Tag: Kids room

Small peoples’ furniture

Today’s post is dedicated to my amazing husband. He made some new furniture for the kids room and I just LOVE it!

It’s already been a little while that we felt the need for some storage cabinets for all the kids’ toys and because we both like our high chair so much, we decided to once again combine maple and white elements. We wanted some open shelves for books etc and a low cabinet that could double as a bench. We discussed a few different layout ideas and ended up with these two pieces that we placed on either side of the little monster’s crib:

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The color of the frames and fronts is a very light shade of creme which matches the cover of the kids’ chairs, the tops and shelves are natural maple.

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Paul started cutting the pieces about two weeks ago and finished spraying everything earlier this week. So we could bring them in and fill them just in time for the big monster’s birthday. And he was really excited and immediately started to rearrange all the toys, and again, and again… 😉

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Now the room feels a lot more complete. Before, there were only the two beds, a changing table, a kids chair and some toy bags.

And, I’m not going to lie, I also really like the fact that we were able to reclaim some of the shelf space in our living room! 😉

And more toy bags

The two monsters have kept me quite busy lately and simultaneous daytime naps are a rather rare treat. Hence there has not been much to show here… But at least I managed to make a few more toy bags and I’m happy that this is not going to be the first month without any blog posts as I was fearing!

The first one is for the big monster’s brand new racing cars, …

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… the second one is for the big vehicle fleet, …

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… and finally, I added a little pouch for the small train accessories to keep them separate from the bulky tracks.

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I’m amazed how well they actually work – Yannick knows exactly where everything belongs. Just operating the drawstrings is still a bit of a challenge for him, but I’m sure he’ll figure it out soon.

And a last picture of the entire collection:

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Toy bags!

These days, our living room looks much more like a kids’ room and you really have to watch your step… So I have started to make drawstring bags to organize some of these toys in a nicer way. I still had quite a bit of that heavy grey fabric left from the teepee because I overestimated how much I would need for the floor mat, and I also had some lime green leftovers. For now there is a smaller bag for the kids’ wooden blocks and a fairly big one for the trains. In order to “label” them I appliqued symbols of the respective content on the front. There is still enough material for one or two more bags, depending on their size, so I’ll see what other toys I can find to organize in one of them. Maybe the legos…?

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A Christmas teepee

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Yeehaw! I made a teepee! 😀

Well, I actually made it back in October, but now the big monster finally moved in. The reason why I hid it in the basement for two months is that I didn’t want it to experience the same cruel fate as his cardboard box house earlier this year. Even though I was really close to throwing it out a few times because it was battered so badly, I ended up keeping it until it literally fell apart. It was just so invaluable during those moments where I was cooking and just needed to know the monster was not climbing onto the dining table or living room shelves. And I also thought that the teepee would make for a great Christmas gift, especially to give us more inside playing options for the winter.

I got the fabric at Ikea. I wanted something stable and durable and was happy to find a selection of heavy quality fabrics there. While I don’t love most of their patterns, they also have a few nice solids, so I decided to combine white and dark grey. I chose a hexagonal shape, sewed wide white and grey fabric strips together as walls and cut windows in two of these walls and a long slot in another to be the door. For the dowels I added fabric tunnels along the sides and in order to add some color accents, I trimmed the edges with lime green bias tape.

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Because I wanted the teepee to be as cosy as possible, it also got a floor mat that can be tied to the posts to also give the teepee a little more stability. And the monster was lucky: his new home comes fully furnished with a bunch of pilows. 🙂

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So yesterday, we set up the teepee in our living room. The big monster didn’t try to climb through the windows as I expected… but through the gap between the wall and the floor mat and still almost managed to throw the whole thing over. Oh well…

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This morning we finally succeeded in reading the first book together in there, sitting on the pillows. I hope this will become the main (peaceful!) use of the teepee and it will live a long and healthy life!

And exceptionally a picture of the proud builder… 😉

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Another house shelf

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Paul made these house shelves for my last birthday that we hung up above my sewing desk. He could not decide between two different designs at first though and simply made one of each. I hate to admit that one of them has been sitting in the basement until now, just because I could not decide on where to hang it… 😐

But now I finally found the perfect spot! I have been keeping a few diapers, wipes and spare outfits beside my bed for our nightly adventures with the little monster, because using our normal changing table in the kids room would mean disrupting the big monster’s sleep. So Paul mounted it to the wall beside my bed today and I filled it with all the mentioned goodies – plus some midnight snacks for mommy… 😉

And doesn’t the shelf look so nice with our co-sleeper?! Thanks again, Paul!

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Our balcony bed

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I’m so excited that the co-sleeper that we already used with the big monster is finally back in use!

