Thursday, 27 August 2015

Max's room reveal! Finally!

I did it! I finally finished a frickin' room! In it's entirety!!!

*pauses to wait for applause*

Thank you, thank you, yes, I'm very proud of myself ;P

Seriously though, it does feel really good to completely finish a room. We've been in this house almost a year now (how did that happen?!) and while nearly every room has had something done with it, this is the first room that I can happily say is completely done :)

So firstly, there's the birch tree wall that was so easy and worked out so well. You can find the tutorial for that here.

He's got his little gallery wall, and you can read all about that here.

That phone is loaded up with the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack. It's been helping him go to sleep since he was a week old, once again proving that kids will like pretty much whatever you expose them to. Therefore,our kids are doomed to lives spent quoting "the holy grail" and having nobody get what they're talking about!

My mother bought this gorgeous carved bowl for Max and I absolutely love it. It's so nice to get gifts that they can keep for their first birthdays, seeing as they don't know the difference and they already have a room full of toys!

I couldn't find a pair of curtains that I liked or a fabric that didn't cost so much that it would have eaten up my entire budget, so I had to figure out how to make them myself.

 (and by "make them" I mean take out a pair of curtains I paid €5.99 for and painting them-obviously. I don't sew.)

The sheet is actually a duvet cover from Penneys/Primark. It has little geometric bears on the other side and it cost €11 for the set. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Penney's is kicking some serious **s with their homewares at the moment. And those of you in America thinking "that's not fair, I don't have access to that cheap, on trend awesomeness", well, you DO! Primark opened in Boston a couple of weeks ago, so a store in every major city can't be far away ;)

And no, I did not iron the sheet. It would take me at least twenty minutes to get out the iron and do that. If I had twenty minutes to spare I'd be doing something crazy like, oh I dunno, drinking an entire cup of coffee before it went cold, or shaving my legs for the first time this month. You know, important things like that. ironing something that's going to be slept on is not high on my list of priorities, ya know?

I found this light shade in Dunnes on sale for €6. I bought it months ago, knowing that it would fit in with the scandinavian/modern/woodland look I wanted in Max's room. 

I do this a lot, if I see something I know will work in a room I'm planning on doing and it's on sale I pick it up. If I was to try and kit out a whole room in one go I'd end up paying full price for everything-and that ain't happening! This means I'm always on the lookout for things, and my husband looks at me like I'm nuts sometimes when I come home with items that bear no relation to anything we are working on at the moment, but it makes sense in the end-even if there is a whole section of the attic dedicated to my "hoard" ;)

I picked up this lovely little plaque in Penney's for €2.

The wardrobe is from Ikea and the chair is an extra from our dining room, but I do plan on buying the rocker version of this soon. the cushions are from Penney's again, and the pattern on the wardrobe is vinyl stickers that are removable-great for renters!

So, a full breakdown of the cost is:

Paint - €25 (including a tester pot for the curtains)
Rug - €20 (from Aldi last year)
Curtains - €5.99 (Laura Ashley seconds that I picked up in Guiney's last year)
Bedset - €11 (Penney's)
Cushions - €12 for the two (Penney's)
Vinyl stickers - left over from another project
Wall signs - €2 for "go explore, €4 for "everyday is an adventure" (Penney's)
Frames - €12 total (Small from Tiger, large from B&Q)
Gold stag - €7 (on sale after Christmas-Tesco)
Light shade - €6 (Dunnes)
Fox plate and moneybox - gifts

That's a grand total of €101, I'm happy with that!

And lastly, I have this lovely sign that my mother did for him (same as she did for Emilia here) and I can't decide what to do with it. I was thinking maybe attached to the front of the cot, it'd look like an old-fashioned circus cage! :D

If you have other ideas please leave them in the comments, I'd love to hear them!

Linda xx

*updated-I realised I missed a perfect opportunity to force you to look at another photo of my ridiculously cute children by taking a picture of Max in his cot, so here's a completely unrelated pic of Max. 

To compensate for the oversight his cousin Jamie is also in the photo, a "bonus baby" if you will ;)


  1. No comments for your FIRST totally finished room? Bummer - especially since it is so cute (as are both kids, btw). Puleeze, allow me . . .

    I love the pops of orange with the wall color (surprise to me - would never have gone there). I also think the theme for a little boy's room is so smart - adorable for a baby, still adorable a blink later when you're suddenly shopping for a big boy bed (and hip deep in some other DIY in another part of the house, no time or budget to redo/rethink this room). The gold file box on top of the wardrobe reminds me of something my mother would have done (I paint mine black, except for the ones I use for Christmas storage, some of which are gold - all the heavy-duty kind I buy in 10 packs at Sams big-box warehouse store online).

    As creatively clever as you are, you really owe it to yourself to make it a priority to remedy that "don't sew" thing ASAP. You truly have NO idea how much time and money you will save in your life-time, even if you never make a single article of clothing. It will become as abode-transformative as knowing how to paint, only with fabric (for curtains, sheet & rug borders, cushions, holiday decor, etc. -- not to mention quick fixes for kids clothes, and quick alterations for your own). I'm of the Boomer persuasion and can swear that it has been the single most important skill I never would have believed I'd use so much throughout my life.

    Lovin' your blog -- especially your writing style (and the frames of your glasses - which I plan to look for and purchase for my next pair.)

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie - ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
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    1. I know right? No comments? What is WRONG with people?!haha. Thank you so much for taking the time, I appreciate it ;)

      I'm really hoping this room will grow with Max, as you say, I don't have unlimited time to just keep re-doing rooms every couple of years!

      The file box was actually a gift from my husbands work when Max was born (it was filled with clothes, toys and baby necessities, so thoughtful) but I would love to find out where it came from cos they're so handy. I never thought of buying plain ones and painting them, great idea!

      I would love to learn how to sew, maybe now that Max is a little older I'll look into taking a class, I would love to be able to make my own cushions in particular!

      Thank you so, so much for your awesome feedback....and my glasses are Karl Lagerfeld KL 01 frames ;)
      Linda xx

  2. You need more comments. This is a beautiful room. Ever since I read Narnia as a kid, I wanted a room that had trees painted on the walls, so I could feel like I was living in a forest. I tried to do painted landscape walls for my boys when they were little, but never got those finished. So, you absolutely deserve to feel proud of yourself. Bravo.

    1. Aww thanks Pamela :) It's tough to get things done with little ones around isn't it? I feel like nothing ever gets properly finished around here!
      And I'm with you on the Narnia room, I saw a room on pinterest that had a door cut in the back of a wardrobe that led to a little play are all painted up as a snowy forest and I WANT it!

  3. This nursery is absolutely gorgeous! I love the pops of color. I am sharing this on Pinterest.

  4. Wow, wow, would! What an absolute gem of a room! I'm totally saving the birch wall and curtains for any future sprog. Can I ask how you made the curtains? Did you make your own stamp? What a lucky boy!

    1. Aww thanks :) Yep, I made a stamp for the curtains, the tutorial is here:
      Hope that helps!

  5. Such a perfect room for your little one. Beautiful details and still has that simple touch blended in too! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Love this! Do you mind sharing what the color of the room is painted in? The greenish-blue color, that is! Thanks!

    1. Thank you :) It's "chance" by Crown paints.

  7. Uwoww.... look so cute. The colors are neutral so i think this decor can be applied to both boy and girl.

  8. Such a perfect room for your little one. Beautiful details and still has that simple touch blended in too! Thank you for sharing.
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  10. Everything is so lovely. I like it

  11. Where did you get the birch tree decals?

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