. back on to recovery mode.. now that Miss Ava is feeling a lot better I am starting to notice that her normal toys are not cutting it for her. We used to carry toys around in the bottom of the pram but these are the same toys she played with when she was 6 months old.. I know.. we’re bad parents..
I created a little alphabet book for her (not that it’s working)- every animal in the book is a dodo (dog).. Lord help us.. soooooo..I’ve been toying with the idea of a playroom.. We have a three bedroom home so if we did create a playroom we would lose this spare bedroom.. OR.. we could move a pull out lounge that we have into the playroom for guests to use when they are over… I would love everyone’s thoughts and suggestions! I’ve highlighted some of my favourite playrooms that I’ve seen around the web! There are some really great ideas for functional yet fun rooms! Designing anything for Miss Ava sends me into a pinning frenzy…!!
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Have you seen the new Ikea catalogue? They have some new great items! I’ve put together a little roundup of my favourites below!
One- Stockholm 2017 Couch | Two- 24 piece black cutlery set |Three- Fejka Artificial Potted Fiddle-Leaf Fig| Four- Leather Handles | Five- Lisamari Throw Light Grey | Six- Hammock | Seven- 20 piece train set | Eight- Pudda Basket | Nine- Light Pink Napkins | Ten- Garland Flags | Eleven- House wall lamp | Twelve- Hourglass | Thirteen- Adum Rug Pale Pink |
A few months ago I wrote a post about Ava’s nursery- we decided to go with pastel’s and whites.
If you have seen our house you will notice that I definitely like whites and neutral colours. Our lounge-room and dining area are very Scandinavian- grey couches, timber and white dining set, white walls etc. Everyone has warned me that keeping our walls white is going to be a challenge when Ava gets bigger!!
While I love neutrals, I’ve recently come across a few nursery’s that are dramatic to say the least! I have to admit they are incredible even though they are totally opposite my normal style!
Below are some of my favourite’s I’ve found- maybe for our next baby I will be become a bit more adventurous with the nursery!!
One- Unknown Source // Two- Annabella Charles // Three- SMP Living // Four- Barefoot Blonde // Five- A Cup of Jo // Six- Inspired by this // Seven- Bash Please // Eight- Baby Center (original source not working) // Nine- Domino // Ten- Wasting time wisely
I’ve always loved large statement wall art and thankfully it’s quite cheap to create! Our local printing store (Officeworks) can print large prints for only $3-$6. The frames that I use are ones from our local Kmart, though you do have to cut the print down a few cm on either side.
Below are two prints from Caravan Shoppe that I have in our home. The one on the left is from their Thanksgiving Woodland Set and the one on the right is from their Whole lotta love set.
Below are some of my other favourites at the moment. Most of the below are free (minus one or two).
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Everything is awesome / Triangles / My piece of foreign sky / Assateague island pony / You are capable / Remember why you started
For the nursery we decided to get rid of our study/2nd guest room. It wasn’t a very hard decision as we hardly ever used the room- however we did decide to keep the large double bed futon in there- in helps when we have guests and they have kids. The only problem that caused though was that we didn’t have much room to work with (which I guess is okay when your baby is super small)- check back with us once she turns 2 or 3!
Below are most of the exact items we purchased (with a few similar products for those that have been discontinued). I went with mainly neutral items (that we already had) and soft touches of pink and coral (I’m not a hot pink kind of gal).
The nursery is one of the most beautiful rooms in our home- we can’t wait to fill it with a little baby!!
While I know it’s not 100% finished, I wanted to give a little peak into this special room..
one-Ikea dresser // two- Bible verse printable // three- adhesive watercolour polka dots*
four- I love you forever printable // five- Ours was the Karlstad (similar one)
six- Ours was a bright yellow lamp, painted white (similar one) // seven – Ottoman
eight- Ikea cot // nine- Ikea cot skirt // ten- Faux fur // eleven- Peonies
* You can purchase in Sydney from Rose Furniture
Kmart Stockholm side table
Kmart frame (for large image)
Kmart frame (for smaller print)
Burrow & Be Muslin wrap hanging on cot