Six Fun Ways to Update Your Child’s Bedroom

It can be a bit of a bother attempting to come up with different ways to shake up the look of your child’s bedroom, but both of you are sure of one thing: the room is stale and something needs to be done with it! Redecorating can be a pain when nobody in your home has the necessary skills to carry it out, but don’t worry, you won’t have to splash paint all over the room to get it to feel a bit more ‘new’ – though we’re not stopping you if that’s what you want!

Here are a few ways you can bring the fun back into shaking up your child’s bedroom; or even for your own, who are we to judge?

Jazz Up Their Bed

The centre point of any bedroom – the clue is in the name – you can do a lot by replacing your child’s bed with something a bit more adventurous than four posts and a headboard. Turning their resting place into a princess carriage or a race car is certainly one way to do it, but what child wouldn’t love the idea of bringing a playground into their bedroom? Achieve just that by purchasing a Steens bed with slide.

DIY Upholstery

Sick of staring at the same old pillows? Throw them out and create your own. This is a fantastic craft activity to take part in with your child, let them make all the decisions on what fabric to use and how the design should be. Everyone loves an arts and crafts day and they’ll be incredibly proud to be sleeping next to upholstery they’ve helped to stitch themselves.

Create Their Own Personal Art Space

Going off the last point, if your child is already the creative type and absolutely loves to draw – why not hang their artwork in their own room as a decorative piece? Frames for their artwork are cheap enough to buy and they can even personalise them if they want to – art knows no bounds!

Reinvent Common Furniture

Repurposing your child’s old furniture into something completely new or multifunctional can be a great way to shake up their room – you can either turn this into a short-term or long-term project depending on how dedicated you are. For example, adding a mirror to the back of a fold-out table can make your very own nightstand. We recycle stuff all the time, let’s not stop at furniture.

Be Bedding Beautiful

You’d be surprised how much new bedding can completely change the appearance of a room and for fairly cheap in most cases, too. It’s important to get your child to have a say in what they want their bedding to be like considering they’re the one who’ll have to see it the most. Reversible bedsheets that has two completely different patterns are a popular choice – different designs for different moods!

Waste Not, Want Not!

If you’re looking to find new furniture pieces for the room, in keeping with a colour scheme you’re looking to adopt and you don’t want to pay over the odds, I have two words for you: garage sale. You’ll find a treasure trove of hidden gems in places like this and for a fraction of the price you’d pay on the high-street. Same applies to if you want to get rid of any old kid’s furniture, sell it instead of sending it to the scrap yard and let another family have their fun with it.

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How to Create the Ultimate Seaside Themed Bedroom for your Child

There are so many options out there when it comes to decorating children’s rooms, it can be hard to know which route to go down. Sometimes the best way to create a bedroom that stands out amongst all the pink princess decor and football wallpaper is to choose a specific theme, and if your little one loves going to the beach, why not bring that element into their everyday life? If you want to know how to transform their room into a seaside themed sanctuary, then take a look at these easy tips!

Start with the walls

Making the walls look as summery as possible is a good first step in this makeover. For this, you have the choice of either painting the walls in a dreamy blue shade and getting creative with some DIY clouds, or take the simpler route and find a blue sky patterned wallpaper. Another idea is to find a patterned wallpaper with imagery of starfish or simple nautical patterns to set the tone of the room.

Create some sea and sand

The most distinctive part of a seaside theme is the sea and sand itself, and there’s lots of ways you can bring this into your child’s bedroom. If the room features wooden flooring, consider painting it with blue and yellow shades. Or if you’re looking for an easier (and less permanent!) solution, look for blue rugs and choose the one that you feel best represents the sea.

Find nautical bedding

Beach balls, anchors and sea creatures all make for great patterns when choosing the right bedding for a seaside room. Alternatively, if you can’t get your hands on any bed sets in this style, simply using bedding in blue or yellow shades will also fit the beachy feel. Also consider materials when looking for the right bedding, such as a blue throw with a silky finish for a perfect ocean feel.

