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A new Bedroom for the Little Ones

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I just love my home! It is far from being perfect, do not get me wrong! It is old, tiny, has a slight lingering smell of damp in the front room, a painstakingly open-plan en-suite bathroom (no privacy whatsoever in there!) and a garden which could fit in a shoe box. It is not remotely energy efficient and only has two bedrooms, but I would not change it for the world as it is our little nest, the place where we make our family memories…

When we moved in just over five years ago, it was just hubby and I. The house seemed huge for the two of us and my growing bump. It was pretty empty, too, and all we had in our bedroom was our mattress on the floor. Talk about bare…

A few years down the line, and the family has grown (ever so slightly!), and the house has filled up exponentially… Crevette was born in 2008, followed by Beanie in 2010, and without fail, two years later came Jumpy. The family has expanded and we have accumulated quite a lot of stuff, but the house has stayed the same.

Just like I keep telling myself (and anyone who will listen) that my beloved old Mini is a family car, I am convinced my home is a decent-sized family home. Am I kidding myself? I think not… I always try to make it look like it is spacious (mostly when cramming stuff in cupboards when friends come around) despite the five messy human beings living in there, and a few months ago, I decided it was time to do something about the children’s bedroom as it was no longer fitting my little house-rule.

We never really did the pretty nursery thing. We just casually added a chest of drawers, cot-bed and a few frames to the spare bedroom that had a double bed in for our guests and voilà, we got ourselves a nursery for Crevette!  As Beanie and Jumpy came into our lives and moved in to the bedroom, we just added more furniture to fit them in, but still changed nothing.

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Bunk beds have been at the back of my mind for quite a long time now, but hubby was adamant we did not need them. I know that… who needs anything? We could just sit on the floor rather than a sofa and live on food we pick up in the woods rather than go to a supermarket, but realistically, we would rather sit comfortably and eat well. His killer argument was that those kinds of beds were dangerous and Crevette could fall and really hurt himself… He had me there, and it is true that on their catalogues, companies advise that whoever sleeps on the top bunk should be six years old or over. Last year, I found one bed that had a lower top bunk (quite deep, too) than any others, and actual stairs as opposed to a ladder. I made up my mind that it was the bed we needed for Crevette and Beanie, and they loved it, too! Hubby was not budging, but he never does, and I got the bed a few months ago.

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It took a lot of thought and effort to coordinate everything.

We kept the carpet as it was but went for a calming light grey paint for the walls. For frames, duvet sets and new things we bought for the bedroom, we chose to go for bold blue, white and red, which we thought worked for a mixed room, and they happen to be the colours for both the Union Jack and the French flag (double whammy!).

The furniture was mostly white, and Crevette already had a ukulele in blue, red and white in the bedroom, and two of the piggy banks were in those colours as well.

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We also went for a star pattern on a few items.

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… and I could not help getting that pretty box for storing warm cuddly blankets.

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Planning the wall of pictures with a range of eclectic frames in our chosen colours was a lot of fun. As I could not find any blue frames anywhere, I just sanded and spray painted a few silver and white ones I had at home.

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I also made a magnetic board for the children so we can change the invitations and pictures they want to display whenever they want to.

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Under the stairs there is quite a lot of storage for the children’s toys, and we kept a shelf free to be used as a doll’s bed, which Beanie loves.

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The room now looks more spacious, and the children have their own personal space, which is lovely.

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As the transformation was under way, I did not let the little ones in the room, so when it was all finished and absolutely perfect, I went in there, video camera in hand and I let them in. They were speechless one minute, bouncing around the next, and everything in the room made them squeal with delight. They could not stop giggle. That was a truly magic moment for us.

