Shared Boys’ Room Mini Makeover

 

No we have not been burgled. This is the “before” shot of the boys’ room. The aftermath of Christmas, going away on a mini break and general school holiday slack-heartedness (is that even a word)? I know it’s hard to look at, but it’s real and I’m sharing it so we can all be even more excited when I post the “after” shot in a minute.

The first step is to GET RID OF STUFF.  Sort the STUFF into three piles – Keep, Chuck and Donate.

If your kids are anything like mine, they form an immediate and unbreakable attachment to anything that looks like it is headed for the bin.  Mine have even been known to retrieve stuff from the bin and return, hugging it like a long lost friend.  Hence, I find the “chucking out” part of the clean up is best done when the kids are not home, if at all possible.  I am ruthless – if it has unfixable broken parts or missing parts that will never return, it’s gone.

Next step is to donate toys they have outgrown.  We always involve our boys in this as it gives them ownership of the process and also teaches them about community and that good ole gratitude I am always banging on about.

We sometimes choose to sell a few items if the kids are saving for something special, but most are donated on.  We especially like to help families in need who are moving into a new home for one reason or another.  That’s another story for another day.

Once all THE STUFF IS GONE it’s time to find new homes for everything that remains.

The big old chest of drawers was on it’s last legs after serving us well through pre-marriage and the first ten years of parenting.  The shiny new IKEA set (surely they will start sponsoring me soon, right?!) we purchased are perfect for this phase of life. Super dooper affordable, reasonably robust and the deep drawers run smoothly, making my most loathed task of putting washing away almost bearable.  I got a bit carried away organising inside the drawers so I will do another post on that soon.

As this was a mini makeover we opted for some cheap and cheerful linen, some new wooden bunting and a couple of new accessories to freshen things up for the new year.  Add these to the existing original artworks and pieces already in the room and we have the eclectic look we love (OK, the eclectic look I love) without breaking the budget.

Drumroll please as we unveil the boys “new” room …

JW beds after shot

Can we all take a moment to hold virtual hands and focus on the CLEAR floor and CLOSED drawers.   Ommmmmmmm ….

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win! and stop nagging today …

I don’t know about the rest of you (oh, hang on, yes I do! We are all the same boat) but I spend a large part of each and every day gently reminding my children to;

  • Flush the Toilet
  • Wipe the Seat
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Play Nice
  • Share Your Toys
  • Go Play Outside

On average, I probably say each of these phrases, oh, about 76 times a day.

So imagine my delight when I stumbled across this terribly clever artist who prints up my nagging requests and makes fabulous décor out of them.

JG Collage

Oh, just think of the time I am going to save once I have each of these little gems framed and up on the wall …

If you’d like to win one of these fab ‘By Order of Management’ prints for your place, just tell us (in 25 words or less) which little reminder you have to use the most in your house.

  • Winner will be drawn 31 July 2013 at 8pm EST
  • Each image measures: 15.2cm x  25.4 cm including white border
  • All prints from this range are signed and dated on the back (for aesthetic reasons) by the artist.
  • Frame is not included

If you simply can’t wait to get your hands on one (or more) just head on over to my little shop and pick one up.  They are just $24.95 + delivery.

JG Read a Book

stuff we love – kast van een huis

I have admired these cupboards for some time now and thought you might all love them too.  They were designed by Marie-Louise Groot of The Ever-So-Stylish-Netherlands brand Kast Van Een Huis when she was decorating her nursery and could not find shelves or cupboards she liked.

Marie created unique facades that hide shelves and hanging space inside.

A room can be converted to a whimsical small town whilst remaining practical. You’ve got to love that!

Here’s where you can buy them in Australia.

not your average home makeover

When I was little, my sisters and I would create all kinds of teeny tiny dolly furniture from cotton reels and matchboxes.  If only we’d had one of these fab book shelf conversions to house them all in!


image courtesy of diaperstylememoirs.com

This one comes complete with carefully chosen wallpaper, wooden train track garden path and stacked books for stairs.  These home owners have also added a roof line and chimney using thumb tacks and string.  Oh the possibilities!

If you are thinking about taking on this project, check out the free printables and step-by-step guide on how to wallpaper a dollhouse by our friends at Ferm Living.

Here is another “house” project that could be added to whenever little ones feel creative.  Start saving your cardboard boxes now!

image courtesy of nessadeeart.blogspot.ca

 

 

collections – wallpaper for kids

Wallpaper has well and truly made its comeback.  I’ve actually never stopped loving it since being surrounded by blue, lime green and yellow retro flowers in our family room in the seventies.

I’d love to feature some in our little home, particularly in the kids’ rooms.  Here are some of my favourites I have collected for “someday” …

Top left: courtesy of ferm-living.com
Top right: courtesy of ferm-living.com
Bottom left: courtesy of joannagoddard.blogspot.ca
Bottom right: courtesy of 4.bp.blogspot.com

Left: courtesy of nooshkids.blogspot.com
Middle: courtesy of pirouetteblog.com
Right: courtesy of blazetrey.com

And last, but not least, my all time favourite that I have coveted since I first laid eyes on it several years ago – love, love, love.

Courtesy of projectnursery.com

meet a mama – mara from printspace

I always wanted to be a graphic designer.  And I love art.  And I love anything mid 20th century. Read on and you too might think Mara and I could absolutely be twins separated at birth … oh, except she just oooozes that cool factor, is terribly, terribly talented and can create something like these little gems …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you! (what do you do, who is in your family, where do you live etc?)
I am a trained graphic designer & illustrator, who dabbles in art and who secretly wants to be a textile designer!

Our family consists of me, husband Nicholas, Maxy (6) and Archie (4).  We live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and work in Richmond.

I run Printspace with Nick, combined with being a mum and wife. Juggle, juggle, juggle.
I love design in all its forms, especially design from the mid 20th century.

Who inspires you?
My family inspires me – sometimes seeing things through the eyes of children is all you need. Simple and honest.

Designers such as: Paul Rand, Charles & Ray Eames, Lucienne Day, Alexander Girard, the list goes on…

What can’t you live without?
Good food, sleep, cheese, sleep,

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
http://thedesignfiles.net/
http://bloesem.blogs.com/
And I know this isn’t a blog, but I love pinterest! So inspiring!

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Ah, spare time … so rare.   I love hanging out with the family, and going out for dinner and drinks with friends.

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?

Sanity saving tip: You don’t need to do it all – at least not at once.
Give yourself a break, mentally. And don’t worry if the floor hasn’t been cleaned today. I am still trying to find a good work/life balance, but I try not to worry about it too much either.

Time saving tip: Freeze pre-cooked meals. LOVE IT! An oldie but a goodie, and I still use it even though my kids are no longer babies.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still doing what I’m doing, only bigger and better!

What is your favourite quote?
My favourite quote at the moment is;

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Where can we find you?
On our website (you can link to our blog and facebook page from there), at our friends at rudy and the dodo, and across a wide selection of stores across Australia.  Internationally, our prints are available in New Zealand and Singapore.

plastic is fantastic (well, it can be)

We don’t go much for plastic toys around here but LOVE these ideas to incorporate them into storage and decor pieces.

To make these storage jars, just glue a selection of plastic animals onto the lids then spray paint the lot.  Love ’em.

courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

These book ends are a little bit kitsch and a whole lot fabulous!  Grab your favourite animals, glue them to a wooden block and paint.  Great shade of blue.

courtesy of blog.houseoffifty.com

These little gems have come straight from the op-shop into the paint shop and onto the hallway shelf.  LOVE!

courtesy of blog.craftzine.com