Bedroom wall art gallery

PS. Please note our bedroom makeover isn’t quite finished, I need to change the bedside lights and the switch plates!

I love the wall art galleries I am seeing around the internet at the moment, I have collected a few on my Pinterest boards for inspiration and as we are doing up our bedroom at the moment I wanted to come up with an idea of bedroom wall art gallery.

Wayfair recently got in touch and invited me to choose some products from their site to create a #SpringShelfie

Perfect timing! I have ordered us a wonderfully comfortable king size bed so the girls can squeeze in on weekend mornings and read with us before our days start. My choice of bed comes with a fabulous headboard which acts as a shelf and a bookcase unit too.

I have gone for a white bedroom, this time, making it a clear space that is light and airy. It’s a very good sized bedroom with built in wardrobes (that also needed painting) and it is easy to keep tidy with all the cupboards, plus the four large drawers under the bed!

Wall art gallery

I have been in love with this idea for a long time and just waiting to use it in our own home. I love how a mixture of paintings, pictures and photographs, placed well together can make an overall display. With this in mind and a couple of pieces I already wanted to use, I started to browse the Wayfair site.

Bedroom wall art gallery

Another favourite way of displaying that I love at the moment is using printed pages out of books and writing or drawing on top of them, so the Shakespeare book print was a perfect start to my wall art gallery, the quote is perfect for bedrooms as well.

I wanted a pop of vibrant colour in my display and so I searched for flowers, I love the Tulip print on canvas, it was just what I was looking for.

These two pieces, together with my own made the perfect backdrop for my headboard and shelf, now I had to find some interesting pieces to continue my display.

Photographs

Previously I had three photos of the twins in frames above the bed. They are very cute but dated, I wanted a change but still wanted photos. My Wayfair search brought up this novel and colourful idea of a family tree with images hanging from the branches. I am still in the process of selecting images of the twins, my older children and the grandkids but I cannot wait to see them all on my tree frame. I chose the colourful option but there is also a white tree with white frames available.

Useful shelves

The practical me kicked in as I continued to think about what I want on my shelf, I thought about my bedtime routine and one thing I do is take out my earrings, take off my necklace and put these pieces somewhere. I found this delightful silver coloured bowl which is perfect for looking after my treasured possessions whilst I sleep.

Bedroom wall art gallery

Bedroom indulgence

A candle, a scented candle and why not? If I am honest this is something I would make more use of than the husband so it would be an indulgence to use when he’s out on a Friday night and I want to slip under the covers and read books with no disturbance. The candle in a tin means there is no harm of catching alight as it will be kept far from anything hanging. This is my girly touch.

Last but not least I popped a couple of books in my display. They are two books that I am currently reading, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert all about being creative and fighting the fear and a very interesting Peace of Mind by Georgina Rodgers which is for busy mums, like me and possibly you. A great book which talks about mindfulness and how to bring it into the midst of your chaos and use snapshots of it. I love it, plus it’s very colourful on the shelf too.

So there you have it, my Bedroom #SpringShelfie.

If you like the products I have chosen you can find them all here

Tulip canvas

Shakespeare book print framed art

Family Tree Frame

Metal dish

Rose candle not the exact same  but very similar

Disclosure: Wayfair sent me the above products for the purpose of this post.

It seems weird to think we have been living in this house now for 5 and 1/2 years, the time has flown by and although we’ve done quite a bit of decorating, we’ve still not done everything we set out to do.

This winter will see us tackle our bedroom and make it into a haven for getting a good night’s sleep.

Maris-World-Bedroom-Makeover1

We started this change just before Christmas by treating ourselves to a new King Size bed, the reason being is the girls like to jump in at the weekend and we all read our books for half an hour before getting up and starting our day. I think it’s a great way to encourage kids to read and I must admit I like those early morning snuggles, it’s a moment of closeness that gets lost in our busy days later and something I am keen to encourage for as long as I can.

So the bed is looking fabulous, it’s white, has four large drawers underneath which house the bed linen and other out-of-sight-junk and my favourite bit is the headboard, which again is white but stands back from the wall with a small shelf running across the top of about 25 cms. Perfect for my photos, and bits and pieces.

Now of course I need to complete the look. Currently all the walls are magnolia and the built in wardrobes have taken on the same hint, we’re still using the original curtains that came with the house that are lovely and thick but way too long, they cover the radiator so we have to hook them up on top in winter to allow the heat into the room.

