29 March 2016

Woodland Themed Girls Bedroom



Here is our latest room renovation - our youngest daughters bedroom!

This room was a tricky one, and for quite a while we've been tossing up different ideas to create more space in this room.  This bedroom was originally the tiny side of an outdoor porch many years ago. When we moved in (and before the repiling process was finished) the side of her room even sloped down like a porch, leaving her bed on a very interesting angle.


Here are some before and after photos of our daughters new space (which she loves!!).

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After...




As soon as we moved in, the dark pink wallpaper had to go, but we let the glow in the dark ceiling stickers and ripped curtains hang around for a bit longer until we were ready to get serious...

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The room is shaped a lot like the letter 'L", and when a normal sized bed is in it, there isn't much space left for anything.  We've thought about building a loft bed with a play space underneath, or a high bed with drawers underneath to save the need for taking up more space with a set of drawers for clothes, but in the end we finally made a decision to shorten the bed (thanks clever husband).  We placed the bed in the small end space of the room, leaving a lot more floor space in the rest of the room.

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Now the bed fits perfectly in the little space in the end of the room, and leaves a lot more space for our daughter to play.

Tiny rooms are hard to work with (let alone take photos in and try to capture the finished product!). We had a few plans up our sleeves to create as much space as we could (apart from the bed situation). 

Firstly choosing a lighter wall colour (details below) and light curtains (recycled from another bedroom) the room instantly felt lighter and larger.

As you entered the room, to the right was a bookshelf that we had fitted into the perfect little space. Although this was great, it closed in the room more, so we eventually decided to remove this, create a bookshelf in the locker cabinet and suddenly we had created a more open feeling as you entered the room.



This bedroom has the classic large wardrobe with a very large space above it.  We had the genius idea of utilising this space as a secret reading nook, and added a climbing wall as well as a mirror in the space where the bookshelf had been.  Our daughter loves this secret space, and it was a great way to create more play area in a small room.

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We utilised storage space under the bed and in the wardrobe (creating little drawers in the wardrobe to remove the need for a set of drawers in her room) and tried to keep the clutter to a minimum by having a place for everything to go.

I love recycling items, and also buying low cost items and adding an individual touch to a room with a few unique special pieces.  In this room an old, brown, wooden desk I grew up writing on has been painted white and looks fresh and new, ready to be used.  We also took an old calendar with woodland creatures on (thanks Typo) and put them in frames as cute pictures as you enter the room.



We absolutely love this room, and most of all, our daughter is thrilled!

Next on the list... the final kids room and then onto a big project, the kitchen and dining area!


Room Details:

Walls = Dulux Half Haast with Okarito ceiling and trims.
Accessories = Light fitting and climbing grips from Bunnings, Wall art frames from Kmart with images from Typo calendar, Green rabbit, bedding, art trolley, toy basket, rug and locker from Kmart, bed from The Warehouse.

To see more/all of our renovations, click here.


23 March 2016

Upcycled Art

Recently Symon and I spotted an old piece of lonely artwork in a thrift shop that no one wanted to buy.  Symon could straight away envision giving it a bit of new life, and with the help of the artistic skills of the amazing Chelsea Mae (who recently painted this gorgeous water colour of our family) we were able to turn this old faded print...




Into this...



A closer view...




We seriously love it - and so do our kids (of course)!  

Now that the repiling on our house has finished (yay!) we are looking forward to renovating, and displaying this awesome piece in one of our rooms.




Thanks Chelsea!!  Check out her amazing creations and blog here.




09 March 2016

Hello from the other side...

It's been a few weeks with a lot happening around here, and I really just wanted to stop and take stock of some of our family happenings lately before I forget.

I've been enjoying some of the beautiful mornings and evenings around here...




We've had a special 9th birthday a few weeks ago here (our baby!). Some of us girls and Grandad went out to celebrate.  In the evening, we had hot dogs at home (as requested) and a banana icecream cake with pineapple lumps! 




My girls are growing up so fast - love them to bits!




We have never really had a professional family photo taken, and recently an awesome artist from our church called Chelsea started doing a few family portraits in water colour.  We requested one for us and are so happy with it!!!  Absolutely love this beautiful piece.  Check out her blog here and let her know if you'd love one!



The pet frogs that our girl was given for Christmas 'disappeared' (let's just say that we didn't realise that frogs enjoyed eating each other!) and were replaced with 2 axolotls called Edgar and Frodo (Eddie and Freddy).




The scary thing is that I thought I had curbed my lovely husband's pet addiction down to a cat and a dog... and now we have 4 axolotyls and 3 Siamese fighting fish coming in the mail anyday. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!?  My only consolation is that we live in a residential area with a small section now... otherwise I'd come home to a cow, goat and pet giraffe.





We are currently renovating another room... with a slight hold up with our piles... but we will get there one day...



Until next time...




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