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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!

0529_0699 0529_0704 0529_0705 0529_0706 0529_1221 0529_1222And doesn’t Miss E look so sweet but tiny snuggled up with her special bedtime bunny in her new bed. Altogether now: Awwwwwww!



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 blank canvas

The new bedroom – or nursery as I tend to call it, seeing as it will be the kids bedroom – is freshly painted and looking bright and lovely! It makes a huge difference walking by the door and seeing all that sunlight streaming in the window, where there used to be a solid door.

The ceiling is white, the trim is “painters white” enamacryl – nice and glossy (Note: painters white actually has the tiniest bit of black added for better coverage. A painter family friend told Andres dad about it. We struggled to get the trim in the kitchen looking good even after three coats, but with the painters white we’ve just done two coats and it looks great!) – and the walls are half Rice Cake. All paints from Resene with a discount via Andre’s work. He is under duress to keep his job until we’re done renovating as the discounts at various suppliers are well worth it!

Excuse the paint cans yet to be removed and the door yet to be rehung:

The window still needs to be painted, but we will probably leave this now until we repaint a bunch of windows all at once… we have a house lot to do so are waiting for a decent summer!

 The photo above shows the solution to the elephant in the room hot water cylinder in the corner… shifting it (even lowering it to sit under the floor) would have meant getting consent (costly… not for us!) so we have just made the best of it by boxing it in. There is space in the cupboard above the cylinder for storing boxes of out of season clothes, and room on top for some more attractive storage boxes or a stack of old suitcases or something. (A similar dilemma I still haven’t got around to fixing in the master bedroom… oops!)

Here are some before photos for reference just so you feel obliged to make encouraging comments:

And believe it or not, this is the real before:

As mentioned already, we just need to give the floor a light sanding all over, seal it, put up blinds, and we’re all ready to move in! I can’t wait to decorate… this is the room I’m most excited about actually and I know it’s not going to be all done before the kidlets move in, but it will be a work in progress and will change as they grow. Have a look here for some of my inspiration images. You’ll see I’m dreaming of a colourful but homely room with handmade and vintage furnishings.

This is my favourite, from here (and do check out the link as the blog is a great read, and the woman behind it very inspiring):