As these balcony style co-sleepers don’t seem to be very common here, my wonderful husband Paul just built one for us. He made the dimensions to fit the little mattress that I had bought, then attached two brackets that hook onto our bed frame. I for my part made some fitted sheets and tadah, the little bed was complete! 🙂

I really enjoy being on one level with the little monster, especially for nighttime feedings. And I really like the oval holes that Paul added as handles. They also came in handy to attach the little bunting that I just added this time around to make the bed look a little more inviting. And of course the little monster also got his own little music bear! 🙂

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Now we just need to work on our sleeping rhythm. But last night he already made me the wonderful gift of sleeping straight through from 9 pm to 4 am! So let’s hope he repeats that tonight… Good night!

A mini quilt

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There have been some more baby preparations after setting up a second crib in the kids’ room about two weeks ago. We still have basically all essentials from the first monster – except for a box of newborn diapers that I got earlier this week 😉 – but I really wanted to make something special for him. So I made a baby quilt!

After the quilt for my sister and her husband I had the strong feeling that this wouldn’t be my last one and got myself a few tools to make my future quilting life a little easier. Namely, those were a rotary cutter, a giant package of curved safety pins (you can see those awesome little guys in action in the bottom picture 😉) and – most importantly – a walking foot for my sewing machine. This last one was actually mostly coincidence. I had just mentioned to one of the ladies in the fabric store that I had found it a bit tricky to prevent the three layers from moving against each other while quilting the fabric and batting sandwich together, when she asked me why I wasn’t using a walking foot which was designed exactly for that purpose. Not that I hadn’t had this idea before, but during my own research I found out that Pfaff doesn’t offer one for my specific model of sewing machine. So I assumed that this was it and tried to find peace with that fact. But as it turns out, sewing machine accessories are sometimes more compatible between different manufacturers than I had imagined and my friends had a Janome foot for me that works like a charm with my Pfaff. It’s a bit of a noisy fellow, but it really was like making myself an early Christmas present when trying it out for the first time and now I just love its little “click click click”! 🙂

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And even better: my wonderful husband also made me a wooden cutting template (more durable than cardboard, but a lot cheaper than those fancy acrylic quilting rulers!) according to my specified dimensions.

I don’t want to say that making a quilt isn’t still a time-consuming business, but I really feel like I saved a lot of time with this one thanks to these little helpers. 😉 To be honest, part of it was of course just due to the smaller size of the quilt (about 1m x 1m) which made things a lot easier and faster…

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Do you like the little triangles? There are so many a lot more elaborate designs out there, but compared to the simple squares from last time, I felt almost a little adventurous. And I really like the combination of the lime and navy hues. Can’t wait to actually use the baby quilt!

A little birch forest

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This weekend we set up the crib for the second monster who is going to join our family in two months. And while trying to find the best spot for it in the kids room, I realized how much I love this room and especially the birch trees along one of the walls that I painted last year, shortly before Yannick was born. I’ve used them as a background when photographing many of my little projetcs, but I just realized that I never published a post about these birches themselves – so let me do this now!

The first inspiration was from visiting my friend Tingting in Hamburg who has a very similar wall in her living room. At first I considered getting some wall stickers, but when I saw their price tag, I quickly decided for a small container of white paint instead. I found my personal favorite birches illustration online, then used my video projector to transfer it to the wall. In order to get straight trunks and scaling them so they would go from floor to ceiling, I had to do this in several pieces, moving and readjusting the projector each time, but that also allowed me to arrange and space the trees exactly the way I wanted to.

As I had previously done with these cloud shelves, I outlined the contures with a thin pencil line, then filled them with white paint. Applying the paint with a small paint brush resulted in a not perfectly homogenous layer of the paint – while it is thicker in some areas, the grey wall shines through in others. That effect frustrated me a little bit when painting the first few stems, but I now think that it actually adds to the overall result and mymics the typical character of real birches quite well and I’m sure wall stickers could not have done that so nicely! It was certainly not the quickest solution – I spent quite a few hours alternately on the floor and on a chair to reach for the tree tops – but I’m still just as happy with the result as I was on the first day. And what did you do during your last month of pregnancy? 😉

Cloud shelves

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A little bit of white paint, some simple and inexpensive bathroom shelves from Ikea (both the shelves and knobs are from their Enudden series) and – tadah – some cloud shelves for the kids room!

I drew the clouds on paper first, then transferred them to the wall outlining the contures with a thin pencil line. After filling the cloud shapes with a first layer of white paint, the grey wall still shone through in some spots, so I applied a second layer after a few hours. Then I just needed to attach the shelves…

Aren’t the curved edges and the delicate design of these shelves so perfect?! And I find, together with the birch trees that I painted on one of the other walls, they just add such a nice and cozy atmosphere to the room! Kinda proud of myself! 😛

And while the shelves are certainly not made to hold a whole library of kids books or other heavy stuff, I find it is a great way to display some favorite items.

I am also thinking of getting a few more of these knobs for our walk-in closet… Or maybe for the guest room that we just painted and that still needs some finishing touches…? Let’s see! 😉