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A little project for Ava’s room….

So we inherited a pretty old chest of drawers from my mother in law and it served a great purpose in Ava’s room (she’s nearly 2!) for all her vests, socks, Pj’s and blankies. It was a mahogany veneer 4 drawer dresser. It housed all her bits with lots of junk thrown on top and the bottom drawer needing some TLC. Here was the piece in question…. IMG_4422[1]   IMG_4424[1]   So you can see, it was in need of a little work.  I’d heard and read great things about “chalk” paint and really loved the look of all the colours available and fancied a little “project”.  I got some tester pots for some wooden letters but in the end opted for French Linen in the Annie Sloan range. I purchased it locally in a little shop in Ennis, Co. Clare called Sonoma. I LOVE that place!! I also purchased some super cool knobs to complete the look. And here it is…….   IMG_4540[1]         And with curtains pulled….. IMG_4539[1]   This little plastic frame from Ikea was totally transformed too…0114861_PE267810_S3 IMG_4541[1]

I used “Duck Egg Blue” for the Ikea frame. I also snatched this little beauty in Sonoma but painted it “Antoinette” as it was practically the same colour as French Linen. IMG_4542[1]   IMG_4427[1]

Here are some more colours available in Sonoma… 1013432_534048036656917_1185188729_n

All the paint work is finished off with a coat of the light wax.  Hey presto…..easy peasy! I suggested chalk painting our 3-year-old painted kitchen cabinets in a grey colour but “himself” is having none of it!  (We’ll see who wins that battle!)

So any plans for making over any old furniture?

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Shelving Solutions For Your Childs Room

Now don’t get me wrong…. I really don’t live in Ikea.  Yes I think it’s a useful store but really I’ve only visited a handful of times. When I do, I stock up on the basics and often post pics from it to inspire ideas. Many similar items can be purchased in local DIY stores or the internet but its a great base to get pics from for moodboards etc.

In particular….shelves and storage units!! Need I say more? Has your toddler a collection of books to rival the local library?

Mess?

Mess?

 

I’ve created a collection of shelving ideas suitable for your baby/toddler room. Not only books but photo frames, toys, lamps etc can all decorate these pieces of furniture.

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1.  BESTÅ Shelf unit/height extension unit, white € 30.00

2. HEMNES Bookcase, grey-brown € 115.00

3. LIATORP Wall/bridging shelf, white € 125.00

4. RIBBA Picture ledge, white € 7.50

5. HEMNES Bookcase, white € 125.00

6. HEMNES Wall/bridging shelf, grey-brown € 100.00

 

I’ve even located some pics from Ikea Hackers to show that with a little imagination, your child can really have  a bespoke piece including  a very cute vintage inspired napkin holder!

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So no more mess, but would the following picture be a step to far???

 

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(Maybe….but I still love it <3)

Any unusual shelving/storage solutions you’d like to share?

Daniel’s Room

How cute and fun is this room?  What a playful little space for such a happy chappy plus so versatile to grow with him. I’m LOVING the Curious George wall decal!! Fits perfect with this primary colour based scheme.

Childs Name: Daniel

Age: 3

Mums words: “Daniel loves the colour red so it was always going to be a predominant colour in his room.  I love strong shades and wanted all the colours of the rainbow for his room.  We love how fun and colourful it turned out.”

Favourite piece: Has to be the array of colours and how they all work so well together.

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Curtains & bed linen: Ikea
Red & Blue picture frames: Ikea
Curious George Wall Decal : www.allposters.ie
Wall hanging ‘Dream as if you could live forever’: Meadows and Byrne
Bunting ‘Danny’: by ‘Made by Maggi’ margaretconran@yahoo.ie
Floor Rug: Jimmys Discount Store, Ennis Co. Clare.
Canvas art: Painted by Daniel age 2
White and stripe wicker basket: Pennys
Personalised baby blanket: ‘Cotton on’, Eyre Square shopping centre, Galway.
ABC’ keepsake box: Gift
Bedside Lamp: Belonged to Daniels Uncle Richard.

Thanks to Dan’s mum for sharing.

Any questions about Daniels room, please feel free to post here.  And please check out his mums other passion Cocktail Strass. She is one talented lady!!

Mood Board – Good Night Mr. Fox

So, out with the owl and in with the….fox? Maybe the characters of the Gruffalo are each making appearances?  All I know is, Im loving the this foxy theme going on. Completely gender neutral with autumnal colours featuring such as oranges, browns and electric blues.  The basis of this can be prepared well before baby is born with the finishing touches added after the “arrival” if you fancy making a more boyish/girly feel to the room. Easily a theme that can be kept until well into the toddler years.

