Tuesday

Interiors // Olive's big girl bedroom

With the excitement of her new baby brother or sister's arrival, Olive is mostly excited that she'll get a big girl bed in a new big girl bedroom. So we're currently sorting through all of our things in the spare room/creative space/office/junk room which is at the very top of the house.
It's such a big space that we want to create a play space for her as well as somewhere to sleep. She is currently in the 'cot room' which is so tiny that it only fits her bed, chest of drawers and book crate. So it will be really lovely to be able to give her a space of her very own with her toys and play kitchen.

It was once the loft space so it has slanted ceilings and a beautiful alcove where the chimney is, which will make the loveliest little reading nook. It has a very wide window (which may mean we need to get made to order curtains!) which gives so much daylight, it's the perfect space for the 'big girl' transition. The walls are already painted white but I love the idea of painting the bottom half in a block colour. I love the Farrow & Ball 'Calamine' paint as it's not a sugary pink, and I really like the combination of pink with the mustard striped pompom rug. I love the versatility of the colours, I don't want it to be a really girly environment... unless she wants it to be. She is pretty drawn to the princess dresses and loves twirling around in front of a mirror but I love that she likes playing with her train set and animals. She is also pretty keen on dinosaurs. She has a variety of interests so I like to keep it that way.
Having said that I have introduced her to Sylvanian Families and would love to get a couple more little figurines for her birthday/Christmas and love the idea of her playing with them in a traditional Dolls House instead of a plastic house that you can get for them. I always wanted both these growing up so I am kind of vicariously living through her - hey it's all honesty here! This may be on her Birthday gift list... maybe.

Olive currently has her wooden blocks and puzzles stored in these beautiful braided seagrass baskets and I just love having them around the house. Not only do they look tidy and stylish but we are happily avoiding plastic storage containers (sustainable living is easier than you think!). We have always practised the 'Simplicity Parenting' method, therefore Olive doesn't have a lot of toys so it is easy to store all her things in a couple of lovely baskets.
We also store her books in an apple crate, on it's side, so it's like a little bookcase for her. She may need another one when she moves upstairs because her current one is a bit full (not quite so 'Simplicity Parenting' with books, but I'm trying to be!). This doubles up as a bedside table or a space to line up her little 'Schleich' animals on.

I'm keen on Olive having plain coloured or patterned bed linen. As a family we try to avoid brands like Disney or other heavily merchandised products as we like to promote imaginative play as much as we can. If I gave her the choice she probably would pick out Hey Duggee pyjamas and Cinderella bed linen but whilst we have control on the decision making we try to avoid these where we can. Also not only are they probably more expensive they are usually quite garish - which is not our style. I found this beautiful fruity printed one from H&M which is really colourful and cute (and got Olive's approval!) and will go with the colour palette I have in mind.

I think I am just as excited as she is. It's going to be such a fun space for her. I want to make sure she gets equal amounts of play up there as she does downstairs. We will keep her little table for colouring in downstairs and make a point of keeping a selection of toys downstairs too. The sofa bed may have to stay in her room for the time being due to lack of space but it will mean I'll have somewhere comfy to feed baby when we're up there. And an excuse to buy some pretty cushions!

We also need to find a suitable bed for her as we will need the cotbed for baby when they arrive. We decided on going straight for a single to save money down the line. I have fallen in love with the idea of a white metal bed but Sebastian isn't keen so we're still on the hunt for the ideal. We will also need to find a chest of drawers for her as her current one will stay down here for baby. I like the idea of getting a second hand one and painting it in a block colour. I have seen so many on Pinterest and it looks so good.
Actually, do you think anyone would notice if I moved into the new room instead!?!

We probably want the room finished and ready for her at least a month before baby arrives so it isn't too much of a disruption for her. So much to do, so little time. You all know what I'll be doing this Summer!!


Any constructive tips welcome with any big transitions you've gone through with your toddlers -pre arrival of new sibling. As well as single beds for littles, am I missing any beautiful bargains?

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