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A Colourful Shared Bedroom For Our Girls...

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015.

For the last couple of weeks we have been embarking on a couple of interior projects, which quite frankly are my favourite kind of project.  This is due to the fact that we really needed an office space, as from next Monday my husband will be joining me in working from home.  Being in a three bedroom house, that meant that we decided to put our girls in a joint bedroom.  We decided on the largest of their two bedrooms, that used to be our guest room and then for the last few years has been both Mads and LL's nursery.  It hadnt been decorated in a few years, when LL was born we just gave it some finishing touches, so it was well in need of a spot of painting.

 I have had my reservations and nerves about them sharing, but we so far are two nights in and both have been brilliant- the bunk bed has been a raging success and so far LL has been fantastic in her 'big girl bed', we have had some giggling in the evening and morning, but everyone has stayed where they should be!

But anyway back to their room.  I deliberated for a while on what theme to do for them- I love pastels and when looking for inspiration on pinterest, it seemed that monochrome or pastel seemed to be everywhere when it came to little people rooms, but Mads just isn't into pink or 'girly' colours.  Therefore I decided on a primary colour/rainbow room with a few retro touches.  I am a massively colourful person, our whole house is awash in colour, as are our clothes, so I decided it would be perfect for our little ladies.

We ended up spending a lot more than we planned too on their room, (sorry Mr E) because as usual I kept finding other things that looked nice, and these little trinkets and things just add up.  I am thrilled with their new space and best of all they are too- with Mads calling it 'the best room ever'.  High praise indeed.

I will try and link to as many products as possible in case anyone is after any inspiration, but here is their new happy, colourful bedroom in many, many photos...

 

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As soon as I saw these Farg & Form cloud duvets on instagram many months ago, I knew that some day I would have to have them- and in fact I planned most of their room around the duvets!  We got ours from Little Baby Company and although they are quite pricey, I absolutely love them and the bright colours.  They are a Swedish brand so one thing I would say is that we struggled to find a duvet and pillow to fit the dimensions- in the end we found one almost the size in Ikea but it isn't perfect, it's fine when they are all tucked in though.  The fab letter cushion is from Next and was a bargain, as was this funky geometric cushion from Tesco. (I can't find the link for that one!)

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For LL's bed we went for the Farg & Form duvet in red and this gorgeous Hello Sunshine cushion from Tesco.  

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I found these little house shelves in Next and thought they would be perfect for trinkets above Mads bed.  

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How cute is this little troll?  So retro. ;) It was mine when I was little and the funny little guy next to him is a nightlight from Ikea- it glows all different colours and I put him there in case Mads wakes in the middle of the night.

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We have had these Ingela P Arrhenius owl nesting dolls a few years, they were in Mads old room.

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The little knitted owl was also in Mads old room, made by our dear family friend's Mum, and the little Cookie Monster was a memento from our recent holiday to the Caribbean.

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The rainbow and cloud garland is just so gorgeous, and was handmade by a lovely lady called Coral who I found on instagram who runs the etsy shop Velveteen Babies- I love instagram for finding creative and unique products from independent businesses.  

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Our faithful friend Mr Dino watches from his spot on top of Mads wardrobe.

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We are thrilled with the girls bunk bed from Wayfair- I must have spent hours researching and looking into them, but we couldn't have got a more perfect choice.  At first we decided on single beds, then a bunk bed but it was huge and took up most of the room.  In the end we decided on the Rustic Retreat America Short Bunk bed, which is slightly bigger than a toddler bed but smaller than a single.  It is brilliant and means that they have a fair few years in it, (especially as they both curl up so much) but it also gives them lots of space in the room as well.  I was really nervous about it, but Mads loves it and can get up and down safely using the ladder.  There is also a large guard rail on the top which means I have absolutely no worries that she will fall out- in fact it has made going to bed really exciting and fun for her, she can't wait to go to sleep.  Bonus!  

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I love her little Etch a Sketch, she has been getting up earlier in the mornings and because we don't want her to shout and wake up LL, the Etch a Sketch is there so she plays with it for a bit before shouting us, plus it keeps in with the retro feel of the room.  So far so good and it's been a massive hit- it's lovely seeing her play with toys I enjoyed as a child.

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Their whole room was based around this image- it's one of my favourites and so I had it blown up large as a center piece for their picture wall.

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It's hard to see their picture wall in these photos because the light from the window hits the glass frames.  But I had great fun choosing prints for it.

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The prints are a combination of photos, prints I have designed myself and got printed, and prints I have bought, but they all have lots of colour in common.  Our frames are the trusty ones we use for all our photo walls- the Ikea Ribba frames, which are as cheap as chips and do the job nicely, although if you look really closely sometimes they aren't all the best quality.