1. Stockholm Easy Chair – IKEA
2. Teal Lightshade – Homebase
3. garrendennylane.com
4. Bedding – IKEA
5. Grey Stripe Knit Blanket – cribs.ie
6. BARNSLIG RÄV Musical soft toy – IKEA
7. VANDRING RÄV Soft toy, set of 2 – IKEA
8. Katie Sleigh Bed – cribs.ie
9. Fabric Wall Sticker – Build a Tree (Dark) – garrendennylane.com
10. Fabric Wall Sticker – Forest Critters for Boys – garrendennylane.com
11. VITAMINER Blanket, orange – IKEA
12. Ferm Living Frank Fox cushion – garrendennylane.com
Colour Scheme (all from Dulux):
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Heck, I could live with this woodland creature myself!! Now, where did I leave my wax jacket?!?

So, what do you think?

Oisín’s Room

Baby’s Name: Oisín

Age: 6 months

Mum’s Words: We wanted something that was bright, colourful and would also grow with him.
Our first little boy has a proper blue boys room, but we didn’t want two blue rooms in the house, we wanted something different.

Favourite Piece: Wall art…need I say more.

Yellow cloud lamp shade : ikea
Flower wall lights : ikea
White cot : mothercare
Teddy hammock: Avon
Rug: ikea
Changing table: mamas and papas
Laundry basket : ikea
Chair: ikea
Book case and wall shelves: ikea

The wall art was completed by Oisins aunt…how talented is she?! Hopefully she’ll get her super duper talented mits back on Irish soil…she’s in HUGE demand. Any questions…feel free to leave a message. Thanks

Louis’ Room

Welcome to Louis’ Room. Full of fun features with loads of personalised items. Louis loves his room, it’ll hopefully grow with him by changing little things along the way rather than totally redecorating.

Childs Name: Louis

Age: 2.5 years

 

Details:

Wall murals by Andrew Goti http://andrewgoti.com/

Curtains in Home Focus

Green shelves & wall light by Ikea

Reused car mirror on wall because he loved it

Lower mirror by Ikea

Long shelving unit by Woodies

Winnie The Pooh painting by his loving Granny Read more…

Lara’s Room

Welcome to Lara’s beautiful room.  Little Lara is just 11 months and LOVES her crib!! Not too baby-ish but gorgeous elements of colour cleverly added.

Baby’s Name: Lara

Age: 11 Months

Mums words: Walls are a lot pinker than I wanted but love the outcome

Favourite Piece: Love the bunting

Details:

Wall stickers from Lidl & Woodies
Wall & ceiling hanging tidies from Ikea
Curtains from Homestore & More
Ikea Poang chair with rug over it
Bunting from Avoca

Ava’s Room

Babys name: Ava

Age: 4

Mums words: Ava is 4 and very girly so wanted her bedroom full of pink, flowers and all things girly!!

Big girls bed

wall decorations

Bunting
Lights from ikea
Flower wall hanger next

Wall hangers from next sold in pack of three
Storage boxes from dunnes
Flower pictures from next sold in set of three

What a pretty girly room. Very princess without an overdose of pink, great balance. Alot of love gone into this room to make it so special for Ava. And look….there’s bunting! Everyone knows its my nursery weakness!

Hope you love it!  Any questions, feel free to ask.

Hannah’s Room

Baby’s name: Hannah

Age: 4 months old, not a resident yet – maybe in a few weeks.

Mums words: I wanted a girly room that was not too ‘pink’ so that it would grow with her.  My favourite piece is the old cast iron bed which I had when I was young and I suppose it was the inspiration for an elegant room.  It still needs to be painted and the knobs need replacing, so it is a work in progress.

Favourite piece: The cast iron bed, I also adore the decal and I think that it makes the room.  Because it had the pretty little birds on it, I went for the bird theme on the other pictures etc. in the room.

 

Details:

Paint: Almendra (Dulux)

Decal: from Etsy.com

Hooks & pictures: from Dunnes

Picture with name: from Notonthehighstreet.com (present from godmother)

Cot and Chest of drawers: Ikea

Owl: A gift from sister in law

Foam tiles: TK Maxx

Oran’s Room

I guess its time I published our little boys room. Its still a work in progress with lots more pictures to be hung but Im sure you’ll get the idea.

Orans crib

Personalised bunting

Love the red frames

A present from Nana & Granda, details below.

The wardrobe

Some bedtime reading

Star light shade

Bay window seat

 

Details:

Cot: The Nursery Store, Ennis, Co. clare

Blue Laundry Basket: Dunnes

Bunting: Ebay (arty apple)

Red Framed Pictures: Bought the prints at Doonbeg Christmas Market (€5/6 each) and got them framed at a local framers.

Army Blanket: Again…Doonbeg Christmas Market.

Personalised Picture: This picture has lots of information that you wouldn’t see upon first glance. It has Orans time of birth in a clock, his weight in weighing scales, our pets names are on the dogs collars etc. Beautiful gift, check out http://uniqueinkdesign.com/Gallery.htm

Wardrobe: Made by a local kitchen/fitted furniture man.

Floor Rug: Ikea

Changing Table: Mamas & Papas

Lamp (on changing table): Ikea

Dino Teddy: Meadows & Byrne

Elephant & Lion Cushions: Aldi

Hope you like Orans room. Any questions…..id be happy to answer.

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