It’s the end of an era!! My baby’s nursery is about to get transformed into a brand new office. I have such strange mixed feelings about it. I am obviously so excited for the room to be transformed into an office for me; I currently work from the dining room table, which is nice…I love the decor of the dining room (video update here) the coffee pot is within arm’s reach, as is the fridge…but it’s just not practical. I have outgrown the space and it’s becoming too difficult to pack everything away each evening to service the table for what it was designed for and store any deliveries which arrive during the day. But it’s bitter sweet.

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I remember excitedly designing the nursery for our first child’s arrival, planning each part of it because I wanted to give that tiny baby (who had no idea, nor was he in there for months!!) the best room I could give him. We didn’t know the sex until he was born, so I went for a unisex green & white colour scheme with clouds, cute bunting which matched the light and a cool canopy I found at a nearly new sale, finished off with some lovely little details from independant online stores including a sweet Owl and the Pussycat wall sticker. I was proud of it and I was ready to welcome our baby into the world (he kept us waiting for a lonnnng time)

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

I was particularly proud of the baby change station I had created, with a basket for every conceivable baby contraption and all.the.paraphernalia; everything carefully organised in its place. Of course it rarely stayed so neat, especially when dealing under pressure with a poo explosion of mammoth proportions, many times per day! Wipes flying around, the place covered in Sudocrem. But I loved it all the same. (The most embarrassing bad quality video of it here)

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

Many, many, many nights were spent feeding in the super comfy nursing chair which we bought from friend’s of ours. All those hundreds of sleepless nights, cradling our sweet boys as they fed multiple times throughout the night for months on end. The 17,000 rounds of You Are My Sunshine, a song we used to sing to both boys, memories I will cherish forever. I’m pretty sure I spent a fair few hours asleep in that chair too.

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

baby unisex nursery decor and styling ideas office renovations

But, as I said it is the end of an era, a new transformation awaits this lovely little room which we spent so many hours in; rocking, singing, hushing, smiling, willing sleep, caring for our small little babies. Our boys who have grown into charming, clever, cheeky little men who pretty much demanded that they share a bedroom and were becoming really difficult to tear apart come night time. It seems to have come at the perfect time for us as a family and I am now so SO excited to have started the office transformation, and I can’t wait to share some of the ideas I have for the room, for the decor and design and for all the amazing videos and articles I am going to create from within this space.

Watch this space for mood boards, wish lists and design ideas a plenty! If anyone knows of any cool instagram interior shops please let me know in the comments!

 

 

Click here for a super embarrassing room tour whilst heavily pregnant/the size of a whale!

 

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For a mum, there aren’t many priorities that top making things special for your children. That can mean anything from a special gift to a fun experience, or anything in between. But one way you can do something special for your child that will really last is by putting some special design touches on his or her bedroom.

Sometimes, bedroom design actually falls by the wayside. You might set up a nursery with calming colours and soft décor before a baby is born, but after you might not think to do a full-scale re-design; instead, you might simply add new things to the room as your child grows up. That’s all good, and if the child is comfortable and happy that’s really all that matters! But if you have a young child beginning to develop his or her own interests, you can really have fun crafting a room to suit those interests.

Here are a few fun ways to do it!

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Emphasise Favourite Colours

As I mentioned, a lot of parents will put a good deal of thought into a nursery design, and paint (or wallpaper) colour tends to be a bit part of that. Should you do baby blue for a boy, and pink for a girl? Or what about a slight variation with pale green for a boy and pastel purple for a girl? Or should you choose something more neutral like a pale yellow or a soothing off-white for the room? These are questions a lot of us ask when we have a baby on the way.

The fun part about watching a child grow older is that you no longer have to answer these questions! The child can. Some time ago Elle Décor posted a gallery of inspiring children’s rooms. While there’s a lot to glean from the designs, one thing that stands out is colour. Each featured room has one or two defining colours, and they’re not just rooted in the pink and blue stereotypes. The lesson here is to see what colour (or colours) your child might have a preference for and design accordingly.

superhero and comic book magazines in frames for toddler decor Fun Tips For Decorating Your Child's Room

Build Low Cabinets Or Shelves

Sure, the idea of carpentry doesn’t sound like you’re creating a magical wonderland for the little ones. But I remember watching a friend’s toddler play a few years ago and being overcome by the cuteness of the little girl arranging her toys neatly on a shelf that was about up to my knee! It’s since occurred to me that children like to collect things, and they deserve the space to organise those things.

For this reason, I’d recommend building some small, low cabinets or shelves into your growing child’s room—and this actually isn’t too difficult. Aside from basic building materials, you’ll just need screws and a power drill. Screwfix’s inventory of Makita drills can help you to get an idea of what such a tool can accomplish. These drills feature the latest technology and can quickly do the work that might take you hours manually, which means any old mum (or non DIY Dad like my hubby!) can turn into a suitable carpenter to build little shelving for kids!

