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I know I know, this post should have been done a LONG time ago, but I have a full time gig now!

Baby boy N was born over 5 months ago. We converted our spare/junk room into a nursery for the little one.

A reminder of what the room was like before (previous owner):

We didn’t do much with the room when we moved in, just new carpet and a lick of neutral wall paint (hog bristle 1/2).

We want the nursery to be fun, bright, practical and easily updatable.  I want to keep it gender neutral for now – I’m sure N will demand for Thomas the Tank Engine etc when he’s older!

Well here’s the result.  Starting with the door.

Little Prince Sleeping

Little Prince Sleeping

This is the view as you walk into the room – the cot is right in front and the change table is in the corner.

Cot and change table

We chose wall stickers as the decoration because they are (relatively) easy to apply and they can be removed without damaging the walls.

The stickers are from Decofun and the collection is called “The Animal Farm”.  “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” turns out ot be one of N’s favourite nursery rhymes so I think this theme is a good choice.

The bigger stickers came in a pack of 40.

stickers

You can tell from the photo that the bigger stickers have not been stuck on properly yet.  They are stuck onto the wall by Blu-tac.  J, my brother and I played around with the configurations a few weeks ago and we want to leave them on for a while before applying them for good.  I don’t know, the stickers on that wall looked a bit too orderly, I think we need to move them slightly.

N in cot

And N makes an appearance!

The cot is called Renaissance by Bertini.  Apparently it’s a copy of a more expensive Boori cot.  It’s nice and simple, with an adjustable side rail and it can be converted into a toddler bed.  It comes in a walnut colour as well but we prefer white.  I’m not a fan of dark coloured furniture (especially for kids), plus it’s easier to colour match. 😉

Here’s a closer look of the cot, with Sunny the Polar Bear as our model.

Sunny catching a nap

Sunny catching a nap

It’s winter so we’re using flannelette sheets from Living Textiles.  Instead of a pillow (which babies don’t need) we use a towel to catch N’s dribbles so we don’t have to change the sheets all the time.

There are “nursery collections” with cot bumpers and valance etc, but they’re not my cup of tea.  Plus I have enough washings to do already!

The change table is called Hensvik from good old Ikea.  It’s the only change table I’ve seen with shelves on top which is a handy feature.  And it converts into a bookshelf when the change table is no longer required.

Change table

We stuck some sticker on the back of the shelf so the border appears to be continuous but it’s not.

The chest of drawers is from Ikea too (Malm).  On top of the drawers are part of N’s soft toy collection, a small cross stitch (it says “A Star is Born“), and a night light from Bunnings of all places.  We put a low voltage bulb inside and the shell is frosted so it gives out soft light.

Wall stickers

I think the wall stickers on this side looks better but I’m not 100% sure yet.

Below is one of N’s favourite toys – the musical mobile.  It’s from Kids Line’s Zanzibar collection.  He loves watching it going around and around.  It’s my handy baby sitter. 🙂  I even named all the animals – Ellie the elephant, Gillian the giraffe, Zac the zebra, Mark/Mike the monkey (I can’t make up my mind) and Craig the crocodile in the middle.

Mobile

One thing we didn’t buy is a proper chair for feeding.  It would have been handy when N was smaller.  Instead I used a simple fold-up chair with a footrest.  They do an OK job I guess.

Feeding chair

For a full view of the room, check out the video.

We’re pretty happy with it.  What do you think?

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Can’t believe it has been 3 months since I last updated the blog.  I guess nothing much has changed lately (except the size of my tummy!).  There is a new addition to our home today that we’d like to share – we finally decorated our new Chrstmas tree.  It is much bigger at home than at the shops!

Christmas tree

Once we have packed up the nursery we will post some new pics, probably sometime in the new year.

I hope you all have a great Christmas.

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There was a post in my favourite forum (most of you know what that is) asking whether there is a more accessible version of the Eva Solo smiley bowl – no one knows of any yet, but it reminded me to blog more about my homeware lemmings.

For some strange reason I’m interested in fruit bowls, even though we already have one. These two are from different designers but they’re in the same vein.

Zack Stiletto fruit bowl

PO: Quadrat Table Fruit Bowl

And these easel-like trays are really stylish!

Majamoo Tray

We’re going to store our CDs and DVDs in the buffet we ordered (which should arrive in the next week, yay!), but these CD holders are excellent options.

PO: Snake CD holder

PO: Groove CD holder

This looks good even without the CDs.

I really like this Mondrian-inspired vase.

PO: Mondri Vase

I think I may just buy this.

n.o.l shake light

This is another great energy efficient lighting idea.

