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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

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #11 'A Topsy Turvy Week.'

on Sunday, 15 March 2015.

It's been one of those weeks here where it's all just been a little bit all over the place- a little topsy turvy.  After a busy weekend last weekend, we moved and cleared all the furniture out of Mads and LL's new rooms on Sunday evening to get it ready for our decorator to come and paint on the Monday.  He painted both rooms for us, including painting our new office space a colour which I decided I didn't like. (so he had to come back the following the day to repaint over it- Mr E wasn't impressed!)  

Once the painting was done 'Operation New Girls Room and New Office Space' officially commenced.  Mr E has spent almost every evening this week building countless flat packed furniture, including wardrobes, chests of drawers and of course a new bunk bed.  It's been a long week, and quite a tiring one too- I am not particularly good when the house is a mess and we have been wading under so much stuff- no room is safe from all the debris while we sort it out.  

LL has been sleeping in a travel cot all week in her old room and Mads has been sleeping in our bed- while I have relished the week of cuddles, she also isn't a particularly attractive bed partner- she kicks, snorts, plays with your ear constantly, and throws the cover off in the middle of the night.  She also has been getting up earlier in the morning's, presumably because she is in the middle of us two. As such I have been a little tired and grumpy, we all have actually.

But the end is in sight and we are so excited.  Yesterday we spent the whole day putting things up, sorting things out and generally trying to get the house back to some sort of order.  Unfortunately LL is a little under the weather which is a shame because Saturday was going to be the first day we put them in the room together- however we have vetoed this idea due to her not being well, but Mads has her first night in the top bunk which she is incredibly excited about.

The photo below is from Wednesday morning when they awoke to discover that the bunk bed fairy had made the bed up for them overnight.  They were so excited, and so far we have been up and down the ladder so many times that I have lost count.  I am a little nervous about them sharing a room- mainly as they are such good sleepers and also because LL hasn't slept in a bed before, but hopefully in a few days time I will be wondering why I was so worried.  Although I have a feeling there's going to be some settling in issues along the way!  Either way I hope sharing a room will bring my sisters even closer than they were before.  

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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!  

My Sisters in February 2015.....

on Sunday, 15 February 2015.

I can't quite fathom how we are in the middle of February already.  It's been a busy month for us so far- we have had a trip to Norfolk, LL's birthday and also just general day to day life.  Both Mr E and I have been really busy with work- while this is of course much welcomed, it also gets on top of me sometimes and as a result other things, like taking photos or keeping on top of the washing has taken a little bit of a back seat.

However because Daddy was working on LL's birthday last Wednesday, we promised them we would go on an extra special treat at the weekend.  When you are two and the weather is pretty terrible, there isn't much you can particularly do.  But then we realised that the Peppa Pig film was out and for a Peppa obsessed LL this couldn't have been more perfect.  So we planned a special day for her- we went out early on Saturday to the film, had Pic n Mix, (this nearly blew their minds as they had never chosen things from there before) and then went out to Pizza Hut afterwards. (Again the ice cream factory was a big hit funnily enough!)  

LL was so sweet in the film, it was her first proper cinema experience, bar coming with us when she was about three months old and spending the time attached to my boob so she wouldn't cry!  It was also probably only Mads third time as well, as we went through a stage where she was terrified of the cinema.  However both of them loved it, LL was so cute sat in her little chair clutching on to her bag of sweets and she did all the dancing and actually shook with excitement when Peppa came on the screen.  It couldn't have been a more perfect birthday treat out for my littlest lady.

After lunch I realised I had taken no photos so we quickly went behind the cinema to take a few photos of them both for the 'Siblings' project this month.  They were undoubtedly wired on sugar from too much ice cream and sweets, and were both being ridiculously silly.  And it turns out that I actually love these photos a lot- they aren't particularly exciting as the light was so grey and the location was a bit grim, but they capture my girls perfectly.  Mr E and I tried to wrestle that Peppa Pig drawing board off LL so she wasn't holding them in the photos but everytime we did she proceeded to do her 'meltdown screech' so we decided it wasn't worth it!   Plus I guess it sums her up in February perfectly, she carries it around everywhere!

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All was going swimmingly and we were having a lovely time until Mads decided to swing LL a little too hard by her arm, causing LL to do a rather comical (bad Mummy) face plant flat on her face.  She was covered in mud from head to toe, it was even all over her face.  Luckily after a few minutes tears we realised she wasn't hurt, but that put an end to that.  And that completely also sums up my girls- they play so nicely for a certain amount of time, before it inevitably turns to fighting or tears over something.  

I guess that's siblings for you...

 

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This month I am sending you over to Kerri-Ann who takes the most stunning almost magical photos of her girls.  Be sure to go and have a look there and link up too as I am still having trouble with my linky tools- it's most strange!  We are looking forward to the other Siblings too!

 

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