Since moving house last last year, we have been slowly working our way around the house, giving the rooms a lick of paint, and generally making the place feel a little bit more like home.
We have lots of plans for our house in the long term, but for now we just want to feel more settled. The first room to get some attention was the baby’s room (it’s a box room, so wasn’t exactly taxing), followed by a coat of paint in the kitchen; goodbye green walls! And new colours in the living room, goodbye multicoloured walls and green ceiling.
We then set about working on the garden; a big project that we wanted sorted ready for the summer!
However, since the move its been Harvey’s room I’ve desperate to get sorted! I have been so keen for him to have a nice space that he can call his own, something special to him!
So when the Great Little Trading Company got in touch to ask if we would be interested in a collaboration, there was just no way I could say no! We were already HUGE fans, with various pieces from their collection around our house and in the boys bedrooms.
Harvey was fast approaching his third birthday and we thought it would be a fantastic birthday surprise for him.
We also felt he was ready to make the transition into a ‘big boy bed’ and this would be the perfect opportunity to do so! We set ourself a target of completing it by his birthday and set about designing what we wanted!
• Big Boy Bed
• Toy storage (very accessible so he can be more independent)
• Neutral colours that he can grow with and feel calm when he’s spending time there.
• Including his favourites – Cars/dinosaurs
• Reading space; somewhere he can sit and flick through books, one of his favourite activities!
Harvey has a big bedroom, one day if he feels like it, maybe he will share it with his brother! But for now we had lots of room to play with so knew we could accommodate some larger toys and games.
We decided that to move him on from his cotbed (although he only ever had it in the cot mode, we have now jumped straight in to a single bed) we would go for the Great Little Trading Company Phoenix Bed (£350 but currently in the sale for £280). And we paired this with GLTC Luxury Mattress All Round Single (£299 but currently in the sale for £239.20).
Both have been an instant hit, he absolutely adores snuggling into his new bed and needs no encouragement to go to sleep, which is music to our ears! He sleeps perfectly well in the bed and we all have such a lovely time snuggling and reading stories in bed together before he goes to sleep. But just incase your worried your little one might not find their mattresses comfortable, GLTC also off a great 30 night comfort guarantee!
As we have made the move straight from cot to single bed, we decided to invest in some bed guards. Although I was adamant I wanted them to match the bed, so after a look around we settled on the Baby Dan wooden bed guard rail (£43 John Lewis, we actually opted for two, one either side, which we will eventually reduce to one and then none! (We found ours on a local re-selling site, where they were really reasonably priced and intend to reuse them for Jude when the time comes).
Next up for furniture. We decided to go for a bedside cupboard, and we are so pleased we did, it’s one of his favourite parts of his room. He feel so grown up having his own special cupboard for his special/secret things! We chose the GLTC Sherwood bedside cupboard (£75).
As part of the room revamp all of Harvey’s built in wardrobes (an entire wall of them) have had a new fresh coat of white paint (as has the ceiling, door and window frame.) The cupboards provide ALOT of storage! Which is great, so we didn’t need to add to much more. We opted for a small white, three box, trolfast unit from Ikea (£35 brand new), which he loves as its so easy for him to get his toys in and out of (again we bought this on a local re-selling site for a fraction of the cost). Added to this is a large blue star soft basket a present from his Aunty (£40 from my first years), again more easy accessible storage!
For book storage we repositioned his GLTC Greenaway bookcase (£80). Both the boys have one of these (Jude has a skinny one in his room) and we think they are fantastic! I pop the slightly more fragile or special books at the top, out of the boys reach, and the child friendly more robust ones at the bottom. Best bit of all, the book shelves don’t take away any of that precious floor space!
Bedroom theme…. dinosaurs:
Once the bed and storage solutions were sorted it was time for the fun part….. a theme! Harvey favourite things are cars and dinosaurs, so it only seemed natural to let these take the lead. As we didn’t want to go too over board and have him outgrowing the room to quickly we went for the light, bright colours and kept it simple.
As one of his largest walls is all storage and completely white we decided to add a patterned wall paper to the adjacent wall and went for the GLTC children’s wallpaper dinosaur (£26 price per roll). A white based paper with a gentle gray dinosaur print. Finally we matched the final two walls in a light complimentary shade of gray paint.
For the soft furnishings we went for grey curtains (£75 John Lewis Barathea blackout curtains) and then added Harvey’s much loved bean bag (GLTC grey star £65 currently in the sale for £45.50) and his selection of cushions.
For his bed linen we chose the GLTC dinosaur duvet cover (£38) which matches nicely with the wall paper, but adds a little extra colour with a mix of green and gray dinosaurs.
We then added his GLTC easel that he got for Christmas (£65) and obviously his favourite toys (Cars, dinosaurs, soft toys, car garage…) and his rocking moose (kids concept £140).
Up next was to add his second favourite thing… cars! To satisfy his obsession we added a absolutely gorgeous new rug from GLTC called the ‘On The Road Rug’ (£175).
So soft and comfortable to sit and play on, but in gorgeous, tasteful neutral colours! I then came across a fantastic little under bed storage device on a local selling site. A perfect space for all those cars, with an added play space on top. Originally made by GLTC (although I didn’t know this at the time) it was called ‘The under bed play table and draws’. I bought some road stickers off Amazon and created a road scene (£3.99 ).
After a lot of hunting, as I had a vision of what I wanted, I came across the most gorgeous silver dinosaur cupboard handles on eBay, I added them in two different styles and even decided to add an extra to that little cupboard.
I then chose a simple dinosaur light shade (we already had a similar aeroplane design in Jude’s room) found on Amazon (£22.99).
We then added some gorgeous prints from West Stanton (£12) in a simple magnetic frame design (found on Amazon) and introduced Harvey to his new Gro Clock (which he loves) to help encourage a good sleep routine!
For now his room feels like a happy place, he loves it and we love it. I’m sure, like all rooms, it will evolve as he grows. The bed guards will go and eventually we may move the bed from the wall, I’m considering adding a teepee to his room as he loves to hide out in dens and tents, but for now we are all in love with his new room and it’s getting a lot of use!
We feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Great Little Trading Company and as part of the collaboration we were fortunate enough to have received several items for the bedroom revamp. However, where possible we also look to use items we already own and pre loved items in effort to keep the costs of the bedroom makeover as cost effective as possible. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the Great Little Trading Company.
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