Time for a Change – Luka’s New Room

11 Feb

It’s come to that time in our little man’s life where he has had to migrate from a cot to a bed. I have been putting it off for a while as I really struggled with the idea that he is THAT grown up. To me, a bedroom with a cot in it means that there is a baby living in the house, no cot means no more baby. Very sad indeed! I shed a tear or two whilst disassembling the ol’ IKEA cot but knew it had to be done as it was certainly getting a little cramped in there for our growing boy.

To make it a fun and exciting change I have been playing around in his room a little, to help ME through the transition, of course:) For Luka it has been a complete non-event, he is very happy in his standard issue Arabian Homes bed and has not given us a moment of trouble… so far.

As is always the case in our expat world, we spend as little money as possible on our house even though making it feel like home remains important to us. I try to use what we have on hand or create things myself to make our space feel cosy. I would love to paint this room a gorgeous duck egg blue as I know that it would really pull everything together but repainting it all before we leave one day does not appeal to me at all. So for now it stays magnolia…BORING.

Here is Luka’s little room, thus far:

The furniture is all the standard stuff that comes with the house and we have not bought anything of our own as it would simply be left behind when we leave one day. We used the coffee table from the lounge for the train set and for storage of puzzles and games. It has worked really well and is used everyday. We weren’t using it in the lounge anyway as we need the space in the middle of the lounge for ….dancing, rugby and building cities with all the toy cars (as one does).

I love how the little corner on the left has turned out with all the home-made art. It feels nice and cosy, I think.

We made all the art “on the cheap”, of course. The glittery butterfly is a birthday card from Luka’s friend, Hansi. She made it for my birthday a few weeks ago and I thought it was way to beautiful to put into the card box so I just used some pretty blue paper as a backing and stuck it into a frame. I covered 2 kids shoebox lids with art Luka had made and a piece of cute red and white fabric to resemble an artist’s canvas. The clock was a Christmas gift from a family member. The boy goes nuts for anything from Toy Story! There are two small photo’s of Luka, one with Mom and one with Dad and the rest are pictures off boxes or magazines. All the art cost only the price of the al cheapo frames that they are in.

There is one bare wall that still needs attention though. It’s the one next to the bed and it’s just screaming out for a mural!

If I can’t paint the whole room I shall paint one wall, at least. Something quite simple and easy to paint over before we leave. An update will follow when the wall is completed. It may take a while though as I have a few decor projects to complete in other people’s houses before I can get going on ours again. Luka will have to lie back and enjoy the awesomeness of the plain magnolia wall next to his bed for a few weeks, I’m afraid.


6 Responses to “Time for a Change – Luka’s New Room”

  1. Rahiema February 12, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Luv it!! Brilliant job Mum. You an inspiration, must do something with the boys’ rooms too…. xx

    • dustbusting February 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

      The things that fill up our days here in the Land of Sand! And to think that there was a time that I actually had a real job with serious responsibilities! Don’t miss it ONE. LITTLE. BIT.
      It’s far more fun to stay home and play with my little person and all the little things that keep us busy.
      Thanks Rahiema

  2. Sue February 12, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Hopefully, Hariz will have his own room soon. As for now, we all have to squeeze into a small room at my parent’s place. You see..Since we came back home(Singapore), we have sold our old place situated in the West and now planning to buy somewhere in the Eastern part where Hariz & Haziq schs are. Lucky Luka for having such a charming room!!

    • dustbusting February 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      It can’t be easy Sue. You must be longing for your own space. On the other hand, having your parents to lean on and help out with the boys must be great too. I hope you find somewhere to call home, soon. I know you will appreciate it when you can all finally settle.

  3. OPA & OMA February 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    very lovely indeed ,well done pips .lucky luka

    • dustbusting February 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

      Thank you Oma and Opa. We would have loved to have Opa here to make a little side for the bed so that Luka doesn’t fall out. In the mean time we will use the huge, beige contraption that we found at Toys r Us.

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