Shylah and Tyrens Dreamy Playroom

When I think of our playroom I normally think of toys everywhere, and that’s because most of the time they are. It’s not because I don’t clean the play room its because the kids literally love to pull it apart. Most of our toys and play room items have always been very masculine, think dinosaurs and cars. The colours were either black and white, blue and even some times orange. Shylah is now one and her pink toys have started to feature in this joint area.

I really love changing and re arranging each room in my house. Its my creative outlet. On the original plan for our house this room was actually suppose to be a dining room. We placed the dinning table in the room and bought a gorgeous feature light, however sitting in there always made us feel disjointed from the kitchen. My mum came over one day and suggested moving the table to the dead space in the kitchen/family area and making the dining room a play room and well its been perfect ever since.

The Decor

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Together with my favourite brands on Instagram I have been able to create a dreamy room for both Tyren and Shylah. Its colourful and imaginative and suitable for both of them at there age now and as they continue to grow. The decor is play full and shows pops of pink and blue. The theme for the play room started when I chose the two prints for the wall from @myhiddenforest  I felt like they belonged up in the clouds! So the ever talented Elisa from @blond.noir created the new beautiful Dreamland Clouds in Water Colour Decals they are the perfect and just how I imagined them to look.

The thing I love about these decals is that they actually are removable. I can move them around from place to place without damaging my walls or the decals. They are just as easy to put on too, spray some water on the back and stick to the place you want and smooth over. Simple. I love that I can instantly make a room look sensational and I always have the option to change the positioning and create a whole new look. From here the rest fell into place and Shylah and Tyren now have a new dreamy playroom.

To match in with the dreamy theme I have a gorgeous moon mirror by @kidskulture, a beautiful cloud mobile by @thepoppettree, two gorgeous hanging wooden beaded garlands by @winniedot,  Velvet star cushions from @macyhandmade and a special Ruby Unicorn cushion from @sparrowandb to complete the look.

To make any room feel homely and inviting you need to decorate!

Decor brings the visually pleasing aspect to any space but when designing this room I also thought about the following five practical things:

  1. A soft place to play.
  2. A place for quiet time.
  3. The pack away place
  4. A space for creativity
  5. Role play, Imagination Play and quality

A soft place to play

This is a really important feature for me, and that’s because I am always on the floor playing with the kids. Our playroom area is tiled and there is nothing worst than sitting on cold tiles playing. So the base of the play room has to be soft. I chose a beautiful rug from @rugsofbeauty, The Elizabeth. Its a non shed rug which means no fluff or bits come off it, the size is 2m x 3m giving plenty of play area. The colour is a cool grey with hints of blue and I specifically choose one with a pattern so that is hides potential dirt marks. Its soft and the perfect playroom base.

A place for quiet time

Every kid needs a place to relax, maybe read a book or just lay about. For this area I have chosen a cot size bed house from @howeandzo This builds the frame of the quiet time area and a great place to chuck over a blanket and make cubby houses.  The mattress is covered with a soft marble sheet from @goodnightbuttercup , its layered with cushions for comfort and soft blankets for warmth from @raphael_romeochildrensemporium. Shylah has a special unicorn cushion from @sparrowandb and a beautiful velvet star cushion from @macyhandmade Tyren also has his very own velvet star cushion from @macyhandmade Our quiet time area has a selection of books to read and toys to cuddle, it also can double as a sleep over bed.

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The pack away place

Play rooms are known for being an area full of toys, most of the time they are just on the floor and never being played with. It seems that most toys are pulled out of the storage area only because they are looking for that one random toy that popped into their head which is at the bottom of the box. To make it easier for kids, I have a simple hack. I have five boxes on rotation. Broken down into categories at the moment ours are: Blocks, cars/trucks, dinosaurs and figurines, and random 1 and random 2. Basically I rotate the toys and have a small box in the play room to pack away the current toys into. This way the task is not over whelming and the all their toys are not out in the play room at one time. The @belleandcoliving chests are the perfect size to pack away toys in as well as stylish.

