Yeah it is my first full reveal, it has taken so long to get here but so many of the jobs such as roofing, fixing joists, pointing do not really lend themselves to blog posts of pretty pictures. Many of the rooms are almost there but I feel that this is the one that is ready to share. As a disclaimer there are actually a few additions yet to come namely another mattress for Humphrey but he will be in with us for some time yet so we decided to leave the extra floor space for now.
We knew we wanted Sebastian to share a room with his sibling, the new addition turned out to be a boy but if he had have been a girl it would not have altered our decision. With that in mind we were given a different scope of putting together two very different rooms, a playroom and a bedroom space.
Firstly let us get the ugly before pictures out of the way. The house faces north south so lots of beautiful light on one side and not so much on the other. Keeping it bright and free of scary monsters, (vital in a kids bedroom), meant keeping it colourful.
Sebastian is a collector and I wanted him to have somewhere to display his treasure! This house was a dark wood that was given to us and painting it was a labour of love but I am glad I did.
We had a huge old frame that we had never found a use for so we cleaned it up and painted it. I added net curtain wire and Sebastian gets to fill it with whatever he likes. Part of me wanted to change it for the photo and get all interior stylist on it but I decided to keep it real and leave it just how he made it. In front I created another little book area, the hack for that chair is HERE. Ontop is a bear rug that we bought in Paris it is actually a super cute outfit he can wear.
The drawers also give Sebastian another surface to work on his vingettes! I love his homemade bits including the abstract scuptures he made after viviting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.
You would not believe how self congratulatory I am about that rubbish elephant joke. I am in fact talking about the lack of a bed. Sebastian co slept and still does most of the time, he can open a baby gate carrying 4 soft toys and wanders in. We looked at lots of toddler rail beds but we settled on having a mattress on the floor so any roll outs caused no harm. I did have a plan to build a frame around it to look like a house but after getting everything in I feel it would be too much, there is a lot happening already.
Okay so the fireplace is green. Well first of all I don’t care, I like it. It was originally painted a yellowy cream and I was not about to pay to get it dipped for a room that would change at some point. I had some paint left from the utility and I painted it green which suited the room better. I am not a purist when it comes to painting/not painting things but I know for some it is sacrilege. Colourful fireplaces are not as uncommon as you may think, Karen Clough from Well This Is Growing Up wrote about it here, and she included this fireplace in her round up.
The book caddy here is actually from the kitchen section of Ikea. The lightshade was such a nightmare I could not decide what worked with the size of the room and the fact that we had the balloons suspended also. Then I was walking past one of my favourite shops in Hebden Bridge and say this in the window and bought it right away, the link is at the end of the post.
I have added links at the bottom for you to be able to find some of the things in the room.