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I am so pleased with how their wall turned out bar the dusting.  ;)

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In keeping with the colourful, retro theme, we bought some of their toys from downstairs upstairs to live.  One thing that I am thrilled about is that there is so much more space for them to play now the room is arranged the way it is.

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I love these colourful little hooks, again this is from Little Baby Company and was really good value. 

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The lampshade was in Mads old room from before, but again it is Farg & Form.  The curtains obviously are also the same brand (cloud obsession me thinks) but we just bought material and got them specially made with black out lining.  All the furniture, bar their bed, is from Ikea and is their Stuva range- it's fantastic, good value and quality, and comes in loads of different combos.  We were really worried we weren't going to be able to fit two wardrobes in but we managed to get two long skinny ones which do the job perfectly.

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The bookshelf was again from Ikea and was I think about £12 which is just crazy.  I put a load of their little trinkets on the top and the gorgeous Shakespeare quote print 'Though she be but Little she is Fierce' is from a very talented old friend of mine Ben who owns Old English Prints- I absolutely love it as it is one of my favourite sayings.

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Their Toy Story characters show no signs of being forgotten about so we have them as pride of place in these cute little storage boxes I found at Next- they have one side which is chalkboard which is a nice touch.  Unfortunately somewhere in the decorating period, Woody found himself lost, we have a horrible feeling we threw him in the skip with some other rubbish by mistake.  RIP Woody.

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'Grandma in the computer' (Mr E's Mum!) made this owl for Mads old room.

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I found this little cloud plushie randomly by searching on google from a company called Sew Sew, although small, he makes a perfect little windowsill companion.

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Ingela P Arrhenius again- this time from Little Baby Company.  They live perfectly in this little house shelf from H and M Home.

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My favourite part of their room is their bookcase shelves, just because it is full of colour.  I had seen this Ribba Shelves (from Ikea) hack on loads of sites, so finally got round to doing our own.  The girls love it and it really brightens up the room.  I think the shelves were around £8 each so they are such a cheap way of making a room instantly more colourful.

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I absolutely love these 'Sisters' letters- they are individual wooden letters but rather than spell their names I thought it would be nicer to spell out this.  They are colourful and look lovely sat on their chest of drawers.  The apple is from Dunelm, it's meant to be a door stop but looks great next to them.

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I got this little coat stand thing from Ikea, I just thought it went perfectly with their room and although Mr E rolled his eyes when I put it in the trolley, I just couldn't walk past a colourful coat stand and not buy it. ;)

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And there you have it.  A colourful, happy room for my girls.  I hope that sharing a room will bring them even closer together and that it is the start of a real adventure for them both.  I am so pleased with the way the room has turned out and it makes me happy every time I walk in there- it's just so bright and cheerful.  At the moment we have their suitcases under the bed but when I get a minute I am going to sort it out and put some toys under there, so they can really enjoy and play in there more.  

 

If you want to see the before photos of the room click here.

You can check out my other interior posts here

My Sisters in March 2015.....

on Sunday, 15 March 2015.

It's been another whirlwind month, with some ridiculously busy and hectic times, mixed with some quiet and normal routine times too.  At the moment as I type this it's Saturday evening and I am just so tired- part and parcel of one of the aformentioned hectic weeks, and I just want to switch off the laptop and snuggle up on the sofa- I love all the Saturday night trash TV like Saturday Night Takeaway and The Voice.  But of course I couldn't miss out on chatting about my sisters in the month of March.

The biggest milestone to happen this month for Mads and LL is that they are about to go into a new joint room together.  I am excited and nervous about this in equal measure.  I hope that they will love it, that it will bring them even closer, and that it will the the start of a new adventure for them, but yet I am nervous of the potential sleep implications them sharing a room will bring.  As we were sorting their room out yesterday they got into bed to have a 'sleepover' like they always do, and they snuggled together on the bed for ages giggling and cuddling each other- I sat back for a minute and observed them and thought that we were definitely making the right decision in having them share a room.  Fingers crossed it all runs seamlessly.

Our photos this month were taken after nap time one weekday early evening.  The girls love going to the park just by our house, but more often than not they go with Daddy, as he often takes them if I am doing a bit of work on a weekend afternoon.  However the sun was shining and so we headed out to blow away the cobwebs after a afternoon snooze.  My Mum got them these little colourful rain macs, and they are their new favourite things to wear, I absolutely love them too because I love them in colourful clothes.  When they walk together at the moment you would almost be mistaken in thinking they are closer in age than they actually are- but then when you watch them for longer you will realise that there is a bigger gap- LL is still not talking much at all, although she is getting better every single day.  On Friday she said 'Bye Bye Mads' for the first time, Mads was so excited she has finally learnt to say her name, but she won't say it if you ask her too!  Typical stubborn, feisty lady.

