Peek at Our New Bedroom with “Peppa Pig Bed”

A bedroom to me is the most important space in the house. This is where we get our rest and recharge for the challenges in life. Before we got our own home, our bedroom was where we worked, played and stored all our stuff. It was very stuffy and not conducive for resting. When we got our own place, we made sure the room is kept to the minimum and use it only for rest.

Lucky us, we found a flat that has a spacious master bedroom where we can have everyone, including our two girls. Well technically one girl then before Zara came along couple years later. With the changes in our family, our bedroom evolved too. From one king mattress with a baby cot for Ayra, and to a king mattress with one single mattress, then an additional baby cot added into the room, and finally to our present one king and two single mattresses. This was also when we were left with no space at all for rest beside on the mattresses.

The Transformation

The girls had been pestering me for a very very very long time. “I want Peppa Pig’s bed!” I was reluctant before because we didn’t want to get a wooden frame bed as our house has very high humidity and would attract moulds to grow. But when we first saw the TUFFING bunk bed frame at IKEA one day, it being built with steel and with a lower height compared to the SVARTA bunk bed, I knew this was the one I can get for the girls one day.

And lucky them, our final task for our collaboration with IKEA Singapore was to transform our bedroom! Ayra and Zara were super excited when I revealed our room makeover project to them.

New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG
New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG

Before the transformation, we had them on two single beds placed side-by-side next to our King sized bed. The three beds practically took up the entire space in our master bedroom, living only a narrow walkway from the door, to the bed and to our open wardrobe. The only place to sit was on our beds. After the transformation, we now have more open space in the bedroom and it sure is refreshing.

New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG

To make the new space more fun and attractive to the girls, we also added SMILA STJÄRNA wall lamps, one for each of the missus. They love the effect of these lamps casted on our walls, ceilings and for the little one, from under the bunk bed. The first night we installed the lamps, the room was like a disco… you know… with lights coming on and off and random occasions!

Child-Friendly Bunk Bed

The TUFFING bunk bed frame though recommended for primary school going kids, but I find that it is ok too for pre-schoolers who are tall enough (Ayra is at about 120cm) and is able to sleep without much movement. One of the things I was worried about was the size and height of our existing mattresses which was less than 2 years old and we didn’t want to change them. The bunk bed is about 10cm longer and 2cm narrower than our current mattresses. And the height that’s recommended (especially for the one sleeping on top) is about 3-5cm shorter than our current mattresses. We measured and remeasured the bunk bed and our mattresses twice before we headed back the third time to buy the frame.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble or if you do not have an existing single size mattress yet, buy it together at IKEA and you’ll never go wrong. IKEA have quite a wide selection of mattresses – spring mattresses and the foam & latex mattresses.

New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG

New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG

Keeping it Simple Yet Inviting with Matching Fabrics

We prefer simple and plain linens in our bedroom. The bed linens I buy for our king mattress is always in a solid color and with clean lines. Our curtains were also plain in solid grey. However the girls prefer cartoon prints on their mattresses, and so I’ve never tried putting much effort into coordinating the colours in our bedroom.

After some flipping through the IKEA annual catalogue, I was inspired to try make our bedroom more coordinated with matching fabrics.

I picked a solid but duo coloured STICKAT quilt cover and pillow set with matching DVALA single fitted sheets. I also picked a new curtain, NUNNERÖRT, with some patterns to complement the plain bed linens, and it injected a little fun into our space.

New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG

New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG
Our girls really love their new bed!
New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG
Wider view of how our room looks now.

I am very impressed with how our bedroom makeover project turned out. With this new bed frame, it somehow also created a new routine for all of us. The girls now no longer need me to pat them in bed for an hour before they fall asleep, and they are more willing to “go to bed” vs how they would always find excuses to not go to sleep before the “Peppe Pig Bed” came along.

New bed happy kids, bedroom makeover with IKEA Singapore #IKEASG

Happy and willing kids make an even happier mum! I’m glad we did this transformation.

This also marks the end of our collaboration with IKEA, but this doesn’t stop us from our desire to always create a better home for our family. Thank you for reading and supporting our series of mini home makeovers over the past few months. If you’ve missed any of our posts, here is a quick recap of what we’ve done for this collaboration.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with IKEA Singapore.

In the mood for Christmas, Slowly But Surely

2016 has been an awesome year, with growth and stability at work, it’s now time to spend time with family. As everyone around the world slows down our pace, taking time off for trips with family and preparing for the coming Christmas holiday, I am trying to do the same too. With 2 upcoming trips scheduled in November, and a pretty crazy December packed with work, I’m starting my Christmas planning and preparing earlier this year.

The Special Christmas Tree

Each year, I try to create a different kind of Christmas tree in the house. Because setting up a “real” Christmas tree is too much work for the lazy me and it takes up too much space.  We try to improvise and DIY our own “tree” in the house. This year, I created a lighted up tree by the window and I think it looks fab!

This took less than 10 mins to setup and you can get all you need from IKEA at under $50. Christmas tree on the wall, I call it, can be created with (1) SARDAL LED Lighting Chain ($14.90), (2) 2 boxes of STRÅLA Decoration for lighting chain ($4.90), (3) VINTER 2016 hanging decorations ($7.90)(4) white VINTER 2016 decorative stand ($4.50) and I also added some pretty (5) Christmas decorative tapes ($5.90) to the otherwise plain white stand.

Love these limited edition red hearts from VINTER 2016 collection at IKEA.

Family, Friends, Food & Lots of Merry Making

This year, I am also planning to host a simple dinner with close friends and my family. We needed to get more plates and cutleries for this and found some really cheap ones from IKEA, OFTAST plates and bowls at just 90cents each! These go very well with our current simple white plates in the house too. Simply perfect!

Christmas meals are made of awesome food and value-for-money plates and cutleries from IKEA.

For drinks, we decided to go with VAKEN Glasses ($4.90-$5.90 in set of 4s) which comes in two sizes, just nice for adults and kids, or to hold your cutleries too! I love how the setting is simple yet practical, each item can be used for different purposes.

Keeping it simple in red, white and a little dash of gold
Just add ribbons and it’s perfect!

Adding Christmas Around The House

If you’ve been to our place, you’ll know how bare and minimum we try to keep our home. The only decorations you see around our house are mostly photos of our girls. I love the VAXBO Collage Frame ($12.90) I bought from IKEA which holds 8 x 5R (5 x 7 in) photos. To add some Christmas, we just swap out some photos with Christmas printouts which you can easily print off online or create with Canva.

Swap out some photos with Christmas printouts

My girls are super excited to see the house being jazzed up a little each day and I can’t wait to start shopping for presents! Have you started decorating your house too? Share with us on our Facebook page, I would love to feature some of your creative home decorations one day!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with IKEA Singapore.