14 articles Tag space

Creating Our Own Spaces

In the past, our sleeping arrangements as a family have been somewhat…bohemian. In our last house, Sausage was nervous about sleeping in a new room and BB was still tiny and so shared our room anyway and we all ended up sleeping in the same room for six months. When we moved here, the circumstances under which we’d been forced to move meant that we were reluctant to make the house our own, in case we were asked to leave again, so once again we slept like a pack of wolves, all sharing a room.

A few months ago though, we decided that enough was enough and we needed a space of our own, as did the girls, so they moved into their own room and we took back our own space to make it a proper grown up bedroom. This has meant lots of lovely window-shopping for new bedroom furniture, including plenty of excuses to look at Julian Bowen collection from bedsos!

At the moment, Husband and my bedroom is looking a little bare; we’ve had some problems with damp and have been waiting until it was resolved to decorate, but this decidedly UN-summery weather really isn’t helping! The girls however have been able to put their own stamp on their room with some beautiful while bunk beds and some very handy cat wall stickers, which are totally removable but make the room look fabulous!

BB is absolutely in LOVE with her first ever big girls bedroom! She wants to spend ALL of her time in there, especially when she can rope her older sister in to play with her, and Sausage likes having a place to work at her desk and watch her Pokemon episodes!

Husband and I also enjoy having a space to ourselves. Often, we’ll spend the evening in there  once the girls are asleep (GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER!) watching TV, reading or using our various laptops/smartphones and other devices. It’s just nice to have somewhere to sit that isn’t the living room sometimes.

Another thing I really enjoy is shopping for bedding; I’m definitely in the camp of ‘love slipping into a freshly made bed’ and that feeling only intensifies when that bedding is brand new! Husband and I own a fair amount of bedding but some of it has seen better days (yes, I’m a horror for boil washing everything and making it fade!) so choosing new bedding which co-ordinates with our newly decorated room is something I’m really looking forward to. Yes, small pleasures, but pleasures none the less!

What’s your bedroom like? Is it a wolf cave or a grown-up only space? Do you love your room or do you feel it’s in need of a real overhaul? Leave me a comment below.

 

Mummy On-the-Go: Finding a Floor Rug That Isn’t Your Foe


When living in small rented bungalows, personalising the living space means working within the landlord’s boundaries. My husband and I are to some degree limited with how stylish we can actually make our place. Let’s get real – rental cabinetry, hardware, and middle-of-the-road carpet quality are not really our style. Switching these things would make a huge difference, if rental property rules weren’t so black and white. So when we wanted to make our girls’ bedroom theirs, I had to look for a minimal-effort, easily changed décor ingredient that still delivers a richly textured scheme. I decided to go with a floor rug.

Beside defining a space, throw rugs come in an assortment of colours and textures and are the easiest way to add warmth and style to a room. In a way, area rugs are like cocktails – they are the first foray into a menu and contribute to the overall atmosphere of a party. Knowing that the rug I choose will either make or break the room, I had to choose wisely. However I wasn’t sure whether I should focus on making a grand statement, or if design should take second place to durability. Between my kids eating and playing, and our spunky English Bull Terrier, I knew the rug would take a beating. I needed something tough and kid proof.

After few days of CSI-style online investigating and a Sherlock Holmes-esque intuition (the being-mother talent I’ve mastered over the years), I finally decided to go with a striped floor rug in an array of cool, pastel rainbow colours. It’s hand-loomed and hand-tufted out of 100% Japanese acrylic.


I did first consider natural fiber rugs as they are advertised as the safest and child friendly. I was leaning more towards cotton, mainly because it’s a natural product that is strong yet budget-friendly. Also, cotton area rugs are usually made in a flat wave, toys slide across easily and I thought cleaning would be a breeze. However, after researching, I learned that with time, cotton fibers get matted and tend to accumulate dander and dirt particles easily.