I do love these photos- I am a sucker for bright colours and a sucker for that golden light, and of course I am a sucker for my two little ladies, so all in all these are some of my favourites I have taken in ages- although I say that every time!

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This month on our lovely Siblings Project, I am shouting all about Amber who blogs over at Goblin Child.  I haven't mentioned her on her before, but her blog is fast becoming one of my favourites to look at for stunning images.  She blogs all about life with her partner Kirsty and their gorgeous, gorgeous twin boys.  Oh and their dog Josephine. (What an amazing name for a dog- if I had a dog I would call it Brian in case you wanted to know)  Be sure to check it out!  

A Busy Birthday Weekend...

on Tuesday, 10 March 2015.

I don't usually plan much of a shindig for my birthday these days.  Last year was a big birthday (21 I know!) so we had some lovely celebrations planned, but this year I was quite happy for it to pass me by pretty nonchalantly.  However it ended up being a rather lovely weekend, and one of our busiest for a while, so of course I had to bring my camera along for the ride.

We started off the weekend in style with an impromptu stay at The Grove.  In case you haven't heard of The Grove, it's a luxury five star hotel set in 300 acres of beautiful grounds in Hertfordshire- I took so many photos so will do a post dedicated to it soon, but it really is such a stunning place.  It's only about forty minutes from us, so really handy to get to as well.  We spent Friday and most of Saturday (my birthday) there, before heading home and going to my Mum's for a birthday celebration meal.  It was lovely to see my family as always.  

Sunday was spent running my third ever half marathon- I am still running, although I hit a bit of a blip around Christmas where I didn't run for a few weeks- this was my first real break since I started over a year ago, and I must admit to struggling with motivation. However the last couple of weeks I have been back training and being motivated again and I have really enjoyed getting back into the swing of things.  I do find half marathon's hard- especially on my legs, at mile twelve I really was struggling with knee pain, but I love to push myself and my body.  Then Sunday afternoon we headed over to my Grandma's for yet another little birthday meal and yet another cake!

Here is our weekend in iPhone and DSLR Photos and a little video too....

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Checking out their room- we had interconnecting rooms at The Grove, which is obviously every parent's dream!  No sitting in the bathroom at 7.30 in an attempt to get them to sleep!

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Chilling out in the room for a bit- I love this photo of my pair.  She is becoming such a Daddy's girl, which is both lovely and slightly annoying in equal measure- she was supposed to be my one! ;)

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Busy drawing with the hotel pencils- obviously.

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Mads and I headed off for a little walk around the grounds while Daddy and LL went to get something from the shop- the late afternoon sunshine was beautiful and I had such a lovely hour with my girl.

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Such a beautiful light- and yay for daffodils- Spring is definitely on it's way.

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Of course I am slightly biased- but she is just so lovely.  She is going through a funny stage at the moment again where she is testing the boundaries- some days she can make me worn out by the end of it and then some days she can just be delightful.

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The Grove has a man made beach and an outdoor swimming pool within a secret walled garden- I can imagine it's absolutely amazing in the Summer.  But we still managed a play on it and Mads loved building sandcastles!

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I can't remember what we were talking about here but I remember she was making me giggle- she has the wildest imagination.

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Mummy/Mads selfies.

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And another.

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Reunited with the other two member's of our team.

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The grounds were stunning- we spent ages walking around and taking them all in.  

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I love this photo of her- golden light how I love you.

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We headed over to 'The Stables'- one of the three restaurants at The Grove for dinner.  As any parent will know, you never know how a three course dinner out will go with little people- but our little ladies were on their best behaviour which was lovely.  We actually managed to relax and talk during our meal- although the iPad babysitter's did come out by the time pudding came!

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We woke on Saturday to my birthday!  I put this photo on instagram, but I was thoughtfully spoilt by Mr E- he is very thoughtful when it comes to gifts.  I got some lovely new running gear, some gorgeous Russian Dolls (I have a weird obsession for them) that I have wanted for ages but never told him about, some truffles, a book on salad, some sunglasses and a few other little bits and bobs.  

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Every birthday has to start with waffles right?

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The Grove organises a holiday club for little people where they play games, do arts and crafts and go out and about- we put the girls in there just for an hour to see what it was like.  We didn't have much time to ourselves but we grabbed a juice from the juice bar- my smoothie was delicious.

