Chloe’s Room

Finally got down to write this i know i promise many in ig for house tour but after moving in for 3 months, i really got lazy and no motivation to take any video or photos. Finally last week Chloe was asking me to take some of her photos (vain right? my daughter) since she’s at it must as well took so photos of her room.

Chloe’s room was previously a maid room with attached storeroom, we hack away the storeroom (which cause quite a lot of trouble PE, HDB inspection and all) but no regret it’s all worthy because she now have the biggest room in the house. Spacious enough to put in her toys so my living room look less clutter and colorful. We go with very simple finishing pale dusty pink paint for the feature wall with slim shelving that our carpenter generously do it FOC for us enhance it with a pastel pendant light then the rest of the wall is plain white and light wooden vinyl flooring.

Basically we didn’t add any furniture for her except a build-in wardrobe that would probably last her till she married? (too ambitious?) I want this room to grow with her so loose furniture that can easy move around or removed would be best option.

She spent a lot of time in her room maybe more than i do in my room so i guess a comfy and spacious place for her is important. Weird thing is that i seldom need to help tidy up her room, she will keep her things in place instead of scatter things around the floor. I’m quite happy with that at least she take care of her own belonging. Now she’s getting more and more independent young i started her take ownership of small tiny tasks — however small — as it helps them understand the importance of being independent, i don’t do everything for her because i’m not her maid. She need to learn that she’s part of this family so this house belong to her too, so the sense of belonging to this family is important for her to learn to also be responsible of everything related to this household.

Chloe is quite used to her routine. Everyday she come home from school, she will unpack her bag pass me her snacks box and bottle proceed to put her socks and outerwear to laundry bag then wash her hand without me telling her. After shower she will put on clothes herself walk out her room hang her wet towel and collect her dirty clothes to the laundry bag! She goes toilet herself without me helping or step in the toilet from sitting on the wc, flush the water then wash her hand. When it’s nap time she walked in her room draw her curtains climb on bed put on blanket all i need to do is hold her hand say good night darling left the room with few more words then close the door. Every night she have to clean up the mess she made eg tidying up her book in the living room before bed, basically she is in charge of her own things my job is to cook for her and make sure she’s fed. So far she will do things without complains or being asked to, even her grandparents are impressed when they saw these during their visit. Of course there’s still a lot more for her to learn, and we will do it together.

I always get a lot of comments from aunties and friends asking me why don’t we send her to childcare? she will be more independent! i usually keep quiet or change topic. Teaching kids to be independent isn’t it parent’s job? not because they are force to do so because of that environment but learning from heart how to take care of themselves and their belonging with parent’s guidance. I wish her become more independent in these basic areas of living, but still depend on me for love, protection, guidance, and support.

Kmart Play Kitchen Makeover

I’m glad we decided to bring this 25kg kmart play kitchenback from Melbourne, i’m sure i will be very regret if we didn’t. Once i saw it in kmart website i know i want this instead of ikea’s one because it’s come with fridge compartment plus it’s way cheaper almost half the price only! Managed to convinced Ming to brought it back because he was the one who need carried it up and down the car and in the airport *poor husband*. kmartBefore and after the original color was mint, blue, red and white with graphic here and there, we transform it to dusty pink, white and polka dot with rose gold element. DSC04489-24I’m so lucky that my sister was here for a week so she was there to help up all the paint job while i busy with work and house chorus.

we also painted the toaster and blender to match the color of the kitchen.

My little chef can’t wait to start cooking! she love it but got bored after awhile so i need to bring out some new kitchen accessories that i kept in storeroom on and off to surprise her.

Look at this cheeky face it make all the work worthy. Okie no more toy for you next half a year!

Chloe’s “Big-girl ” Room

Chloe slept in the cot for the longest (32 months) among the kids i know , well main reason she’s such a petite she haven’t outgrown the cot so we never have the intention of upgrading her bed to toddler or single bed.

Even though I’ve been eyeing this Flexa single bed at very first sight i have no urge to buy it for Chloe until we chance upon the clearance sales around April. Ming was sent to grab the deal because i was pregnant that time was so lazy to go out and he did his job very well, managed to score this bed and the safety rail at 40% OFF, how not to buy right?DSC04222-1i read a book about minimalism, the author suggest go straight to single bed for kids from cot instead of toddler bed because it’s more sustainable as long as it’s safe for toddler in term of height and design. So i guess this Flexa bed tick off the list despite the price is on the higher side but i think it’s good enough to last till she go to primary school at least. Most important my ‘minimalist-wanna-be’ husband approved it!

Been a month Chloe upgraded to her “big girl” bed, she love it so far i guess and bedtime is such a dream nowadays. Every night after bedtime story and star/moon watching she would climb up the bed herself, pray, then put on her blankie and say good night to us before we left the room. Of course sometimes she need some prep talk before going to bed i will always tell her what exciting things we going to do on the next day so she would let me leave her room in peace.

DSC04232-5 I love the Scandinavian design of the bed, the rounded edges on each side, the white and light wood combo with a little dusty pink that i added thru the safety rail. I want to keep the room clean and simple so i stop putting in more stuff in, looking at this picture i realize i really like the braided thingy from the cushion to the bumper on the bed and the woven wall that i weaved.

Bedtime story books are placed at this rack that we hacked it from our previous baby changing table that was suppose to be thrown away but Ming come out with this idea by converted it to a book rack.

a small tiny corner for her head/hair band with mini vanity mirror we got from kmart and nightlight, see what my cheeky baby doing there. DSC04181-7.jpgWe really hope you like this room that we put together for you, little darling.