Friday, 19 October 2012

Loft Space

The loft room in our house pretty much sold it to me, it reminded me of a tree house, a secret space and I loved it. It would be my study. However you cannot predict the future and here I am years later with a partner, a child of our own and his two children of 8 & 12 years old. It's now a room that creates a bit of a problem but one that could be rectified. It has rather steep stairs to climb - space saving stairs I believe and I have painted them white as before they were a honey pine colour and rather dismal. But that is not the issue.
Loft Collage 1
The main pain with this room is that it has two purposes which are currently not very harmonious. It is a bedroom when the boys stay each week and during holidays BUT it is also our dumping ground, as you do with your loft. I mean where else can all the Christmas decorations go, the suitcases, the baby paraphernalia that you're hanging onto IF you are lucky enough to have another child......It also has a ton of books up here and the boy's games, items in transition waiting to be car booted etc. Just stuff! Family stuff or personal stuff that you might need at some point not things being hoarded as such. I regularly clear out anything we really don't need but the whole area is becoming disorganised and chaotic.
Loft Collage 3
I have tried to create some storage under the eaves by suspending a curtain across on wire but that was a temporary solution and it's looking all rather shabby now. It's a shame for the boys as it is their bedroom and their space for playing, relaxing, reading and feeling welcome, unfortunately, the space still feels very much like a typical loft/attic. I have always had it in mind that we would get properly built in cupboards that would house all the aforementioned articles that have importance within family life and would also make the room pleasant for the children. If we had cupboards and shelves that items could sit nicely on it would make organisation so much better and stop the constant spillage of items and discourage clutter! However, such bespoke items come at a price.
Loft Collage 2
The room has an amazing view across our town, you can see beyond the River and up across the nearby farms. It's lovely to see the season's change from here, see gardens buzzing with life in summer and in November you can see town's firework display. Peering out from the loft window is also great to see the stars and we have seen the International Space Station, meteor showers and satellites whizzing across the night sky many a time. Sadly, the window is a little high for the boys to currently safely reach and I worry about standing on things to reach up to look. 

Loft View from the window
My idea is to change the room by having white cupboards and shelves underneath the eaves so items have a place and make the room feel more peaceful, spacious and less cluttered for the boys. I'd very much like to have the eaves on one side of the room as a reading nook with comfy cushions and throws for quiet time and lounging around. The boys need an area to do homework and with one now in Secondary School he will of course be having exams and need a quiet area for revision so perhaps a small desk area built in. Perhaps a built in bed would be lovely too, a bit like a den. There is something about lofts that are magical, hidden away from the rest of the house and I'd like the design to reflect this and be an exciting place to be.

As the room is primarily for the boys I'd have a grey/blue tone to the room and an outer space feel with reference to the room being a great place to view the stars and moon from. I vision some sort of safe way to look out of the window rather than standing precariously on a stool! Perhaps a couple of steps with a rail either side. I have found some gorgeous star related, spacey accessories and would paint the stairs up the loft with numbers and stars.

Space in the Loft Moodboard
Credits{Storage: Eaves shelving, Eaves Shelving 2, Space Junk, If you need me I'll be in space,  Nook: Kids Reading Nook 1Reading Nook2, Bunk Bed Nook -unknown, Alcove Nook, Dream: Stars song, star cushions EtsyMidnight Blue Star Egg NightlightVintage Rocket Science Chart - Etsy, Star Bedroom - H&M, Rockets & Stars Garland, Climb: Painted stairs - unknown, Vintage Star Gazing Boy}

I love vintage so finding old posters would be great and team up with star cushions, handmade items, throws and trinkets. 

I have a Pinterest board of all my ideas around the room and inspiration for making this area a place that the boy's can feel is their own when they stay but also we can access those items that we need from time to time. 

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Summer Catchup

Oh dear it has been a while - all Summer in fact! I am going to try and start blogging again since it is quite therapeutic for me, particularly taking the photographs. It is now my favourite season, cue many autumn photos but I really need to log my summer here is another batch from our lovely holiday in Dorset. Also, I know how these details can be useful if you're planning future holidays then I totally recommend Dorset!

Corfe Castle
The Gallery at 41 - Corfe Frosted window
Corfe Model Village Potager Corfe Model Village Garden Hopscotch in the garden Wood Dragonfly specimen
Castle Painting in Summerhouse Corfe Model Village mosaic
This was Corfe Castle and the model village. It's a lovely place despite us all getting soaked and hiding in their summer house for an eternity whilst it absolutely threw it down, it was still worthwhile. Beautiful gardens with fun activities for kids and a pleasant tea room. This area is of course Enid Blyton territory and her Ginger Pop shop is here - it's rather tiny (there's a larger shop in Poole) but full of retro treasures. I bought some badges and card illustrations of Eileen Soper who worked with Blyton. There were some lovely pretty houses here and the sight of an honesty box and a plant stall made me whoop. I bought some lovely red veined sorrel to add to salads - a perennial so a great holiday momento.
Spinning fun The Horse with the Red Umbrella Dinosaur Museum Dorchester
On another day we stopped at Dorchester and had a little look around. I would have loved to go into the Dinosaur Museum but Little Bird was not into going inside anywhere this holiday - groan. Maybe next time! I had heard about an area called Poundbury that had some involvement with Prince Charles and I was intrigued to take a look. It's basically a housing development with it's own farm, garden centre, restaurants etc... all very pretty. Dorset Cereals are based here. It was fun to nosy at the houses whilst Little Bird played in a small playground and I had a great mooch around the garden centre. 
Punch & Judy Pedalo Nina Camplin Art Swanage
Building Art Swanage Building Art Nina Camplin Steam engine from Swanage to Corfe Swanage Railway Station
Boat Shed Looking out to Old Harry's Rocks
Swanage was a total gem. We hadn't planned on going but I saw the sign and shouted 'Quick! Go there now...'  and was so glad we did - it was absolutely beautiful. Loads of little shops, an amazing train station where you could catch a steam engine to Corfe, great views and seaside charm. I am totally in love with Swanage. You can see the Old Harry Rocks out at sea in the last picture. Such fun for a geography swot like me.  
Cerne Abbas
Chortle, chortle at Cerne Abbas. Pretty amazing history which I won't detail here but the link does. There is another chalk hill figure in the area, the Osmington White Horse  which we could see from the road up from our caravan site. Blows my mind that these were created so long ago and yet there they still are today for us to see.

Next stop Weymouth ......

Friday, 20 July 2012

Postcards from Dorset - Part 1

Lyme Regis Beach Huts Lyme Regis Bay Watersports Sea Kayaks Lyme Regis Bay Boats Pretty Turquoise Boat The Cobb at Lyme Regis River Lim Sea Outlet Lyme Dream Pretty Door Decoration Grand Turquoise Villa Banksy at Lyme Regis Pretty Colourful House Yellow House 
Exploring Dorset:
Lyme Regis > Bridport> Chesil Beach> Portland
Beautiful pastel houses with picture perfect gardens
Excitement for the Olympic sailing
Huge street markets and scoring a printers tray for £14
Ginger Beer and cream teas in the caravan
Tantrums when we had to leave the shoreline
Pretty boat spotting
From rugged to sheltered coastline
Stopping off for butties in the car and great views
Cake and ice cream
Photobucket Electric Palace Bridport Bridport Street Bella's Bridport
Portland Bill Lighthouse Portland Bill Photobucket