If you’ve been a faithful reader (I thank you from the bottom of my heart!) for some time you’ll know we love colour in this house, but we have yet to actually paint anything in something braver than whites or greys (exterior).
Oh but I forget… our door!
Nevermind that I’m really not besotted with that result and am considering something more… neutral.
But forget that for now. Because I’m mulling over something a little more dramatic for our master bedroom…
We’re not quite done out the back yet, but while one project is trucking along nicely I always have another one or two doing the rounds in my brain, and Andre especially likes to jump around from working on this to that and back again. So as much as I wish we could just pick an area and deal to it properly before moving on, it just doesn’t work out that way.
That’s the long way to say we’ve started on some master bedroom improvements and of course I can’t wait to make some more progress and share it with you.
If you want the bite sized bits and pieces of what we’re up to (like having some fun with steel tube while thinking of a pergola over our deck) you’re best off following along over at Instagram (@duckeggblueblog).
For now though, just feast your eyes on this grown-up goodness (all images below from my Pinterest bedroom board or click the picture for it’s original link)…
Do you get that moody-cosy-romantic-retreat kind of feeling? Or do you think it’s all rubbish and we should stick with light and crispy white for this pretty well sunless bedroom of ours?
What better place to land a little romance than in the bedroom? Feltex Carpets have a range of floral carpets called Riccarton Collection… More than just a nod to the good old days – they’re downright old fashioned! But everything old is new again, and I do quite like this particular design, called Summer Bouquet. I’m wondering if I could talk Andre into a piece of it made into a giant rug in our bedroom…
What do you think? Love it or hate it? Of course, you’re welcome to go and see what else I have in mind for our bedroom here on Pinterest.
Note: Totally late with this post today, and yes I missed a couple last week too. My sincerest apologies… I’m kinda working on getting some more real (paid!) work going and the blog is taking a wee bit of a back seat right now. Plus Andre is super busy with work and there’s not a huge amount happening around the house! I will do my best to keep up, as it’s my idea of a good time, but some days… you know, we all have them – the things we love to do the most do tend to be last on the list!
Last week I got carried away with the boring but necessary details of our DIY curtain rods. So today is light-hearted relief in the form of more images, less words! First, obligatory pictures of the diy process and the loveliest handyman (although that t-shirt might have to bypass the outbox and go straight to the charity bin):
Now, here are my curtain rods to say hi.
Aaah – who knew curtain rods would make me so starry-eyed?! Let me just have another scroll back…
Nice! So happy to have them up and despite the current lack of curtains the rods alone just make the rooms so much more finished looking (to me!).
In saying that though, there is nothing like a photo of a space you are so familiar with you could get around blind-folded, to show you the things you miss when you’re living in it.
Like that dining table that still hasn’t had its base painted white.
But also the things like the view of the lemon tree out the “green bedroom” window – it’s so pretty and full of fruit right now!
And the “temporary” light shade in the master bedroom – reclaimed from the sunroom before it became the kitchen – which we have plans for as a table lamp shade… one day!
And my sincere thanks to you for not even noticing the mess!
I’m talking two small children sharing a bedroom. At the moment it is definitely “for worse” but I still have hopes we will get to “for better”. We are tired and cranky – don’t come and visit this week…
For anyone who also has a rearranging furniture thing, and hates waiting for help to arrive – here’s how you do it all by yourself… without scratching furniture, floors or walls!
1. Take one old blanket
2. Lay it on the floor next to furniture destined for a new location
3. Lift one side of furniture item while sliding blanket under (feet are good for this)
4. Repeat with the other side
5. Push, pull, shove furniture to new location
6. Remove blanket one side at a time (again, use your feet)
Here’s Miss E’s new corner.
And here’s Master W’s big boy corner.
And a few more corners and details… just because I love this room!
In sleep mode:
And wake mode:
Now if only it was that simple… switch modes for blissful peace and quiet and well rested children (and mama’s and dada’s).
If you have any tips for little ones sharing a bedroom they’ll be welcomed with open arms!
It must be the approach of autumn here in the southern hemisphere… I’m getting all warm and fuzzy about cosy bedrooms. These oversize pom-poms take a fairly simple and even plain bedroom decor and make it a touch quirky and fun – I like!
…robe. Further to the sanding, I got stuck into glamming up my manrobe again. Can you tell this is my current pet project?! I’ve been wanting one of these for so long now, I’m just pleased to be getting into it!
My beloved manrobe has one of these quaint slide out rails (so your clothes hang in a row front to back instead of side to side) but it was a bit stuck so needed some greasy attention.
Lubed up, he was up next for a new coat of shining armour.
The first coat happened outside:
Then a couple more coats inside (dodgy weather) got it nice and glossy:
We used Cabot’s Cabothane, which we believe is the same stuff we used on our kitchen shelves (but with a change of name?). Chosen because it’s water-based and less fumey than oil-based products. It’s super easy to apply and cleans up easily. With 3 coats I think it will hold up just fine to the wear and tear of a childs bedroom.
Mr Manrobe is now awaiting me to fix up his handles and maybe give his insides a bit of smartening up, then I’ll be sorting Master W’s haphazardly arranged wardrobe of clothes into fresh new order. Aahhhhh!
The latest plastering and sanding job has gone relatively smoothly (excuse the pun), not least because I wasn’t involved this time! But even Mr commented that it didn’t seem so bad this time as last time and I am very impressed at how little dust has found it’s way beyond the four walls of the new bedroom despite not sealing off the doorway or anything. It seems plaster dust is quite heavy and clingy and not liable to blow through the millimetres under the door. We can be very thankful for that.
It’s also not caused too many tantrums from the little one not being allowed into the “noo bedroom” – he certainly knows what dust is and has accepted the “too dusty” reason.
Here is one corner as of 3 weeks ago:
And yesterday it was my job to clean up this:
You can see above how we’ve boxed in around the hot water cylinder. I’m the first to admit it’s not an ideal addition to the corner of the room and it certainly encroaches on the window, but we had no option besides going down the expensive route of getting consent to shift the cylinder. I think once we add some storage shelves to the right and a nice, tidy window treatment it will look a little more like making sense.
This is the internal door wedged shut with a stanley knife of all things. At this stage the original exterior door is still in place as it is very useful for all the ins and outs of plaster dust covered people and tools. Once we’re done cleaning up in here it’ll be replaced with the spare sidelight from the french doors and access will only be via the internal door off the hallway.
Needless to say my first attempt at cleanup didn’t seem to make a dent in the dust despite collecting half a bucket of the stuff. I might have another go at it tonight and then snap an “after” shot or two.
Still to do in this room (post clean up) is:
sanding all patched bits of flooring (not a small job as it will involve some grinding of concrete – more on that when we get to it)
replace exterior door with window
paint, paint, paint
add door handle
So the goal of end of November is well out… by Christmas – probably not happening either… post Christmas and holiday but before baby – fingers crossed!