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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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Wow, this is the first post in 2009 –  time flies!

Well, bub has arrived safely and he is 10 weeks old today 🙂

The nursery is in operation, but we still have a bit of decorating to do, so that post will have to wait.

This post is about our “outdoor area”, i.e. the balcony.  We haven’t used it at all;  it has been empty since we moved in.  It was retiled a few weeks ago because of building leakage.  That’s what it looks like now with the new tiles.

balcony-2

For my birthday I wanted a sunlounge, so I can sit outside and read a book/have a nap.

Most of the sunlounges we saw are pretty bulky and couldn’t fit in our car.  The delivery charge is so expensive compared to the cost of the sunlounge and it dampens our desire to get one.

Well, we struck it lucky last weekend because we found this at the last shop we went to.

sunlounge1

It’s a fold-up sunlounge!  As you can see it also function as a normal chair (for weekend breakfast etc).

And when I feel like lying down, I can fold out the extension and recline the back of the seat, and PRONTO!

sunlounge2

The recline is adjustable by lifting the chair handles, so I don’t even have to get out of the chair.

It’s very light because the frame is lightweight aluminium, and since it folds up we can bring it home ourselves.  I’ve tested it already and it’s very comfy 🙂

Next on the shopping list is a small table, and a sunshade so that bub can enjoy the outdoors too.

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Thanks for everyone who came and check out the blog even though it hasn’t been updated for a long time.

Something else has been capturing our attention … J and I are expecting our first baby!  The bub is due late January 2009.   I was preoccupied with “anytime sickness” (morning sickness is a BIG misnomer), and unfortunately I have been suffering from a cold once or twice as well.  The good news is that all is well with the baby 🙂

Well, I guess you’re looking for an update about our place as well.

The buffet that we ordered a while ago arrived just before my overseas trip.  Here’s the design sketch to refresh your memory.

Have to admit – I cleaned up the junk that usually sit on top of the buffet before taking the photo.  The only “permanent features” on the buffet should be a portable phone and our letter storer, but other things managed to make their way on top and it takes a while to clean them up.

There are 6 drawers and 2 shelves.  One of the drawers is used to store keys, walllets etc, so we have less chance of misplacing them (that being said we still don’t know where the spare keys are!).  The other drawers are used for CD and DVD storage.  The shelves in the middle are great for storing things that don’t fit anywhere else.

And this is what it looks like as part of the dining room.

When it was delivered, I was a bit disappointed that the orange fabric print on the buffet is not in the same shade as the wall, but on second thought, that will be too “matchy-matchy”.

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

We still plan to put a mirror on top of the buffet – will get around to it one day …

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OK, hands up if you’re dying from suspense after yesterday’s post.

Yep, no-one as I expected 😉

Without further ado, here’s the winning candidate. It fits our criteria – fun, comfy, and works well with the colour scheme.

I really like the side profile.

The cow patch cushion is a free gift from the store 🙂

I thought we could put it next to the blinds (where the box of magazines are in the background) but it’s too cramped there. The chair now divides the living room and the dining room, which is not ideal in my books, but I’m getting used to it.

What do you think?

P.S. If you like funky chairs but don’t have the room for it, check out this site!

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I didn’t post last Wednesday because J and I were frantically packing for our Gold Coast trip. The weather wasn’t the best up there but we had a relaxing time, which was the important thing.

So, the long-awaited occasional chair has finally arrived! Before I post photos of the chair, I want to take you through our chair selection journey …

Soon after we purchased our sofa, we decided on buying a stand-alone chair.

I didn’t know about the term “occasional chair” until we started shopping. To this day I don’t know what makes a chair “occasional”. Is it because you sit on it occasionally (rather than all the time)? Or because you only sit on it on special occasions? If so, what are those occasions? I googled an answer at some point, but the reasoning was not convincing and I can’t remember what it was anymore.

Our furniture is fairly conventional in design – we wanted the chair to be in a bold style to contrast the clean lines of the lounge room. So began our hunt for a funky chair.

J and I saw Matt Blatt‘s replica designer chairs in a home magazine and thought they were a lot of fun. Here are some of the chairs on offer.

The Egg Chair

Egg Chair

The Ball Chair

Ball Chair

The Garden Egg Chair – it closes to form an egg!

Garden Egg Chair

Eames Lounge Chair

Eames Lounge Chair

Corona Chair

Corona Chair

I went to the showroom one day. Unfortunately none of them were particularly comfortable and the fabric used to line the Ball Chair wasn’t up to standard. It was a shame.

There was also an interesting chair at Jimmy Possum:

Jimmy Possum chair 1

Jimmy Possum chair 2

Alas, the ~$3500 price tag wasn’t as attractive. Also, the colour of the chair didn’t work with our red feature wall.

So, what did we get? You’ll have to come back for part 2 😉

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Happy news – our dining tables and chairs have arrived! J played a trick on me and sent me an SMS saying that “something came up” for the store owner, but when I got home the table and chairs are all set up!

To be honest I’m glad I wasn’t there because it took them 1.5 hours to set everything up (the table didn’t fit into the lift of course).

So, without further ado, behold the new dining room!

You can compare the final product with the sketches.

Dining table 1

Dining table 3

Dining table 2

Here’s a close-up of the dining chair.

Dining chair

To celebrate, I had leftover beef stew and a Coke Zero (with the Mario coaster) for dinner. 😀

First dinner

The colour of the table works really well with the orange feature wall. The table looks contemporary but still has a lot of character, and the chairs are comfy! J and I are very happy with how they turned out. :mrgreen:

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