I think it’s fairly safe to say, all puns intended, that I am nesting. We are house hunting but as that seems to be one tiny mouldy dry-rotted time warp after another, I am now in the sort of mind where I want to instead make our rental cottage as homely as possible. We’ve come a long way from August 2009 when we moved in and spent two weeks cleaning the place, but the years of neglect and plain old lack of love do show. Especially when it rains. Then those years of neglect show all over the coombed ceilings in sinister, spreading damp marks…
I digress! Sol’s bedroom seems to be the room where we really ran out of steam- the ceiling is mildewed, and a legacy of three sticker-obsessed girls faintly shadows the walls in various pony, ice cream and monkey shapes, covered but not totally obscured by peeling lilac paint. Poor Solomon. And, possibly, if we are here long enough, poor Baby Two, who will be sharing the sizeable but rather depressing room. So we’ve decided to at the very least paper and paint the walls and ceilings, and of course this has lead me on to fantastical internet trawls of children’s bedroom and décor ideas. It has to be on a woodland theme I think (there is a battered old wooden toadstool for the Brownies in the Guide Hut, site of one of Sol’s toddler groups, which the children love, and which set me off I think) and first up is the owl lamp, above. It’s from a company called White Rabbit which stocks beautiful lamps and night lights. Sol got very excited upon seeing it on the laptop. The wallpaper is gorgeous too- I dread to think how much it costs per metre though!
Next is a toadstool seat/table/fairy hideaway like the one above, previously available from Cox and Cox- but now sadly withdrawn as they don’t adhere to EU fire regulations! If I was feeling extra crafty I might try to make one, but I think I’ve got enough on my plate at the moment: one for the to do list. Or for Oli’s to do list perhaps.
This owl rug (design and in particular children’s design is very owly at the moment it would appear) is absolutely gorgeous but at £495 it certainly will not be gracing Sol’s floor any time soon, sadly- it’s from Mini Moderns, who also stock fantastic wallpaper. I particularly like their new nautical one.
(Slightly) more attainable is this sweet 1970s style tree wallpaper from Cloudberry Living; I love the colours.
An even better way to dickie up your walls -and probably the best bet in a house you’ll never own- is reusable wall stickers. These cheery toadstools are also from Cloudberry Living, and are £34.95. I love them but they do have a rather trippy Alice in Wonderland edge to them. Perhaps it’s the size?!
Last but certainly not least is illustrator Judy Kaufmann, Chilean but residing in Barcelona and creating the most beautiful prints. Newborn babies are utterly bamboozled by black and white, and I confess I am too by this stunning tree print. It has tiny birds in amongst the swirling leaves, and she has more urban images of traffic jams and apartment blocks too in glorious colours.
Really I could go on and on, especially with artworks. There’s a whole host of linocuts and woodcuts out there that are too beautiful for words. But perhaps those are for another post another day. Back to quilting now!