This summer, I’ve been really keen to get Ben into his ‘big boy’ bedroom. Since we’ve moved into the house, he has been in the smallest bedroom, and the second smallest has been used as a guest room/laundry room/office. His first room was definitely the nursery room – a cot, nursing chair, chest of drawers and book case fit in there well, but it is small. It was time for him to have a proper bedroom, and I went to town pinning images and ideas.
The other thing that made this more pressing is that baby no. 2 is due in November, and we need to sort out the nursery properly, digging out all the Mamas and Papas Jamboree range that we used for Ben. I really didn’t want Ben to feel that he’d been pushed out of his old bedroom to make way for the baby, so it was important to make his new bedroom really special.
I am very aware that children go through phases of loving things intensely for a short period of time – and then not being interested at all. So with this bedroom I was really keen to choose the building blocks in colours and textures that would withstand the test of time, while keeping the accessories themed. This way, when Ben is tired of dinosaurs and wants, say, football, they will be easy to change. However, if he becomes a Liverpool supporter like his dad, we might have to reconsider.
I chose Crown’s Moonlight Bay paint for the walls, because it had the right blue-grey balance that I was looking for.
His bed was from Marks and Spencer and has a mattress on a pull-out frame underneath. Unfortunately, Marks and Spencer don’t seem to make them any more, which is a shame. We’ve used them several times when our nephew and nieces have come to stay, and I’m sure Ben will be using it for sleepovers in time.
The other furniture is from Ikea: a Malm chest of drawers and a Billy Bookcase. All very standard, and fits perfectly into the space. I deliberately chose not to have a wardrobe yet: Ben doesn’t really have any clothes which need hanging, and it would just take up space.
The curtains are from Dunelm – I’ve found that their curtains are very good, but you do have to go and see them in real life, as the colours aren’t quite true on their website.
The bedding is by Asda, and we’ve actually had it a while. It’s washed really well and is really comfortable. The wall stickers were an absolute bargain – 50p in the Tesco sale!
The lampshade was a gift from Ben’s Auntie Suzie and Uncle Matt, and is from the John Lewis Dino was Here range. The red dinosaur on the dresser is from the same range.
The green dinosaur is Ben’s current cuddly toy at bedtime.
I think one of my favourite touches in the bedroom are these amazing dinosaur fairy lights. Again, I got them in the Tesco sale, and they are currently filling a gap – Ben isn’t quite old enough for a lamp next to his bed, but he does sometimes like a light on when he goes to sleep. These are battery powered too.
He loves being able to choose his own books, and has started just hanging out in his bedroom, looking at his books. One of our next jobs is to sort out some toys that he can play with if he wakes up early. Hopefully, he’ll be happy to play with them until his Gro-clock tells him it’s ok to come to wake us up.
As with all my home projects, there are some things that just have to wait – carpets, for example, in this case. In time, we will also get Ben a bedside table, but I’m a bit worried about him falling out of bed at the moment – it’s only happened a handful of times in the last six months, but still, I’d like to avoid sharp corners so close to his head.
The brilliant thing about this bedroom is that Ben has totally accepted that his old room will become the baby’s new room. We’ve decorated that room already, put the sides back on Ben’s old cot, and have dug out the Jamboree bunting. We’ll be ready for this little one!
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