Nursery to Little Boys Room

When Master 3 was born and I knew we’d had a little boy, I was itching to re-do his room. I held off because two kids under 2, money, possibility of husband going mental etc. The urge only increased though when one of my Aunty and Uncles bought my son this baby rattle.

Blue, red and white. Swoon!

I fell so in love with this colour combination, I started dressing him in it, frequently! Pinterest had also entered my life and I was pinning madly!

By the time my son turned 18 months, I worked up the courage to mention painting to my husband. You see, we both HATE painting! Thankfully, he was on board and let me go for it.

This room gets a lot of light through the window and we have white furniture. I thought I would be game and paint the room navy. I then became even more bold and decided I would also paint red and grey stripes on the wall!

Painting the stripes was hard work! A few meltdowns were had by me in the process of setting the tape up. We purchased a laser spirit level but it was hard to get it to stick to the wall, see the line and put the tape up. All the hard work was worth it though and I loved the end result.

I purchased a few decor items (Darren Palmer says “NO” to Knicks knacks) to go on the wardrobe.

I then got a little creative and painted these artworks. I got the idea from Etsy, but didn’t have the budget to purchase art so did it myself.


I also purchased a frame from Kmart and printed some photos of my son with loved ones.

The other artworks are a free printable I sourced through Pinterest and then I had a funny idea of framing my favourite onesie I bought him just after he was born. I loved it.


Bedding. I googled and googled and when I came across something in the blue/red/grey theme it usually also came with a hefty price tag. With thanks to a new line of fabrics at Spotlight I was able to purchase some navy and red fabric to make a cot quilt cover. Purchasing a new cot quilt was also going to be expensive, so I used the Peter Rabbit one as the insert and then made a pillow slip like cover to put over it. Wallah!
The ceiling lamp shade was purchased from IKEA. The other lamp was purchased from Aldi I think.


I still love this room 18 months on and although I haven’t got round to reupholstering the rocking chair, I still love to sit in it and sing good night songs to my son at bedtime.

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Nursery

These are some old shots of the room we used as our nursery. It has now evolved into a little boys room for Master 3 which I did when he was about 18 months old.

When we found out we were pregnant with Miss 5, we knew that we didn’t want to know the gender and therefore I wanted to create a gender neutral room. When purchasing baby gifts for friends, I was reminded of Beatrix Potter and her friends and knew this was the theme I wanted to run with. And run with it I did!

When I look at the photographs now, I can’t help but think I may have gone over the top, but that’s the thing with our personal style and design choices. They evolve over time.

I had also fallen in love with the sleigh style of cot so we started off by purchasing the Boori cot and change table. My mother-in-law was looking to replace her small wardrobe she housed seasonal coats etc in and I thought it perfect for a nursery. It was stained, not painted so we sanded it back and gave it a few coats of white paint. Perfect! We purchased the rocking chair off eBay.


It was then that I started having trouble locating the soft furnishings for the nursery. Couldn’t find anything, anywhere! Books and soft toys were about but not any bedding etc. I took to eBay and UK shopping sites with a vengeance. Slowly I found a bassinet blanket and quilt, a cot quilt and some fabric. Other Beatrix Potter items purchased online included a tissue box holder, bin, nappy pale, cotton tip/bud holder – basically = ridiculous!!!

I then asked a dear friend to help me re-upholster the rocking chair and ottoman with the Beatrix Potter fabric. He used the left over fabric for making our baby gift of customised bath towels and wraps. So lucky!


We had painted all the bedrooms this light blue a few years before and knew that this colour could easily be “girlified” with pink if we had a baby girl with some Jemima Puddle Duck accessories.


Such was my excitement that we had a baby on the way, most of the items had been purchased and delivered by the time I would have been 20 weeks. This allowed me plenty of time to “get it right”.

I wanted to be a bit crafty as well in the room and set about with some long stitch. Two to do as we didn’t know what we were having!

I also needed to create a light fitting and came across an idea online somewhere (Pinterest didn’t exist then). This is how that turned out.


It was all done and ready with plenty of time to spare.

I loved this room and whilst my idea of spending lots of time in here breastfeeding the baby in the rocking chair didn’t eventuate (hello 1 hour long breastfeeds and comfy lounge/TV) it was still a lovely room to come to for nappy changes and bed times.

When my son was born, we pulled back on the Jemima’s and inserted Peter Rabbit.

I will share with you soon how we have changed Master 3’s room.

