Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Scandinavian Boy's Room

A long-awaited post! The boys' room extension was finally completed about last month. Now it's double the size!

The mess...

Laminated flooring in progress.

Almost there!

Kepoh-ing with the painting.

Completo! The Scandinavian themed room I've always wanted to create.

Their study, reading and playing area.

The ingredients to get the Nordic look (stockist details at the end):

Wall art.
There are plenty of printables on Etsy. I basically searched "Scandinavian wall art for children's room" and eventually narrowed down to 3. 
Here, I am actually not very pleased with the frame arrangements. I didn't plan very well.
And speaking about wall hangings, a lot of people want to hang nice arts on their wall but never got around to do it because they hate drilling the wall. I hate it too. So my best way was to get the light FISKBO IKEA frames and then hang it using the 3M hook (photo somewhere below).
It really works! No mess!

Bed linen sets. 

Storage and large cushions... (and a retro fan!)

Curtains. This photo makes the room look dark, but actually it is still rather bright even when all the curtains are drawn.

*The making of the room*


Fine Little Day Apple Poster from bloesem. Purchased online from their shop and self-collected from the shop owner's humongous British colonial white bungalow house at Nassim Road, Singapore. 

Rabbit poster from synplus. Have yet to display this in their room.

My own art. I'll be happy to share the pdf file.

This 3M sawtooth hook is my favourite.


Ordered from Taobao.

Designs like these are not found anywhere in Malaysia, Singapore or even IKEA. And the impressive thing is, the quality is actually good. Smooth 100% cotton, and doesn't make one feel hot lying on it. Initially I was skeptical but I really wanted these designs so I took the risk, and now I'm very satisfied with them! 
You can select from the many designs in that link, and also the size. The set comes with a choice of fitted or flat sheet. ( Not all sets do, so check first)


This adorable Whale Curtain was also ordered from Taobao, custom-made. The eazyla staff was awesome! They helped me communicate with the seller (in Chinese of course, not my forte) on the measurements and all the other details. I'm impressed how good the service is! Most of the sellers will customize the size and include the backing for the curtain hooks. They also offer a few types of backing depending on the kind of hook you want. 


You probably recognize this ubiquitous 3-shelves rack, found in Giant and local furniture shops. Super cheap...looking. I remember back then, it only came in this brown. Now there are white, black, colourful and also in laminated wooden texture that actually makes it look very atas ( found in TESCO)

So, I znged it.

I made boxes without the top using plastic corrugated boards which were cut into sizes and joined with binding tapes (the strongest stickiest type). 

The front part is covered with this Scandinavian Half Circle Wave fabric from luckyshop0228
I used the same binding tape to add a tab at the bottom as a pull-out.

And that cute bear paper bag storage is from Tellkiddo.


It is also hard to find nice covers for LARGE cushions. IKEA offers a limited selection. So I got their large INNER cushions, and made a couple of covers with these fabrics:
Small Cross and Cloud Pattern cotton fabric from luckyshop0228 as well.

For one of the covers, there weren't enough fabric for both sides, so substituted one side with this really cute duck pattern fabric, also from the same shop.

I must say, it is a happy room! I don't know if the boys appreciate the style but they love the extra space! 

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