A Long Overdue Post!

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Hey everyone!

Sorry I have been quiet lately! I’m still here and should probably take the time to write a few new posts. One topic that a lot of people wanted me to write about is how I shed 10kg in a fairly short amount of time. This will probably cross over onto another post but I thought it may be nice to have a starting point. Firstly, I want to make it very clear that in no way whatsoever am I qualified in health, nutrition or fitness haha. I’m actually very much the opposite. I know very little about health but I didn’t need someone to tell me the lifestyle I was living a few months ago wasn’t the best for my body, my happiness or my self esteem. So this post is going to be quite raw and honest- me opening up about the lows and highs of the past few months and how the change has made me a much happier person.

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Pre baby I had a slim build and sat around the 63-65kilo mark. I’m 176cm tall so that evens out kinda well, I think? Meh, I don’t know but I was never unhappy with the way I looked. I put on over 20kg when I was pregnant with Chet in 2014. I carried and birthed a beautiful 9lb8 baby boy which I’m beyond proud of. The weight did drop off quite a bit when I was breast feeding but as soon as Chet stopped breast feeding, the weight literally started piling back on. I probably wasn’t eating as healthy as I should have been either, because I struggled finding motivation to cook healthy meals for myself, when Shaun worked fifo (fly in fly out.)

Fast forward to the beginning of 2017 and I really wasn’t feeling good about myself. I hadn’t worn swimwear in 2 years, I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes, I dreaded getting undressed and having to look in the mirror before stepping in the shower and I wore jeans through the entire summer season in Perth. Holy hell, it was hot. I was around 73kilos then…

In April, my world was turned upside down when my husband and I separated. It was and still is, a very emotional time for me. I’m not going to go into detail about the split because he deserves his own privacy, but what I will share are my feelings. I felt so low, I didn’t want to leave the house because I felt even worse about my appearance. The only time I really ever left home, is to take Chet to the playground or to catch up with my closest friends and their children… people who would never judge me. I continued for another 2 and a half months of shitty eating and more weight gain before I forced myself to take a picture of the truth. A picture that depicted how truly unhappy I was. It actually makes me emotional remembering those awful feelings… but anyway, that’s exactly why I needed to kick my butt into gear and I’m so thankful I did before it got worse.

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In the first image above (in July) I weighed about 75ish kilos and now just over 13 weeks later I’m 11kilos lighter. I’m feeling sooo, SO happy with my progress and I’m also super proud that I actually STUCK with the small, healthier changes I put in place. I know I was never super overweight and I am a huge believer of worshiping all body types, large or small. As long as you’re happy and love the skin you’re in, then it really doesn’t matter how toned or squishy you are. For me it’s not even the digits lost, it’s the complete 360 in mentality that has made me feel at peace again! I’ll share what I did below but as I mentioned above, I am not an expert (in any way, shape or form) when it comes to health and fitness.

I started food shopping online for Chet and I. I found this great because I wasn’t tempted by the chocolate sales. The only treat I now buy are small Kinder bars and the rest of my shop is mainly packed full of fruit, veges, rice, lean meat and nuts etc…. I swapped my usual peanut butter toast for a smoothie in the morning and I also give Chet some with his breakfast. The smoothies consist of:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 pear
  • 3 strawberries
  • blueberries
  • a handful of kale or baby spinach
  • half an avocado
  • passionfruit pulp
  • 100grams of yoghurt
  • and black chia seeds.

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I carry a small container of trail mix in my car so if I get hungry in between jobs I’m not tempted to get something naughty. If I have more than one coffee a day, only one can have sugar in it (lol) and I usually ask for a skinny latte now. Other than that, I just cut down my portion sizes because I’d often just eat whatever was on my plate even if I was full.

