We’ve officially been in our new home for three months and I’m finally starting to feel a little more settled… but it doesn’t quite feel like home just yet.
Although I’ve moved around a lot throughout my life and I haven’t lived in one place for longer than three years since I was about 9 years old, we were in our previous house for four and a bit years and it’s the most settled and ‘at home’ that I’ve felt during my adult years. It was our first ‘grown up’ home and even though it wasn’t perfect, new, or fancy by any means, it had all the space we needed and I loved living in that home (despite the out-dated kitchen and pink bathrooms!) It was the house where Beanie took his first steps and celebrated his first birthday, and we hosted all of his birthday parties (up until the most recent one, at the age of five) in our beautiful backyard. I didn’t think I would, but I really do miss that house!
I don’t know whether it’s because I felt so settled in that house that I’m struggling to feel at home in our new house, or if I simply need to give it more time, but I’m trying to put as much time, energy, and love into this new house to make it feel a little more like home. Although it’s smaller than our previous house, it’s a whole lot more modern and I love the finishes. The bathrooms and kitchen are new, the walls are white, and the main spaces are big and open and airy. I am also in love with our bedroom, which boasts high ceilings, beautiful exposed beams, all the cupboard space you can dream of (cupboard space is not common in the Cape, trust me!), and an abundance of natural light. The first thing I did on the night that we moved into this house was set up our bed, put on some fresh linen, and get the lighting just right… The Husband still remarked that it felt and looked like a hotel bedroom, and that it’s probably the prettiest bedroom we’ve ever had. I one hundred percent agree – I love it!
I’m nowhere near done with this space – I’m still on the lookout for some pretty prints for the walls, I’d like to hang up our full-length mirror, I wouldn’t mind a few more plants, and we definitely need a few more cushions and throws to make it a bit more hygge, but I’m really happy with it so far. I’m also considering shifting things around and moving the bed, so I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last you see of this room!
One of my favourite pieces in our bedroom is the actual bed, which used to belong to my parents. I think this bed is easily 25 years old, and the cream posts were a dark, forest green before I got my hands on it. My younger brother used this bed for years before I inherited it when I moved into my first house (fittingly just down the road, here in Jo’burg) 10 years ago. I spray-painted the green bits cream, and I also gave the bedside tables a little facelift by painting the green legs and drawers using an antique-effect cream paint. I left the pine surface as is, as you can see in these photographs. (There was also a dressing table, but we’ve since donated that as I hardly ever used it and it was taking up precious space).
This bed was in our spare room at our previous house, but I finally managed to persuade The Husband that it should be in our bedroom. Win! I’m thinking about giving the set a little refresh (it has been 10 years since the last one after all), but I don’t have many ideas at this point, other than switching out the knobs on the drawers for something a little more modern.
We bought the lamps specifically for this bedroom – they feature a very simple, copper base with a plain white lampshade, but I absolutely love them. We got the set off Superbalist for roughly R400 for both, so it was a real steal. I can’t seem to find them on Superbalist anymore, but this lamp is very similar. The bedding is a plain, white set from Superbalist’s own home brand, called Sixth Floor. We actually have two other linen sets from Sixth Floor (you can see the first set, which Superbalist sent me, here). The fact that I’ve since purchased two more sets says a lot about their quality, I think. They’re both soft and incredibly comfy (no scratchiness), but they’re also really durable.
I’m trying to keep things as minimal as possible, so all of my usual beauty products are stored in my beauty cupboard or in the bathroom, and I have only a few, select products that are currently on heavy rotation that live beside my bed. (As you can see, I’m all about luxurious beauty oils at the moment!) I’ve placed several potted plants and vases with sprigs from the garden on our bedside tables to try and prevent unsightly clutter from happening… hard when you have a five year old with a Lego obsession who’s constantly building ‘decorations’ for beside my bed! I also need to get my book habit under control…
So there you have it! Just a few snapshots and a quick little glimpse into what our new bedroom currently looks like. As I mentioned, I have a few ideas for things I’d like to do or changes I’d like to make, which is why it’s taken me so long to get this blog post out. I’m always rather reticent to put anything out there unless it’s absolutely perfect, but I’ve come to realise that a house is never going to feel completely ‘done’, so I might as well suck it up and put it out there!
We’re still busy putting the final touches to our lounge and my home office, but I’m really excited to share Beanie’s bedroom with you all. It’s actually going to be featured in an upcoming issue of Living & Loving magazine (along with my tips for turning your baby room into a ‘big boy’ room), so as soon as that issue is on shelves, I’ll share more here. I can’t wait!