Today I was able to finish up my boys room. They are aged six and five and are as 'thick as thieves'. Or perhaps 'a pair of monkeys' is a better descriptive term. But monkeys aside, they are a lot of fun and really like their new bedroom. These doona cover sets arrived yesterday, courtesy of Target, and needless to say they were both pretty happy about going to bed last night! What a great trick! Although unfortunately I won't be able to repeat it anytime soon because it will end up costing me a fortune in new doonas and NOBODY has the kind of money it would take to pay for new bed linen to keep my boys in their beds at night.
I saw these linen sets in the last Target catalogue and was really drawn to the simple monochrome black and white. I also liked the foxes and knew that my five year old would too. He's mad about them, although he's more keen to shoot them (because Daddy goes hunting to shoot the foxes that kill and eat our lambs....just to explain), but he's also excited about anything with a fox on it.
Boys bedrooms, and any child's really, can get really messy.....soooooo easily.....but it's not just the mess, it's also how busy they can get. So much colour, so many bits and pieces, just so much going on. What with all the books and bits of Lego (that you will inevitably stand on in the middle of the night) and the stuffed animals and the Hot Wheels cars (which you will also stand on).....it all just ends up being one gigantic colour explosion. This was where, when I saw this quilt set in the Target catalogue, was when I had my epiphany. This was the answer to the migraine going on in my boys bedroom. Why not tone it down and help to create a little less chaos?!
In the end I did have to make a trip to Target, where I could have picked up these quilt sets, because over the weekend we had a kind of feather disaster, whereby my six year old pulled a hole 'accidently on purpose' in his doona, and I went in there the following morning to find an enormous pile of duck feathers. I then sewed this up, but due to a little night time accident, had to wash all the bedding and the doona......which proceeded to EXPLODE quite dramatically in my washing machine in a cloud of feathers. Honestly, it looked like I'd tried to wash a duck. I then had to vacuum out the inside of my washing machine, something I'm positive NO ONE has EVER done before, and after I had tossed the ruined doona straight out the back door, I seriously considered vacuuming my grass as well. Sooooo.....a trip to Target was immediately in order...which turned out to be a blessing in disguise because doonas were on special and I got a single Australian Wool doona for $59, reduced from $119. Note I said Australian Wool, not duck!!! No feathers. Zip. Nada. Nil. Never again. No more feathers for this little black......oh.....wait.
Ok, so while I was in Target I also got the boys new fitted sheets. With the black and white it was either go black or white but there was actually neither of these on offer so I went for something entirely different and got these really dark navy. Actually I think they came up a treat!
I also got creative with this particular interior styling effort and made the wall art. I thought it came up rather well. Ok, so I had this pin board just sitting around doing nothing and it happened to be black and white. The quilt sets actually came in these dinky little cloth bags made from the doona cover material, so I had all these little fox and bear and raccoon faces to contend with, so rather than just turf them I cut a few up and stuck them on the board. Whammo! Instant wall art! I think it works. It's certainly much better than the picture I had there of Curio, a famous Bronco horse that was around in the 40s, a horse that apparently nobody was able to ride. Or so the legend goes.
Now having three boys; ages twelve, six and five; I'm going to dish out some advice. Storage, storage and storage. Oh, did I mention having lots of storage is handy? If you want to avoid a calamity of epic proportions then having lots of storage is a big plus. Last week I made yet another trip down to Kmart and purchased this shelving unit. It came in a flat box and was ridiculously heavy and just fit into the back of my car (on a dangerously weird angle) which then induced a decent amount of swearing (not to mention sweating because it was so bloody hot that day), in putting the thing together. But I did get to use my husbands fancy drill while assembling it, so that made up for it and everything was all right with the world. I bought these little plastic baskets to introduce some colour and give my boys somewhere to hide all the nasty things that little boys like to collect; you know, like dead lizards and fluff-less tennis balls and bits of string and such. The ice cream cone on the top is a much favoured new addition as it is a night light, which will no doubt require new batteries faster than you can say "stop playing with the light, you're wasting the batteries." The books used to be in the walk-in-wardrobe, residing on the bottom shelf where my six year old stores his clothes. They were always in a gigantic mess. This shelving has been here about a week and so far the books have pretty much stayed in place.
I hope you like what I have done with this room, I think it's a vast improvement, (even though I never showed you 'before' photos, you'll just have to take my word for it!) and hopefully lasts a few more years to come. Next stop, my eldest son's room!