Aeroplane Boy's Bedroom Tour
We have lived in our lovely house for just over 4 months now and although it still feels like we have everything to do, actually, when we sit back and take stock, we've achieved quite a lot!
Our priority when we moved in was always to get the boys settled as soon as possible. Living in 3 houses in a year has definitely taken it's toll on their sleeping habits and I can count on one hand, the number of nights I've had sleeping in our bed without one small boy or another!
They trundle in, bleary eyed, looking for comfort from a bad dream or just a cuddle, and their little puppy dog eyes get me every time. I know this stage won't last forever, they won't be creeping into our bed when they are 15, and quite honestly I haven't got the energy to march them back at 3am whilst life is so crazy.
When we moved to the temporary house last year, whilst our purchase was going through, they shared a bedroom. All their bits and pieces went into boxes but when we finally moved in, they decided they wanted to stay together. We talked about how they wanted to decorate their room and aeroplanes was top of the list!
I fell in love with this aeroplane wallpaper and picked up little accessories over the year, although I am still searching for an old pair of pilot's goggles!
They declared the shelves behind their beds as the special shelves for their most precious things, so in amongst the pictures and planes are a ghastly set of rubber trash pack characters, snot something, maggot something and sweet light up polar bears they were given from Grandma at Christmas. There's a few shells, a pirate wind up music box, a handwritten poem about animals and some Christmas books, which all take pride of place! I love seeing what gets scurried behind the beds, what's in favour that week.
The old Rolls Royce prints were a gift from my Auntie and the beds are actually bunks but work well as twins for now. I found a charming old desk which was already painted in a vintage shop locally and picked up the bright yellow chair from another antique shop in Semley, making a perfect space for Sammy to do his homework and drawing,
Dressing up is a big deal with the boys and whilst I am still searching for the perfect chest of drawers for between their beds, a trunk that I bought for £25 from the local carpet shop is ideal to store all their costumes and hats. Their quilts keep them cosy at night, being in the attic room is cooler than the rest of the house, and I love the stripey curtains.
I didn't want to buy everything that matched perfectly, but slowly find fabrics and accessories that all tied around a red, blue and white theme. Something that would last! As much as I know they would adore their current favourite character themed bedroom, I also know that next year they will love something else and it's expensive changing bedding and curtains! It's a more grown up room for growing boys. I will admit to feeling a little sad packing away all of the owl baby nursery decor Ollie had at our old house!
We had the wardrobes built by a lovely local handyman and I found some globe handles and a peg for their dressing gowns. The top landing isn't quite finished yet, I still have the gallery wall above the chalk board to finish and am busy printing photos of their friends and framing artwork from school and nursery. So I will save their reading nook and the finished landing for another time!
Now I just need to source a nice rug, any suggestions?
Here are some links incase you are planning an aeroplane theme too!
- Spitfires wallpaper by PaperBoy.
- Kingsettle Antiques have a fab selection of painted chairs. I bought the yellow one for £22.
- Aeroplane quilts, fabric storage bag and drawstring laundry bag from the Powell Craft aeroplane range.
- Stripey curtains from the Varsity range at Dunelm Mill.
- We bought the white Vancouver bunk beds from Amazon.
- Hanging plane, hooks and door knobs were from HomeSense and the globe was from Oliver Bonas which is currently on sale for £15.
Ooh and fancy seeing how it was before??? Check out this post for the before photos and see how the house was when we first viewed it. I am longing for the Summer now, to see the garden look as beautiful as it did then. I just hope I can do it justice with my not very green fingers!