Keeping it Cosy (and an Instagram change)

IMG_2765

I wanted to make the interior of Axel’s teepee a place where he could relax and play quietly (ha! For those of you who know my child I’m sure you are laughing out loud at the ridiculousness of that statement!) but any-who a girl can dream and he has actually managed to do so for maybe 2 minutes max – a work in progress…

I didn’t want to spend heaps of money but wanted to give him the cosy feeling on mass straight away so Kmart and Cotton On Kids were on my hit list at the mall.

The faux sheep skin rug was $35 from Kmart and the cushions from Cotton On Kids were great value for money and tied in well with the Wild Thing-esque theme I’ve got going on in there (monster cushion available but the little triangular  cushion is sold out online). I already had the Wild Thing cushion (from Society 6) so added that in there too.

Axel loves to run head first in there and throw himself down on the cushions so it must be pretty comfortable (I actually know it’s pretty comfortable as have had a wee rest in there myself on occasion!) and I can easily add new cushions and blankets.

Also thought I show you a pic of what we got the cheeky monkey for his first birthday present – this awesome Blacklist Studio print which we got via PaperPlaneStore as they have them already framed. I love it! For the moment it is sitting up on the windowsill but when he changes rooms (maybe / eventually / one day) it’ll go up on the wall as there isn’t quite the right spot for it in his current room.

IMG_2766

On a side note I was so useless at logging in and out of my personal account on Instagram to post images on the blog account that I’m going to flag the blog account and just link it to my personal account. Hmmm hope that makes sense! Follow me at @claredoornenbal.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone xx

Advertisements

Wallpaper Love

I LOVE, love, lurrrrveee the half moon Ferm Living wallpaper we used on a section in Axel’s room!

I think it really adds a wow factor and pulls everything together. I love how it sneaks around the corner so that you get a peak of what awaits you from the hallway. Clashing prints in the same accent colour allows for cohesion but a sense of fun – what a boys room should be!

I ordered the wallpaper through the Paper Room – they have an amazing range and provide great advice on what products to use to help ensure you get a perfect result.

It was a little tricky to hang due to wonky walls (the joys of living in Earthquake prone Christchurch in a 1930’s bungalow) and my idea to bring it round the corner, but my Dad and brother did a fab job and probably saved my marriage haha! I have slowly been piecing together my ideas for this space.

You can see that I have ticked off the rug from my wish list on this previous post and swapped out the orange curtains for some neutral ones that Mum had in their place and was replacing. I love it when I find cool boy things to add character and a little design to the room – there are so many girly things out there or things that are brightly coloured which don’t really fit with the style of the room so you can imagine my delight when I found this super cool bat hanger online – cheap, cheerful and monochrome!

See below the photos for links to products I have used so far – mind you the Mocka chair is about to be replaced next week (Axel turns one on Wednesday! Where did that year go?!) by something much more whimsical and a whole lot safer; our crazy child scales the chair, props his feet on the heater then boosts onto the windowsill! Not so safe anymore!

Chair – Mocka (similar here)

Rug – Letliv

Moroccan Pouf – Letliv

Animal Artwork – Bird in a Bunny Suit

Wild Thing Cushion – Society Six

Alphabet Cards – Tanya Wolfkamp

And onto the next one…

project planning that is. A reasonably big one; renovating our main bathroom! It needs to be kid friendly (I’m thinking wet room style with lots of tiles), provide storage that doesn’t currently exist and bring a modern, fresh asthetic that compliments the style we have throughout the rest of the house.

I’m heading out and about this week to pull samples of tiles for the walls and floor. We want to keep things simple on the walls but juzz things up on the floor.

Here are some of the images that I am looking to for inspiration via my bathroom pinterest board.

Wish me luck and watch this space. (If you could please also send vibes to my husband to finish the other reno projects that are 90 % complete I would REALLY appreciate it 😉 )

Back Into It

I’m rested and ready to roll! Super excited about what 2015 may hold for us… 2014 was obviously extra special as we welcomed Axel into our lives; he has brought a huge amount of energy and excitement into our wee world as well as reducing the amount of sleep and ‘us’ time we get! We also enjoyed two wonderful trips to Australia, resurrected the house after flooding damage and created countless memories with family and friends.

