So, I bit the bullet and painted our living room and included a black feature wall. I’d been busting to paint in there for ages; the last time it was painted I was on maternity leave with Daisy and honestly, I didn’t do a very good job! This time around, I took my time, did as many coats as were actually needed (rather than thinking “that’ll do!”) and I’m so happy with it.I freshened up the rest of the room with bright white, but couldn’t decide on a darker colour for the fireplace wall. I toyed with a dark bottle green, deep navy and every shade of grey I saw. In the end, I spotted a pot of ‘Black’ by Johnstones and took the plunge, telling myself I could always paint over it later.Well, now that it’s finished I can safely say this the best I’ve ever liked this room. The black is dramatic and makes the white look even brighter than normal. It’s the perfect backdrop for any colour accessories and the room is so much cosier!I did wonder if the monochrome would be a little harsh or minimal, but with the wooden floor and warm coloured settee and rug, it works great. I added some new cushion covers for autumn (always changing them up for the seasons!) and layered the rug with a new vintage style one, along with a few new accessories. I have a terrible habit of painting and changing my mind pretty quickly, but I never thought I’d like it as much as I do and can’t see us changing it for a long, long time. I’m already thinking of how gorgeous the Christmas tree will look against the black! Everything really seems to pop against it.If you’re thinking about painting a colour a bit more dramatic than you normally would, just go for it! I’m so glad I went for the black and it’ll be sticking around for a while.
I posted a while back about our plans to update Daisy’s bedroom before the baby arrives (you can read a bit about it here). Well, we FINALLY got it finished recently and I couldn’t love it more! It had always been a bit dark and moody, in spite of all the pink, glitter and girliness, so I wanted to make it a lot lighter.We started by painting the whole room white (just your basic trade pot of white paint, nothing fancy!). Straight away, the room was bigger and brighter. We updated Daisy to a new big girl bed from the mothership that is Ikea (I would highly recommend these day beds if you have the space). It’s a single bed as standard with two stacked mattresses, but pulls out to a double. It’s already proved handy for any guests and for weekend sleepovers, with a movie and snacks. It also has three huge drawers for storage; I changed the drawer pulls to some jute knot ones I found in TKMaxx.I found these super cute printables on Etsy and sprayed some metal shelves gold to pop a little against the white walls. I used some cushion covers I already had to make the bed cosy and more of a settee during the day. Plain white bedding means I can swap out the cushions and throws anytime to change things up a bit.I found this amazing peacock chair on Gumtree for £20 and updated the £25 Ikea Rast chest of drawers with a splash of yellow paint and some gorgeous drawer pulls from Homebargains. I also painted the inside of the door in the same yellow.We moved Daisy’s play kitchen to her room to give her a bit more space in the playroom and it’s worked great. She plays with it far more now, as it’s separate from her other toys. It may also have something to do with the new bits and pieces I got for it, including tea towels, utensils and a little dish brush.It’s such a sunny space now and feels like summer even on the rainiest days. Daisy loves spending time in there, playing, reading and watching the sheep and horses on the mountain out of her window. I’m still considering a feature wall of some sort, but for now I’m so, so pleased with it.
We had a plan to decorate Daisy’s bedroom for her before the baby comes along – as a bit of a present to her and hopefully an incentive to keep her in there a bit more at night! It hasn’t ever been decorated specifically for her, it was painted gray as a spare room and when we moved her into it (as it was bigger than her old room) we just kept the gray walls.The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I definitely want to make it lighter and warmer in there. Whilst looking at bedding the other day, I made the mistake of asking Daisy what colour she wanted in her ‘new big girl room’, to which she replied… “Purple!” Hmm… This however quickly changed to “Yellow!” and now I’m pretty sure she’s following my decor habits in that I get bored quickly, and want to change things up on a regular basis. So, I’m going to stick to what I normally do, keeping the basics quite neutral and then add some colour with accessories, which we can change out anytime.
