Finally, a room tour post!

It’s been such an emotional coaster ride setting up our new home: the excitement, the stress, the exhaustion, the adrenalin and – ultimately – the fun! To me, setting up a new place is all about turning an empty box into an actual home, and transforming an empty space into an actual room. Even though these two months have been crazy, I feel this is exactly what we’ve managed to do with our new home, and Rick agrees with me!

I wanted to kick off the room tours with Jamie’s room because, well, he’s a special little guy and his room is one of my favourites. You might remember, this is what his old nursery looked like (well, bits of it anyway). I wanted his new room to be a ‘big boy’ room: fun and colourful with a slight eclectic feel and with pieces of decor that could be used in other rooms of the house down the track. I also wanted to use furniture that we already had.

First up, we kept the Hensvik change table/cabinet by Ikea (shown above). This has proven to be a good little change table for us, and I can picture us keeping it for some years to come. Even though its colour is white, it does give off a somewhat girly vibe because of the curved, um, bits at the top. So I tried to make it more boyish by using an old Vittoria Coffee tin for storing the plastic nappy bags and by snapping up a deep red planter pot from Bunnings to replace the very pastel-coloured bin we were using before.

My initial idea was to stick old pages from vintage books onto the back panel to fill up the empty white space. However, for the sake of time, energy and my sanity, I decided to keep the number of DIY projects to a minimum (when you have three boys under three, opting for efficiency and sanity is a no-brainer). Instead, I picked up the ‘Bonjour’ sign from Bed, Bath & Table on a whim one day and, in my opinion, it completes the space perfectly.

The delightful bunting is from Paint Robot and was originally purchased for the other boys’ room but it works beautifully here to add interest and colour to an otherwise bare wall.

This is the view from the entrance into the room. Even though the window isn’t that big, the room still gets a good amount of light.

This room started out with just the Boori chest of drawers (on the left), the Ikea Tullsta armchair and the dark brown cot. Add to that the slight latte colour of the walls and the dark brown carpet, you can imagine how desperate I was to add some colour in order to inject some life and vibrancy to the room.

The replica Phillipe Starck Aha Prince Stools were the first things I tracked down. I really wanted them in yellow and was close to giving up when I discovered that Life Interiors did yellow ones! I ordered a pair because I didn’t think that a single one would sufficiently fill the space, plus I was confident there were at least three or four other places around the home where I could use one. That’s one of my key tips in home decorating – if you’re ever unsure about anything you’re purchasing online, always have one or two other backup uses for it!

The vintage red Planet lamp was from my old studio (purchased from Explore the Kerb when we moved into our last place), and the crochet blanket was from eBay. I have to say, you will be seeing at least a couple of other crochet pieces in the other room tours. It’s an easy and classic way of adding colour to an armchair, couch, bed or even – the floor!

Speaking of floors, I’m still patting myself on the back for finding this awesome rug from Crate & Barrel! (Yes, my fellow Aussie friends, Crate & Barrel ships to Australia and might I add that the shipping charge for this rug was only like $30.) The unconventional stripy design was exactly what I was looking for, and the colour palette was irresistible. Word of warning though – this rug is more purplish than it appears online and also the rug feels a bit rough, like hemp. I was slightly disappointed by this at first but Rick convinced me that it simply made the rug more suitable for a boy’s room. Men and their logic.

Of course, no kiddo room would be complete without some beloved soft toys! Clockwise from top left: Nino the horse (he actually neighs, which for now freaks out Pete and Jamie so sadly Nino doesn’t get ‘ridden’ a lot); Monkey, Rick’s oldest friend (he’s had it since he was 0-1!); Jamie’s teddy; and Woof Goes the dog and Flappy Ears the dog, both given to Angus when he was born and both named by Rick. The red cross cushion is from A Cushy Number, and the union jack cushion is from Table Tonic. The alphabetical artwork on the chest of drawers is the ubiquitous OLUNDA picture from Ikea, which comes already framed.

And last but not least, the ‘Keep calm, go to sleep’ canvas art was one that I designed myself and printed through Cheap Canvas Prints. Originally the words were going to be ‘Home, sweet home’ but Rick was absolutely adamant that we didn’t use that phrase (I still don’t understand why). So I thought I’d jump on the ‘Keep calm’ bandwagon and give our little man an essential piece of advice: to go to sleep (and most of the time, he does do this very well, bless his cotton socks).

Well, that wraps up our first room tour. Hope you enjoyed it – more to come!

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Sarah February 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I LOVE the piccies! Thanks for letting us have a sneak peek at Jamie’s room.

I have a question: how do you keep everything looking so neat and tidy, free of clutter? We’ve just moved into the infamous college housing (a tight squeeze to say the least!), and my tolerance for the clutter/crowdedness is getting lower by the minute.

Sarah

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Pink Ronnie February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hi Sarah,
Oh, I can empathise! I’ve been there – were you on Little Queen Street? In terms of being clutter-free, I’m a bit of a neat freak. The key is to have a place for everything (which is hard when you’re in a small space, but still doable) and to be disciplined enough to always put things back or to throw things out. I used to have another blog called Get Sorty which was all about getting sorted, and am thinking of restarting a Get Sorty column/feature on this blog! So stay tuned…
Ronnie xo

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Sarah February 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Yup, Lt Queen.

Will keep my eyes peeled for the Get Sorty column!

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Pink Ronnie February 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Little Queen sure does bring back memories Sarah… :)
Ronnie xo

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Louise February 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hi Rhonda

Jaimie’s room looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. i think I need one of those keep calm… posters for Isaac’s room- it might somehow sink in that sleep is good. Still missing you at Bible study.
love Louise

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Pink Ronnie February 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Oh Louise, I miss you guys too…
Ronnie xo

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May February 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Love your style as always Ronnie! And love all the colour, especially the bunting! I was thinking of sewing some myself.

