I LOVE a good piece of art. Or a pretty picture.
But let’s be honest, it’s not so easy finding stunning prints or art work that is both affordable and easy to frame.
Particularly, if you’re anything like me and have a wee penchant for gallery walls!
But folks, I think I may have actually found the answer thanks to the work of a Scandinavian company which has recently launched in the UK.
THE older I get, the more I find myself shunning neutrals in favour of colour.
Particularly when it comes to my home.
There’s just something about adding colour, which makes me happy, especially when it comes to accessories and the like.
WE’VE been in our house for three years now.
And our lovely 1920s house, still needs a lot of work. When we moved in, with Elsie at just six weeks old (yep, totally mad!), it was like an 80s woodchip city.
And although we’ve done lots of work on the house already – knocked down walls, put in a new kitchen etc etc – the one room in the house that is absolutely desperate for some much needed love and attention is our bedroom.
It is, I think, quite possibly the worst room in the house so far. And it’s making us miserable.
But, not anymore!
Because I’m on a mission people, to transform it into a glamorous and relaxing sleep / lurve palace. Yep, it’s time for us to have a proper grown up and sophisticated bedroom, with a little touch of the exotic.
So as it’s National Wallpaper Week this week so I’ve finally bitten the bullet and ordered this stunning Kelly Hoppen Ikat White / Prussian Blue wallpaper from Graham and Brown.
I love the bold but sophisticated print, am a huge fan of navy blue and white and just know it will make a fabulous statement wall in our 1920s room that currently has mint green wood chip walls. (And no sadly, I’m not kidding.)
I’M not quite sure how it’s happened already but it has.
Elsie has grown up and so it’s time to move my not-so wee cherub out of her nursery and give her a ‘proper’ bedroom. You know with lots of room to play, where she can let loose and throw her toys about.
Currently Elsie is in a teeny tiny room. Which is fine and has been perfectly lovely (if I do say so myself, I took great pride in decorating this!) however now she’s older and much more active, there’s no doubt about it, she needs more room to spread her toddler wings and she needs it quick.
So it’s out of the nursery (which will probably become an office and perhaps one day another nursery if we’re lucky – ooo er!) and it’s into a big room with lots of space. I know, she’s a very lucky girl isn’t she?
Ideally, we’re planning on moving her in asap. One, because it’s time. And two, because we’ve bought her a gigantic vintage dolls house (that I’m currently renovating, eek!) which will be her Christmas present and there is no absolutely no room downstairs for it. This dolls house demands a big playroom.
As she’s grown older, her needs have of course changed and so I’ve been busy scouring the net and good ol’ Pinterest looking for inspiration. Here are some of the things I’m currently loving / thinking about which I’ll hopefully introduce into Elsie’s new bedroom soon.
I thought I’d share them because, well, if you’re anything like me (and Elsie) you might just love ’em too.
How fantastic are these animal heads from Urbanara? (A very hip and gorgeous online retailer) I’m not actually sure how I could choose one from this collection as they’re all so damn fabulous, but as Elsie is rather partial to a big cat, I guess we might just be investing in the lovely Tiger one very soon.
If you haven’t got acquainted with the kids accessories on Urbanara yet, then do. They’re all absolutely splendid.
A reading nook
Elsie loves her books and is quite the bookworm which is wonderful and heartwarming because I was exactly the same apparently.
I’ll often find her curled up on our sofa with a book in hand, flicking through the pages and making little stories up. Therefore I think the idea of a reading nook like this in her bedroom could well be a stroke of genius.
I’m going to utilise this gorgeous and ridiculously cheap canope that currently hangs over her toddler cotbed and add in some fairy lights, plenty of comfy pillows and perhaps a bit of faux fur for her too to sit on and cuddle up with.
Sounds good doesn’t it? I might even have a little sit down in there myself when it’s finished.