I started doing 30mins of exercise a day. I haven’t re-joined a gym but I’ve been doing some light workouts at home and running laps across the road at the park. I will start muscle building soon, however, to date I have only been following a ‘no equipment workout video.’ I found a free one on YouTube that just worked for me. As a beginner I didn’t want one that was too intense but now that I’m familiar with the below sessions, I swap the workouts around and focus on the areas I want to tone more. After I finish the 20min workout, I run 20 laps of 100meters back and forth, then do another round of crunches. My belly button will never be super toned because my scar tissue (of having a piercing) stretched so much when I was pregnant… I actually remember my mum warning me of that when I was 13 and thinking she was a liar haha!!!

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I actually asked Insta for recommendations on their fave workouts and the majority said either Shaun T25, Kayla Itsines or Sam Wood. So if the above videos don’t suit you, maybe give those a go too ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides committing to a healthier lifestyle there’s obviously a factor of stress involved too- I’d be naive to think otherwise. The separation and pressures of adjusting to my new ‘single mum title’ has been tough but in saying that, I’m definitely taking care of myself now, more than ever. With Chet by my side and an amazing network of friends and family, I can accomplish anything.

If you’ve been wanting to make a healthier change in your life, I urge you to do it. It helped my mentality and confidence ten fold! The future seems brighter and I feel refreshed and ready to take on life’s challenges. My intention for this post is not to gain praise, compliments or sympathy, it’s purely to acknowledge my own efforts and hopefully get someone else feeling positive about their body image.

If I haven’t covered something properly, if you have any questions OR if you have any suggestions on things I could improve on please feel free to leave a comment below.

Much love,

T x

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20 of the Prettiest Floral Prints

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Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you had a lovely week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am!

With spring fast approaching, I want to show you a collection of beautiful floral prints that I recently put together. I find artwork is one of the easiest ways to change the look of a room, and with so many on the market you can find some great, affordable designs. I have tried to showcase a wide range of colours, styles and stores in hope that something will catch your eye. A special mention to Jenni for taking my original list from 15 prints to 20 lol!!

In my selections (as always) I have chosen budget friendly options as well as limited edition pieces, that are more expensive. I know that it’s not always realistic to buy new art/homewares every season but flowers are a versatile subject matter that are certainly not limited to spring styling. To make everything that tiny bit easier, I will also list a bunch of my favourite ready made poster frames, as well as a few framing professionals further down. Enjoy!

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  1. ‘Springtime’ print | Shop here
  2. ‘The Catherine’ print | Shop here
  3. ย ‘Rosewater’ print | Shop here
  4. ‘I Saw You Standing There’ | Shop here
  5. ย ‘Driving In The Hills’ print | Shop here
  6. ย ‘Tetra Gum’ limited ed | Shop here
  7. ย ‘Petal Play Take 2 #67’ print | Shop here
  8. ‘King Protea’ print | Shop here
  9. ‘Abstract Flowering Gum’ | Shop here
  10. ‘Orchid Bliss II’ print | Shop here
  11. ‘See Through Me’ fine art print | Shop here
  12. ‘La Orchidea’ limited ed | Shop here
  13. ‘Paeonia’ print | Shop here
  14. ‘Stella’ fine art print | Shop here
  15. ย ‘Ethereal’ print | Shop here
  16. ย ‘Flowering Gum’ limited ed | Shop here
  17. ย ‘Hydrangrian by Joelle’ print | Shop here
  18. ย ‘Marley’ fine art print | Shop here

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I love them all and can’t actually decide on my favourite… but what if you’re not a floral type of girl? … or maybe you cannot talk your partner/hubby into yet another flower print- I have you covered with some gorgeous shrub designs! Below are my favourite three prints that will bring life to your home without being too floral or feminine.

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  1. ‘Silver Leaf’ print | Shop here
  2. ‘Shades’ print | Shop here
  3. ‘Shrub’ print | Shop here

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Lastly, I get asked a lot where I buy my poster frames from so I will list a few places for you to check out. For the expensive pieces of art that I own, I get them framed at Arts Edge in Joondalup. If you’re in central Perth Gallery 360 in Subiaco are great too. If you’re based in the eastern states, Kara at Forman Picture Framing is your go to lady. If you want a ready made frame, the following stores are where I look first.

