This is my son Jasper’s room.
I combined things that we already owned with vintage, eBay and etsy purchases to create a jungle-inspired room.
The small size of the room 3m x 3.2m (9.8′ x 10.4′) and its location, upstairs away from the main activities of the house, meant I decided to dedicate the space to quiet activities: sleep, reading books and winding down at the end of a busy day.
The bookshelf we already owned. Andrew’s brother made it for him years ago and it’s proved to be perfect for Jasper’s room. It was a huge challenge getting it up the very narrow and steep stairs. At one point, we thought we’d have to remove a window and hoist it up from the outside!
Another reused item was the pendant Garland light which had been in our bedroom. It casts soft speckled light. I tried not to buy anything that we’d only have for a year or two. So, the Ikea dresser initially had a padded mat on top and functioned as a great little change table.
These teddies were knitted by my grandmother 30 years ago.
The biggest indulgence was the bed, which converts from a cot for a newborn baby to a bed for a 4 year old. I fell in love with it while I was pregnant and found an unused one on eBay for much less than the shop price.
Being a Melbourne boy he loves riding on trams and has his own W-class tram and insists that live stock travel on the trams too.
The armchair I found on eBay and had it recovered in teal wood. The sloth decal by the French company, e-glue, I ordered online. It took quite some time and patience to stick onto the wall, but worth the effort. The ‘sprout’ mobile by Puka Puka is an etsy find.
Another challenge was the large in-built wardrobe covering the largest wall of the room. For practical reasons (i.e. there is very limited storage in our house) we really had to keep it. The animal posters are prints of vintage postcards and hang on a wire curtain rail, so the pictures can be easily changed.
The toy box is an old African ice-cream seller’s box bought at a local coffee shop.
Miffy rarely sits on the dresser; normally she is tucked under his arm in the bed.
Paintings made especially for Jasper by our talented friend, Pacquita Maher, to celebrate Jasper’s birth and 1st Birthday.
Jasper loves to read. These first edition Ant and Bee books, Andrew collected as a boy.
I will post a source list for everything in the next few days.