Whilst Elsie loves pink at the moment, the thought of a pink princessy wonderland just doesn’t quite work for me. And more importantly for her. This is a girl who needs technicolour in her life! ;-)
I love colour and can’t wait to introduce lots of it into her bedroom. Currently her existing furniture and her new big bed (!) are white so I’m thinking some lovely colourful furniture like this that I spotted on Pinterest will work brilliantly, even if I do have to do the painting myself.
She’s crafty my little girl and I don’t mean in the cheeky sense. Like most toddlers and young kids, she loves to paint and draw and I think I’ve found the perfect thing to entertain her upstairs in her new room.
I recently bought a tin of blackboard paint (for her dolls house) and have used hardly any and so it got me thinking, what on earth can I do with the stuff?
Soon I remembered an old table that currently lies unloved and abandoned in our garage. The perfect size. And the perfect height for my little girl. And so guess what I’m going to do with it? Yep I’m going to paint the top with my leftover blackboard paint and let her loose with the white stuff.
Will it be messy? Will she start to colour in every table she sees? Who knows! Perhaps she will. Perhaps it’ll be the worst thing I’ve ever thought of. But what the hell. If it all goes wrong, at least I can chalk it up to experience and she’ll have plenty of fun in the process.
What do you think of my ideas for Elsie’s room? Can you recommend some brilliant online shops for kids bedroom stuff? Have you any tips for me? As always I would love, love, love to hear your thoughts x
OK, this post today is a little bonkers granted but I really do think you’re going to enjoy it.
And if nothing else, well it may just get you thinking about stuff like life and the universe, which can only be a good thing right?!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see a glimpse into your future? Or to be hypnotised?
Well, shortly, in a little film from Ikea, you’re going to meet a couple who did just this. Although their future was purely a work of fiction, created for them by world renowned hypnotist Justin Tranz.
I don’t know about you guys, but I find anything a bit weird, anything a little kooky, really fascinating and as I’m always open to finding out more about the world, our minds and our souls etc (we’re getting deep now aren’t we?!) I thought I’d share it with you all.
Plus, I’m not afraid to admit, I totally love Ikea. Shopping experience aside (I’m not the only one to have arguments in their stores am I?!) it’s just brilliant isn’t it? Fabulous furniture, lovely prints, cheap as chip orchids! Yep, as you can gather, I’m a big fan.
I’ve always been pretty skeptical about hypnotism however, I have to say I think the couple in this film are pretty convincing! Plus it’s filmed inside an Ikea store, which totally adds to the ‘bonkers factor’ and naturally gives you a chance to check out some of their current goodies too.
The film is a little longer than normal (about 3mins) so get comfy, grab a cuppa if you’re parched, and sit down and revel in the craziness. And when you’ve finished, let me know what you think!
Ladies and gents, meet *Jeff & *Beth…
Are you convinced? Have you ever been hypnotised? Do you think Ikea have gone a little crazy with this video or it is refreshing to see a company try something totally different when it comes to marketing? Let me know! x
*Disclaimer – this is a sponsored post however as always opinions are my own.
QUITE a statement to make ey?
But seriously, this book, that I am about to share with you, is an absolute belter. A stonker of an interior design book that I just know you are going to adore.
My life currently – besides juggling a demanding freelancing career with toddler parenting – is all about interiors, as I attempt to make our lovely house, which needs LOTS of work, into a beautiful, comfortable and stylish home.
Built in the 1920s, our house has many original features and heaps of potential, but hadn’t seen much TLC, until we moved in just under two years ago when Elsie was still a newborn. (Yep, I still shudder at this memory!)
As I type, my husband is currently cursing whilst trying to remove wood chip from our hallway. I can’t blame him, wood chip is an absolute bugger to get off walls!
Anyway, you get the picture. We have much work to do with our home, which is why when I came across ‘Making A House Your Home’ in my local TK Maxx, I immediately grabbed it and plopped it in my basket with glee.
This book is brilliant. A real cracker. Written by Clare Nolan, the Lifestyle Editor of YOU magazine, it really is beautiful, packed with over 300 inspiring, vibrant images and many, many tips. There are even step by step projects for the most adventurous.