‘Frame Depot’ poster frames at Spotlight are probably my fave, especially the timber one in 50x70cm. I don’t know if it has proper glass but it’s not the plastic stuff that distorts the look of your prints. It’s thick like glass but not as heavy (so clueless sorry.) Shop here.

Officeworks have great frames in a tonne of different colours, sizes and frame thicknesses. I know some of the frames they stock are glass (I’ve smashed my fair share of them) but it’s probably best to choose one in person because I can’t remember the brand I bought sorry. Shop here.

Norsu Interiors have a gorgeous range of poster frames and the larger sizes have a string already attached. Gosh a string makes things so much easier to hang!!! Shop here.

Ummm, who else…Country road have some elegant/ streamline frames that I obsess over and they also have a video on ‘How to hang a Frame Wall’ if you’re stuck on gallery wall positioning.ย  Shop here.

Then of course you have kmart, target, freedom furniture and general discount stores that also stock affordable frames to hang your new artwork in.

Well I hope for anyone still reading, this post has been both eye candy and informative at the same time. I can’t wait to see more floral prints popping up in my feed soon with Spring quickly heading our way. If you have any questions please fire away and I’ll respond as soon as I can ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fab weekend.

Much Love,

T xx

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Two main images styled by the lovely Jenni Farr, Photographed by me.

Repainted FROSTA Stools

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Happy Thursday everyone!

Today we were supposed to go and catch up with some awesome Perth girls but Chet woke up with a sore ear so we stayed home and got our craft on instead. We repainted the FROSTA stools from Ikea for Chet’s little desk area and they look soooo cute! They instantly brighten up this corner and tie everything together.

I didn’t take any progress shots (sorry) because I wasn’t expecting them to turn out nicely BUT they look so much cooler than I thought they would. Thinking back now I probably should have primed them but they still turned out beautifully… and I’m not a DIY guru so I can’t tell the difference. I literally just wiped them down and painted straight over the top and they look (and feel) fine.

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Here is a list of what we used, including the paint colours:

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Paint Sample Pots || Dark Teal || Light Sage

Sample Pot Roller || Click Here

38mm Angled Paint Brush || Shop Here

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Here’s how we painted them:

I stood the legs on four mugs so it was easier to paint the bottom of the legs. I used the paint brush to do one leg at a time. I roughly covered it in paint and then put another layer on with the mini roller (to get a smoother finish.) The angled brush helps you paint the underneath side of the legs much better.

I did all four legs, then flipped it over and painted the underneath. I didn’t roll this part.

I then stood the stool back on the mugs while I painted the top and rim with the brush, then the roller (like I did with the legs.)

I waited an hour for them to dry and then repeated the process once more.

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There you go, super easy and as I said above, I’m not a DIY genius so I didn’t bother priming them. If you want them to last longer it’s probably a good idea to prime them before painting.

Anyway, while I was painting those two stools, Chet was decorating a miniature one I bought him. I actually love it. He’s done such a great job for an ‘almost’ three year old.

What do you think? Do you love the blue tones? More importantly has Chet done a better job than me? Haha I agree! His has personality and sentimental value.

Much Love,

T xx

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Chatting to Kate Fisher Art

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Hello and Happy Tuesday!

I cannot believe it is July already! It has been a few weeks since I last posted on here but the break has been exactly what I needed. I have been working hard behind the scenes on some exciting interior projects and I also had a lovely chat to one of my favourite budding artists Kate Fisher.

I wanted to feature Kate on my blog for a few reasons. One, because so many people ask about the paintings in my bedroom. Two, we have a great discount to offer my readers. Three, because I have the utmost respect for artists like her who have taken a leap and created a business doing something they’re truly passionate about. I was an art student at high school and University (Photo Media) so I know that pursuing a career in the creative industries can be challenging but fulfilling at the same time.

