Monday, October 19, 2009

And the bedroom debate continues

So today I've moved out the couch so I can have a better look at what I'm doing in there.

Picture 1 & 3 are taken from the same spot and picture 2 is just to show the amount of room on the floor if I left the expedit sideways.

I really wanted it to work sideways, but now I'm leaning toward against the wall.

Oh and please excuse the messy expedit - I'm still moving stuff around everywhere.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A little bit more work in Imogen's room

Well that empty Expedit from my last post, is now in Imogen's room and I'm having a bit of an internal debate over where to put it.

So for the time being the bedroom is set up like this:

Picture 1: Standing in the doorway looking right. Now my idea with this area between the expedit and cupboard was to have different frames and a mirror all a kid height. I was even considering on getting one of those wall stick on chandeliers to sit above the pics.

Picture 2: Is standing next to her cot looking back the other way. This pic is really to have a look at the height and to suss of how it's looking on that angle.

Picture 3: Is standing in the doorway looking horizontally across the room. Now bear in mind that the couch is not staying. I've taken this photo more so that you can see the edge of the Expedit to get an idea of how it's going to make the room pan out. So the plan is, in the corner next to the window will go the chair I'm reupholstering from this post with the cushions you see on the couch. I'm thinking of either buying or trying to make some ginormous floor cushions to go up against the wall between the chair and the expedit.

Ok, so eye for detail people what are your thoughts? Is having the expedit on this angle just crazy and making the room look too small? Should I just put it flush against the wall where the couch is and push it closer to the cupboards so that I can still put my chair in the corner? What does everyone think?

Oh yeah and for those that have noticed, I was trying out different handles on the drawers to see if I liked them. I think I'll go with the silver handles, but in a brushed finish rather than all shiny.

What does one do with an empty expedit you may ask?

Well in this house we pretend that Mummy is a fancy ass photographer and play stick the kid in the hole.

Or at least that's what we try to do. :P

Thursday, October 15, 2009

To the baby sister I've never known

Given that today is the International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day it's got me thinking about you. I wonder who you would be like?
Would you have blonde/brown hair like me and your big brother or red like your little brother and sister? Would your eyes be hazel like me and your big brother or blue like your little brother and sister? Would you have the good ol' childbearing hips that me and your sister were lucky enough to inherit or would you be a string bean like your brothers? Would you have been an avid reader like the rest of us are? Would you have found some imaginative way to dispose of peas when Mum and Dad were not looking like the rest of us did? Would you have followed the insane Hungry Jacks family trait? Would you have added to our brood of nieces and nephews?
Would you...

Sarah Beth Robinson 
Born 21/01/1980 too early, too small, too precious but to last a few hours in this world
"Sara, Sara, no time is a good time for goodbyes" - Starship

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Home renos - bodgy style

Working on a shoe string with minimal space is not normally something that I would call fun, but I'm actually enjoying toying with the prospect.

So really I'm not renovating, more interior decorating. I've been looking at various internet sites and I'm hooked on Real Living magazine and between the two I'm starting to formulate more ideas.

So my boys room...well it usually looks like a bomb has gone off in it and there is not enough room to swing a child in there. Here's what it looks like on a usual day:

And this is little Miss's room (on a particually bad day when I was folding washing in her room):

So my big problem in the boys room is lack of space, but after reading this months Real Living mag I think I may have a solution. I came across these pics of a shared bedroom. It'd hard to tell from the photos (as it wouldn't scan so it's a photo of the pages), but the beds are pushed up to each other with the bedheads at 90 degree angles. Like so:

So I'm currently trialing it with the bed kind of like this - now just to do the rest of the room.

In beginning Imogen's room I've got a 4x4 white expedit from Ikea and a few boxes for the drawers. I'm watching a toddler bed on Ebay but I'm happy to keep her in a cot for a while still. My latest purchase is the one I'm the most excited about though. I managed to get a Eames style armchair on Ebay for a whole five dollars. While it's been recently upholstered, the pattern is horrible and I have these grandieur ideas of recoving it in maybe a white and pale pink candystripe. Hmmm, not sure but I'm sure I'll know the material when I see it.

This is what the chair currently looks like:

So there is the beginning of what might become either beautiful bedrooms for my kids or a nightmare for myself. Hopefully not the latter.