Room Reveal: Thomas' Room

I'm a little nervous about this one as Georgia's Room Reveal had such an amazing response, but still I'm excited to finally show you around Thomas' room in our new house.  If you've read my previous blog posts, you'll already know that we recently moved to Reigate, Surrey and bought our forever home, a 5-bedroom semi-detached Victorian property.  Whilst it had recently been refurbished before we moved in it wasn't done to a particularly high standard, so we have been busy making improvements and adding our own personal style throughout.

Here's the all important BEFORE photo:

The room itself is large and South facing with views of the garden and it's next door to Georgia's room.  First things first, we replaced the original draughty sash window with new double glazed sashes, removed those ghastly curtains and pole and also took out 2 very cheaply made fitted wardrobes.  We also intend to replace the carpet at some point but we're going to do that throughout the house so that will need to wait for now.

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Thomas is our eldest and a very typical cheeky 3 year old, he loves animals, cars, trains, fire engines, motorbikes, dinosaurs, superheroes, but like most 3 year olds his tastes change from week to week and it's impossible to keep up.  He was adamant on one thing though, he really wanted a blue bedroom.

He's very lucky to have such a large room but as he's still only 3, I wanted the room to feel cosier and more inviting.  To do this, I used a half wall paint effect in one of my all time favourite colours Little Greene Hicks Blue to bring the room in at his height level and make it feel much more snug.  This has allowed me to use the white walls to display lots of colourful artwork and wall decor, the idea being that we can switch these out as and when his tastes change.  We've currently gone for lots of animals and a little touch of the circus, but I've kept these to a limited colour palette of pale blues, browns and mustard yellows.   I've also used lots of birch ply around the room to tie it all together.  

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The bed is the Oeuf NYC River bed and incorporates a little bench at the end where Thomas keeps his cuddly toys.  It's also really handy place for me to perch whilst I wait for him to go to sleep before I creep downstairs each night

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At the foot of the bed, I've created a small play area.  We're lucky enough to have a separate playroom, but I still wanted to incorporate some toy storage.  The drawers conceal his train sets, cars and ever growing Paw Patrol collection and he can use the top of the drawers as a play surface.

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As for clothes storage, I often find wardrobes to be wasted on boys so I chose this Flexa system which has 2 deep drawers where we currently keep most of his clothes so he can access his own clothes and dress himself.  One half of the wardrobe is shelving where we can keep bedding, blankets and out of season clothes, and the other half is a hanging rail.  The height chart fills an otherwise unused space and the beanbag is another space for lounging but currently both kids prefer climbing on it and jumping off.  

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The Made.com love seat came with us from the last house and there's plenty of space for snuggling up and reading bedtime stories.  We use the Ooh Noo toy chest for book storage, and I use baskets to hide away even more toys (one has all the lego, the other has dinosaurs!)  The Rafa Kids shelf is perfect for displaying his favourite toys and trinkets and I'll let you into a secret but it's usually covered in those awful plastic toys that come free with magazines so doesn't always look quite like this but you get the idea! 

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Thomas is over the moon with his new room, he loves showing it off to all his friends and I hope you've all enjoyed seeing it too.

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Room Design:  Leo & Grace

Photography:  Siobhan H Photography

Source List:

Paint - Little Greene Hicks Blue

Bed - Oeuf NYC River Bed

Bedding - Habitat Skye Blue Duvet Cover & Pillowcase 

Bedside Table - Plyconic Plyve Stool

Rug - Love Frankie

Lamp - IKEA Fubbla Wall Lamp  

Chair - Made.com Leon Loveseat

Shelf - Rafa Kids

Wardrobe - Flexa Cabby

Chest of Drawers - IKEA Nordli

Height Chart - Liewood

Beanbag - Pom Pom Pouf

Lion Cushion - OYOY

Zorro Cat Cushion - OYOY

Cool Kids Cushion - This Modern Life

Toy Chest - Ooh Noo Toy Chest

Seagrass Baskets - Also Home

Read and Play Wall Signs - Lala Loves Decor

Circus Prints - Michelle Carlslund

Dancing Leopards Print - Eleanor Bowmer

Original Dog Illustration - Ronnie Taylor

Heart & Alphabet Prints - Wonder & Rah

Frames - IKEA Hovsta

Jumping Jack Monkey Wall Decor - OYOY

Tiger Trophy Head - Teddykompaniet

Dolls House - Olli Ella Holdie House

Wooden Toy Cars - Sarah and Bendrix

Wooden Animals - Bloomingville

Wooden Bear - OYOY

 

Leo & Grace Favourites: Junior Beds

Whilst I realise I've only just revealed Georgia's new nursery, my thoughts are already turning to transitioning her into a big girl bed.  The main reason for this is that when decorating her room, I wanted to ensure that I can easily just switch out her cot for a bed without having to make any major changes to decor and other furniture in the room.  Also, I found with my eldest he completely took me by surprise one night by climbing out so I'd like to be better prepared this time around.

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There are a few considerations when choosing a toddler bed, but the main one has to be the space available in the room.  As you can see Georgia's room is quite small, and whilst we could probably squeeze a full size single in at a push, I have been looking at slightly smaller beds around 165cm long that will still last her a good few years, but leaves enough space for her wardrobe, dresser and chair without the bed dominating the space.  I have also looked for beds that still retain a feeling of a cosy cot with a raised ends so that she doesn't feel too exposed, and low to the ground so she can climb in and out easily. 