I haven’t made any resolutions this year as I don’t tend to stick to them! However I do have personal goals that I will be doing my best to carry out to help me grow as a person in a positive direction. Do you make New Year resolutions? Do you stick to them?!!

We (by ‘we’ I mean Eli mostly!) have been busy in the back garden area over the break laying new lawn, building a concrete planter box, and renovating the outdoor studio which will be used as a playroom. My Dad also kindly built Axel an awesome sandpit which I’m sure will be used endlessly over the years to come (it does have a cover but wasn’t as photogenic with a blue tarpaulin over it!). Still have lots of planting to do in the garden but we are getting there.

We are looking forward to enjoying our outdoor area next summer without the need for so much hard work!

Hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing, fun and productive festive season x

Here are a few pictures of the fruits of our labour…

Finally Feeling Festive

Our whole family was struck down at the end of last week with a nasty stomach bug so apologies for a lack of posting but I was in no fit state to do anything other than sleep!

Thank goodness it didn’t arrive this week though as the forecast is for balmy summer weather and I have my fingers crossed for a stunner on Christmas Day.

The washi tree is finally complete! I started at the bottom with the trunk and worked my way up, then went on a mission to find something to jazz it up and make it feel a little more Christmas-y. I found these cute glittery (we all know I love a little bit of sparkle!) star decorations at Bed Bath and Table that I chopped up into individual stars (they were in lengths of three) which I then blue tacked on.

Axel has yet to remove any of the stars from the wall so I think we are winning!

fjwvo

There Shall Be No Tree…

Well, no real one.

This year I have come to the decision (after much deliberation and angst) that there will be no Christmas tree standing proud and pretty at our home. Hurricane hands Axel will have a field day otherwise, and I’ll spend the whole time a) worrying about the tree collapsing on top of him and b) worrying about my beautiful decorations (especially my glass bauble from Harrods!) being ruined by saliva and small emerging teeth.

So instead of a gorgeous tree I am planning on moving the bar cart (which has also seems to be in the path of Hurricane Hands) and taking down our Lester Hall War Dog print to create room for a washi tape Christmas Tree.

Here is the space I have in mind in our dining area (all our living room walls are wood panelled so would be tricky to do it there) but as we have open plan living the tree will still have pride of place in our home.

IMG_1187

 

And here is some inspiration for Washi Tape Christmas trees I found via Pinterest.

It might be the perfect excuse to get the felt ball garland I would love for Axel’s room so I can ‘decorate’ my tree!

Watch this space…

Finding a Theme

Our home has a scandi inspired neutral colour palette and I like to build a style or theme in each room through layering pieces that I accumulate over time. I will hold off until I find exactly what I’m looking for, even if I’m not quite sure what it is until I see it!

Axel’s room is a reflection of this process. I’m glad we left his gender as a surprise as it has been so much fun creating his space as I get to know his personality – he is definitely adventurous (a.k.a a crazy crawling mad man who is into everything and must be followed at all times to avoid trips to A & E due to falls!).

I was looking around the other day at the bits and pieces I have added, or he has been gifted, since his arrival, and his copy of Where the Wild Things Are struck me as the perfect colour palette to continue to build into his room. The walls are a taupe / grey and we seem to have already added pops of black, white, silver, moody blue and soft green. See previous posts of Axel’s room here, here , here and here.

IMG_1976

I have a number of things in mind for what I want to add to his room when the bank balance allows it! First things on my hit list are changing the orange curtains to fresh white ones, and then bringing in a black and white floor rug to anchor the space.

Here are some of the things on my wish list for Axel’s room, with the cover of Where The Wild Things Are as the inspiration…

PicMonkey Collage

1. Let Liv Cotton Striped Floor Rug

2. Blacklist Adventure Giant Wall Flag

3. Alphabet Monkey Ashkii Brave Teepee Cot Sheet

4. KM2 Creative Indigo Blue Felt Ball Garland

5. Kolor Berlin Toys and Stuff Storage Bags

6. Silke Bonde Fox and Hedgehog Posters

7. Ourlieu Jungle Kitty Cushion

8. Jamie Kay Soft Grey Cot Blanket