Monday, 30 January 2012

Making a little boys room into a big boys room and a beautiful inheritence piece

My eldest little boy (9) is growing up. He know what he likes - football/red/white/black/cars......
It was time to make some changes in his room after having boxes and toys everywhere since me moved in back in June.
He now has a fab desk and shelves all from Ikea:
Yesterday we put up the shelves and his football magnetic board.

 I bought some black boxes to give a nice streamlined look and some red frames to put some photos in.
He still needs a red desk chair, curtains and i have some great car pictures to frame and put on the wall next to this signed Theo Wallcot picture that he recieved at Christmas from his Great Uncle who has some contacts:

 We used some wardrobes from our bedroom in here, but because they were glued to the wall we need to patch them up a little. 
It is surprising how much he has grown up this year. All his little childlike bits are being replaced with grown up things. Although he still has all his cuddlies under his bed and thankfully he still loves to play with real toys and draw- unlike a lot of kids who seem to just have electronic equipment. I love it when he gets out all his cars much more than i do seeing him on his PS3, EVEN IF I DO TREAD ON THEM!!

I love Ikea for their cheapish products - even though they never have all what i want when i go there and it takes forever to put them together. But we chose bits to last. The furniture in his room can be there literally untill he leaves home!!  Goodness, thats a scary thought!!

Take a look at this beauty:

This fab drinks cabinet belonged to my husbands Nan and late Pop. It has been in my in laws house with a cover over it for years. But yesterday we brought it to our house - it is going in our dining room and will be used with the original glasses. I love it!! It also reminds me of a drinks cabinet my nan and Grandad had.
I need to find a bulb to fit - does anyone have any idea where i could get one? it doesnt have any writing on it.

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Friday, 27 January 2012

This weeks organizing efforts

This week i have been busy organizing the house. Here are my efforts so far - come and have a nosey:
Not sure why i keep taking pics on my mobile when i have a lovely new camera - i think its because my mobile has been with me while i've been going around the house - so they are a little bit dark at times.

The dresser in the dining room - i had a chuck out and a general tidy. This is where i keep table cloths, serviettes, vases and candles:

 Two kitchen drawers which were full of EVERYTHING!!. Now have just a few essentials. I want to get a nice hook at the back of the kitchen door to hang up my aprons, for now, they are here:

The boys cupboard - again i had a clear out and a tidy:

My youngest now has a nice new wardrobe - i had a huge clear out of clothes that are old or don't fit. All his clothes are on just one rail now (Children don't need many clothes, especially when they wear a uniform all week and grow out of things so quickly)  The rest of the wardrobe is full of toys.

My eldest now has a nice new desk. I organised his magazines into files, bought a cheap cutlery tray from Ikea for stationary, and had a chuck out of colouring books:

All his pens are in favourite mugs:

I organised my dresser: Can you see behind the pink sign, there are some pictures? I am going to put them under the glass. It will be a nice way to see my favourite pictures/postcards and i can change theM when i get bored. This room will be all white once its decorated so this and wall pictures will bring some colour in:

 Again i used a cutlery tray for my hairbrushes etc:

I have so many mugs, far too many just for tea, so i now use favourites to store pens, paintbrushes and jewelry:

I took the labels off my antibacterial spray and washing up liquid, that are always on show for a tider finish:

I have just finished (for now) the loft/guest room - i love this bedding!!!
Ikea Rosali, my bargain blanket, and cushions - most bought from bloggers:

As you can see, the room is still not clear, but it is now organised into the right boxes and ready to put in the right places:

For now i have put photo albums, c.ds (I had a huge clear out as we mainly listen to music on the radio or ipod. But i kept a few), and books that aren't quite lounge worthy on the shelves that were already here. I am actually going to remove these shelves and put an old drawer unit here for the tele to go on. And i want to paint the little chest of drawers white and put glitzy handles on as a bed side cabinet in this room:

I quite like the pink wall now, it works quite well with the bedding. There are still mirros leaning against the wall. One is going in my ensuite and one will go on the wall in this room:

The other side of this room. The fitted wardrobes are great, they store our coats, going out shoes and my bags. The handles are all falling off, so again i am thinking of pretty coloured glass handles on there. Once the boxes are cleared i am going to put my dollshouse down the end on a low table:

Thank you for your suggestions for making this room a nice guest room. Added to my list are - pictures/lavender/candles/mini toiletries and i thought about adding a hairdryer and some mints.
One lovely blogger suggested tea and coffee area, which would be great if there was access to water up here, but it did make me think about adding glasses and water in pretty glass bottles.

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Loft/guest room help

I have spent the last two days sorting this lot out (actually this was work in progress)

This is our loft room, we also have a loft through a door at the back. We have only just put boards down, so i can now begin to put loft bits in there and get this room turned into a lovely guest room. At the moment i just want to get it tidy and sorted before we decorate. My future plans for decorating are new blinds for the windows, paint the banisters white and keep the white walls, but wallpaper the pink wall at the back. I have almost managed to tidy it all now (will show you a picture soon) and have got two big boxes for carboot and two taken to the charity shop  :)

I have written a list of things i would like in this room to help make it into a cosy, welcoming guest room. Can you add to my list? What would you love to see/have in a guest room?

This is what i have so far:

Double bed with pretty bedding, blankets and cushions/ bedside table with coaster and lamp/ tissues/ reading material/ a towel rail/ a small dressing table mirror/ a wall mirror/ a radio and cd player with a selection of c.ds/ a T.V.........................


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

evidence of a man

Now, hubbie, if you are reading this, i am not moaning (well maybe a little). I merely thought it quite funny that when i wake in the morning i find your mess around the house. Do you notice that i put the things away? what would happen if i left them to pile up for a week?

Please note: My husband is the most wonderful caring man (As you will have seen from other posts). But i had to share with you all.

Photos taken on mobile, so not great.


Sunday, 22 January 2012

The castle and the 2 little boys

We took a walk up to our local castle ruins today. The boys took their wooden swords and had a great time:


Friday, 20 January 2012


Do you need a little cheer up today? hopefully this will do the trick :)

Have a lovely day