Master Bedroom • Design

Ah the room of the house that is meant to be our sanctuary. If I wasn’t so tired by the time I walk in here at night, maybe I would think about it more in that way.

This room has seen a few makeovers since we moved in, in 2004. I can’t recall the original colour of the room but on a trip to Noosa in January 2005 (where I also got whooping cough!) I came across a teal throw and euro cushion covers. I fell in love with the colour and so it came home with us and a feature wall was painted and lamp bases bought to go with it. Can anyone say “too much!!!”.

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After this we went to light blue throughout and painted the other 3 bedrooms this colour too.

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We purchased the timber furniture about 7 years ago. Here’s a lesson in communication. I thought my husband wanted timber so I agreed with him as he doesn’t make many design decisions in the house. When I ‘confessed’ to him last year that I wish we’d bought white but that I knew he’d wanted timber, he said I should have said something at the time as he didn’t mind. Oh well!

Don’t get me wrong. I do like our room although I think the thing I love the most (other than my husband of course!) is the artwork.


I came across Celeste Wrona of Scissors Paper Brush at a market about 10 months ago. I immediately fell in love with her work and was lucky enough to receive a gift voucher from my mum-in-law for Christmas. I attended the next market I could and selected two Release III and one Release IV and I have popped them in RIBBA frames for now, but hope to frame them properly one day.  I love laying in bed and looking at the reflection of the artwork!

Celeste’s work has been selected for The Block Shop and may feature in the next series filming this year.  Fingers crossed for her – her work is gorgeous!

In August 2014 my husband went to Japan for two weeks, leaving me at home with the then Miss 3 and Master 15 months. I should have just been happy with keeping us all alive, but no, I decided to surprise my husband with a bedroom makeover. I painted the walls a soft grey and hung a wallpaper feature wall.


I’d never hung wallpaper before and recall being up past midnight doing it. I watched a YouTube video, went to Masters to purchase the wallpaper and bits and pieces and went for it. It’s not the best job, and I’ve definitely improved (I’ve helped two friends with three projects) but there you have it.

I also decided to hang pendant lights to free up space on our bedside tables. I’m still pleased with this decision as the height and quantity of lighting is just right. Dimmer switches could be a nice idea though. A big thank you to my electrician brother who hung them for me!


I like to try and pick gender neutral bedding for my husbands sake. We currently have Logan and Mason’s Platinum Range – Kara Navy on our bed. The silver sequinned cushion was a bargain at $15 from Spotlight.


I like to keep the tops of our bedside tables clear. On my bedside table I have a very sweet picture of my son and daughter and a picture of myself with my son when he was a week-old. On my husband’s bedside table you’ll find a picture of him holding our daughter when she was about a week old, a blue dish for coins and bits and pieces and, unfortunately our modem. The only place in the house where it seems to work properly!


The tallboy houses all my clothes and on top of this there is a mirror used for when applying special make up, a photo from our wedding day, faux tulips that matched the ones in my wedding bouquet, a candle from a friend for my 30th birthday, my daughter’s hand print that I got for Mother’s Day in 2015 and two figurines representing our family. Above this, is a TV, a point of big debate internationally. I would be happy to not have this in the room but it’s here.


The drawers of the dressing table belong to my husband. On top is our perfume/cologne.


Not only do I share my bedroom with my husband, I also share it with our Jack Russell, Gemma. Our first ‘baby’, nearly 11 years old. She has a bed to the side of my husband’s bedside table but you’ll usually find her here:


Another point of contention around the world… Growing up our dogs were outdoer dogs. For my husband they were always inside dogs, a big part of his family. I was very happy to have an indoor dog and although I’d love plain white bedding, I love Gemma more!

That’s it!  Our master bedroom!

Are you loving your master bedroom?  Does it need some work?  Come back on Thursday where I will share some inspiration images with you, that might get you moving on updating your space.

Hallway • Design

There’s obviously not much to show here, I mean a hallway is just a thoroughfare to get to other rooms of the house.

But, with the removal of other walls in our home, there isn’t much hanging space elsewhere for family photos so I installed a family photo gallery here.


This was a blank wall for many years but once we had our daughter, undertook a pretty big renovation when she was 6 months old and repainted throughout, I wanted to hang pictures of our little family and our extended family.

Initially, I hung frames directly on to the wall but the spacing was never quite right and I thought, looked a little messy.

I purchased some RIBBA picture shelves from IKEA and placed the frames on these instead. IKEA don’t seem to stock these anymore, but have this option and this option available. Much easier to move frames around as I please, and not a million holes in the wall!

