Category Archives: Children’s Bedroom

For a king & a fairy princess

My last post got me a bit motivated to move things along another step in the kids bedroom. Actually it was less that, than the fact Miss E’s feet were hanging over the end of her toddler bed – a sure sign she was ready for a “proper big bed”!

So the last couple of weekends have been about furniture shuffling and a little shelf install. Fun times!

And version 4.6 of the kids room is…. here! And today it is tidy, which is as good as you’ll ever get from me. Styling to perfection is not going to happen despite my best intentions. So that creepy dark thing on the wall? It’s not a giant bug – it’s a peacock feather which looks perfectly charming in reality, it just doesn’t photograph well (or look particularly harmless in the middle of the night!).

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Here’s how it looks from the lofty heights of King W’s bed (a bit scary to be honest when I’m up there making the bed, but he’s fine with it!):
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And here’s my little fairy princess doing her best to untidy the room (which I totally am ok with because it tells me she loves hanging out in here!), and she’s super excited that Version 4.7 gets underway tomorrow with a “princess bed” pick up planned.

0925_7105Let’s hope she can hold that excitement for a while, because Mum’s gone and bought yet another thing that requires some Daddy DIY to get it functional. Stand by kings and princesses!

 

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Growing room

Our current project-du-jour (the master bedroom makeover) isn’t providing many photo-worthy opportunities just yet, so for today’s post we’re going back to the kids bedroom one last time.

A couple of months ago it was all about the layered look we seem to have stumbled upon in there, and then last month I shared a quick DIY curtain project. So the final piece in the puzzle is changing out the cot for a toddler bed. Miss E was happy enough in her cot, but we felt she was ready for the bed, and we needed every bit of space we could get in the spare room (where we’ve moved while our master bedroom gets trashed!).

So while her cot is packed down and standing in the corner of our lounge, the kids bedroom is looking a little more spacious, and colourful and fun and cosy!

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I did get a little sentimental packing up the cot – it’s a very definite end to the baby era – but I’m excited for the freedom that comes with the short time between babyhood and settling into school life.

We have a long weekend coming up, and plans to get some plastering underway. Of course if all goes to plan I’ll have photos to share next week!

Until then, adieu x

 

A spot too much?

Last Friday, I mentioned a little project I had planned for the weekend.

Despite writing this time-consuming post, and feeling a bit unenthusiastic about a Saturday with a headache, I did manage to complete it on Saturday night, and hang it (clue!) on Sunday.

So, let the polka dot fun begin….

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Yep, a curtain. That little promise last time I showed you the kids room, had me in a hurry to get this project ticked off the list. And Miss E’s bed is waiting in the wings for her transition from a cot, which I’m hoping will go smoothly just as soon as we’re all over our current colds and the lack of sleep that comes with them.0403_0227 0403_0236

 

So what do you think? To be fair I should probably let you know what I think first right?

So… I’m not convinced!

It’s not bad, it’s not ugly, it’s not weird. I can’t even really call it a failure. It’s just… something about this that has gone too far in this room and has led me to say “whoa there, just give up on this room for a little!”. Of course, I’m already thinking of how and where we’re going to arrange some sort of bunk bed system as there’s not room for two single beds in here (unless we lose a dresser, which is not an option!) but Miss E’s inherited a toddler bed from some friends so that’ll just fit right in where her cot left off, and be sufficient for quite some time. So – stop me!

Back to the curtain: I love the style (idea from this one on my Kids Room pinterest board) but the colour, or the fabric, or the pattern or maybe just the size is not working for me here.

It’s one of those times where you have a fuzzy vision of something amazing, but when you manage to bring it into focus it looks much less amazing. It happens. And I’m just going to live with it until the big bunk bed change up in here because there are other things gotta happen now!

So I’m hoping you can learn from my mistakes or just do it better. Let me know if you do!

And because I like a happy ending, here’s another angle with some of my favourite things in this room – a new pom pom garland from Jamie Kay, artwork from Ella Quaint, a pile of handmade or vintage shopped blankets and quilts and inherited treasures!

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Layer upon layer

It’s been a while since I’ve zoomed out and given you a little room update anywhere in our interior. We’ve been all about the backyard for months! But just like the brick wall that’s happening layer by layer, life is adding layers to every room inside too.

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Apart from a lack of curtains and art on the big wall by Master W’s bed, the kids room is the most “got it together” room in the house. And I like that it is actually the most mixed and matched and everything goes type room as well. A little like the lovely layered home I shared with you some time ago.

So here are some photos of my favourite space! This boy-girl room where our little darlings sleep (and jump on the bed).

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For a small room with no wardrobe (the cupboard in the corner houses the hot water cylinder) we have packed a lot of function into this room and I’m excited to see how it will grow and adapt with the kids. At some point in the future I’m envisioning corner bunks, to allow more room for play in here, as well as sleeping. I hope to lose the kids for a time, only to find them engrossed in a book curled on their beds, or having some fun with imaginary play under the bunk! A bedroom is such a big space in a small persons life. I know mine features strongly in my childhood memories. Maybe because of its pink floral wallpaper, pink floral duvet, pink floral curtains and pink floral lightshade. All matching. Laura Ashley I think. No matter, I loved it at the time!

