Two weeks back I shared few photos of Talha and Aisha's room on my personal Facebook profile. The comments and love I received from my friends were beyond expected. Many have asked (are still asking) me where I got various things from. So I thought I will write a detailed blog post listing where I purchased everything from.
We had just returned from a holiday and our rent had also increased quite a bit. Which meant, we were on a tight budget. I didn't shop much for new things and used whatever we already had at home. Let me walk you through different parts of the room... makes it easier for me to explain.
The tree decal is from an online store called SimpleShapes I found on Etsy. I think this must be the most I have spent on anything for this room. It was initially purchased with a wall of our old apartment in mind. But I never got around to sticking it there - thank God for that!
Had I realized birds would come in white, I would have asked for a different colour. I outlined them with a black marker to make it a bit more visible. Many thought the tree was painted by me. Let me tell you, I'am not that talented.
The little bird's nest is a key holder which we bought from Holland. It comes with a bird on the key ring. We found the bird later and it is sitting pretty in it's house now.
Tissue paper flowers were bought from Party Land in Garhoud. You get both tissue papers and pre-made flowers there. You can make your own following tutorials found online.
I love how a plain mirror can change the look of a room. This mirror was bought from Homes R Us for around eighty dirhams on sale. Hangers are from Ikea (one old, one new). The ceramic painting 'Masha Allah' was bought from ARTE. I had blogged about them a long time ago.
An odd sized double bed that has been with us for years now. Since the mattress is just few months' old, we just couldn't part with it. So we are keeping it for the time being and will get separate single beds soon.
Frames are from Ikea (yes, they should make me their brand ambassador by now). I got couple of photos printed in the frame size from a local studio. I have a Canon Selphy CP 900 with which I can print photos up to the size of 4x6". I printed few photos from our recent holiday and glued them on the backing sheet to make them look like a collage.
Red carpet (underneath the chalkboard stand) is from Home Centre, purchased during the mammoth sale they had at Mall of The Emirates. Wall unit is from Ikea. The pirate is Jamil's contribution. I think he got it from Baby Shop. He says it's add to the character of the room. Does it?
Once I was finished with everything - cushions, flowers, photos, mirror, hangers etc - I felt something was missing. Wall opposite to the bed looked bare and I racked my brains wondering what to do.
While browsing through Pinterest, it suddenly strikes me that I could put up some quotes. I started collecting quotes specifically for children. I had few frames from Ikea in stock and took out my Selphy again. I used 3M Command hanging glue strips to glue down the frames. No nails. No hammer. No drilling machine. Easy peasy. I got them from ACE. Oh, and they don't damage your walls either.
We wanted to get Talha a table for his school books and homework. Unfortunately, Ikea has ran out of the one we had our eyes on. We will be visiting them once it comes back in stock. Right now Talha is home for summer holidays and we are not in a hurry.
In case you are wondering where all the toys are, they are in baskets tucked away in the closet. We take them out while playing and put them back once we are done.
This room was complete within a month of moving. I'am beyond happy about the way it turned out. It is a very cozy room and I love spending time with my children there. I must add that having their own space for everything has made my children way more organized than before. Alhamdulillah.
Hope this post inspires you in some way. If you have any questions, kindly leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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