Underwater Oasis

The kids love their room and I can honestly say I’m jealous. Who wouldn’t love to sleep in a “bunk-bed-sunken-ship” (as per my 7-year-old) with shark sheets and fish swimming around the walls to boot? They also love the bubble light which casts fun shadows and light rays in the night-time as well as the octopus rug.

Amber did an amazing job with decorating this room. I was very worried that it would be 20 shades of pink but I was pleasantly surprised by my girls picking a palette of blues (with help from Amber). The sharks really sold it for them. Not that there is anything wrong with pink but we just have so much pink in the toys and dolls and dresses…it’s nice to have a few different colours around 🙂

We got all of the bedding from Pottery Barn Kids except the name quilts which were specially made when they were born. IMG_7950 IMG_7948The decals are from Etsy and the rug was from Wayfair. The light is from Robinson Lighting and is worth the crazy dusting it needs. The reading nook/book cabinet is from Ikea and works so well to contain the hundreds of books the girls read constantly.

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Master Bedroom

I’m so happy with the way our master bedroom is turning out. The grey we picked for our accent wall is very pretty. It’s warm and inviting and not too overwhelming. Our furniture is very big and can overtake a room but I love it. We needed the rest of the room to be light and airy to balance it out. Our furniture is from Crate and Barrel and worked really well in our first bigger apartment that had a massive master bedroom but not so well in our last bedroom. Continue reading

Bunk beds travel 4800km and arrive missing one piece…

The kids bunk beds have arrived!

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Berg Furniture to our home

I expected them to get here just in time for the move, but they came about a week early. This is incredible when you think about how far they had to travel. And they had to traverse the US-Canadian border. We got lucky! Most of the time this would be welcome news, but we had nowhere to store this monster furniture while the kids room is waiting to be painted. So here it is in all of its glory. All 10 boxes of it. Continue reading

Hardwood floors!

This is a most exciting day!

We finally see the floors we have been waiting for. I was both very excited and very scared to see what they would look like.  Would I still like the variation in the wood and the colour? Would the pattern fit what was in my mind? Would it look too new? Too old? Too shiny? Too dull? Would I want more dark colours or more light colours? Will it look good with the rest of the wood furniture? I just went on and on in my head about what I was going to do if I didn’t like it that I couldn’t enjoy the anticipation. I just had to see it.

Luckily, most of the questions did not even surface once I finally got a look at the wood itself.

It is spectacular.  I love it!

The flooring guys have done an amazing job. I’m sure they were cursing me as they laid the multiple pieces of wood to try to keep a random pattern going but all the while making sure it did not look like a pattern. The walnut nosings are perfect. It is just the right amount of dark and light colours. It is also just the right amount of shine. We have gotten very lucky.

While I know this wood is a bit unique and not exactly what all the magazines say is “hot” right now (and which I believe, seeing as we couldn’t find it anywhere), I LOVE IT! It is exactly what we wanted and looks better down than I could have hoped. Now to just make sure it stays as pretty as it looks right now, once we move in:)

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Painting

Remember when I started this blog, I said I didn’t want to live in a home that had all white walls anymore…me too. Open mouth, insert foot.

But in the end, it seems that white walls are still the best for most of the home’s foundation. We love colour so much that with all of our additions to house through fun foci (cue red faucet and blue cupboards and multicoloured floors…) that there really isn’t a lot of room for more colour downstairs on the walls. We don’t want to overwhelm those elements. Especially if we want any kind of art.

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The Kids’ Room – Under the Sea

This room is going to be wonderful. The girls love it already. Amber really hit the nail on the head with them. All they told her was that they wanted an underwater theme and she went wild.  It’s awesome.

Here is the bunk beds the girls picked out from Berg:

Berg Bunk Bed in chestnut

Berg Bunk Bed in chestnut

They are totally cool and have so much space for storage and for homework or crafts. The girls love the stairs (they pull out into storage drawers!) and it is safer for the little one to visit her bigger sister 🙂

They come in a bunch of finishes and with different nob colours.  We have decided on natural with purple nobs to help the sea theme.

Then Amber took this as a starting point and came up with this idea. It is fantastic. Here is the idea board she designed.

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It’s feminine but not over-the-top girlie. It’s exactly what they wanted to feel like they are sleeping underwater. It all ties together. What else can I say. I’m blown away!

The sheets are from Pottery Barn. They are called Preppy Shark. Isn’t that cute in itself?

Preppy Shark Then when you add in the octopus pillow and the turquoise duvet cover, it just all pops.

Pillows

The rug is a real show stopper. They will literally be sleeping with the fishes and sea creatures.

Octopus Rug

The light fixture I showed you before, but even after not seeing it for a month my two-year-old looked at it and said it was her light and how much she loved it.  I have to say, I’m a little jealous!

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Then there will be the reading nook. This will give lots of storage for the many, many books they have as well as a few toys. Plus they can read together there or do make-believe. So many options.

The wall colour is yet to be decided, but it will be a shade of turquoise to simulate the sea. The wall paintings are actually decals that can be ordered in a tonne of colours and configurations. That will be fun to design as well. (Courtesy of Etsy).

Wall decals

For the girl’s crafts, I am thinking of getting this Ikea rolly cart. It has the right colour scheme and structure and can fit in small spaces but is functional. Hopefully they will like their room and play area so much that they won’t drag their toys into the other parts of the house too often 🙂

RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA

Well that’s the design for now.  I still need to think about stuffy storage. Likely a big bin, but most of them may head out to the playroom. That might be a last-minute decision once we are in the space. Not long now!