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Pink Ronnie February 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

May, is there something I should know? :)
Ronnie xo

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jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet} February 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Jamie’s room looks 10x better than all the rooms in my apartment, haha! I love it! It’s age-appropriate and adorable, yet sophisticated and simple. I really love that rug…so colorful.

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Pink Ronnie February 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thx Jillian – I wanted to keep it sophisticated/simple so that it can ‘grow’ with the boys… yup, love that rug. Such a good find.
Ronnie xo

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Cecilia March 1, 2012 at 12:59 am

oh ronnie, this room is amazing. i especially love all of the “lovies.” they’re so perfectly placed! and what cute names :)

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

Thanks Cecilia! Yeah, we’re not big on soft toys so the ones we have are very precious!
Ronnie xo

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thestripedelephant March 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

I love the keep calm, go to sleep artwork above the crib.

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

It’s my favourite too!
Ronnie xo

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Di Lucas March 1, 2012 at 9:13 am

Oh Rhonda!!! How I wish you could come & ‘visit’ our new place & work your magic!!! It looks great & I’m so glad you’re happy with it & that it’s starting to feel like home!

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

Hey Di, I forgot you were moving too! Haha, I wish I could too! Maybe one day…. ;) Hope you guys are settling in well!
Ronnie xo

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PaintRobot March 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

Oh wow!! Every single thing in the room is so lovely. I really like your design sense and the way you have put together the room.

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

Thank you, and thank you so much for the awesome bunting. I just love looking at it every time I’m feeling Jamie in the armchair…
Ronnie xo

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Galit March 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

So great to have a little peek into your home! I love Jamie’s room!
I agree about the Ikea change table, we have this one as well, and the colours of the bunting – so beautiful!
Everything looks so soothing. The warmth of the dark wood, the crochet blanket and the happy little yellow bursts of the stools.
Wonderfully done!!

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

It’s funny, I got really tired of the dark wood at our last place and had put the cot in storage and was hiding the drawers in a built in but I now love the dark wood with the rest of the room!
Ronnie xo

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vitaminA March 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

such great style you have Ronnie! i love the pops of color and handpicked items, especially the vintage tin and sign. can’t wait to see more, what a tease!

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Thanks Amy! I’m going to try and have one up each week…
Ronnie xo

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vitaminA March 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

oh and one more thing, please do a Get Sorty column!!! xoxo

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Wilco. (Working on it, in fact…)
Ronnie xo

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lamina @ do a bit March 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

LOVE Jamies room.. you have done such a great job! I think it all works so well together and all the colours are lovely! Love your “keep calm” canvas :)

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks Lamina! I’m very happy with it too. Makes me smile.
Ronnie xo

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Soph Russell March 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm

wow. I poured over this post, then made the husband sit next to me and look at it too. Such a beautiful room. And thanks for sharing where you bought your stuff. Have since been perusing Barrel and Crate and Explore the Kerb (what a great concept).

Really looking forward to seeing your other rooms in posts to come. Well done on a great room tour :)

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Pink Ronnie March 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks Soph – hope it got some creative juices flowing for you too! Explore the Kerb is great, but their stuff sells quickly so you have to be quick! Barbara is just lovely and so helpful.
Ronnie xo

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Maddy March 2, 2012 at 2:00 am

Ok…what little boy wouldn’t love this room! I mean I want this room! Love the pops of color, the vintage sign, the adorable bunting flags…perfect all around :)

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Pink Ronnie March 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thanks Maddy! The cot might be too small for you though. :)
Ronnie xo

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Charlotte March 2, 2012 at 3:23 am

What an absolutely beautiful little room! And what a lucky little boy to live in it. I love everything about this.. especially the bonjour plaque and the sleep print :)

Following now! xx

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Pink Ronnie March 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thanks for visiting Charlotte and for your sweet words. Great to have you!
Ronnie xo

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Karen March 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

OMG I LOVE this style for your boys room!!! SO creative and adorable!

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Pink Ronnie March 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Thx Karen! And thanks for visiting my little corner here.
Ronnie xo

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Tang March 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

So sweet! It’s so perfectly cozy. My favourite part is the print!

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Pink Ronnie March 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Thanks Tang! Have a great weekend!
Ronnie xo

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Charmaine March 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

This is so amazing Rhonda!!! You’ve done a beautiful job (no surprises here!)
What an inspiration =)
I’m sure the boys are loving their new home!
xxxxxxx

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Pink Ronnie March 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Charmaine!!! How are you going? We miss you guys.
Ronnie xo

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Sarah March 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

thanks for sharing the room tour – I will bank ideas when I have more than 3 rooms to decorate!! very excited to hear C&B are now exporting … Pottery Barn needs to as well.

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Pink Ronnie March 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Hehe, I totally know what you mean by 3 rooms! :)
Ronnie xo

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Eau de Violet March 4, 2012 at 2:02 am

Love that it has just the right amount of cute.
~Eau de Violet

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Desert Darling March 5, 2012 at 12:19 am

Wow his room looks great. I really love that stripey mat!
And that wall hanging is just perfect.

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Linn Maria March 8, 2012 at 12:59 am

I absolutely adore this room! Can’t wait to see more from your house tour :)

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Pink Ronnie March 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Thx Linn – enjoying your holiday photos!
Ronnie xo

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Sara @ Zahara Dessert April 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I stumbled across your blog and am LOVING it.
I also can’t wait to see the rest of your house, as I also love your great sense of style.
Beautiful!

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Pink Ronnie April 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks Sara, so glad you visited and thanks for your lovely comments!
I’m hoping to do another room tour next week…
Ronnie xo

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I love hearing from you!

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