Well look who’s back I hear you say, I know its been a ridiculously long time since my last blog but the truth of it is life has been pretty mental these last few months. We’ve sold our cottage on the Isle of Wight, our family home and the mother in laws house and we’ve bought a new house. With all the stresses and strains that comes with buying and selling and moving home. Something had to give, and unfortunately that something was my blog (and my husbands sanity).
But now I’m back, (no not from out of space) but Fetcham actually. Life is still just as mental as it was before, only now everything is starting to settle down, I’m trying to make more time for myself and get back to writing my blog.
Casting our minds back a couple of years and like many parents with young children who share a bedroom, we had the joys of listening to the constant daily arguing through our bedroom walls. Literally from sun up to sun down we would hear a constant barrage of tiny peoples insults. We have heard the whole range from the classic “you smell” to my personal favourite “you’re the worsterist sister EVER” followed by screams that were so high pitched the dogs would run and hide and the inevitable door slamming, this usually ended with me losing my…well you get the gist! Enough was enough, the decision was made to give the girls their own bedrooms and we would sacrifice our dressing room / study / box room (this is of course before we knew we we’re going to move house). In less than a day I had emptied the entire contents out of the room - just don’t ask where it all went! Grace’s new bedroom was soon completed and peace and harmony was restored. For about an hour anyway!
Much to Poppy’s disappointment before I could even whip out the paint chart the moving house wheels had begun turning. I made a promise to her that once we had moved to the new house, her room would be the first room to be decorated, and true to my word, a month or so after we moved in I made a start on Pop’s room.
Now let me just say, when we moved into our old house we were very fortunate that all the walls and ceilings were freshly plastered in fact it was like we had moved into a new build/Edwardian house, everything had been done for us, well minus a kitchen, floors oh and windows!
literally just a sink ! This is the day we moved into our first house.
So you can imagine my horror when I came face to face with a decorators worst nightmare, Wood-chip and Artex! But we all know the real horror lurked beneath, the uneven walls, cracks and layers of old wallpaper, at least we couldn’t see daylight. Needless to say, what was supposed to be a quick bedroom makeover turned into a long arse complete bedroom overhaul, and many a bottle of wine was drunk in the process! The wine didn’t help get the decorating done of course, that would have been a miracle.
Once the room was cleared of all the 80’s crimes against decorating, the fun bit of painting and dressing could begin. Knowing that Pops was about to turn 8 (which in her mind is almost a teenager), I wanted her to have a room that was more young lady than little girl. I wanted to give her a space that would grow with her, I took her to the holy land “B&Q” to choose what colours she would like in her room. She settled on Farrow and Ball, Nancy’s Blushes which is a lovely soft pink. She also loves gold so I said I would add a few gold touches to the room using accessories.
As the house is pretty much surrounded by very tall trees, all the rooms can feel quite dark. I painted all the walls, ceiling, doors and woodwork in Shetland Sweater by Valspar which is a lovely light off white reminiscent of an Aran jumper. This helps to keep the room light and bright even on the darkest of days. Knowing how much Pops loves to write and draw, a desk area was a must, and thanks to the trusty Pinterest I had seen a fantastic way to add a pop of colour to the room and to designate this as her study area. This is something that I had already done before with Graces bedroom, only this time it was going to be a pink rectangle rather than a peach triangle on the wall. Note, when creating a room to grow with your child, ensure you either have or reserve space for a desk as it is a key piece of furniture as they will be sat at it for a long time when the home work starts. Just think the nicer it is the longer they will stay there and the more likely they will end up becoming a doctor or lawyer - and that will be the pension sorted. There is method to all this madness you know.
Poppy’s desk area with her IKEA wall mounted storage pots, perfect for any child with over a thousand pens and pencils.
Like with Graces room I didn’t stop there with the splash of colour. I also added a smaller pink square above the corner of the door. The pink squares didn’t stop there either Unbelievably the IKEA wall cubby that I had bought for Poppy’s bedside table was “almost” a perfect colour match to the pink painted squares (complete fluke - but don’t tell anybody).
If only it stayed this tidy!
One thing I really wanted to put in Poppy’s room was a hanging chair, the “inspiration” came to me one rather drunken cab ride with the fabulous Sharon @hornsbystyle the lovely Charlotte @_charlottesweeting_ and the incorrigible @_lisa_dawson_ Lisa was telling us about this great deal she had seen on a hanging chair online, and before you could say bargain we all got our phones out to order are own! although at this point I hadn’t actually moved house, but I knew I had to have one for Poppy’s new room. However my drunken fingers had other ideas, needless to say it never arrived, in fact I never ordered it at all! By the time I came to order one, they had discontinued it, thankfully someone out there did buy one but was foolish enough not to have either the courage or conviction to see it through and they put it on Ebay - Thank you very much I say.
Poppy’s favourite place to sit, Along with her beautiful liberty print cushion, gifted to her from @poppyandhonestyuk
Before we put the chair up we needed to get some chain otherwise Pop’s would have needed a step ladder to get on it. So off we went to B&Q ( I’m there so often i’m invited to the staff Christmas party). We thought we should go for oversized stainless steel chain (sufficient for Daddy and Papa to have a go). Andrew then asked me, “how much chain do we need”. It was at that point I resized id forgotten to measure it, clearly not taking my own measure twice etc etc rule. I held out my hands and moved them inwards and outwards to try and give an approximation of the amount of chain I thought we needed without having any clue at all. Luckily B&Q’s pricing policy of a 1 metre minimum length saved me. The issue with buying more of the oversized stainless steel chain than we really needed was that the chain doubles over. Thankfully with some cleverly placed IKEA faux greenery you would never know. With the help of some industrial strength screws drilled into one of the ceiling joists. The gorgeous macrame hanging chair was up, and I have to say it is very comfortable.
Poppy loves to read, so this little IKEA picture shelf makes a brilliant book shelf and the bendy light is great for her to read at night or on a dark morning.
The next thing I wanted for the room was some wall art or a wall hanging of some kind, I liked the idea of a macrame wall hanging as it would tie in nicely with the hanging chair and IKEA lampshade. I was then approached by the lovely Katie from @loopsandpetals all the way over in USA. She very kindly said she would like to make a macrame wall hanging for Poppy as a gift. I told her the kind of look and style we were going for. A couple of weeks later it arrived, and Poppy absolutely loves it. I also created a mini gallery wall keeping all the frames white to go with the light theme of the room. But making sure some of the pictures were bold and colourful.
As we all know I’m a big plant lover my house is covered in them. But when it comes to the girls bedroom its Faux all the way. one of the great things about the kids room is that they are a place of fun so the plants don’t have to look that real. If you want to have some giant multicoloured sunflowers twisting round the bed frame “why not” Whether you choose real or faux, having greener in the bedroom will really help to soften the look of the room.
It feels great to be back with my laptop writing my blog again, and I may not always be able to write a new blog each week. I do promise I wont leave it quite so long next time.
Thanks for reading.