A space for creativity

There is no point in having an area that the kids can’t create a world in. And literally this is what I want them to do. They need to be able to create their own games and to do so they need the space. The play room layout is super important because if it is too cluttered or has too much unusable space they won’t play in the area. They will move their toys to the lounge room or worst all over the house. If your creative space isn’t soft they wont create in that zone either, which is why I chose the softest rug from @rugsofbeauty. Basically the creative zone has to be a large open space that is comfortable enough, accessible and in the middle of the space so they can bring their toys to the zone and create their own world. We usually play cars by making race tracks or play blocks and build city’s then race the cars through them. The dinosaurs also make a lot of appearances in this area too!

img_2299-1Role Play, Imagination Play and Quality

Toys are a given in any play room they actually come as a package deal with kids. They can be over whelming and too many normally means most are not played with. I’ve now started to buy and encourage the kids to play with toys that makes them use their imagination or use in role play. The @minimacko miniland dolls are perfect for little girls and boys because they encourage children to love and care for babies just like mummies and daddies. Our beautiful Latino miniland has a gorgeous hand made carrier from @oh.sew.divine to rest her head and travel around in. It comes complete with pillow, mattress and blanket. The play forever cars from @minimacko are solid and sturdy allowing for a little bit of rough play. Shylah adores pull along toys and her little wooden mouse one from @thegingerkidsco is a keeper. The other toy she adores and so do I is her @minimacko pink trike! its the winner in our house, she scoots all over and constantly pops her little dollies in the basket. For the dolls house we choose two little bunnies a boy and a girl from @neapolitanhomewares instead of your classic doll.

I’ve really enjoyed creating this space for Tyren and Shylah and I love watching them play in this room.

Shop The Look:

The Elizabeth Rug : @rugsofbeauty

Dreamland Water Colour Cloud Decals: @blond.noir

Prints: @myhiddenforest

Star Cushions: @macyhandmade

Unicorn Cushion: @sparrowandb

Mattress Sheet: @goodnightbuttercup

Dolls Carrier: @oh.sew.divine

Spinkie Bunnies: @neapolitanhomewares

Pink Trike: @minimakco

Miniland doll: @minimakco

Play forever car:@minimakco

Helicoptor: @thegingerkidsco

Pull along Car: @thegingerkidsco

Pink Chests: @belleandcoliving

Pompom garland: @winniedot

Moon Mirror: @kidskulture

Trio of white cases: @raphael_romeochildrensemporium

Bunny Lamp: @raphael_romeochildrensemporium

Lucky boy sunday doll: @raphael_romeochildrensemporium

Playhouse: @howeandzo

Cloud hanger: @thepoppettree

I would like to Thank all the stores who collaborated with me for this play room look. All words and thoughts in this blog are completely my own.

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Let’s go to the auction 

img_3050Its nearly been a year since we moved to our home, a year… that time has gone super quick. So I thought I would share just how we got here.

I never thought I would be renovating our forever home because I gave my husband the challenge of finding us a property in the same area as my parents and well that area was wayyyyyy out of our price range.

In 2016 two weeks after the birth of Shylah, Matthew organised another house viewing day. I say another because honestly the amount of terrible houses he dragged me to (while I was pregnant) was insane. I really couldn’t be bothered, I had a brand new baby and I didn’t really want to move.

The house (our house) was up for auction, so Dad and Matt said they just wanted to go and see what it bids for and have a look. Ok that’s fine whatever, I’ll just stay at mums with my new baby and chill out. About an hour later, they arrive home.

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BOTH men have these extremely cheeky grins on their faces, mum and I look at them and say “you didn’t bid did you?!”

Through sounds of laughter they say: yes we did and we won it. What?!?! We don’t even have finance approval how the hell have you won this house?

