Keeping it Cosy (and an Instagram change)

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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.

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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

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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

Sexiest Bedroom

With Valentines day just around the corner I am imagining what it would be like to spend a night in one of the gorgeous rooms at London’s Blakes Hotel. Any one of these rooms would surely make your heart flutter, not to mention the Corfu Suite (top image) which was named by luxury hotel website, Mr and Mrs Smith, as the sexiest bedroom.

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all images via Blakes Hotel Website

Mexsii

Mexsii bedheads are FAB! While in Noosa we watched The Block Glasshouse on TV and my eyes were immediately drawn to the gorgeous splash of colour that this amazing bedhead brought to one of the team’s bedrooms.

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Mexsii is the brainchild of Merryn, an upholsterer and interior decorator, who was frustrated with the lack of inspiring bedheads in the industry. Sarah, the other half of Mexsii Bedheads, holds a background in marketing and has a passion for small business. Each artwork has been created exclusively for Mexsii, is inspired by nature and the bedheads are made in Melbourne with minimal wastage and impact on the environment.

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With a kids collection as well, Mexsii has a bedhead for everyone – I am definitely feeling inspired. Check out the whole collection here.

 

 

 

Getting Cosy

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One way of staying warm this winter is under a cosy throw blanket and with the plethora of gorgeous options available the hardest part will be choosing only one!

Here is a round up of some of my favourite throw blankets available at the moment…

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1. Grey Honeycomb Throw – Paper Plane Store

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2. Kate & Kate Original Blanket – Let Liv

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3. Bendigo Woolen Blanket by Coast – Mildred & Co.

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4. Chunky Knit Throws – Milo and Mitzy

 

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5. Black Traveller Throw – Pony Rider

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x