by meta on Tuesday February 12th, 2013
Where I Shop: (for) My Son’s Toddler Bedroom
Update on April 28, 2013: The final bedroom is revealed! See photos below the original post!
A couple of weeks ago, I asked a question to Lausanne Mom facebook followers. I posted the mood board I made for my son’s bedroom and I asked if they would like to see a post with the list of sources for the furniture and decorations I used. I had 35 thumbs-up, so here’s the post.
Disclosure: A few of the suppliers here (marked with*) are affiliated with LausanneMom.com, in a way that when you click on the link provided and buy something from the store, a percentage of your purchase will go to support this blog. I hope you believe me that the products were chosen because I genuinely like and buy them myself!
My son “B” is currently 21 month-old. We co-slept until he was 19 month-old, and now he shares a bedroom with his big sis. He has his own part of the room, and I’m trying to decorate it with his current interest — i.e. things that move (cars, trucks, trains, planes, etc). I also picked items that are not too child-ish, hoping that they will last many many years. Photos of the real room will be posted later as I am still working on it!
Here are the things that I selected for B’s toddler room:
- Bedding. I sew his pillow cases myself, using fabric bundles “Peak Hour” (designed by Kellie Wulfsohn for Riley Blake). Price around: $9/yard. Bought from this Etsy seller. B currently uses sleep sacks, so that pillow cases were the only ones I made until now. Later, I’ll do the duvet cover as well. For finished products, I found many cute bedding on vertbaudet.ch* (for car theme, search using key terms circulagogo or auto-city).
- Star pillow case. I’m in love with star shapes at the moment and I made B’s pillow myself. But these 2 pictured on the mood board are available from LaRedoute.ch* (star: cat# 8463140, road: cat# 8463182, CHF19.90/each)
- Desk light (used as reading/bedside light). From Conforama.ch* (cat# 9614, CHF19.95)
- Sock monkey. I made it myself for B’s 1st birthday present. Impressionen.ch sells cute white ones for CHF39.95 (it’s a Fair-trade, hand-made in Kenya with the name of the maker on it)
- Prints. I bough the left one from this Etsy seller. The right one taken from Wikimedia Commons and self-printed. Frames are from IKEA.
- Rug. I’m very much into black & white lately, and was very happy to get this wool rug from LaRedoute.ch* (60x110cm, cat# 6762905, CHF64.90). This is one of the non-baby items that I hope to last even to adulthood.
- Bunting. I sewed one myself. It’s also easy to make one from paper. For a store version, try Confettibox.ch or Cyrillus.ch. Just remember to hang it out of your kid’s reach, as it can suffocate if one gets tangled.
- Decorative plane. B’s was a kind gift from dilookids.ch for his 1st birthday. CHF35 (Note that this plane is not a toy and should be used as decoration only).
- Bedside table. I specifically looked for this one (Componibili by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell) as I love the look and I think the sliding doors work well for little hands. It’s from plastic but stylish enough even for adults, so that I hope this one will last very long. B’s was a second-hand scored on ricardo.ch, but Pfister.ch sells new ones (CHF98).
- Deer wall hooks. I bought B’s on mondo.ch when it was closing and thus on sale. Available on connox, EUR25.
- Crib-turned-toddler bed. From IKEA (similar to Hensvik, CHF89.95), with Vikare guard rail (CHF14.95).
- Vintage letter B. Bought from this Etsy seller. It shouldn’t be difficult to find any letter on Etsy.
So there they are. I hope it will show you that there are many places (on and offline) where you can shop for furniture and deco items beside IKEA For bargains and second-hand, check anibis.ch and ricardo.ch, and you can also get coupon codes for many shops at i-reductions.ch. For more inspirations, follow my board on Pinterest.
Please let me know if you enjoy this post! Feedback is always welcome!
Update: I was asked about the sock monkey. Here’s the link to the tutorial I used.
Update on 28 April 2013:
I finally finished the room a few weeks ago, but didn’t have the time to take photos until recently. I have listed most of the items I used above (on and after the mood board), and below you’ll find more links for items that I didn’t put on my mood board.
How my son’s toddler bedroom looks like now:
I changed a couple of things from the original plan posted on my mood board above. I decided to use a yellow rug that we already have (from IKEA) instead of the black and white wool rug (that is now used in another room in our house). The reasons: I think it looks more colorful, and it’s cheaper and easier to clean in case my son makes mess on it.
I also changed the poster I intended to use with a blown-out poster of a copyright free photo file of a digger (unfortunately I lost the original link to the file. Once I find it again, I’ll link it here). The poster was printed via fnac (50x75cm, CHF15).
I really love the side lamp (from Conforama, link above). It looks so cool and it’s fully metal so it doesn’t look cheap although it is! I didn’t realize that it is a touch lamp, which makes it very easy for my toddler to turn on and off. On the other hand, sometimes he plays with it by touching it non-stop and drives me crazy.
The Dr. Seuss wall clock was bought from Amazon.com during our US trip last year.
The wooden star was a Christmas ornament, bought from Zalando.ch on clearance, and I painted it black. The plane is from dilookids.ch.
In case you notice, what I called my son’s bedroom is actually half a room, as he shared a bedroom with his big sister. My daughter has the left side of the room and my son the right side, that’s why you only see one wall side on the photos above.
Finally I would really like to hear from you. Could you please let me know if you’d like more post like this? I always make mood boards for every room in my house so it would not be difficult for me to do another “Where I Shop” post for other rooms in the house. Perhaps my daughter’s side of this bedroom? Let me know!