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  1. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    14/01/2014 / 12:09 am

    The room looks fabulous, you’ve made such good use of the space! I would love to do more in the boys room, getting it really coordinated and fun. This is really inspiring 🙂

    • Mel
      14/01/2014 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks Sara! I thought it would be a challenge to have all three in one room, but they actually love it, and I think the challenge will be trying to separate them one day! Mel

  2. Time waits for no mum (@no_mum)
    14/01/2014 / 11:11 pm

    How fantastic, this room looks amazing! And as for that bunk bed, I wouldn’t mind it for myself! I love the stars scheme and the red, white and blue. It sounds like you enjoyed doing it too, a definite #magicmoment when your little ones saw it, no doubt!

    • Mel
      15/01/2014 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks a lot, I do love the bunk beds and I must say they are really comfortable, too. I had a nap with Beanie once at the beginning of my pregnancy (when I was feeling really poorly), and I slept like a baby! The video of them entering their room is definitely a keeper as I had never seen such beaming smiles on their little faces. Mel

  3. Mama Owl
    15/01/2014 / 4:08 pm

    That’s fantastic! We went for red/white/blue for our boys room too, such lovely vibrant colours x

    • Mel
      15/01/2014 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks. Great minds think alike! Mel

  4. Jaime Oliver
    16/01/2014 / 8:35 pm

    awww honey what a super duper transformation it looks fantastic!! i am so loving that bed!!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

    • Mel
      16/01/2014 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks a lot Jaime!

  5. Viv'Maman_Bas
    22/01/2014 / 11:20 pm

    Oh I need this bunk bed!! I have been thinking bunk beds for a while! E and A now permanently share a bedroom! They love it and I get to have my own small office – bliss! With A moving out of his cot very soon, I thought bunk beds would be great but for the same reasons (safety, risk of falling etc.), hubby is not keen. I think this one is a winner. Tell me where you got it from, pretty please! x

    • Viv'Maman_Bas
      22/01/2014 / 11:30 pm

      Actually I never thought of googling “bunk bed with steps” – works wonders!

      • Mel
        23/01/2014 / 8:02 pm

        Wait, I am going to open up a brand new dimension for you… Have a look on my Pinterest account (the “P” icon at the top)… then open my “Home ideas” board, and be prepared to be blown away! Let us just say that it took a couple of years between the time I started thinking about bunk beds, and the time I actually ordered them… There is so much inspiration out there for children who share a room. Just make sure you have a nice cuppa and a few hours of freedom before you enter the wonderful world of Pinterest! X Mel

    • Mel
      23/01/2014 / 8:08 pm

      Make sure you measure how much space you have… these are huge. They are from GLTC. Wait for the next sales! A few other companies have nice ones that might be smaller (ASPACE, M&S, Feather and Black). x

  6. Steph @www.MisplacedBrit.com
    11/02/2014 / 7:08 pm

    You’ve made great use of the space 🙂 …Love the little mini!

    • Mel
      11/02/2014 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Steph, I am glad it is a big bedroom now that we are expecting our fourth! Mel

  7. thereadingresidence
    03/04/2014 / 6:42 am

    It looks so gorgeous! Love the colours, and the collection of photos. And that bed is fab 🙂

    • Mel
      03/04/2014 / 10:12 pm

      I love the bed and the photos, too. They are my two favourite elements in the room and I do not regret our choices for a second! We will now have to make some space in there for Wriggly, oh dear! x Mel

  8. 03/04/2014 / 9:33 am

    It looks lovely. You have used the space so well and I like the fact it isn’t too babyish, this is a room that will last and grow with the children. A really lovely space.

    • Mel
      03/04/2014 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks a lot. They do love their bedroom. Mel

  9. sarahhillwheeler
    03/04/2014 / 11:06 am

    That is a lovely chic room and I love the bunk bed (secretly yearn for one myself!). #Brillblogposts.

    • Mel
      03/04/2014 / 10:04 pm

      You would love it, Sarah! I had a nap with Beanie in her bed once at the beginning of my pregnancy, and it was surprisingly comfortable. Mel

  10. newmumblings (@newmumblings)
    04/04/2014 / 5:56 am

    Lovely – really fresh and welcoming 🙂

    • Mel
      04/04/2014 / 5:41 pm


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