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Week 10: My favourite finds May 29, 2015 16:29
Eek! Much excitement, one of my favourite designers Jane Foster has just launched a range of kitchen textiles featuring her panda, fox and cat designs. The panda is most definitely my favourite and available as an apron, oven glove, tea towel and rather fabulous tea cosy!
Isn't this New York wall sticker great , it's a bit pricey at 96 euros but would be a fun statement in a room!
I found this super cute bamboo wood hedgehog wall clock by Owl & Otter over on Folksy, their otter clock is rather lovely too (I do love a good Folksy browse!).
These rock mugs by Lydia Leith are great for celebrating a great British summer! Choose from Brighton, Margate and Blackpool, they're hand decorated in Stoke on Trent and the cheerful colours will look lovely on your kitchen shelves.
Finally I came across this lovely quilt from Hanna Andersson, I usually buy clothes for little miss from here but I saw they offer a small homewares range now too. I love the hand stitched Scandinavia houses on this quilt and think it would look great on a sofa or chair as much as a bed.
Easter DIY: How we decorated our daughter's bedroom April 27, 2015 12:34
A few weeks ago I shared my plans to decorate little miss' bedroom over the Easter holidays, as usual the job took longer than planned mainly because I'm married to a perfectionist who need to fill every teeny tiny hole in the wall and sand every teeny tiny bump! If it was left to me I'd slap the paint on so I could move onto the fun accessorising bits, anyway, we have now finished - hooray!
The colours were all chosen by little miss so we were working with a turquoise, pink and purple scheme and she absolutely, definitely wanted purple curtains (more on that later!).
We painted the wall behind her bed using a B&Q colours paint called 'Chance', it's not the greatest paint to work with but equally it's not expensive and we only wanted to do one wall in it. Little miss really wanted some sparkly stars and I found this set of Copper Star Stickers by Ferm Living which I think look lovely and they really catch the light. Around the top of her four poster bed (yes I know, she's lucky) we twisted felt bunting and purple fairy lights, it really is the prettiest cosiest place to sleep!
The rest of the walls were painted white and then we accessorised using the accent colours. The Ikea desk was previously bright green so I primed it with Zinsser Bin (I love this stuff) and then used a Valspar spray paint to change it to turquoise, I'll definitely be using the Valspar paint again as it worked a treat.
I bought this huge cork notice board online, it had a plain pine frame which I painted pink and hung over her desk.
There were already some built in shelves in the room and so we painted them pink and purple and they make a great area for little miss to display all her precious ornaments and keepsakes. I used the Valspar spray paint to paint the picture frames the same colour as the desk and put in some felt owl artwork that little miss and I made a few weeks ago.
Finally came the curtains... everybody assumes that because I can sew a cushion that I must be able to sew everything and anything including curtains, this couldn't be further from the truth! Sewing patterns and terminology terrify me so making the curtains was not a consideration at first, however the bay window in the bedroom is 3 metres wide and I discovered that you can't buy ready-made curtains this size. Given that I was being quoted £100s to get the curtains specially made I decided to rise to the challenge and make the purple curtains myself.
Thank goodness for YouTube, this fantastic video showing you how to make simple lined curtains enabled me to make my first pair, they're not perfect, but they fit, they're lined and they're purple! It really wasn't as difficult as I had imagined and I'll definitely be making curtains for other rooms in the house. I ended up spending £41.72 on all the fabric and trimmings saving a small fortune.
So with the addition of a rug and a few other accessories that's it, and we're really pleased with the result and most importantly little miss loves it! It's so satisfying to do it all yourself, it just makes a room a little bit more special and personal to you. The only thing that's missing now is a lampshade, yes I know, you'd have thought I'd have had that sorted....