I wanted to take you on a little tour of Aidan’s room today, just a brief run through of the little changes we’ve made to his space. The first thing you notice is the safety gate, completely necessary now that Aidan’s moved to the toddler bed.
Every time his room evolves I give myself a little pat on the back for not having a baby-ish theme to the room. Choosing the bold bright colours has made the transition pretty seamless and all his brightly coloured toys look like they belong. Chosing white furniture meant I wouldn’t have to colour match wood and I could add to the room as we went along. Also the fabric for the blue panel curtains was pretty expensive, about $25p/m and I bought 4.5 but they tie the room together and without them I just don’t think it would work as well.
The chest of draws hold all his clothes as the wardrobe is quite damp (stupid rental house) and on top is his CD player, lamp, grobag egg and his nappies… yep, the change table is gone! Now we lay him on one of the rugs in his room. Since he goes to the toilet it’s not a messy experience, it’s only to pop on a fresh nappy or a pair of jocks. I wish I could hang the canvas but the 3M hooks wont hold the weight, shonky paint job. The toy bucket stand is brilliant, I got that from ToysRus. The floor cushions are from Best & Less and they migrated from the lounge room because Steve and I needed somewhere comfy to sit/lay when reading him stories. The aircon is pretty ugly but necessary.
Aidan’s bitty bed that I bought from Target. Underneath are the storage boxes from IKEA that have the vacuum sealed bags filled with tiny clothes and special blankets. Behind the bedhead is a plastic trunk filled with toys that Aidan was given as well as some extra throw blankets, I wanted to make sure he was clear of the blinds and curtains. At the end of the bed is a simple blue tub from BigW which has all his big cars/buses/trains in it.
Then of course there is his bookcase. That thing was so ugly, badly varnished pine with weird glass shelves and then a couple of years ago I revamped it and fell in love. It fits in so perfectly with Aidan’s room. His book collection is growing steadily, all the ones at the bottom he can read whenever he likes but the ones up the top are from my childhood or they’re pop up books which are a little more delicate. The basket is where Aidan keeps all his shoes and hats, when we go to play outside he runs and gets them.
The alphabet stickers were from Aldi, so bright and fun, best decals I’ve bought yet as I’ve moved them 20 times and they still stick like new without peeling paint. His quilt is a simple light green star one from BigW, sheets are from Target and there is also a cotton weave blanket underneath. He always goes to sleep with “Moonie” (the weird looking blue thing I made with velvet from an op shop top), the teddy his great grandma made him, “Snuggie” (a white mink blanket from Target) and you can just see his ear “Toby” the black Labrador toy that Steve got him for his first Christmas. Now, he also has “Hoot” and the little quilt I made from his old wraps and clothes is draped over the bed rail to stop him from bumping his head.
The gorgeous rug is from Aldi, I couldn’t believe it was the same colour as the curtains and it’s so soft and plush. I really love Aidan’s room, it’s so open and uncluttered. It’s not covered in designer labels and fancy things but it’s a true reflection of him. It’s not over the top, it’s functional, colourful and fun, what more could we want?
I hope you enjoyed the tour, what’s your favourite part of Aidan’s room?