A Belated Welcome to my Home!
A part of it has been the time factor (or rather a lack of time factor) and a part of it has been, as I confessed last week, due to the instinctive need to just enjoy ourselves and make ourselves at home before letting the world in.
But, I think it’s time for a bit of show and tell, starting with before and after pictures of the kids’ rooms!
Before, there was a dark blue feature wall and red canvas curtains. Serviceable for a boy’s room, but not at all inspiring…
We decided to repaint the feature wall green to match Gilbert’s newly painted bed and bedside table. Keeping with a more natural feel, we replaced the curtains with neutral grey ones and concentrated on including wooden furniture to tie in with the natural theme.
I really like how it came together. More importantly Gilbert loves his new room. Setting it up in a really similar way to his previous bedroom also helped with a smoother transition for him. It really has become his sanctuary.
Matilda inherited a dream room for kids. Sure it needed a bit of a makeover but it was pretty cool to begin with – I know I would have killed for a separate living space (which required climbing up a ladder!) when I was her age…
I was surprised when she decided not to choose purple again for the feature wall. Instead she went for a more mature choice with teal blue and it really ended up looking stunning!
I had to laugh when she first moved in as she kept complaining about having to go up the stairs to get to her books but she really does enjoy going up there now to read or play her DS. It is truly a dream room for a growing girl!
Delilah’s room had been used as a guest room previously so it didn’t have a feature wall – it was pretty much a blank canvas.
Little Miss Thang has a lot of opinions about everything and insisted on a pink feature wall. After heated negotiation (she wanted hot pink while we preferred something a little softer) we compromised with a softer pink on the walls and splashes of hot pink with the throw and the sheer curtains.
She’s a happy camper now she has a pink princess room – now I just have to get her to a) go to sleep in her own bed and b) stay in her bed all night!
I’m really pleased at how their rooms have turned out. We have never been able to give them rooms of their own before so it’s great we could finally give them rooms that reflect their tastes and personalities.
I will share more of the house soon – once I’ve given it a thorough clean 😉
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway last week. There were lots of great tips for embarking on a house move – I definitely recommend that you check out the comments, there are some fantastic tips there.
But, there was one tip which I thought was spot on:
I’m a moving veteran! I have so many tips it’s hard to know where to start.
I guess my number one tip would be to have a ‘moving day box’ In that box you put essentials; kettle, cups, toothpaste and brushes, hair brush, deodorant, tea, coffee, sugar, milk. Make sure you offer removalist’s a cuppa – it makes them more conscientious!
I also have two tips for moving with kids. Give them a back pack for their most precious items – even if your just moving down the street! It makes them feel in control of something.
Second tip, pack the kids stuff last and unpack it first – especially beds and toys!
Sif, congratulations you are the winner of the $50 Officeworks voucher! I will be in touch shortly to grab your details so I can get that voucher out to you.
Thanks again to all who took the time to enter!