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:
And here's the furniture and accessories inspiration:
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.