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Friday
May182012

The Importance Of Nutella To Home Renovation

The spare room is finished! And was road-tested very successfully over the weekend by lovely friends visiting from Germany. Yes, I need to take after photographs. No, I haven't taken after photographs yet. In my defence, I'm exhausted after five days of supervising international toddler wrestling over umbrellas, lunch boxes and booster seats (why did they both want to carry the booster seat around?! Ah, the mysteries of the toddler mind) plus visits to Tatton Park, Chester Zoo, and Head over Heels. So photographs will come but first I need to have a lie down and recover my strength.

In the meantime, we've started working on the afore-mentioned toddler's big girl bedroom. The hideous dusty old carpet has been removed with glee, and floor sanding and wall plastering have commenced. Dust city. We've moved her up to the spare bedroom while the work is carried out, a change which apparently she found most invigorating, if the excited squeals coming through the baby monitor at 7am this morning were anything to judge by.

Her new room is going to be raspberry pink, blue, aqua and peach. Yep, I'm still fully embracing colour. And I'm also fully OK with using pink in a girl's bedroom - while the distinction in most British toy shops between girls' toys (pink, sparkly, princessy, dolls, tea-sets, lego cupcakes etc) and boys' toys (bright, colourful, imaginative, pirates, diggers etc) fills me with righteous rage, I figure that if I'm OK with pairing hot pink and yellow in the guest bedroom, then I'm also OK with pairing hot pink and aqua in my daughter's bedroom. If we have a little boy one day and he likes pink, then he can have a hot pink bedroom too. That's how we roll.

Here's the colour scheme inspiration:

Sources: Martha Stewart, Canadian House and Home via Poppytalk, Little Bit Magazine via Somewhere Splendid and Etsy PartyPoms.

And here's the furniture and accessories inspiration:

Sources: House to Home, Pier 1, Ikea, Jenny Lind via Apartment Therapy, Kids Curtain Company and The Company Store.

We've already got a mirrored chest of drawers (currently in our bedroom) the Ikea table and chairs (which she loves, and insists on carrying from room to room with her) and the gorgeous Destination fabric, which I have turned into four huge curtains (why did we buy a house with enormous bay windows? why? and good grief, don't even get me started on all the stairs). We probably won't buy an actual Jenny Lind bed, but I do like the idea of hot pink furniture. I'm also currently stalking wardrobes on eBay with a view to snaffling a French style armoire in need of renovation, and wallpapering the interior.

I also have ambitious plans to paint a huge mural on the raspberry pink wall (one wall will be raspberry, and the other three will be a light teal blue - yes, it will be a feature wall and I'm OK with that) consisting of various famous landmarks - Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Sagrada Familia, the Pyramids, Big Ben and so on (to co-ordinate with the curtains) and lots of animals (camels, snakes, lions, tigers, giraffes etc). Considering I don't have the energy to take a few simple after pictures of the spare room you may think I have bitten off more than I can chew with this one, but I reckon a few spoonfuls of Nutella (mmmmm, Nutella) and I'll be sugar-high and ready to go. I'll just have a little lie down first and rest my eyes. Mmmmm, day-time naps are the best.

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love the inspiration board! can't wait to see the room when it's done and yes, we do want to see your spare room! :)

May 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterserene

Love the colors and can't wait to see how you put it together. You should definitely show us your spare room!

Well, at the moment it's piled high with nappies, Spot the Dog books, soft toys and all the usual accoutrements required by its 20 month old inhabitant :-) so proper after pictures might be some time off yet!

May 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterSimply The Nest

yayy, love this and even though I have the same feelings as you about pink and the awful awful princess culture for girls (it's even worse over here in the US), I still like the occasional pink thing cause it is after all a pretty color (and I'd totally use it for a boy too!)

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdervla

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. As it goes, I have just fallen into a 'Simply The Nest' shaped hole in the blogosphere and I'm finding it rather fabulous! Your home is AMAZING - wow, to have that much space to play in (ie decorate) would be a dream come true for me. Ok, yeah, I'd probably bleed my bank account dry rather quickly but what a brilliant challenge. There's just nothing like old homes for character, I couldn't imagine going back to a boring new build...

I'm strangely moving towards a more colourful palette in this house as well which suprises me but I can't tell you how tired I am of beige interiors! Can't blame you from buying fabrics from the US, I did exactly the same thing. The availability of nice fabrics here is abysmal! When are UK manufacturers going to take notice?!! Yes, a constant source of frustration as you can see.

Well, I'm rambling and for that I apologise I just wanted to say what a pleasure it is to 'meet' you and that I'm excited to follow you along on your journey :) xxx

Dervla - I went to the toy level of a local department store recently that sold foam swords and plastic guns for boys, and Bratz dolls for girls. So boys apparently like fighting and girls like fashion and make-up. What a terrible message for our kids.

May 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterSimply The Nest

Hi Kimberly - thanks for visiting! Yeah, the house certainly has tons of potential - and the original features are awesome, even if it means when the lightbulb on the top landing goes we basically have to tiptoe around in the dark for months because the ceiling's just too high for a normal person to change it. I'm baffled by the lack of fabric choice in the UK - I spent hours googling "yellow and white fabric" but literally could not find a single option from a British seller. Bizarre. Next time I need to knock together some curtains I might have to tap you up for your supplier :-)

May 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterSimply The Nest

The difference between Peanut Butter and Nutella?

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