‘Making A House Your Home’ covers everything you can think of when it comes to transforming your home. Every single room is catered for, from how to decorate your hallway (I’ve been devouring these pages recently) to creating a bedroom for your teenage daughter.
There is brilliant advice in spades; on how to maximise your space, beautify your quarters and get more organised. But the thing that makes this book really stand out, and what makes me love it so much, is the fact that it encourages you to work with what you already have and to find your own unique style so that your house becomes a true, stunning reflection of you and your family.
It isn’t just about creating a show stopping house, it is about helping and encouraging you to build a HOME.
And I’m not the only one to love it. Interior guru Kelly Hoppen is also a fan;
What is different to many is the emphasis on styling as it is such an amazing way to reinvent, refresh and re-energise your interiors without having to redecorate your entire home. This book exceeds any I have seen before.”
So, if like me, you can’t stand houses that are ‘matchy matchy’ and lacking in personality, trust me, you will love this. If, like me, you prefer and have more of an eclectic style, you will adore it.
And if, like me, you’re desperate for inspiration as you have so much work to do in your home, then honestly, you need to buy this book.
It looks great, it’s fascinating and will certainly get your creative juices flowing, but beyond all of this, I have a feeling it may just well change your life.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of this book? Have you come across any fabulous interior design books?
With love (and pouts!),
I can’t tell you how proud I am of Elsie’s nursery.
After moving house when Elsie was just seven weeks old, we didn’t manage to get her nursery finished until a few months ago. Needless to say it was frustrating at times, however, like with all good things, it was well worth the wait!
Elsie’s room – like all of the rooms in our beautiful but neglected old home – needed quite a bit of work doing to it before we could even begin decorating.
So out went the old wallpaper, the threadbare carpet and dingy curtains and in came neat plastered walls, a carpet deep and luxurious enough to sink your feet into and new beautiful curtains.
We painted the room a light antique cream and chose a child-friendly grey carpet as we wanted the room to have a neutral base but be filled with LOTS of colour…as well as plenty of precious things.
I don’t usually share images of my home on the blog, but after being asked by so many of you to publish some pics, I’ve decided to make a rare exception to the rule.
Here are a few snapshots to give you a feel of the final result.
Welcome to Elsie’s space, a little room filled with a whole lotta love!
Cot – Mamas & Papas * Wardrobe and display unit – Ikea * Bed canopy – Ikea * Japanese paper balloons – Petra Boase * Bedding – Little Bird at Mothercare * Curtains – made by Stepmum * Rocking chair – vintage eBay find restored and painted by my husband * Paper fan garland – Petra Boase * Artwork – Petra Boase * Rabbits & crystals – a bespoke piece by Bijoux Twenty Two* Butterflies – local shop * Mini rocker – TK Maxx * Wall stickers – Achica*
- Don’t be afraid to mix old with new – vintage pieces and retro furniture mix well with new contemporary items and inject character and charm. Plus they’re often a lot cheaper!
- Fill a nursery with love – Elsie’s room is filled with handmade and bespoke pieces – made by us or kindly given to us from family and friends – as well as items that belonged to us, like my old teddy bear. I love the fact that nearly everything in her room has been crafted especially for her or given to us a gift as it shows just how much she is loved. If ever there is a room to fill with love in a house, it’s this one.
- Help promote good sleep with a blackout curtain or blind – seriously, come summer you will be thankful you did this. Try a double curtain pole (our preferred choice).
- If you’re struggling for design ideas, pick ONE item for inspiration – Inspiration for Elsie’s nursery came to me from a woollen rainbow striped blanket. I loved the use of colour and texture and so that became my guide.
- Don’t be afraid of DIY – decorating can often be daunting, especially when you’re strapped for time and / or cash. But don’t let it put you off having a go. There’s plenty of great advice online these days, such as this brilliant free eBook from Local Traders. So read up, get prepared and then get stuck in! You’ll be mighty impressed with yourself when it’s all done.
Till the next time, always chose carpets that are comfy on the toes!
P.S It really is amazing what a lick of paint and a little TLC can do.The results of my husband’s handy work…
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
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