Wallpaper Love

I LOVE, love, lurrrrveee the half moon Ferm Living wallpaper we used on a section in Axel’s room!

I think it really adds a wow factor and pulls everything together. I love how it sneaks around the corner so that you get a peak of what awaits you from the hallway. Clashing prints in the same accent colour allows for cohesion but a sense of fun – what a boys room should be!

I ordered the wallpaper through the Paper Room – they have an amazing range and provide great advice on what products to use to help ensure you get a perfect result.

It was a little tricky to hang due to wonky walls (the joys of living in Earthquake prone Christchurch in a 1930’s bungalow) and my idea to bring it round the corner, but my Dad and brother did a fab job and probably saved my marriage haha! I have slowly been piecing together my ideas for this space.

You can see that I have ticked off the rug from my wish list on this previous post and swapped out the orange curtains for some neutral ones that Mum had in their place and was replacing. I love it when I find cool boy things to add character and a little design to the room – there are so many girly things out there or things that are brightly coloured which don’t really fit with the style of the room so you can imagine my delight when I found this super cool bat hanger online – cheap, cheerful and monochrome!

See below the photos for links to products I have used so far – mind you the Mocka chair is about to be replaced next week (Axel turns one on Wednesday! Where did that year go?!) by something much more whimsical and a whole lot safer; our crazy child scales the chair, props his feet on the heater then boosts onto the windowsill! Not so safe anymore!

Chair – Mocka (similar here)

Rug – Letliv

Moroccan Pouf – Letliv

Animal Artwork – Bird in a Bunny Suit

Wild Thing Cushion – Society Six

Alphabet Cards – Tanya Wolfkamp

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And onto the next one…

project planning that is. A reasonably big one; renovating our main bathroom! It needs to be kid friendly (I’m thinking wet room style with lots of tiles), provide storage that doesn’t currently exist and bring a modern, fresh asthetic that compliments the style we have throughout the rest of the house.

I’m heading out and about this week to pull samples of tiles for the walls and floor. We want to keep things simple on the walls but juzz things up on the floor.

Here are some of the images that I am looking to for inspiration via my bathroom pinterest board.

Wish me luck and watch this space. (If you could please also send vibes to my husband to finish the other reno projects that are 90 % complete I would REALLY appreciate it 😉 )

Back Into It

I’m rested and ready to roll! Super excited about what 2015 may hold for us… 2014 was obviously extra special as we welcomed Axel into our lives; he has brought a huge amount of energy and excitement into our wee world as well as reducing the amount of sleep and ‘us’ time we get! We also enjoyed two wonderful trips to Australia, resurrected the house after flooding damage and created countless memories with family and friends.

I haven’t made any resolutions this year as I don’t tend to stick to them! However I do have personal goals that I will be doing my best to carry out to help me grow as a person in a positive direction. Do you make New Year resolutions? Do you stick to them?!!

We (by ‘we’ I mean Eli mostly!) have been busy in the back garden area over the break laying new lawn, building a concrete planter box, and renovating the outdoor studio which will be used as a playroom. My Dad also kindly built Axel an awesome sandpit which I’m sure will be used endlessly over the years to come (it does have a cover but wasn’t as photogenic with a blue tarpaulin over it!). Still have lots of planting to do in the garden but we are getting there.

We are looking forward to enjoying our outdoor area next summer without the need for so much hard work!

Hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing, fun and productive festive season x

Here are a few pictures of the fruits of our labour…

Finding a Theme

Our home has a scandi inspired neutral colour palette and I like to build a style or theme in each room through layering pieces that I accumulate over time. I will hold off until I find exactly what I’m looking for, even if I’m not quite sure what it is until I see it!

Axel’s room is a reflection of this process. I’m glad we left his gender as a surprise as it has been so much fun creating his space as I get to know his personality – he is definitely adventurous (a.k.a a crazy crawling mad man who is into everything and must be followed at all times to avoid trips to A & E due to falls!).

I was looking around the other day at the bits and pieces I have added, or he has been gifted, since his arrival, and his copy of Where the Wild Things Are struck me as the perfect colour palette to continue to build into his room. The walls are a taupe / grey and we seem to have already added pops of black, white, silver, moody blue and soft green. See previous posts of Axel’s room here, here , here and here.

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I have a number of things in mind for what I want to add to his room when the bank balance allows it! First things on my hit list are changing the orange curtains to fresh white ones, and then bringing in a black and white floor rug to anchor the space.

Here are some of the things on my wish list for Axel’s room, with the cover of Where The Wild Things Are as the inspiration…

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1. Let Liv Cotton Striped Floor Rug

2. Blacklist Adventure Giant Wall Flag

3. Alphabet Monkey Ashkii Brave Teepee Cot Sheet

4. KM2 Creative Indigo Blue Felt Ball Garland

5. Kolor Berlin Toys and Stuff Storage Bags

6. Silke Bonde Fox and Hedgehog Posters

7. Ourlieu Jungle Kitty Cushion

8. Jamie Kay Soft Grey Cot Blanket

 

 

Bathroom Door Decorating

When Axel went down for his afternoon sleep on Tuesday and I had an itch to do something creative. Our main bathroom is awaiting renovation; there isn’t actually too much wrong with it as such, but the old claw foot bath is leaking so time to upgrade the character features unfortunately. Until we get stuck in, the white on white colour scheme was starting to get a little boring and I had a roll of unused washi tape; here is the results of my little burst of creative energy…

From this:

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To this:

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Not the best photos as the natural light in there isn’t great but I’m sure you get the idea.

Washi tape probably wouldn’t do so great in a bathroom that wasn’t well ventilated, but as it is soooo cheap, super easy to apply (and removes without marking the surface) and comes in such an amazing range of colours and patterns, I think it’s ideal to use as a decorative element in your home.

Washi tape is readily available from a huge number of online stores, check out the range here and here for a start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursery Art

I love sourcing art works for our home and the nursery has been no exception. There are so many amazing prints available via online stores and with Etsy ordering original art from around the world has never been easier.

I have started the beginnings of a gallery wall and am loving the simplicity and practicality of using washi tape to adhere the art works to the wall. It makes it so easy to move them around and play with the layout.

My go-to artist to begin this wall was New Zealander Bayley Collins of Birdinabunnysuit fame. Combining her love of illustration and collage, Bayley creates whimsical images of dressed up animals, hence the title of her business!

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I then spent a ridiculous amount of time perusing Etsy and discovered New Zealand store Toodles Noodles. They have a wide variety of items emblazoned with cute images and typography, I particularly liked the flags and thought one would look great hanging on Axel’s wardrobe door.

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And so continues my hunt for further art to add to the gallery wall – if anyone knows of any great artists specialising in prints please share!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x