Jen Stanbrook from Love Chic Living did a bedroom makeover for me a while back and you’ll see I have gone for the bed she proposed, now I have to get on with the rest.

Plans for my bedroom makeover

I’m going to paint the entire room white, walls, ceilings, wardrobes and skirting boards but I’d like one feature wall behind the bed and I love this birch tree wallpaper, I think it’s plain enough to hang pictures on and not take over the room.

black and white tree wallpaper

Image credit HomeDIT

I’d like white plantation blinds like those The Shutter Store gave us for the girls room, we have found them to be the perfect solution, easy to clean and a nice tidy look to the room whilst keeping out the light at the same time. I love how we can direct the light where we want and choose how much by simply moving a shutter.

I need to change the handles on the wardrobes and fit a drawer unit in one of them for my t shirts and folded items. I would like two bedside lamps, we currently have settings on the wall either side of the bed.

I’d also like a full length mirror to go by my bed, something like this one here.

 

full length mirror

Image credit: Exclusive mirrors

To finish off the room I want to hang one large picture or a collection of smaller pictures above the bed like this Gallery Wall by Apartment Therapy which is a great article on how to create something on the cheap. It would allow me to hang lots of my favourite pictures, including art the girls have made and photos I have taken throughout the year.

gallery wall art

Image credit: Apartment Therapy

Another idea buzzing around my head would be to convert the 4th bedroom next to ours into to a master ensuite, in which case I’d best start gathering small bathroom ideas wouldn’t you agree?

sheesham sideboard

Earlier on in the year we treated ourselves to a new dining room table and chairs, the one we had been using for years was very beautiful but very tired. I had been lucky enough to inherit it as a family heirloom which had been passed down through the line from my great grandmother to me. Like I said, beautiful but very tired.

One thing I did like about it was it was big and come Christmas or family occasions I could easily sit 10/12 at my table comfortably. On looking for a new table I wanted something that was as adaptable.

Once it arrived and we had adjusted our living/dining room it became apparent that we could really do with a sideboard.

My tiny kitchen is heaving at the seams with crockery, gadgets and all sorts of cooking paraphernalia and it can be really frustrating putting everything back in the cupboard once it’s been washed and dried, it fells like I need a degree in engineering to squeeze it all back in.

A sideboard would be the perfect solution, I could home my beautiful but not so frequently used items in there and make some space in the kitchen cupboards. I could also use the excuse to go through all my wares and throw out what is no longer needed or used.

sheesham sideboard

I hunted high and low and came across Sheesham furniture which I had never heard of before but fell in love with instantly. Sheesham is an evergreen rosewood tree also known as Indian Rosewood and is known internationally as a premier timber species. The heartwood is extremely durable and not only that has a wonderful tonality to it ranging from golden to dark brown.

I ordered my sheesham sideboard and was amazed at the delivery. The guy went to the trouble of bringing it in, unpacking it, taking away all the rubbish and asking me if I wanted the handles changed as the original wooden ones had been replaced with metal ones. I did ask him to change them over for me and I was really impressed with his fantastic customer service. Thank you.

I love how the wood is really thick. It is a strong piece of furniture that will easily brave a busy household and live to tell the tale. It is extremely well made and sturdy. The finish is beautiful and it is very easy to look after.

I am still not tired of looking at my beautiful sideboard and have posted  a few images on Instagram of how wonderful it is. I also spoke about it on our weekly #MumsLikeUs with Nadine from JuggleMum. It is made up of two cupboards at either side and three central drawers. I have alcohol and glasses in one cupboard and china and serving dishes in the other. The drawers now home serviettes, table mats and table cloths.

So have I made any room in the tiny kitchen? Maybe a little bit but still not enough. I now have my eye on a total kitchen revamp, that should do the trick!

Disclosure: Trade Furniture gave me this sideboard to review for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.

 

Bissell SpotCleanerI am officially old, I can get excited about carpet cleaners, who knew?

Bissell contacted me over the summer holidays and asked me if I’d like to review their Bissell SpotCleaner. Ohh, I thought as I clocked up the stains on the various carpets around the house, there was the tea stain by my bed, the mud stain on the bottom step of the stairs, the juice stain on the rug in the girl’s room and I remembered the glass of red wine stain on the white carpet that happened one Christmas at mum’s. A SpotCleaner could come in really handy if it worked.