The two paintings in my bedroom get a lot of love on Instagram and although I have the originals (lucky me,) Kate had them professionally photographed and made into prints . The two pieces hung in my master bedroom are called Sage for Days I and II.ย  I have also seen the Nordic Sky- Storm I and II in person because they’re going into a client’s home very soon. The quality is stunning and you can view all Kate’s fine art prints here and original artworks here.

Below are some questions I asked Kate in our chat the other day and further down is a generous discount code that my readers can use in her online store for the month of July.

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So tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, I am a wife and a mum to two adorable (but cheeky) little boys who I couldnโ€™t live without. Iโ€™m also an indoor plant fanatic and a recovering chocoholic who adores creating things. When I was nineteen I started a kids party and event company which I ran until I sold the business at the beginning of this year. My passion for painting was reignited and as a result Kate Fisher Art was born.

 

How long have you been painting for?

I loved to draw as a child and then painted a lot when I was in high school. I had one of my portraits in an art show when I graduated but after that I didnโ€™t paint for a long time because of business demands at the time. About 18 months ago, I realised I needed to inject some creative energy back into my life – so I started painting again.

 

What do you love most about it?

EVERYTHING! The process itself is super fun, but challenging at the same time! Most of all, I love that art has so much power to change the mood and energy of a room and it’s occupants. I know I’ve done my job when customers feel like their new artwork has created a happier, more relaxed environment at home.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face on a day to day basis?

Iโ€™m sure a lot of people can relate but balancing work, motherhood and family life can be tricky, especially when working from a home studio. So much time is invested into the โ€˜businessโ€™ side of things that it can become hard to just say โ€œRight enough! Itโ€™s time to paint and everything else can wait.”

 

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to give painting a go?

Just kick yourself in the butt and do it! If you don’t know where to start, you can find some great painting tutorials on YouTube – or sign up for a night class somewhere local.

 

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Iโ€™m usually always drawn to colour first. Colour catches my eye everywhere- sometimes it is a patterned fabric and other times, an interior palette in a magazine. I also love nature and would one day love to build a house with a studio that is surrounded by beautiful green tropical trees and plants.

 

Lastly, Has social media been a positive influence on your business?

Yes. I adore Instagram! The people are so friendly and the constant support/ encouragement always amazes me. It’s a great community filled with like-minded people and it has been really beneficial to my business! Styling my artwork can be time consuming but I get a lot of great feedback from my customers saying it helps them better visualise the colours and get an idea of the different sizes available online.

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Isn’t she fab? For the whole month of July my readers can get 20% off their order when entering the code word OHEIGHTOHNINE20 at the checkout. Kate also offers a $25.00 voucher, sent straight to your inbox when signing up to her email list. The two offers cannot be used in conjunction with each other but you can weigh up whichever saves you more money!!

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Have a lovely week everyone.

Much Love,

T xx

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Sage for Days I and II are products of a mutual collaboration between Oh Eight Oh Nine and Kate Fisher Art.

My Favourite 10 Cots

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Happy Monday everyone.

A couple of months ago I posted about my favourite Children’s beds and I had a lot of great feedback from it. Quite a few people requested a similar post listing my favourite cots, so over the past few weeks I have compiled a collection of cot/bassinet designs that are available on the Australian market. They are listed belowย with easy shopping links for all the mumma’s needing a new cot or wanting to update their baby’s old one.

I have also tried to find beautiful images to represent each design so please have a squizz at the photo sources at the end of this blog post. I hope you love them as much as I do.

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The stunning Kalon Studios ‘Caravan Crib’ is one of my favourite cots! It has a simple yet classic design which oozes style and is suitable for either gender!… Oh and the best part is that you can take the front rail off (or all four rails) and convert it into an adorable toddler bed.

