Monday, 7 October 2013

Magic Moments - bedroom sanctuary


There are many fantastic things about having seven children - lots of memories, happy, busy, chatty family meals,  more than the average number of amusing toddler anecdotes, amazing Christmas days and magical birthdays almost every month.
The slight cons are obviously our income has to stretch quite a long way, our small terraced house is quite cramped and the bathroom is always busy!Our home has three bedrooms but a few years ago we turned our one large bedroom into two smaller rooms with a stud (wooden frame and plasterboard) wall. 
hurricane lamp with pebbles
shabby chic bowl on slate tile
on old pine coffee table painted slate grey

It meant I had a little en-suite nursery so in the night I could feed babies without disturbing my hard-working husband, and could sleep myself, safe in the knowledge that I could hear baby cry but not every snuffle and squeak which left me unable to settle to sleep.When my last baby graduated to a bed we moved into our middle sized room putting a set of bunk-beds in each of the "rooms" in our divided room. It meant two children had to walk through one room to theirs but gave them more privacy on the whole.
Then my eldest left home, moving into his own flat, and the next one down moved into the "annexe" (a vintage caravan in our garden). And discussing universities for our 18-year-old my DH suddenly realised we could have our bedroom back.

This was especially exciting for me since as I hope to turn my blog into my business, the larger bedroom would give me the space and peace I need to work. I can work downstairs but the constant cries of: "Mummy can I have...?" or "Mummy look at this." were very distracting! So last week  DH dismantled the wall and we had one hellish evening where we had a huge move-around and now all I have to do is add finishing touches.I moved decorative shabby chic bits from other parts of the house and lovely friends have given me curtains and paint.
sanctuary!
 I bought a lovely glider chair off eBay which I teamed with an Ikea footstool, a throw and a comfy cushion. And I'm sitting here now, comfortable, in peace, still with bare plaster on the walls but the promise of a sanctuary I hope will improve my productivity and creativity. And the children will be happy because they can watch their annoying TV programmes without me whining at them to, "turn it down - mummy is trying to work!"
lovely view






This post is part of a linky run by the lovely Jaime Oliver at The Oliver's Madhouse. Click on the badge for more magic moments.


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9 comments:

  1. You sound like you have a similar amount of space to me and the idea of an 'annex' in the garden sounds like a great idea for my eldest! I'm glad to hear you've got some quiet space for yourself now. x

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  2. Enjoy the new found space! I can see space becoming more and more of an issue as mine children grow bigger. Just at the point of moving baby into his own room, scary thought!

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  3. Enjoy having your room back! I'm one of seven, and have five myself, I love being a part of a big family but I know just what you mean! x

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  4. Fab that you've got your room back and great that your blog and business is expanding - so happy for you - you truly deserve it xx

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  5. Well done - I grew up sharing a room with my brother and our family dog so I always appreciate extra space...!

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  6. aww honey this is fantastic!! i cant wait to see the finished room. how lovely you now have your own space x

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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  7. Yay!! What a fantastic moment, enjoy your little bit of freedom and space! xx

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  8. thankyou all - I do love it even before wev'e painted it!

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  9. Sounds wonderful Afra and you more than deserve your own space at last - enjoy :)

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