Now I must do something about those missing curtains. Here’s a promise… the next photo you see of this room will have curtains! And probably a toddler bed… how fast do the cot days go?!

 

Somewhere to hang your hat

As anyone with small people will know, anything that encourages a tidy bedroom is worth having.

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So I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to just go ahead and get this tree hanger from Mocka. Really, how hard is it to click Checkout??! I’ve also had this and this in my shopping cart, but have yet to purchase… It’s my financial safety mechanism – leave things in your shopping cart overnight, have another look in the morning and ask “do I really need this?!” Boring, but it’s probably wise to prioritise the mortgage right?

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A little secret: Mocka is great at sales. Every week they have a handful of their products on sale. So I got a lovely 20% off this gorgeous green tree hanger!1104_8449

I love how it adds another dimension to the washi taped skyline that I did a while back. 1104_8450

This corner has previously been the dumping ground for bags and jackets that are just a bit too annoying to stuff away into a cupboard or drawer. Sooo much more visually pleasing to see them hanging off a tree branch! 1104_8453 1104_8454

I’m impressed with the quality (at only $39.95 on sale, it could have been a bit average) and expect to have this bit of indoor greenery for many of the kids growing up years. And it was super easy to assemble – It took no more than 5 minutes, and at least 2 of those were going to grab an allen key, only to see then that of course it came with one!

Nice one Mocka!

And I just might have another little DIY something going on to match one of the other Mocka products in the links above…

See these posts for more of the kids bedroom (I cheated with close cropped photos of this latest addition so I didn’t have to tidy the room completely!).

 

Picture hanging by Lego Duplo level

0813_0991The most finished room in our home got a little more finished on the rainy Monday that was yesterday. So thankful for the sunshine and warmer temperatures which are back again today!

A couple of months ago I had a truly enjoyable couple of hours at the Auckland Art Fair with my most like-minded friend, Miss Browne.

I came home with a good selection of prints and a gorgeous little ceramic bowl.

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Late last week I finally got to Briscoes and was lucky enough to time my shopping with a 30% discount on picture frames. I managed to get three frames on my list, so three prints got lucky. The others are still waiting for another rainy day…

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My selection of frames was based on what I thought would go best with the Ella Quaint prints, and I picked deep honey coloured wood. For the Bron Alexander print I got a little more modern with a crisp white mat, which I’ll tone in with some other white framed art around the room when I get to it.

Once I had the frames, this was a super simple 10 minute job, requiring no special tools…

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…as long as you have some Lego Duplo handy! Call this ultimate DIY, call it too lazy to run and grab the level, or just call it whatever works!

Here’s a photo I shared on Instagram (@duckeggblueblog) yesterday:

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Miss E is delighted with her new “ebra” and “raaff”, and she loves clocks!

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One more photo for the record… which has a sneak peek of what happened at the weekend when rain put paid to outdoor plans. Hopefully I can get some photos now the sun has come out again, and share the details on Thursday!

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Until then… I’ll leave you guessing!

A washi skyline

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Did anyone guess? A washi project on the horizon… a skyline is a horizon of sorts yes?

I started with a very. blank. wall. For the only room in the house that I consider almost done, this view is as undone as you can get. If this scares you like it does me, go take some comfort with a scroll through this.

I did give this wall a wipe down yesterday. But that was it for preparation.

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I had my washi tape. Let’s be honest – I had a choice of washi tape. These four were my narrowed down choice.0614_7179

I put some pieces on the wall to help me make a decision. Being the boy corner of the bedroom blue was the colour of the day. The boy has pink and flowers on his quilt (although I’ve made him a manned up duvet cover for when it gets cooold), so I’m doing my best to even things out for him! I quickly ruled out #1 and #2… just because I have never liked them a lot. #4 is my favourite but I wondered if it might be too pale to make an impact, and so #3 it was. I also like the twinkly lights thing going on with #3… a twinkly night skyline? Oooh yes!0614_7180

Tools of the trade: washi tape of choice, scissors (tidy cuts make the corner joins a little tidier), and a picture on my phone for inspiration0614_7181

And then I got sidetracked. No more photos until we’re done…

One sweet washi taped skyline for Master W to gaze at until the twinkly lights lull him off to sleep. (After 3 1/2 years I still kid myself he’s that perfect, well-behaved child who won’t protest madly all the way to bed and then demand more kisses and water and toilet visits at the top of his voice before suddenly crashing to sleep and silence reigns once more…)0614_7182 0614_7184

If it doesn’t charm him at bedtime then perhaps it’ll give him another little corner to play during the day! Who doesn’t need a city skyline for fire engines to roar by or tow trucks to rescue broken cars alongside? 0614_7187

Or cuddly friends to have chats with? 0614_7188

I know already that this will be one of those little projects that take so little time and effort, but are so rewarding. Every time I walk in that door (a million times a day!) I will turn my head and smile at the little twinkling city in the corner.

And me being me, my next thought will be what else I can fill the blank space above with!

0614_7189In a life of so many projects that take weeks and months to finish, it helps to have these kind of 15 minute ones that make you feel like you’ve done something. You’ve started something, and you’ve finished something. All in one day! I won’t tell you what I’m avoiding so I could complete and share this with you. But I promised (next time I won’t be so foolish – and then my house might get vacuumed… oops I gave it away!) so I hope you love it!