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Yurt Life: Step into our bedroom *waggles eyebrows*

15 October, 2014

Really, it isn’t like that. Despite now looking like a harem our bedroom is pretty much asexual at the moment. It is our family bed, all four of us sleep there. So when it is time to put on our “business socks” we find somewhere more exciting.

(WOAH! Possibly crossed the how-much-intimacy-on-blog line there…) colourful family bed in yurt

So yeah. The harem look. Ramona has recently been saying that she doesn’t like the yurt. She wants a house with walls and better toys. I find it a little bit sad as I’m wondering if she has already picked up on what is “normal” and it is appealing to her. Or perhaps it is just a yearning for something different to what she has. I guess there are kids out there who live in a house with walls and would rather live in a Mongolian tent, right?

In an effort to help her love it more I spent the afternoon turning it into a magical place of dreams.Family bed in yurt

(Hmmm, yes, for some reason it seems like my brain decided that the answer to “I’d like to sleep somewhere more normal” was to make it even crazier. Gah. Brain.)

Tim found this bed, made of beautiful native timber, on Ebay for £150 (well, $300 NZ), beautiful condition mattress included. We waited for ages for something big enough to come up and then we got this AMAZING bargain. It is absolutely behemothic. Nice one, Tim. I’ve never been opposed to sleeping on a second hand bed, really.

It is super bouncy too, which the girls love.

These whimsical decorations have also hidden half completed craft projects, or projects that never quite worked out.
Yurt Bed
Like this bathroom mat. Made out of plaited tee shirt yarn, made from old shirts. It was going to be an absolute BARGAIN rug. You would have been astounded. But then when I went to sew it, I couldn’t make it flat and then it turned into a bowl. What the? Anyway, the plaits add a nice touch. I was going to cut the basket bit off but Ramona wanted to keep it as a nest.
Family Bed Yurt Bird Nest
So I put a couple of mod podge – retro fabric birds in it.

And I do love this. Although I’m not sure what it is. But it was fun to make, kind of woven wool. I was going to be make loads and then lost interest. Might still get round to it. Bright wool spiral decoration

At the end of me snapping away, Juno wanted to climb on the bed and read a book. Oh yeah, she knows what people like to see…
Beautiful Family Bed in a yurt

“Let her sleep, for tomorrow she will move mountains” I have loved this quote for so long, having liked it on Pinterest last year sometime. (Had to repin as couldn’t find it…) I painted one for my niece and felt it was time to do one for our own daughters. I changed it a little, to be plural. (Are you on Pinterest? Come and say hi!)
Let them Sleep - kid's bedroom painting
Tim had a bit of a laugh though, as it doesn’t seem obvious that the girls sleep here. It is as if we WELL rate ourselves. Don’t wake us up! We are going to change the world tomorrow! Like sleepy Gandhis.

But, maybe it is okay, if you think “moving mountains” is just living a loving life, being kind, being brave in your own way, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. I think that is where most of the world-changing comes from….

So there it is, a peek at our colourful, harem like yet hermaphrodite, graveyard of failed crafts, Family Bed.

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  • rachel 15 October, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    We have a family bed also. I have boy/girl twins who are nearly 4. We have 2 double bed mattresses on the floor in our loungeroom (main bedroom is my office). Works a treat. I love having the kids in with us, is so comforting for all of us.

  • Sonya Cisco 15 October, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Ooh it’s gorgeous! Can’t beat a big bed when you are sharing with small peeps – we have a king-size with Syds cot bed alongside – which he rolls into on hot nights, but on cold nights stays snuggled in with us! Syd wants a house like the ones kids draw rather than our bohemian maisonette, I think maybe all those story books give them the idea of a ‘normal house’!

  • natasha batsford 15 October, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Ooh! Love the look. I have to ask though, is the bed big enough for everyone? I mean in the sense that no bed ever seems big enough to contain kiddos without leaving the adults sleeping on a wafferthin slither

    • Lucy 16 October, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Well, it is a super king. SO if there is anybed that is it is this one! However, we all seem to end up in one one metre section of it. A tangle of limbs…. I think TIm might build Ramona a little bunk one day soon!

      • ThaliaKR 16 October, 2014 at 11:17 am

        We have a Super King which is plenty of room for our family of three, and I’ll let you know in the new year about four!

        We’ve just spent three months travelling without it (well, yes) and it is SO GOOD to be back in an enormous bed!

  • ThaliaKR 15 October, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I love, love, love this post 🙂 Thanks for all the bee-yootiful pics.

    And that sign! So wonderful!

    You can tell Ramona I live in a house with walls and toys and I would LOVE to have a bedroom like hers.

    So gorgeous. Thanks for showing us!

  • Marta Duarte 15 October, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    We live in a house. My daughter wants to live in a cave 🙂
    Lovely post!

  • Adele @ Circus Queen 16 October, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I love your bedroom! You’re giving me ideas for mine.

  • ThaliaKR 16 October, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Also: more pics of the yurt, please! One view each week, ok? 🙂

    • Lucy 16 October, 2014 at 9:08 pm


  • Lissa 16 October, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I love what you have done with your bed. I adore mismatched bed linen, it looks so cosy and inviting. Our bed is also a family bed, with our 4.5yo son taking up most of our kingsize, but everyone gets a great nights sleep and is happy.
    Also, as ThlaiaKR says : more pics of the yurt, please 🙂 your yurt looks like a wonderful place to live

  • Anna 17 October, 2014 at 8:13 am

    It’s beautifully bountifully bonkers. More updates on Yurt life pleeeease!

  • Cecelia 17 October, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Would be good to hear how you do family bed sleeping schedule…i.e. do the kids still go to bed/sleep earlier…then the adults get up again, or does everyone all go to bed/sleep at the same time and adults get up earlier in the morning?

  • Mia 19 October, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I love this! I don’t think we will find a big bed at a bargain price (currently have a kingsize which is too small!) so in the process of turning our bedroom into a family bedroom with bed ‘extensions’ 😉 The birds’ nest is lovely, I am very impressed at how lovely you’ve made it!

  • Maddy Worthington 3 June, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    oh my, i LOVE this!!!!! I love the colours and the whimsical magical look to it all 😀 We are in the process of dreaming and designing a ‘family bedroom’. 3 kiddies, 5/3/2. deciding on massive one level joint togethr bed, or bunks in the mix somewhere. Love the inspiration x