I then thought of wool, but learned these are quite hard to clean. Using a vacuum’s rotary brush is not recommended (fiber may fuzz) and neither is DIY deep-cleaning, because the majority of store bought cleaners are high in alkaline which can damage fibers. Also, since wool fibers absorb more water, they are harder to dry. Wool was therefore off the list as well.

I had to consider what was safest to go below my girls’ feet. Since they spend plenty of time in their room, I wanted something that would be able to withstand rough handling – Sausage’s painting and crafting mishaps and BB’s inevitable spills and potty accidents. After weighing all the options, I knew Japanese acrylic was the way to go.

Although made of man-made fibers, it’s lightweight and made in short pile so it doesn’t permanently trap every crumb. The rug feels and looks like wool, less the staggering price tag and risk of airborne allergies. It is warm, plush, soft and feels springy underfoot. The acrylic helps the rug breathe (absorb and release moisture), and has good resistance to oil and stains. The backing is made of cotton which not only ensures the durability of the rug, but also reduces odours. And best of all, it is actually very easy to clean.

I usually roll it up, put it out in the front yard and clean it with a mild dish detergent (never a laundry detergent) and water. This is the best combination to attack ink markers and chocolate stains. Because I power-wash the rug once or twice a year, every few weeks I deodorize it with baking soda. Between soft drink spills, BB’s potty training accidents and the rare occasions when Chuck drags his hind end on the floor, the funky odours are certain. The power of baking soda helps me avoid the unavoidable. I simply sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the rug, let it sit for few hours and vacuum. Oftentimes, I also shake it to remove dust, because let’s be realistic, vacuums do miss a lot of dirt (even with frequent vacuuming).

What I like more than the easy-to-clean feature is that the rug perfectly defines the girls’ Dulux’s Storybook bedroom design. It adds the just-right pop of colour. Plus there’s that added safety when BB is playing on the floor. It’s thick, sturdy and still, so BB’s feet do not get stuck on the corners and there’s no tripping. It also offers a decent cushioning to BB’s falls and bumps.

Simply put, the rug serves its purpose. Plus, I love the idea of girls having a soft, safe and clean area where they can indulge in reading and envelop in their favourite make-believe coffee shop game.

Making Space for a New Baby

Before Burrito Baby came along, Husband, Sausage and I were living in a little 2-bed bungalow. We knew that finding space for a new baby would be tricky but we wanted to wait a little while before moving, so we made do for just over a year, which meant finding space for a whole new human being in our tiny house and utilising every nook and cranny possible!

The infographic below has got some great tips on how to maximise your space when baby comes along and we thought we’d share it with you in case you’re ever in the same predicament as us!
The Best Ways to Make Room for a New Baby

Provided by Alligator Storage

Have you got any top tops for finding space? Share them with us below.

Maximising Our Space

As regular readers will know, our current situation is this: expecting a baby – live in a small house – can’t afford to move. What this means is that we’re trying to be clever about how we adjust our living environment, by maximising space and increasing our storage options. The main space we’ve been focussing on is the bedrooms, with new wardrobes for all of us, but we’ve decided to go a step further in Sausage’s room.

At the moment, she’s got a mid-sleeper bed, with a tent around the bottom, which is basically just used for shoving toys under when she’s not playing with them, and it kind of seems like wasted space. We’re thinking about replacing her bed with this mid sleeper bed:

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It’s another mid-sleeper, so she’d still have the height that she likes, but the space underneath has been so cleverly utilised that Sausage would gain so much more than just a bed. She owns a massive amount of books, which she’d be able to store on the shelves, and the drawers underneath would no doubt help with the huge amount of paints, pencils and other craft supplies that she has.

The bed also has a built-in desk, which would be really handy for homework, as well as the huge amount of time that she spends drawing, and the nest part about it is that it slides away, under the desk, when it’s not in use, which would help us to save even more space.

Modular furniture like this is so practical when you have small or difficult spaces to live in and furnish, so it’s a real breath of fresh air to see furniture designed with this in mind, affording both practicality and great looking pieces which any five year old girl is sure to love. Take a look at the rest of their furniture online at Clever Clicker.