I agreed to give it a whirl and was sent through my portable carper cleaner.

Bissell SpotClean

Here is a short Vine of the portable carpet cleaner in action on the tea stain, it was really quick to remove. I was amazed and went on a stain hunt after that initial success.

My first thoughts were on the design as it is very compact and neat and tidy. It will be easy to store and it’s not too heavy to lug around the home whilst in action. Top marks for design.

My second thoughts went to the practical side, how easy would it be to use? Very easy, stupidly easy. There are two tanks, one for the clean water and products the other to suck up the dirty water from the carpet.

The clean water side is very handy as it has marked levels for the water, and the two products used to clean. It really couldn’t be easier and you fill it using hot water from the tap. There are two levels as well, one for small stains and one for large stains.

My first attack was on the tea stain by my bed. It happened one weekend when I was being lazy and brought two cups of tea up to enjoy under the covers with a book, we’ve all done it. I go to pass over husband’s cup to him and ‘Oops’ there went some tea on the clean carpet. Bum.

Muddy or dirty shoes in and out of the house are another easy stain to clock up especially with children around.

The dog has added his own paw marks and then there was the permanent black marker stain but I don’t think ANYTHING will get that one up.

I filled up my machine which was really quick and easy to do, plugged it in, turned it on and started to spray using the trigger on the nozzle at the same time scrubbing lightly with the brush provided. I watched the stain disappear in front of my eyes. Magic.

I moved around the house with ease on a stain hunt and thanks to the long lead was able to cover quite a distance.

The only stain it didn’t get up (which isn’t surprising) is the permanent black marker. Thanks girls for that one!

Verdict

I am very impressed. The Bissell SpotCleaner comes in at £129.99 and includes cleaning product too. It has tackled the stains we had and I shall definitely be recommending it my family and friends.

Disclosure: I was sent a Bissell SpotCleaner for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own.

 

IKEA office space

As the girls are growing up so their needs change with them; now we have computer laptops on which they access Mathletics and Bug Club, two websites offered by the school to help with their learning. That was year 2. Now we’re in year 3 and there’ll be weekly homework, spellings, maths, French and who knows what else will come our way?

I like helping them out, I like to make sure they are doing homework and not staring off into space or being distracted by toys in the bedroom so I wanted to change my workspace into an area where it would be comfortable for us all and above all practical.

Last year I worked with IKEA on storage solutions and we were sent this fabulous shoe cupboard which is a godsend for keeping shoes, flip flops, sandals and trainers in one easy to find place for the entire family. Now I needed to create a communal space for work study and play.

I sent through details of what I was looking for and asked whether they could help? They asked for precise measurements and they sent them all off to one of their expert designers, Marie Tenglund who drew up a plan.

I explained that the girls love craft, especially Hama beads and activities that take more than one go to complete. This created a problem as they were working on the dining table and come meal times their works of art would need to be moved out of the way. Any parent dealing with Hama beads will know that moving half finished works of art made of Hama beads is NEVER a good idea. The amount of times I have seen them disintegrate as I hover from table to my desk sending the tiniest beads bouncing all over the floor.

Expedit bookcase and desk - Ikea

My previous desk was too small for all three of us but to move it would mean losing the fabulous storage unit – also IKEA which was home to so many bits and pieces.

ikea desk

We now have a long desk, you see it tidy (ish) to put the design in it’s best light for the photo, it isn’t always like this. Normally there are colouring books and felt tips scattered over, pieces of cut paper and my mess at the other end by the window.

The cupboards hide a multitude of sins too. Art materials, books, paperwork, charging leads, all sorts goes in there.

Then there is the shelving unit on the opposite wall. They are three separate units that stand together and are incredibly spacious. The boxes hold a whole range of odds and ends!

To top off the look, my new computer which after years of an 11″ screen laptop is the Best Thing Ever.

ikea desk computer

Easy to assemble

There was a lot to put together and it involved moving other furniture around so the assembly took place over two weekends. The first was the shelving unit and the desk and the second weekend the cupboards and the bar holding all our pens and small bits.

Easy to care for

Literally wipe clean. I have had a few felt pens that have marked the surface but nothing a magical eraser can’t handle.

Disclosure: IKEA sent me the furniture pieces you see in these photos for the purpose of this post. All words, images and opinions are my own.

IKEA work space