Anais turned three in October and it took me three months to decide on the “big girl” bed she would upgrade to from her “i’m not a baby” cot. The procrastination was due to the fact that an upgrade to a big girl bed would result in a downgrading of space in her room. In all my pre-mum pregnancy wisdom, I bought a beautiful Egg chair so I could sit and nurse her in a comfy (and stylish) chair in her room. Reality hit when I became a mum and found it was easier to nurse her in my bed at nights and on the couch in the living room during the day. The amazing chair in her room over the last three years had been relegated to a home for the many soft toys she had accumulated since birth – 526 at last count.
In desperation to upgrade to her first proper bed and not make navigating her room an exercise in conquering an obstacle course, I made the executive decision that the chair’s time in Anais’ room had come to an end. Like many relationships, it had started with such high hopes of greatness and then just withered down to a state of long forlorn looks and, ultimately, avoidance. Her time had come to an end in Anais’ room, but hey, maybe I could introduce her to a much neglected friend of Anais’ room, the under utilised alcove which joins the kitchen and living room area. Sure the alcove was still stuck in her 2006 decor, with a few new updates throughout the years, but she had never really found her true calling in life.
And then it came to me. Reading nook. Our beautiful, sparse alcove was like an awkward teenager sitting on the sidelines at a school disco just waiting to be asked for a dance. Empty alcove, put your dancing shoes on and meet imitation Egg chair. You are no longer the awkward alcove, always overshadowed by the much used living room. You have become the home renovator’s most popular space. Reading nook.
How did it take me so long to figure this out? Moving a few items around, adding the chair, a carefully placed throw, a strategically placed rug and a side table has made this unused area my FAVOURITE part of the house. Now that it doesn’t house 526 soft toys, Anais has discovered the chair and it’s swivel after never having sat on it once in her life. Not to mention, the removal of the chair from her room has transformed it from cluttered tiny baby bedroom to spacious little girl’s kingdom.
I feel like I won this week’s room reveal on The Block, when all I was really doing was walking past and looking for some quick shelter from the rain.