Last month, I had the opportunity to attend a forum to discuss sleep and its effects on health and it left me wanting to learn more. This past year, Canada released 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth, which focuses on the whole day, integrating physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep as important elements for health. According to these guidelines, children and youth aged 5-13 years should have 9 to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night, and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14–17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times. While Canada does not yet have similar guidelines for adults, the Mayo Clinic recommends 7-9 hours for adults.
So the time has come for a “bedroom shuffle” at my sister’s house; aptly marked by my nephew recently hurling himself from the crib while he was supposed to be napping. Anyone with children knows that this day is inevitable – when you are sure they are nowhere near moving from a crib to a bed but sure enough, they make their readiness known! Over the next few weeks, my mischievous two-year old nephew will be moving into my niece’s room (i.e. closer to his parents), and my niece will be moving into the guest room (leaving the smaller room currently occupied by my nephew to be converted to my sister’s home office). So much designing fun, I hardly know where to begin but my sister has advised that the first move in this plan will be my niece’s and this had me so excited, I immediately got out my sketch pad (the juxtaposition of my sketch pad sitting on top of a binder of hockey cards should illustrate just how much fun designing a girly space will be for me)!
After completing our living room, which you can read about here, we took a few weeks off to visit with family and enjoy our first fully finished space over the holidays. However, with the last of the Christmas decorations lovingly packed away (and holiday sweets long gone), we are recharged and excited to get back to work!
I wrote a bit about our upcoming plans in my last post, and unfortunately, the bulk of our resources over the next year will be going to some necessary (but boring) projects. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy seeing the shingle options for the new roof, but one can only spend so much time debating black, versus dark gray, versus light gray (and I am sure you are on the edge of your seat on this riveting matter, but you will need to stay tuned for the final selection)!
That said, we do have some smaller areas throughout our home that we would like to tackle in between larger projects. On the main floor, our entry and powder room need a facelift (the entry being the more immediate concern, given we striped the popcorn finish from the ceiling as part of our living room renovation, which you can read about here, but haven’t been back to give it any love since). And while we weren’t planning to do much on our second floor over the next couple of years (other than tackling our son’s room, which you can read about here), we have decided to move our loft up on the priority list after really seeing the benefits of the space for our family while our living room was under construction.
Due to the open concept floorplan of our home, even the smallest of projects need to be carefully planned with consideration given to the impact on future renovations and already finished spaces. A perfect example would be these seemingly smaller projects, as both the entry and the loft are open and visible from our great room (and the entry flows into the powder room). I know that I would like to have a feature wall in both rooms, but am struggling to decide if they need to match, and how to tie them into the design of the great room. Of course, this has led to countless hours on Pinterest and Houzz!
Looking back on 2016, I can’t believe how much we accomplished on our home! Truth be told, we thought we would be further along on our main floor by now but after spending the second half of 2015 completely renovating our condo (which you can read about here), we were determined to slow down the pace when we moved into our new home this past Summer. We have big plans for this house, with a complete overhaul both inside and out in store, but this is our forever home so we have time to gradually work on each project while leaving of time and energy for other things our family enjoys doing together…and with our son’s ever increasing hockey obsession, it turns out time for DIY projects has become limited!
Even so, we really did get a lot done from when we unpacked our boxes this Summer to (temporarily) putting away all the tools just in time for the Christmas holidays!