Here are a few of my favourites that would all work beautifully in Georgia's room:

OLIVER FURNITURE WOOD JUNIOR BED

This bed is right up my street, with it's Scandi style and clean lines it would fit beautifully into Georgia's room.  It's available in plain white and also in white with Nordic oak legs and I love that it still retains some of the cosiness of a cot so she would still feel safe and secure.  It is also available with a bed guard to prevent her falling out.  Who knows if I'm lucky she might not even realise the sides are off and she can get out and wake us up in the middle of the night!  Another advantage is that along with all the other Wood beds by Oliver Furniture, it can be converted as she grows older from 160cm into a full size European single (200cm), or a loft/bunk bed.  It's definitely a contender. 

Price from £662.

I've managed to resist splurging on a stunning Sebra cot bed on the basis that my two wouldn't get much use out of it, so I have to admit I got a little bit excited when I discovered that they have just released an extendable toddler bed.  Along the same lines as the Oliver Furniture bed, the Sebra Junior & Grow bed starts at 165cm long which is the perfect proportions for smaller rooms but can be extended to 205cm over time as required.  I am finding this one particularly hard to resist because it would also go perfectly with Georgia's toy crib, is that reason enough to splash out?

Price £825.

I also really love the Kukuu Bird & Berry design for it's minimal design and rounded edges.  It comes with a good looking bed guard with a pretty branch design and is available in plain ivory, natural and ivory or natural and cocoa. (167 x 74cm)

Price £355.  

MAISONS DU MONDE SUZANE RATTAN DAY BED

Finally, I absolutely love the curves of this gorgeous day bed and whilst it would work beautifully with the colours in Georgia's room, it's totally off-brief as it's a full size UK single (90 x 190cm) so I'd have to change the layout around which I want to avoid doing ideally.   It might be a good option for their playroom though... watch this space.

Price £344.

If you're also gearing up for the transition, here are a few other gorgeous beds that aren't quite right for Georgia's room but would work fabulously as a first big girl/boy bed.

Room Reveal: Georgia's Room

Those of you who have been following me for a little while will know that we bought our forever home last August, and have been busy making changes over the last 6 months.  It's a 5-bedroom semi-detached Victorian property and whilst the previous owners had refurbished it throughout it was a buy-to-let property so the house was crying out for some personal touches.  

We have two young children, Thomas Leo (3) and Georgia Grace (2), and since our house move was all about building a better life for them (schools, location etc.) it seemed only right that the first rooms to be completed should be their bedrooms.  I am excited to finally be able to reveal their new rooms, starting with Georgia's.

Here's the all important BEFORE photo:

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Georgia might be the smallest member of our family, and have the smallest room but she is by no means small in character.  She's incredibly strong-willed and at two she already knows what she likes and doesn't like.  She loves pandas and penguins so I should probably have gone for a monochrome room, but instead my inspiration for her room came from her beloved Maileg mouse, a present from her Granny and her room is decorated in blush pink with ivory and gold touches.

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Georgia's room is south-facing and has the most stunning light.  I searched high and low for the perfect blush pink colour for the walls, and finally found it in Edward Bulmer's Natural Paint range which is made entirely from natural ingredients, and with no nasty chemicals or plastics it was the perfect choice for a nursery.  The colour is Cuisse de Nymphe Emue and I love that it's not too pink and girly.  I then chose a wallpaper by Kate Spade called Confetti in ivory covered with gold dots which bounce the light around the room.

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Georgia will soon transition into a big girl bed but for now we've decided to keep her cot bed set, with the matching wardrobe and changing unit.  I'm not usually a fan of matchy nursery furniture but wanted to show you that it's still possible to create a gorgeous and unique nursery using high-street furniture paired with more individual accessories.  I've used soft furnishings to disguise the hard lines of the furniture.  The canopy is by Liewood and the cot bumper and cushions are by CamCam Copenhagen, both from Scandiborn.   

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The Swoon Editions chair is the perfect spot for bedtime milk and stories, the pocket String shelves house all her treasured possessions, and pride of place on the wall is her stunning Bora Miri bunny which I had customised especially for Georgia's room with gold details and gold dots on the fabric ruffle to match the wallpaper.

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Georgia is totally in love with her new room and I hope you all love it too.

Room Design:  Leo & Grace

Photography:  Siobhan H Photography 

Source List:

Paint - Edward Bulmer Natural Paint

Wallpaper - Kate Spade Confetti by Kravet

Bayswater Cotbed, Changing Unit & Wardrobe - Mothercare

Chair - Swoon Editions

Canopy - Liewood at Scandiborn

Cot Bumper & Cushions - Cam Cam Copenhagen at Scandiborn

Shelves - String at Scandiborn

Joseph Bunny Lamp - Rose in April at Bobby Rabbit

Sheepskin - IKEA

Rabbit Trophy Head - Bora Miri

Basket - Rose in April at Smallable

Quilt - Dilly Grey

Toy Cot - Small Stuff at This Modern Life

Wall Hook - Mimi'Lou at Ginger and May

Shelf Decor:

Penguin Print - Ingrid Petrie Design

Ice-Cream Garland and Cloud Hanging - Velveteen Babies

Maileg Guardian Angel Mouse in Suitcase - Maileg at Liberty London

Tea Set - Moulin Roty at Bobby Rabbit

Gold Wand and Crown - Fable Heart

Georgia Wire Name Sign - Little Cloud

Wooden Pram Decorations - Pinch Toys at Scandiborn

Wooden Cat and Bear Toys - Ella and Frederik at Sarah Bendrix Kids

Fairy Soft Toy - Alimrose at Lily and Fred

Unicorn Soft Toy - Konges Slojd at Scandiborn