We have been spending the last two weeks renovating Alva’s room.
The only space in the house that could potentially work as a children’s room was our storage. A small crammed little thing, with an exit door to the backyard balcony (unfortunately there is no picture of the room in its initial state). Everyone we asked said that this room would never be a place for a child to grow in. But we stayed convinced that the space had a lot of potential. Crammed and small yes but with a very high ceiling and quite a nice view.
Ohad’s father helped us so much, we couldn’t have done it without him. He first moved the washing machine to the kitchen then Ohad and me took some time to go over everything there was in the room and throwing stuff (pic. 1). I feel that this was probably the biggest obstacle in the process: sorting out past memories, choosing whether they are worth keeping or not. Once the room was completely empty (pic. 2), we build in the gallery (pic. 3), fixed the door and took of the ugly iron bars from the window, filled the cracks in the walls with plaster, painted everything (pic. 4) and put the stuff we chose to keep on the gallery.
The room has a beautiful chessboard-tile floor but unfortunately nobody ever took care of it and despite all my efforts in scrubbing it with all sorts of tile-cleaning agents, I had to admit defeat. It just didn’t look good. So we got a wall to wall felt carpet as a first layer (pic. 5) and a very cosy darker carpet for the front part of the room.
We got a matress from Ohads sister and decided we didn’t want a crib with bars for Alva. We put the matress directly on the floor and will secure it with pillows on each side once he will spend the nights in his room (since I am still nursing him at night, this will take some more time. In the meanwhile he spends his afternoon nap there. pic. 6).
Ohad put some shelves up and I took some beautiful postcards from Jeanette Besmer to be the colorinspiration for the room. I bought two little boxes with acrylic glass cover and two boxes with a regular wooden cover and painted the backwalls in one of the colors featured in the postcards. Then I changed the unused covers into picture frames for the cards. (pic. 7 and 8)
I wanted the light in the room to be warm, so we transformed a simple basket from the market to be a ceiling lamp and once the lights turned on, there was this beautiful unplanned shadow play on the wall. (pic. 9)
The last touches were a fresh light blue curtain and a red paper guirland.
And there it is: Alvas beautiful cosy new room.
He loves to play on the carpet and to look out at the trees in the garden.