For my birthday in 2014, I asked both sides of my family to spare me some time to do a professional photo session. When I looked for some inspiration on Pinterest and Google images, the thing that stood out for me was that the images looked better, to me at least, when everyone wore the same/similar colours. I think some of my family thought I was crazy, but I asked them all to don some blues/whites and come along at the crack of dawn for a photo session with Sharon’s Photography.  If you’d like some inspiration for your own family photo shoot,  see my Pinterest board here.

I was so happy with the images I got back and quickly set out to get them printed, framed and on the wall. I reused the RIBBA frames I already had and placed them on the wall.


I love that they are directly across from our bathroom. Many a time after bath time we would stop with our kids wrapped in their towels on the way to their bedrooms and they would learn how to say their Nanna/Poppy/Granny/Aunty/Uncle/Cousins names and we could talk about them.

So, that is our hallway!

Next week, I’ll be sharing our Master Bedroom!

Entry – Design

I am so happy that I get to introduce you to our home!


I share my home with my hubby, our two children and our fur baby, Gemma.

In my previous post, I asked you to consider what your intention is with your home.  When I ask this question, I’m asking what is it you want from your home and how do you want it to look.

My answers:

What do I want from my home?

I want a home that is easy to clean.  I want a home that is decluttered.  I want a home that is welcoming to our visitors.  I want a home that gives you a hug.

What do I want it to look like:

I want our home to be a calm place to recharge ourselves in.  I want our home to have a consistent look throughout (assists with the feeling of calm).

To me, I have achieved the sense of calm I was after by sticking to a neutral colour palette of cream paint – Dulux – Hog Bristle quarter strength.  Our floor is also a light-medium hardwood – blackbutt .

Firstly, let’s talk about my front door. We installed the door seven or nine years ago and have only recently stained it. I know, terrible! It only took three coats of stain over two days and it took us seven or nine years to do.  A new addition to the front door is the wreaths with the ‘O’ in the middle that is the first initial for a surname.  When I shared a photo of this with select family and friends, they all suggested that it looks like a Christmas decoration.  I understand this, but to me it is my way of bringing in a Hampton’s inspired, year-round door decoration.  I might just dress it up with fairy lights for Christmas!

Wreaths – Spotlight post Christmas sales – $9.99 each

“O” – Typo – $5.00

Ribbon – Spotlight – $10.00 approx

Total – $35.00

Our entryway is obviously a space where we can welcome our guests, but on a daily basis it’s the place where we dump all the stuff as we come through the door. For this reason, I have placed a buffet by the front door.  I will go into further detail next week as to how I have organised this space.  A very practical but beautiful piece of furniture that houses a tonne of storage.

Buffet – IKEA – Liatorp $399 but we purchased off Gumtree for $150 approx. 

Cube boxes – Bunnings – $10 ea approx

Displayed on top is a vase that my husband and I picked up on a summer vacation in Western Australia at the Fremantle markets, my favourite flowers – tulips, candle, diffuser, paper weight and lamp. 


I asked my husband to place a power point along this wall over summer so that I could place a lamp here for use mainly in the winter months when we come home from work in the dark.  It gets very cold and dark here early during winter and knowing you are coming home to a warm (pre-programmed air-conditioning) home that’s not in darkness makes it that bit easier for me. My husband doesn’t seem to mind either way but goes along with my insane requests most of the time. 

See, nice and cosy!

Above the buffet are some black-and-white prints that my husband and I took on our honeymoon in 2007. These have been in position for quite some time with various hall tables/cube storage underneath. I am looking to redo the art above the buffet at some point.  Stay posted!

On the wall directly in front of the front door are three frames that until recently had white flowers with a lot of greenery around them from IKEA. They no longer fit with the style of our home but I didn’t have the funds to purchase new artwork at the moment. I took things into my own hands recently and got out my daughters acrylic paints one Friday night and spent half an hour creating these three “artworks”. I don’t claim to be an artist, but they’ll do for now = free!  I’m planning on heading to the local framers to purchase some new blue matte board to place inside the frames. 

Frames – IKEA – RIBBA – $15 ea approx

So that’s our entryway!

Next week I am going to address the organisational methods I have utilised in this space and also answer questions that have been submitted through my Facebook page.

Any questions please feel free to contact me through the contact page, by leaving a comment here, or through Facebook!

So, did you consider your intentions? Are you going to play along and consider revamping your entryway?  Have you created a Pinterest board with ideas?