Last week we finally put a paintbrush to the wall of Olive's room. We have had a pot of 'Winter Twilight' paint sitting by the stairs since before November but with running out of time before Olive arrived and then back and forth with the idea of moving we just didn't bother.
However, now we have decided to stay and thinking about the little lady needing to be in her own room there was no time like the present to get it ready for her.
I love this colour because in certain light it looks like a warm chalky pink and then in other light it looks like a cool dusky grey. Definitely the colour I was going for when searching all the pale pinky grey's in the hardware store last year!
Once my bestest spent the day with Olive and I helping to paint (read: mostly painting the whole room herself whilst I calmed a screaming clingy baby!) and Sebastian finishing it off we moved the lady's furniture back in. It currently has her dresser/changing unit, a giant second-hand rocking chair along with all her toys and books. I need to buy her some new curtains as the pair that are hanging up, which were already here, no longer go well with the new paint colour.
I love the colour/pattern mix of blankets and books that are in here already. I plan to pick up a couple of picture shelves to hang above her dresser for prints and special books as well as a few extra special gifts that loved ones have given her.
We also have some vintage letters to hang, along with some frames so we will do that once the curtains are up which will be just before the lady moves in. We also have some beautiful Cable & Cotton fairylights to hang around her window frame too. (Still so much to do! I will do another post at a later date).
I have stored her books and toys in baskets out the way which I love. They are easily accessible for when she's toddling around, perfect for picking up and taking into the living room as well as looking tidy all in one place. I have always been one for displaying my favourite things but have now realised as I have gotten older that it feels more cluttered doing that (again, more on that in another post!).
I have a wicker hamper that my mother gave me (It had lots of gorgeous newborn gifts for Olive in) which I store her nappies, wipes, thermometer and other bits I need handy. A water hyacinth basket is filled with her toys and some books which I think at a later date would look lovely with a 'dipped in paint' effect. There is also this lovely, yet simple large white laundry basket* with black stitching that holds her constant-mountain of washing in perfectly.
I love that the large laundry basket can double up as an extra storage basket for Olive's toys if needed. However I love and favour the idea of her not having too many toys to play with as I want her to really cherish her things and enjoy them instead of having too many and getting distracted by the next one. I also love that she can have opportunities to get 'bored' as they say. Chance to use her imagination. Anyway... clearly another post to talk about that in more detail.
Olive's room is very small, and actually when we moved in over 5 years ago they called it the 'cot room' which is pretty accurate. The room is big enough for her giant cotbed, dresser & her baskets with very little space left. The rocking chair will have to move into our room. Though to be fair, she is a baby and even if we are still here when she is toddling- the little space is big enough for her!
Her room is on the same level as the living room anyway so being able to pick up the basket of toys and bring them into a different room for her to play with is actually quite perfect.
When we have found the perfect pair of curtains (I have a huge packet of black out material to attach), have hung her vintage letters, prints and put her shelves up and finally moved her in, I will take some more snaps of her finished 'little space'. I know it will look so lovely.
Are there any places that you shop for pretty but inexpensive curtains or blinds? I can attach black out fabric to the curtains, but as we are in a townhouse her window is very tall (the only con of having high ceilings! Longer curtains!!) therefore anything I find is seemingly quite expensive. I guess I could always try making them... hmm. Not quite sure I'll have time for that!