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We managed a little walk in the grounds together before it was time to go and pick up the girls- Saturday was the first day it really felt like Spring to me.

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Reunited with this terrible twosome and we headed back to The Stables for a light lunch- the kids menu was really good and LL was excited to see they had her favourite Peanut Butter sandwiches!

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Two little mermaids trying out the kids pool- the hotel has a lovely Spa pool and an outdoor pool, but there is also a dedicated pool for young children too.

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On Sunday I headed to my home city of Cambridge to take part in the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon.  It was my third ever half marathon and I was incredibly nervous before- firstly because I am not good with crowds and there were over 4500 people there and secondly because I had only really been back training for about three weeks.  There was a great atmosphere though, with people high fiving you and shouting your name as you ran round.  

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I finished the race in a time of 1:50:04- I couldn't actually believe it and I did get tears in my eyes when I finished.  As I hadn't been training for very long I was aiming to get it in just under two hours so I was absolutely shocked and thrilled with my time- I was 270th female back out of 1587 competing.  I find them so tough, both physically and mentally, but as any runner will know the feeling you get when you cross the finish line is just so incredible and addictive.

A little video I made all about a lovely weekend...

 

All in all it was a great birthday weekend- it was just by chance that we happened to go to The Grove on that particular day, but I am glad we did as it made my birthday feel that little bit more special.  I was so tired on Sunday when I got into bed after the race and this wasn't made any easier by the fact we had a little person in our bed.  We are in the middle of decorating the girls new room and our new study so at the moment our house has been turned upside down, and as Mads doesn't currently have a bed she is in sleeping with us- she loves this and is so excited, but it's tiring for us as our bed is only small! This week is going to be a little crazy as we have so much to do in terms of their new room, plus we both have a lot on with work, so it was nice to have a real family weekend to enjoy together.

 

 

 

Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project 2015- February.

on Saturday, 28 February 2015.

Whereas January seems to always drag a little bit, February seems to whizz past, and before we know it we are into March- which brings my birthday and the first promise of Spring.  February has been a nice month, we have had a couple of really hectic weeks but on the whole it's been relatively quiet. 

I don't really know how I would sum up this month.  It's been busy during the week- my freelance work is going really well which of course is most welcome, but it has meant that the weeks have blurred into one, especially as I have had meetings and other bits going on- I actually filmed one of our weeks just to look back on what it looked like for us all.  Of course, one of the weeks we had LL's 2nd birthday- a milestone which has hit me particularly hard.  All of a sudden I am so nostalgic about the fact I no longer have a baby, I wouldn't say I am broody, but more feeling a bit sentimental about my own 'babies' not being so little anymore.

A lot of my very limited free time this month has been spent thinking about and planning the girl's new bedroom.  We are moving them into a joint room (something I am SO nervous about) and getting a study back.  I am excited to have two project's to plan for but as usual I have spent most of my time looking at trinkets and finishing touches and not so much at the actual furniture or logistics.  We went to Ikea one weekend day in February, 'just to look', and ended up being in there almost four hours in there and spending a small fortune.  I am excited to start actually getting it sorted, but we need to decorate both rooms first as after being little people's bedrooms for so long, they are looking a bit tatty round the edges.

Other than that the month has just been spent being busy with day to day life and ordinary moments, although we did start off the month at a beautiful little cottage on a weekend away in Norfolk, and this is where our Me and Mine photos were taken.  I was so impressed that for once we didn't leave it until the last minute and took our photos on the 1st day of the month- I think I deserve some sort of prize!  The story behind the photos is that the cottage we were staying in had a very cute little garden and we saw this bench from outside the window.  We thought it would make a really cute backdrop for our photos and of course a nice memory as we had a lovely weekend.

I am actually really pleased with these photos and there is a little secret as to why we are all looking at the camera.  A couple of years ago I bought myself a ridiculously cheap self timer remote off ebay, which promptly broke after about a month of using it.  I ended up never buying another one as I actually don't mind setting the self timer, but the remote has sat in my camera bag ever since.  Mads wasn't too happy about the idea of taking the photos, so I asked her to be my 'helper' which she loves doing.  She held the remote and we kept telling her to look at the camera and press it, even though obviously it was actually the self timer going off rather than her pressing the button.  It worked though and she loved thinking she was taking the photo.

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Happy memories of a happy weekend away.  

Here's to seeing what March may bring....

 

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Alex's beautiful blog.  She is currently sporting a rather lovely bump and it's lovely that soon her Me and Mine photos will have another addition, just like when I started with LL! :) 

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