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Creating Storage for the Bedroom

Sometime last month, we decided that we were done with our old bed. It had a padded purple headboard that was quite comfy to lean against but not much good for anything else besides taking up a lot of space. We couldn’t even really put anything under the bed! We were also dealing with storage issues. We had towels and bedlinen taking up precious space in our wardrobe, my various tote bags and backpacks were strewn around the room, I usually had a pile of books on the floor next to me and ever so often, the books would come tumbling down, you get the idea.

So we got a new bed and that solved several problems at one go because the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard provide loads of storage! I loved that we could display stuff on the headboard (like Adam’s Van Gogh cat painting in a RIBBA frame that Anya refuses to let us put anywhere else in the house because she’s scared of it).

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our new bed

Let’s digress from talking about storage for just a bit to admire this lovely ALVINE KVIST quilt cover and pillow case set. The pattern was first created in the 1700’s and is now kept at Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes in France. I’ve been eyeing it for the longest time! And since I’m the sort who needs to have a blanket on me even when it’s a warm night, we bought the cooler version of the RÖDTOPPA quilt to replace the one that we’ve been using for ages.

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love these sheets

Ok, back to storage now. The BRIMNES headboard has shelves at the side! Whee! So instead of a pile of books on the floor that I trip over every single morning, the books I’m reading can fit nicely into the shelves at the side. And I can even display some of the books that I bought simply because they were so pretty.

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storage at the side of the headboard

There are four large drawers underneath the BRIMNES bed frame so all our bedlinen and towels are now in one of the drawers, freeing up valuable wardrobe space. My tote bags and other similar things are also stowed away and less of an eyesore but still within easy reach.

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storage under the bed

Here’s another look at the side of the headboard. Each shelf is adjustable to 3 different positions and the top shelf has holes for cables to lamps or chargers so it helps to control the messy wire situation. There’s space for the random things that the kids like to leave behind in our room (like this DUKTIG toy cash register) and I have random odds and ends (like nail clippers, medicated oil, etc) in a GODMORGAN box.

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love having my books on display

We’re quite stoked that we managed to get our storage issues in the bedroom under control by getting the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard. Now to snuggle under my pretty quilt and read a book before I sleep!

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.

Navy Museum & RSS Tenacious

During the March holidays, we visited the Navy Museum! It’s a bit hard to get to but definitely worth the trip with many interesting and interactive displays. We also had the privilege of witnessing the send-off of RSS Tenacious at Changi Naval Base.

At the museum, the kids learnt about our diplomatic relations with other countries and the relief efforts provided by our Navy, for example, during the Boxing Day tsunami. They got to experience driving a ship, sending Morse code, operating a gun and also tried out other hands-on exhibits. There was a dress-up segment that the kids (and the parents) loved.

Witnessing the send-off of RSS Tenacious was a moving experience as we saw how the servicemen bade emotional farewells to their loved ones. RSS Tenacious is supporting counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden for the next three months.

Navy Museum

Navy Museum

old uniforms

old uniforms

plaques and gifts from other countries

plaques and gifts from other countries

this caught my eye

this caught my eye

Adam taking a closer look (too close!)

Adam taking a closer look (too close!)

learning about relief efforts

learning about relief efforts

simulations

simulations

what's inside a submarine?

what’s inside a submarine?

waiting for the torpedo

waiting for the torpedo

Morse code

Morse code

operating a gun

operating a gun

looking at the radar

looking at the radar

playing dress-up

playing dress-up

group photo

group photo

at Changi Naval Base

at Changi Naval Base

with RSS Tenacious

with RSS Tenacious

saying bye to loved ones

all aboard

saying bye to loved ones

saying bye to loved ones

see you soon!

see you soon!

with MV Swift Rescue

with MV Swift Rescue

Bangkok through Instagram

I’ve been so unbelievably busy with work and the usual stuff with the kids that it’s been tough finding time to blog. A simple post on our Bangkok trip through the Instagram pictures taken while we were there!

crispy little pancakes

crispy little pancakes

donuts

donuts

Luk Chup

Luk Chup

Baan Khanitha

Baan Khanitha

hole-in-the-wall wanton mee stall

hole-in-the-wall wanton mee stall

super yummy

super yummy

matryoshka loot from Chatuchak

matryoshka loot from Chatuchak

Nara Thai

Nara Thai

Chinatown

Chinatown

Nook – House of Pancakes

We went to check out Nook, a cafe where the tables come with a griddle in the middle allowing you to make your own pancakes on the spot. Nook is at Lorong Kilat, a few doors away from Carpenter & Cook.

It’s quite fun being able to make your own pancakes without worrying about the mess of cleaning up. When we make pancakes at home, the stove’s too high up for Anya to participate so this griddle on the table concept was more kid-friendly. But I find it a wee bit expensive at $25 for a batch of batter (enough for two), three toppings, butter and maple syrup.

The concept of a pancake cafe is a cute one but the actual set-up didn’t really have that vibe. The place is simply and functionally furnished. I guess kids and students will probably have a good time making and eating pancakes there but the novelty will wear off quickly for jaded folks like us.

Nook

Nook

breakfast bully

breakfast bully

batter and toppings

batter and toppings

our first pancake

our first pancake

it's fun to write with the batter

it’s fun to write with the batter

Anya tries making pancakes

Anya tries making pancakes

caterpillar pancake

caterpillar pancake

my sad attempt at making matryoshka pancakes

my sad attempt at making matryoshka pancakes

chocolate shake

chocolate shake

happy pancake boy

happy pancake boy

Ingela P Arrhenius Nesting Dolls

I love these matryoshka by Sweden-based illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius!

Circus (picture from svpply.com)

Animals (picture from wannekes.blogspot.com)

Animals (picture from http://www.husandhem.co.uk)

People and Animals (picture from the little drom store)

Matryoshka Madness: Doll in All Dress

Haven’t had a matryoshka post in a long time so I present this super cute dress from ModCloth! I love it to bits but it’s probably too short (and too expensive) for me. :( It’s such a lovely shade of blue and the matryoshka fabric is so ridiculously adorable!

ARCHITOLOGY & a_collective

We attended the anniversary party of ARCHITOLOGY and official opening of a_collective by ARCHITOLOGY last Saturday evening. My cousin is one of the partners of the ARCHITOLOGY design firm and a_collective is their furniture showroom on the ground floor of the two-storey shophouse that they operate out of. They have some really cool pieces at a_collective. Definitely won’t find any boring mass produced furniture there. I especially love the restored vintage pieces!

ARCHITOLOGY

a_collective

Heather on a barber chair

Anya and Aidan

grumpy Deets and his big big yee po

take a seat

the design firm upstairs

cute matryoshka chair