I love looking for new things to cover our walls so I thought I’d share a couple of recent discoveries of mine.
First up, you may already know Floss & Mischief for their cross-stitch kits that feature bold and beautiful bugs (one day I will sit down and embroider one before Charlie hasn’t grown out of his insect phase). But recently they’ve just launched a new line of thread art, bringing to life black and white photos with brightly coloured sewing floss – simple but effective!
Second is designer Corrin Strain, the talent behind Lloyd Loves who seems to know exactly what my all-time favourite song lyrics are and has brilliantly transposed them onto paper (or even plates in some cases). There’s a whole section dedicated to The Smiths!
Finally, if you like your sewing hoops to have a bit of bite, check out the sweary sewing skills of Thimble & Bobbin and StitchCulture. Embroidering rap lyrics and film quotes onto chintzy backgrounds is the perfect combination of naughty and nice.
We’ve just done a bit of a switcheroo in the house, swapping over the kids’ bedrooms. Previously Charlie and Flo shared a bunk bed in one room while Bea had a nursery in the other bedroom. I really liked the idea of brother and sister sharing a room and hoped it would forge a healthy sibling bond regardless of gender. Hmmmm. Actually it’s been fine but as Charlie gets older (he’ll be 8 next month) and Bea slowly gets too big for her cot, we just felt it was time for a logical change. Charlie is desperate for his own little space, while the girls, being closer in age, will hopefully enjoy sharing a room (hmmm).
Anyway, needless to say, this has required a bit of an interiors re-think since Bea’s nursery looked like this. The decor doesn’t exactly scream pre-teen boy does it? At this point, I will just say that I don’t believe in colour-coding kids rooms (although sometimes it sort of ends up that way haphazardly). Instead, I’m encouraging the kids to just go bright and multi-coloured. So, while Charlie might want lots of blue, I’m going to temper that with a shed load of orange, green, turquoise and monochrome too, which he seems good with. Cue massive Pinterest session.
Here are a few ideas I’ve recently pinned to inspire his new room makeover. I’ll share some photos once it’s finished.
Charlie is still massively into dinosaurs and Lego and has so many models that he likes to keep on display (don’t even talk to me about the dusting – I don’t), so I’m looking for great shelving/display ideas like this. We’ve already used those little white Ikea shelves elsewhere in the house so I think they’ll work well. Also, how do I decorate a wall with black triangles? Answers on a postcard please!
I hadn’t realised how fixated I’d become on green recently until I started pinning these images. I just think it’s a really nice fresh, bright (and neutral) colour for a boy (or a girl) that works well with black, white, grey and wood.
I like the idea of ‘boy’ bunting and might even make some myself if I can get round to it. Love that T-Rex dinosaur cushion on the bed too. Charlie’s new room has just been recently painted white, so it’s a nice blank canvas. It’s already fairly snug now it’s got his new white desk bed thing (which has a built-in wardrobe too) so I’d like to use the rest of the space to accessorise and add colour so that it feels really cheerful and cool for him when he’s holed up in there.
As with most of the rooms in our house, I’d really like Charlie’s wall to have lots of pictures and personalisation – these clipboards are great (although I’ll probably end up washi-taping anything that moves to the wall as usual). Love that Lego print!
These lights are another nice way to add colour to a boy’s room. I’m also on the lookout for a cool new lampshade too.
I could go on (and on) but I won’t (blimey, I’d forgotten how addictive Pinterest is). If you want to disappear down that rabbit hole for a bit, take a look at my boards for more examples (of pretty much everything!). Can’t wait to share this little room makeover with you soon – Charlie is beyond excited to have his own more ‘grown up’ space so he’s champing at the bit.
Let me know if you have any top tips for decorating/personalising a kids’ room.
I recently took a trip over to Manchester to visit a brand new interiors shopping event called Home is in the North. It was held in Halle St Peter’s, a beautifully restored Victorian church building in the up-and-coming Ancoats area, near the Northern Quarter. This would have been reason alone to visit but on the day this stunning room was also filled with independent interior designer-makers and there was some great talent on show. I thought you might like to see which ones caught my eye in case you’d like to check them out for yourselves. ^^Annabel Perrin^^^^Katherine Lees Ceramics^^
The good news is that Home is in the North will return to the same venue this November, so you can get yourselves along next time for loads more interiors eye candy. There are also plans in the pipeline to take the event on tour like a travelling pop-up so it could be coming to a city near you!
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Okay, I know there’s technically seven egg cups here but Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali come as a pair and who am I to split them up? I love egg cups, mainly because I love a dippy egg and toast soldiers (breakfast of champions) and I have persuaded the kids to do so too. Hence, we have a growing collection.
For quirky crockery collectors like me, egg cups are an easy win: cheap, cheerful and easy to display, plus they earn their place on the shelf being used at least once a week. With Easter fast approaching (I can’t believe my kids break up at the end of this week) I think egg cups are a really great gift for people of all ages at this time of year and would also make a nice teacher’s present too. Whether you choose to fill them with chocolate or real eggs is up to you. Here’s a selection of some of my favourites currently available to buy.
I like the word Mimosa; it conjures up sprigs of yellow flowers and delish champagne cocktails. Now it also has another positive connotation for me since I found this lovely gift website called Mimosa Street.
There’s a great collection of products – including gorgeous handmade jewellery and beautiful objects for the home – that are unique, ethical and eco-friendly, because they are sourced directly from small independent suppliers, artists and designers. Here’s my pick of the products from the site and if you like too, then you might want to use this special discount code exclusively for Kat got the Cream readers – just quote KTGTC15 at the checkout to gain 15% off (valid until 1st April 2014).