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The Oeuf NYC ‘Sparrow Cot’ comes in a few different colours including white, grey and birch. I love using Oeuf NYC products because the quality is great and you can pair it back with other furniture in the sparrow range.

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The Leander cot has been in the spotlight for a few years now, however, it is clear to see why! The shape and overall design gives such a sleek Scandinavian feel. It can be easily converted into a toddler bed and an additional extension kit/mattress can be purchased so that the toddler bed becomes a Junior size bed. With 5 different configurations available, it is an investment piece you will have for many years.

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Oh Gosh, I just had to include this gorgeous bassinet from Byron Bay Hanging Chairs. It would be a crime not to, right? The shape, material, size, everything…. even the wheels are so beautiful. The convenience of having wheels on a bassinet is so handy when bub is a newborn, especially if you feed in another room. Eg I fed Chet in our Theatre room, burped, then put him to sleep and wheeled him back into our room.

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The Oeuf ‘Rhea Cot’ is one of my favourite cots because it incorporates both wood and white tones in one design. It works perfectly back with other Oeuf products and has a classic/ timeless shape. It can also convert into a toddler bed if you purchase the additional conversion kit.

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If you love the above cot, but want something a little more feminine looking the Baby Letto ‘Lolly Cot’ will be right up your ally. It features the wood/white contrast but with a more delicate leg design. There are also black/ timber and grey/ timber colour options available- all at a great price!!!

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While we are on the topic of girly cots, the ‘Blythe Crib’ from Pottery Barn Kids is the epitome of feminine. The detailing in the wood, the upholstery, buttons and tufts, even the colour ‘Vintage Grey’ is stunning.

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The ‘Ava Cot’ from Plyroom has so many incredible details. The entire unit is made from sustainably forested European Birch ply which means there are no MDF components or metal fixings. Not only can it be converted into a toddler bed, it can also transform into a children’s desk! Genius!!

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The ‘Sniglar Cot’ from IKEA is the most affordable and versatile design I have featured in this post. At only $119AUD you really cannot go wrong with this simple solid beech cot. You will get plenty of inspo if you type it into Pinterest, including projects where people have painted the rails to suit their nursery palette.

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The ‘Sleepi Bed’ by Stokke is another popular design among expecting mums. The shape gives an unconventional look and the canopy is oh-so-cute. As I mentioned above, I found wheels super handy when Chet was a baby…ย  My best friend actually has this bassinet/ cot and I know she loves the convenience of the wheels too.

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My second bassinet feature goes to the gorgeous ‘Macrame Bassinet’ from Olli Ella. If you’re a fan of vintage/ boho style, you need to check this one out. It is a beautiful design that could easily be incorporated into either a boy, girl or gender neutral nursery.

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The ‘Georgia Cot’ from Incy Interiors has an adorable rounded edge with beautiful spindle rails and a detailed surround. Incy also have a large range of gorgeous cots including the rose gold metal cot which has been hugely popular over the past couple of years.

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Last, but definitely not least is this gorgeous wicker bassinet from Pottery Barn Kids. If you want to replicate a vintage inspired nursery this style is perfect and it also comes in a darker Taupe colour. The mattress comes included in the price and the basket also comes off the base so you can use it as a sleep basket in another room.

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Well I hope this list has helped someone discover a new brand or design they may like to purchase for their little love. With so many cots on the Australian market I really did have a hard time narrowing these down. I could have easily listed 20 or more, but I would be writing this blog post for another week haha. One last note before signing off for the day… Make sure to read up and do some research on whichever design you want to buy before making the purchase. A copy of the Australian safety guidelines can be found here.

Have a lovely afternoon and a productive week ahead.