We’re going to be getting a new bed eventually and I knew a while back I wanted one of the IKEA day beds that extend to a double if needed. This one is on the shopping list, the floor is a lovely wood effect vinyl and we have a fluffy cream/white rug in there too, which will probably stay, as well as the giant tissue paper flower I bagged from an M&S window display!Her IKEA kitchen is in her room now to make more room in the playroom (you can see the updates for that here) and the only other furniture will possibly be a chest of drawers. There’s a little nook area for a wardrobe that doesn’t work too well as it’s a bit too deep, so I’ll be kitting that out with rails and shelves to make the most of the space.
I’ve already got some gorgeous curtains that are sort of a watercolour print in purples, pinks and peach, and the dreamy storage stool below from my January Favourites. I’m still undecided on wallpaper/wall decals/paint effects etc, but really fancy some sort of feature wall. I’d like some quirky wall prints too and LOVE these ones on Etsy, which are downloadable too, so you just print them yourself.Let me know your go to shops for children’s decor or any feature wall ideas you used for your little ones. Pregnancy has me undecided about everything, so I need all the help guys!
Ahhh, the mothership that is TKMaxx / Homesense. I swear that place has a magnet that draws me in. I. Just. Can’t. Walk. Away! On yet another occasion of “Oh I’ll just have a look”, I found this gem. We’re going to be decorating Daisy’s room in the next few weeks and I thought this was perfect. It could be a bed side table, a seat or just a decorative storage box. Either way, it spoke to me and was swiftly loaded into the back seat.
Wrapping Paper Posters
I started following Willow & Stone on Instagram a few months back and lusted over their posters for a while, before I stumbled on their ‘wrapping paper’. Sized 50x70cm, these make perfect posters and are advertised as such on their site. I love changing out our home accessories and have even used wallpaper samples in the past to change out our poster frames. These were only £3.50 each and look way more expensive.Paris MonumentsEye Chart
I realise that I’m ridiculously late to the party, but I recently started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and I LOVE IT! With Jon working shifts, I always like to have a series I can binge watch in the evenings and with 5 seasons, this is perfect. The only problem is that I don’t want to go to sleep!
Pyjamas of Dreams
There’s a new rule in our house, put there by Jon… if I buy a pair of pyjamas, I must get rid of an old pair. If you’ve read my recent pregnancy update, I mentioned that I’m trying to only buy clothing that I’ll be able to wear after pregnancy too, cue button down pjs. I can pop a longline vest on when the buttons don’t go over my bump, and just wear the top open. These beauties are from Matalan. All the look of Victoria’s Secret, but without the price tag.
How do children accumulate so much junk? Like, seriously? Daisy hasn’t long turned 3 and the toy situation was getting out of control. When Daisy started ‘playing’ with her toys a lot more, we decided to move the dining table into the kitchen, to give her (and the toys) a space of their own. This was great for a while, but gradually as more toys appeared, the room got cluttered and meant there was less and less space for her to actually play.
Everything was mixed up in a few large storage bags, so Daisy would end up tipping everything out and not actually playing with anything. As you can see, it started getting a bit out of hand.Just before Christmas, I decided enough was enough and armed with black bags, I started going through what felt like a real life version of pages 300 – 350 of the Argos catalogue. I threw out anything broken, separated anything that could be sold or donated and then split all the keepers into categories.
One mama and Daisy trip to IKEA (whilst wearing my very apt ‘Girl Power’ jumper), I picked up some storage units, boxes and obviously the essential napkins and candles; in our family, you don’t leave IKEA without them!I bought two of these units and eight storage boxes (similar here). I put them all together within an hour and already the room looked so much better. Label maker in hand, I popped one above each box to say what goes where and filled them up. The units themselves are the perfect height for sitting too, so a few pretty cushions made it a cosy reading spot.Daisy has so much more room to play now and it’s also helping to teach her to tidy her toys away; win, win! It made our Christmas shopping easier too, as we could see exactly what she has and what she loves playing with the most (as well as knowing what we can store and where). The blinds are a little squiffy and I’m planning on adding a few rails on the main wall for her arty stuff, but for now a few easy changes have made a huge difference to the little lady’s playtime.Emma x