Ok I just want to let you know that when you bid at auction you actually have to have the funds in your bank account as auctions are like cash sales…. yes a cash sale transaction.

Do you want to go and see the house? They say. Ummm yes Matt, yes Dad we do actually. Quickly we pack everyone in the car and drive to the house (about 30 seconds from mum and dads place).

Carrying Shylah, while Tyren runs around, I examine this new abode which is apparently going to be ours and from the moment I stepped inside I knew it was meant to be. A sense of home was felt instantly. Even now, every time I come home I feel it.

After my approval, the documents were signed and the long process of finance , settlement and handover occurred. One year on and I still to this day can’t believe it – but it was obviously meant to be.

So that’s how “we” (cough) Matt and dad (cough) bought our forever home. A story I laugh at all the time. Since being here I probably have changed each room numerous times, because I love re arranging. I love adding and adapting to the space and creating different looks. If you have followed our journey you will be able to see the changes and how much our house has grown.

The Living area! My favourite room of the house.  It has huge raked ceilings and is a massive space. We removed the old gas heater and boarded up the bottom half of the wall. We have painted the bricks twice.

The Kitchen Area. This is the space we did most of our renos. We removed a wall which enclosed the kitchen. It was the best decision even tho it was messy work. We were really lucky to have a great friend able to help us and without him we wouldn’t have been able to remove it. So thank you Michael.

The Playroom.  This is suppose to be according to the plans a dinning area and we did set it up like that but it didn’t suit us. Now we have it as a play room and its perfect.

Our Bedroom. A sanctuary for sleep- this deep aqua is one of my all time favourite colours.

 

Creating a coastal space 

Bringing those wavy beach tones into your abode can make any space feel airy and fresh. But how do you get that modern coastal feel in your home without being by the beach?

Start by selecting a fresh white for your walls, Dulux natural white or lexicon are a relaxing choice and a good base colour. Natural white is a warm tone, while lexicon and snowy mountains are cool.

 

Bring in raw wood furniture for warmth. A carved coffee table or natural finish buffet, even a cane piece for a more tropical coastal vibe.

Accessorise your lounge with textures by choosing macrame or knitted cushions in natural white yarn. Tassels are a must. Pick white linen cushions to use as a base and break up your patterns.

Soft powder blue can be brought in through  vases or throw blankets giving a small pop of colour. Stick to a three shade rule when choosing your blue or green hues. I like to have the same shade but in a dark , medium and a light tone.

Add some Depth to your walls with prints that represent the ocean to you, could be Palms for a tropical coastal feel, a mandala print, or even a gorgeous oceanic scene.

Coastal interiors doesn’t have to be all shells and sand so don’t get swept away with too many in your decor a small cowrie shell piece is enough to tie it all together.

My favourite and most important accessory is the indoor plant and choosing the right one to perfect your coastal vibe is essential.

Two must have indoor plants:

The Kenita Palm – beautiful and graceful and requires minimal care. Gives a floaty airy feel.

The Nicolai – commonly know as the bird of paradise. It’s large fan like leaves bring a deep depth of green to your space.

Choosing a large over sized decorative pot in white makes the greenery pop! My secret tip: keep your plant in its plastic potting pot (so you can always change the decorative one later) and put a plastic plate inside to catch the water.

Sea grass baskets are the perfect option for storing your throws or cushions.  

Bring in a drift wood piece or add texture with a large over sized macrame wall hanging, a salt lamp will regulate your air and offer a soft mood lighting.

A coastal space is airy , fresh and natural throwing tones of blue. It’s calming a wonderful place to relax.

To get the look and beautiful pieces for your own coastal sanctuary, shop here at The beach side collective

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Macrame Cushions: Sea Tribe
Macrame Wall Hanging: Mac and More Decor
Throw: Ikea
Jute Rug: Temple and Webster
Cushions and Vases: Kmart
Sea grass basket: Aldi