Much Love,

T x

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  3. Stylist- Jessica Hanson, Photography- Sam McAdam-Cooper
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  10. ย Stylists- Bree Leech and Heather Nette King. Photography- Lisa Cohen
  11. Miss Kyree Loves
  12. Justy Olive

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Thomas’s Toddler Bedroom

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Happy weekend everyone,

I’m excited to finally give you a room tour of Thomas’s toddler bedroom today. I designed, installed and styled this fun-filled space for Thomas late last year and I have been itching to show you some more images. I have waited a little while to pop this room up on the blog because it is featured in the printed annual edition of Minty Magazine . Now you can see it either right here, or in print on the Minty Magazine website.

Jemma and Ben contacted me in August last year to design a beautiful Toddler Bedroom for Thomas, to celebrate becoming a big brother. They also wanted to make it an opportunity to transition him into the newly renovated two story home and a ‘big boy bed.’ In addition we also recently completed Christian’s Nursery (who is Thomas’s baby brother) that you can find on my blog here.

Yes I know you’re all probably thinking, “the wallpaper is the same as Chet’s,” but I actually specified and installed it in Thomas’s room first. I loved it so much in here that I ordered some for Chet’s room a few months later. Thankfully Jemma didn’t mind and we still remain buddies haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

Below are the before images of what the room looked like when Jemma contacted me.

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We wanted to keep both of the boy’s rooms consistent so we used Oeuf NYC Furniture from Urban Baby Shop. I specified the Oeuf Perch Toddler Bed because Thomas was still in a Cot and it is ‘Cot Size’ not ‘Single Size’ to ensure the smoothest transition possible. Another pro was that the front rail adds extra security without compromising the look of the overall design. The room has a huge built in wardrobe so a dresser wasn’t necessary. Instead, I chose the Oeuf Mini Library because in our initial meeting Jemma said, “Thomas has lots of books and toys,”- Perfecto!

As an alternative to using a traditional rectangle rug, I chose a gorgeous, plush Triple Icelandic Sheepskin from Hides Of Excellence. It fits the space perfectly and ties back with the texture of the Baby Alpaca Artwork. It also creates a cosy area on the floor where Thomas can play and read whenever he wants.

*Please note* when decorating nurseries you need to read through the SIDS guidelines first and be mindful of putting wool/ natural fibers in a baby’s room. Thomas is 2 years old so this rug is a beautiful (and safe) addition to his new room.

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I adore how the colours work so well with each other in this room. The floor cushion works back beautifully with the bedding and the leather cushion is the perfect compliment to the alpaca artwork. If you don’t want to follow a generic theme (like in Thomas and Chet’s room) try and choose a consistent colour palette so the room has unity. Sticking to fairly neutral palette with pops of colour will ensure that the room looks fun and inviting but also has a tonne of versatility for years to come.

Well I hope you like Thomas’s Toddler Bedroom as much as we do and sorry it took a while to upload to the blog! I was so excited about seeing it in print that I forgot to post sooner. Stay tuned for another three gorgeous boy’s bedrooms coming soon, alongside three girl’s bedrooms eek!!

If you would like me to create a dream space for your little love, please feel free to contact me via email here.ย  If you would like to view the suppliers please keep scrolling to the end of this post.

Have a relaxing weekend.

Much Love

T xx

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Perch Toddler Bed || Shop Here

Mini Library || Shop Here

Triple Icelandic Sheepskin || Shop Here

Tile Progress Wallpaper || Shop Here

Rafa XL Shelf || Shop Here

Side Table || Shop Here

Navy Floor Cushion || Shop Here

Wooden Carry Baskets || Shop Here

Plush Bear Head || Shop Here

Loft Armchair || Shop Here

Storage Bag || Shop Here

Scandi Floor Lamp || Shop Here

Baby Alpaca Print || Shop Here

Konges Slรธjd Junior Bedding ||ย  Shop Here

Apple Cushion || Shop Here

Round Leather Cushion || Shop Here

Maya Cushion || Shop Here

Pull Along Fox || Shop Here

Wooden Camera || Shop Here

Oyoy Rabbit Cushion || Shop Here

Magnetic Wooden Animals || Shop Here

Train Lamp || Shop Here

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