Add the final touches

Now that you have the majority of the room sorted, add your finishing touches with some seaside accessories. A simple yellow light shade that mimics the sun can really bring the theme together, as can details like treasure chests and nautical patterned bean bag chairs. If you want to add some DIY magic to the space, there are lots of beach themed crafts you can try out with the help of some old household bits and bobs!

Do you have any other ideas on how to create a beachy children’s bedroom? Let me know in the comments below!

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Where I Blog – A Desk Tour

I’m lucky enough to have a lovely blogging space, we have a converted attic which is home to my blogging area, Spencer’s gaming area and a crap loads of clothes horses! I love sitting on my desk on days like today, with the sun pouring in through the VELUX windows while I type away.

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converted attic office velux window and space invaders wall art sticker

I had planned to give the attic a new lease of life a little while back, but we put the house on the market so I never bothered. Now that it is still on the market I really wish that I had and am still quite tempted to do it. I would love to get rid of the awful yellow walls and paint them white, and also remove Spencer’s Space Invaders wall sticker. I would also quite like some new light fixtures. Now that I’m typing this I am so tempted to get the paint out! If I did I could post an updated office tour – before and after.

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My set up is quite basic but I like it. On the wall behind my computer I have motivational quotes, photos from photo booths at blogging events, with some added prettiness of course! My favourite notebooks tend to sit on or around my desk at all times, these include my Blogger Journal, my Lush Things To Blog About notebook and my Dream Big notebook.

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I use the headphones when I have a YouTube session, Spencer is often sat at his desk gaming while I am blogging and he doesn’t want to listen to, in his words, that crap. The coffee, blog, sleep, repeat sign is one that I knocked up myself in Word. I have plans to cover the word blog in glitter, but over a year since I printed it out I still haven’t and probably never will. I’m useless like that.
I hope that you enjoyed taking a peek at my blogging area, you never know, maybe I will make it over and post another one soon!
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Your Beautiful Home

Beauty is an asset. There is no doubt about that. The fact that billions are spent every year on beauty treatments proves this beyond a doubt. So a person spends a lot of time and care on creating the perfect outer beauty for business or pleasure. Then, they glance around their home and suddenly all the work and expense of personal beauty seems to lose value. Your home should be part of your beauty regime. It speaks volumes of a person who is ultra meticulous about personal beauty and neglects the beauty a home should have.

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Getting a home to look beautiful when everything is brand new is relatively simple. However, furnishings and the interior and exterior gradually lose that “new” look as the home begins to age. Still, there is always the opportunity to keep your home beautiful. There are several ways to do this:

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. Keep the exterior and landscape of the home well maintained

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You may be aware that we are currently trying to sell our house, we sold it but unfortunately it all fell through, and we haven’t had much interest in it since, which is very disheartening but it doesn’t stop me constantly updating RightMove and dreaming about my one day home. Lately I have been thinking a lot about the appearance of the house from the front, the windows and doors can make a huge difference. I have just spotted that South Wales based Falcon Installations have 20% off so it would be the perfect time to invest in some new windows and doors – if only I had a new house to put them in!

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Windows can make a big different to the look and feel of a house, both inside and out. You can really show your personality off in your design style, and also heat and protect the house if you choose wisely!

When choosing windows the first thing you need to think about is the practicality, long term money and energy saving aspects, for example, double glazing is one of the most effective ways to improve the thermal and acoustic insulation of your home, however triple glazing helps to keep the property warmer for longer, without using any extra energy, as it uses the insulating space between two panes of 4mm thick glass, separated by a strengthened central pane, to slow the escape of heat from a building.

Doors can also make a huge impact on the property. Getting the door right is so important for many reasons including cosmetics, security and energy efficiency. I think that a composite door would be best for us, but I’m not keen on the white uPVC style so am looking to get a wood effect one either in a bold colour or a pretty pastel colour with decorative glass. And of course there will be floral decorations all around it!

What is your favourite style window and door?