Description from their website:

It lights [up to] 5 minutes after being shaken for 30 seconds, and fades out slowly.
With [electricity] generating equipment built-in, there is no need to replace the batteries.
It provides both gentle light which is like one of those candles, and safety.
Please enjoy the last moment of a day before you fall asleep.

black+blum turn me on

Last but not least, I’d love these lamps for our bedside tables, but they’re only available overseas 😦

Do you have any homeware lemmings to share with this blog’s readers?

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Wedding canvas print

I know, it’s been 2 weeks since the last post … realistically I think 1 post a week is as much as I can manage now.  Promise I’ll try my best.

We had our first housewarming party yesterday and it was a lot of fun.  Thanks to everyone for coming and for your lovely gifts.

For the broader readership, here’s a photo of our dining room with a canvas print of one of our wedding photos. We love the Harbour Bridge and panoramic photos in general (see the header of this blog), and of course it was a special day for both of us.

Our first attempt to hang it up didn’t work, the 3M hook came off because the wall was too tough.  We managed to find a smoother patch on the wall and it worked the second time around.

I may be biased but I think it looks great 😀

canvas

P.S. We ordered the print from Bigprints – they were really helpful and we’re very happy with the result.  Thanks Rob!

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Wow, has it been a week and a half already? We’re so used to the swivel chair by now, I can’t believe it was delivered only 2 week ago!

Guess there wasn’t much to report on the home front. Until now.

We dropped by top3 by design today and there were so many cool homeware! Most of them came with a pretty price tag but I think I’ll end up caving and buy at least some of them.

Here are a few:

Eva Solo Smiley Bowl

What a great design! You put nuts/lollies at the bottom and shells/wrappers at the top. Love the design but can I justify spending $178 on this?

Bowlboard

Another ingenious design, this time by an Australian. You can check out (and purchase) their designs here.

Carl Mertens balance coffee cups

Beautiful AND clever, the cups tilt on the side as you drink and straighten up when they are refilled. They also keep the drinks warm. I want them!

Eva Solo grater cup

I’m not a big fan of grating but with this tool I’ll complain less 😉

Sun jar

What a great idea – you charge it up during the day by putting it under the sun (there is a solar cell and rechargeable battery) and it lights up at light!

Clocky (the runaway alarm clock)

Perfect for those who snooze once too many – the clock will run away if you don’t wake up after the alarm goes off!

As the title of this post suggests, there are more lemmings to be shared … I will write about them in the course of the week.

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You may be wondering … did V and J abandon the blog?

I can’t believe it’s been a week since the last update. It was another long week at work (by Friday night I was physically and mentall drained, I spent Saturday sleeping). I guess if we limit this blog to home-related topics, updates from now on will be less frequent because the major work are now done, and we will will take our time with decorations. The question is, will anyone be interested if we post random non-house ramblings?

Back on topic, here are some minor home updates:

  • We finally fitted the rest of the square lights (our neighbour wanted his ladder back!);
  • One of J’s friends (a carpenter by trade) came over for dinner, he’s investigating how to build my shoe-rack-to-be;
  • In the meantime I put all my existing shoe boxes into J’s wardrobe (not sure if he’s happy about that);
  • J fixed up the bookcase so we can start emptying the boxes in the study.

A little while ago, J played around decoration ideas in the study, and came up with this mock-up.

The idea is to stick photos on a large white canvas and hang it on the green wall.

You’ll notice the photo on the right is the same picture as the banner at the top of this blog. We really like the picture and we think the gold works well with the green wall.

The next post should be on Wednesday because we should receive our red occasional chair 😀

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First of all, I know I haven’t been posting as frequently as I used to. I guess there are not as many new things to talk about. Also, I’ve been working 12-hour days last week so I wasn’t up to writing blog entries by the time I got home.

Earlier this week, we ordered the buffet from the same furntiure store that made the dining table. It should arrive in another 4 – 6 weeks.

Also, the cushion covers that we ordered from estaki were delivered yesterday. We took no time in using them (in fact, I’m leaning on one cushion and the laptop is sitting on another as I type). They are fantastic and we’re really happy with them.

Have a look for yourself!

Cushions 1

Cushions 2

Cushions 3

Cushions 4

The last cushion is for the study, but the room is still too messy for photos.

Thank you so much estaki! You have done such a great job and we are very grateful 😀

And here’s a photo of the magazine rack we bought from Ozdesign, the very same one that liddylu have in her photoshopped pictures of the living room. It’s sitting in the same spot too!

Magazine rack

Last but not least, we ordered a canvas print of a photo from our wedding (lovely gift from my brother, thanks B!). It’s at Mr Curious’ office right now and we’ll pick it up tomorrow.

Things are slowly coming together. We just have to start on unpacking the boxes in the study …

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