A Belated Welcome to my Home!

Last week I wrote that it has been over two months now since we moved into our new house. And apart from a post about my gardens at twilight, I haven’t really shown you around.

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!

Gilbert’s Room

Before, there was a dark blue feature wall and red canvas curtains. Serviceable for a boy’s room, but not at all inspiring…

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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.

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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’s Room

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…

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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!

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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

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.

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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.

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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 😉

Giveaway Winner

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!



Linking up again today with the fab Grace for FYBF and the groovy Rhianna for Things I Know.

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14 Responses

  1. What transformations! Good for you!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Jump Around (part 2)

  2. How cool is Matilda’s room?! Lucky duck. I bet the others are placing dibs on her room for when she moves out 😉 Love the choice of colour. Looks like a great family house.
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  3. Me says:

    Thanks for sharing the before and after pictures of their bedrooms – I think that they have turned out reall well and it’s great that they love their rooms.
    I would have killed for an escape like Matilda has !!!
    Have the best day !
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  4. Wow, Matilda is a lucky girl! Did you have to bribe the other kids?
    Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right recently posted..Teenager’s guide to babysitting – Updated

  5. It all looks so lovely! Congratulations to you all on your new home! I am sure you will all create very happy memories in those lovely spaces. 😀
    Jody at Six Little Hearts recently posted..Celebrating Halloween

  6. Your colour choices are great. So much lighter and brighter 🙂 Lovely!
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  7. Loved the peek into your new home. Awesome how you’ve wasted no time adapting the kids’ bedrooms to their unique tastes and needs!
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  8. No wonder you haven’t shared it yet, looks like you’ve been too busy painting and decorating! It looks great!
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  9. stephanie says:

    Great looking rooms! The kids must love their rooms. Hopefully Mathilda stays in her bed through the night soon!
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  10. Lisa Wood says:

    Each bedroom looks so good – LOVE that ladder and extra room 🙂
    And the colours all look so good.
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  11. Congrats on the move! We moved a few months ago and it is such a big job. Although we haven’t done any work on the house since moving. Love what you’ve done with the colours of the rooms. So bright and cheerful.
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  12. Kim says:

    Love them all. I know what I like when i see it but I’m not good at matching colours so well especially on walls. You did very well. Kim
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  13. Wow the kid’s rooms are great and my daughter would be so jealous of all that play space up top 🙂
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  14. I like Matilda’s room, the color is refreshing and it i organize. The mini stairs is beautiful, thank you for sharing this one.

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