Fun Tips For Decorating Your Child's Room

Consider Bunk Beds

Bunk beds don’t always seem to be the most practical options. Indeed, unless you have twins or you have young children close enough in age to share a room, they might seem wholly unnecessary! Yet, if you recall being a child yourself, you may remember being fascinated by the idea of bunk beds. There’s just something exciting about them, whether it’s the promise of a friend staying the night at some point, or simply the tiered element they add to a room. One bed on top of another, to a child, may as well be a fort (which of course is great fun).

There are innumerable ways to design bunk beds, though in the end you’ll probably need more than materials and a drill for this one. You may need some outside help (or you may just have to make a purchase), but for some inspiration, the extraordinary bunk bed designs featured at Architecture Art Designs can all be of service. Some of them are truly outstanding.

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Supply Special Animals

I know, this sounds oddly specific in the context of room design. But let’s face it: every child loves stuffed animals! And better yet, larger stuffed animals essentially function as furniture (or at least pillows) for a small child. So it’s always a fun idea not only to stock a child’s room with stuffed animals as a form of decoration, but to find some particularly special ones to do it with.

If you want, you can always go for your child’s favourite stuffed animal, or else simply find some big cuddly ones you enjoy yourself. But a company called Budsies also offers a particularly special approach which I actually really love the idea of as the boys get older. They build custom stuffed animals based on children’s drawings (whether or not they resemble actual animals at all). It’s great fun, and something that your child will appreciate to no end. In fact, you may even find yourself tempted to build one or two on your own!

superhero style decoration in toddlers bedroom Fun Tips For Decorating Your Child's Room

I hope you like these ideas, I’d love to hear any of yours or see some of your little one’s rooms as I am gathering ideas for when George moves up into a “big boy bedroom” from his nursery so I’m looking forward to designing that with his tastes in mind!

This post was written in collaboration with Erin Marshall.

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FINALLY I’ve published Henry’s SUPERHERO TODDLER BEDROOM ROOM TOUR!

I wrote a blog piece all about all the superhero details and shared lots of pics, but finally the video is now live! Come and take a look around!

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Welcome to our toddler Superhero toddler bedroom tour.
With a Stars and stripes theme running through the room we’ve incorporated Superhero styling from pieces gathered around the world as well as homemade elements with accent splashes of red and grey.

The full details of everything include in the room cane found here; http://www.adventuresofamum.com/toddler-b…

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When the people behind the award winning SnuzPod got in touch to see if we wanted to review their new Snuz Designz cot bedding I was like erm, Hell Yeah! I had heard some great things about the SnuzPod so really wanted to see if the bedding matched up to the hype. We chose the cloud design which is super cool and matched the nursery perfectly. There’s also ‘Rootin’ Tootin’, featuring green and blue cactuses and teepees & ‘Little Tweets’, decorated in pink birds and trees.

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We haven’t quite got around to re-decorating the nursery since little G moved in, partly because I still really like it, but mainly because we just haven’t had the time! (2nd baby syndrome, soz George!) So it was lovely to inject a little bit of new style into the room just for him. The clouds compliment the wall decals perfectly – it was meant to be!

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I love how the blanket is reversible, with a darker side with the grey back ground. It’s super soft and made from 100% cotton, the Designz collection includes a complete three piece bedding set, the reversible blanket and fitted sheets – we went for the cot bed size but they also do a cot, moses and obviously SnuzPod option.

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snuz-bedding

The cot/cotbed sheet has an RRP of £19.95 and the blanket £22.95. I think the blankets particularly would make a lovely baby shower gift or new baby gift. I love the mustard trim against the grey.

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The full Designz bedding range is available to buy online

George’s room tour video can be found here

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Now that we’ve finished work on Henry’s toddler room, which you can see here we’re finally getting around to updating the dining room decor, and I have ideas racing around my head as to how I want it. I did a mood board for Henry’s room and it helped me download some of the many ideas as to how I wanted it, I’m hoping this mood board will do the same for all my ideas for the dining room decor.

Sadly the room doesn’t have much character and is just a square room with doors leading out to the back garden and off to the dining room with an open plan kitchen off of it, but I am hoping to inject some fun and style into the room. I’ve had some brick wall paper from Next in storage for about 5 years, and not really known where to put it, I’m not even sure how it will look; you may need to stand over the road with one eye closed and your head tilted for it to actually look like a brick wall, but I still really love it.

Teamed with dark grey walls and accessorised with lots of antique feel prints, metallics and a bespoke table which a lady is making for us, finished with some Eames style chairs. I’m hoping the room will have a luxe feel with hints of quirky character. I am now on the hunt for all the extra furniture, a sideboard or possibly larger unit and all the accessories and art work. I need to decide which metal to go with for the right finish, and where to place all the furniture to maximise the space the boys have to run through each room. Our decorator is coming this week, I can’t wait to see it painted!

Dining Room decor

 

I’d love to know if you know of anything that would look great in our new dining room! Keep your eyes peeled for the finished result! x

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