I’m not much of a morning person, I never want to wake up and it takes me quite a while to come around. I need black out blinds to get a decent night sleep, but waking up in a dark room does not help my morning woes, so, I decided to try electric blinds from Order Electric Blinds*. I loved the idea of opening my blinds while lying in bed, giving me time to wake up in natural light and enjoy the views while contemplating starting my day.
The blinds are made to measure and come in a range of colours and designs. Installation is straight forward and pretty similar to installing a regular roller blind, just with the addition of fitting an extra two screws for the power pack to attach to and an additional screw if you choose to wall mount the handset. We decided not to mount the handset, preferring to keep it as a portable remote to sit on the bedside cabinet of whoever will be up first in the morning. Usually mine.
As well as providing the perfect option for a good nights sleep and a natural wake up, the electric black out blinds are child friendly as they have no cords, just a simple remote with up, down and stop.
The blinds look great and aren’t at all clumpy, fitting as naturally into the space as any manual blind.
Now I just need one of those coffee maker alarm clocks and maybe I’ll become a morning person…
*Disclosure – the blinds were sent to us in exchange for an honest review*
Back in 2008 we bought a house, fast forward to 2017 and we are leaving behind a home. The home that made us. We bought this house as a young couple, just starting out, with no real idea of what the future held, just hopes and dreams. We leave this home as a family. A content and settled family, cats and all.
It will be sad to go, to say goodbye to a home full of happy memories; but it’s the right time for us, it’s time to make memories in a new home, a bigger home, our forever home.
The living room has seen A LOT. It’s been our central hub for nine years. The hub for many a house party, parties which went on until 5am, where we drank, danced and sang (badly). This floor has had A LOT of alcohol spilt on it. Then, once we had settled down, it saw a baby born on it, followed by having plenty of bottles thrown up on it and food thrown on it in protests and rage. The happiest memories of all have been made in the living room.
The dining room doesn’t see a lot of action, it’s just an extension to the living room and usually a dumping ground. Though it is where I hosted my very first Christmas dinner, spilling across both the dining room and the living room as there were quite a few of us. It is where Aria opened her first Christmas presents, her first Birthday presents and subsequent presents thereafter.
The kitchen, my precious kitchen, how I will miss you so. If I could take one room with me it would be you. Though narrow and not quite perfect you are beautiful. I hated you for so many years but then came 2014, the year that we decided to make you over, to extend you and give you a new lease of life; and my how you thrived. I love my new IKEA kitchen and am so sad to say goodbye to you. We anxiously and nervously picked each part of the kitchen, piece by piece, and just hoped that it all complimented each other, and that it did, you are a thing of beauty. Excitement soon turned to frustration when the work started, I was pregnant; tired and sick. The last thing I needed was to be living in a building site, especially one that I had to cross each time I needed to go to the bathroom, which was a lot. Frustration soon turned to excitement again when things started to take shape, and then I fell in love.
I wouldn’t usually expect many tales to come from the bathroom, but in this house there are a few! You see, I almost gave birth in that very bath. I spent a lot of my pregnancy in here to be fair, I was sick most days during my pregnancy, often several times a day. Then came the unplanned homebirth, when the hospital sent me home and told me to relax in a warm bath I never dreamt that I would soon be led in that very bath; wet, cold and naked, water drained and wanting to push; furiously sucking away on the gas and air handed to me by the fairly shocked and concerned first responder. Thankfully the midwives came and managed to move me to the living room where my darling daughter was born.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you those kind of bedroom tales. The bedroom has had many a makeover, it’s so nice, light and airy, and is home to two of the prettiest things known to man, my cluster lights and my dressing table. I am sure that these will look just as pretty in the new home. This bedroom is where I came shortly after giving birth, I was bathed and so was Aria, then we went up to the bed with the breastfeeding specialist to get comfortable as we were having problems breastfeeding. We spent hours in that bed and eventually we were happy that Aria had fed. The bedroom is where Aria slept for the first two months of her life, by my side in her moses basket. This bedroom is where Aria first discovered lipstick, and decided to cover herself and the floor with it. To this day she still frequents this bedroom in the evenings, those evenings when she just won’t settle so sleeps in the big bed in-between mammy and daddy.
Aria’s bedroom started as a dumping ground, somewhere to store all the crap that we really didn’t need. Then it progressed into my dressing room. A room where I kept my clothes and my make-up, with a feature wall especially decorated for posing in front of. Then it found it’s true purpose, a nursery and then a little big girls bedroom, fit for a Princess. This room has seen a lot of joy, and also, a lot of frustration. It’s where I sat for hours upon hours attempting to breastfeed Aria, for her to fall asleep or fail to latch. It’s where I made the decision that breastfeeding wasn’t going to work for us. It’s where Aria said her first word, where she first slept in a cot and where she first slept in a single bed. We’ve had many sleepy cwtches here, and also sleepy protests. It’s been a rollercoaster of a room and it’s been perfect.
I didn’t truly appreciate the converted attic for many years, as soon as we saw the house Spencer claimed it as his ‘games room’ and that was that, it was somewhere for him to escape and play the computer and for me to fill up with clothes horses full of soggy clothes. More recently I’ve discovered your potential. I’ve added my own desk and computer, along with pretty accessories. You’ve become my attic office. In recent years I’ve been desperate to paint you, to let you live up to your true potential, but then the house went on the market so there was no point. Unfortunately you remain yellow and neglected, though I am sure that your new owners will change that given time.
July 2017 is where our story ends, when I say bye to my first home and hello to my new home, my family home. Thank you for the memories.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!