When dear Justina of Mum in the Making asked if I’d be keen to share about the boys’ room, my first reaction was “Noooo!! That’s always the messiest part of the house!” But it was a much needed incentive to propel me to spring clean their room a little more this week, so thanks Jus! 😉
The boys’ room has definitely changed over the years, but the basic components (furniture, wall colour, beds) have stayed the same. This is what the room was like before Daryl came along. Three years later, this is their room now…
Of course, this picture was taken in the morning right after I tidied the room, and when David was in school. It does NOT look like this again until 9pm at night. Actually, it pretty much looks like a dozen tornados have swung through its doors by nightfall…
As you can tell, we are fans of a certain Swedish store. 😉 With the exception of the fan and retro string chairs, all the furniture and fabrics are from Ikea. The boys have their matching beds! David’s, we bought, and Daryl’s is a hand-me-down from my niece. Someday, we hope to get the boys a bunk bed. But right now, it would be too dangerous because Daryl has very little sense of physical fear, haha. One of their favourite games is to pretend to be dinosaurs swimming in the waters beneath the beds, and feeding “fish” and “ice cream” to each other from up above.
The boys and I spent several days working on these curtains last June, but it was only early this year that I finally got down to getting lining sewn (the material was too see-through) and hung them up! It’s my favourite part of the room, because it was truly a team effort. David drew the design on freezer paper, I cut them out and ironed the paper onto the curtain, then both boys did the painting with fabric paints. I love the colours – they add such cheer to the room!
The room walls are peppered with artwork by the boys – mostly David’s at the moment – and a lovely alphabet frieze that Daryl adores. Every night he prays for cow and duck and fox and lion and rabbit and tiger and zebra…
We are perpetually running out of space for the boys’ growing mass of toys, books, clothes and what-nots! Which is why their tables, where they do most of their art and craft work or learning activities (David), are now outside, along with all their activity books.
I wish my shelves were more organised, but it’s really hard for the boys to keep to that kind of a standard, and since I want them to learn how to keep their own things, for now I’m happy enough that they can put everything back onto the “right” shelves! The shelves in the picture above hold some of their construction-type toys (Lego, some mechanics set, Pyssla beads), games, puzzles, Chinese books, and any other books that can’t fit on their main bookshelf next to this. The Ikea fabric boxes have come in real handy for containing all their craft supplies, while a couple of clear shoe boxes from Daiso are perfect for containing their small but growing collection of “big boy Lego” pieces. Meanwhile, they still enjoy their Duplo blocks a lot, and those are in a big green box on wheels at the bottom (see 2nd pic on this post).
I love our retro string chairs from Chair-ish the Moment, and they fit just nicely next to the boys’ books, together with a rag rug (also from Chair-ish!). Daryl’s precious Minnie enjoys the use of the chair when it is not in use. Also, the cutest mini ice cream cushion from the talented Dawn Tan. And that’s our room! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of our space. 🙂
Tomorrow, Debra will be sharing about her boys’ room at Olimomok. Debra is mum to three young boys, and shares about their growing up moments, fun family experiences and her parenting journey on her blog. She is also an amazing party planner, so check out her party posts if you are looking for ideas. Remember to hop on over to Olimomok tomorrow!
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