You may have noticed me taking a lot about different home improvements we want to do around our house recently. Whether it’s an extension, office space or storage solutions, there’s a lot of things we could do to make our improve our home, but keep it family friendly.
The temperature has certainly dropped recently and we are all feeling a little bit chilly in our house.
There’s nothing more beautiful than watching your children play in the crisp, white snow in the middle of December. It’s a first for us. The last time it snowed enough to build a snowman Lamb was only 1 teeny tiny week old.
Now, I’m totally ok with the snow, ice and frost, as long as I can stay warm and snuggly indoors.
I’ve been discussing with my other half what options I have for creating a home office. It’s got to the point where I NEED a desk and office space. The sofa just isn’t cutting it anymore. I’ve got a bad back and sore neck, and it’s only going to get worse if I keep working in uncomfortable places.
(Standing up in the kitchen while Bear screams at my feet or on the sofa while he tries to press the off button on my laptop).
I recently wrote about our dream extension, and ideally I’d build an office if we extend the house. But until then, it’s down to finding a space that I can turn into a home office.
The obvious choice would be our cellar, where I currently pack all of my orders for my online shop. But it’s a cellar, and although it’s renovated, it’s still a bit cold and dark down there. Plus it’s also my utility room so is always full of ironing.
The next option would be to create a desk area in our dining room/playroom. But I want a space where I can hide away from the kids, and in all honesty, not be reminded of them with the MASS of toys they own! I’d love somewhere a little more tranquil that is all mine.
That’s when I came up with the idea of creating the space in my bedroom. We don’t have a huge room but I could certainly squeeze a little desk like this one from Ikea into a corner. Then, with a few shelves and accessories, I could create a lovely little space to write and work, where I’m not distracted.
Now as this is my dream home office, I can choose whatever I want to go in it. Which includes this £150 office chair from Ikea. Obviously I wouldn’t actually spend that much on a chair, but as this is my dream…
We desperately need a new blind in our bedroom. And if I’m going to be working in there I want one that hides the sunlight, but doesn’t make the room crazy dark. Roof Windows have this great article on how to choose the right blind. To be honest, I think I’d go for a classic roller blind in a nice colour to compliment our pale walls.
We don’t have any plants in our house, mainly because I’m so bad at keeping them alive. So I’ve bought myself a couple of stylish succulents to pop onto shelves (when I eventually create my home office!)
Staying organised is one of my biggest flaws. I’m NEVER organised. I have a to-do list as long as my arm and I’m the worst for stopping one job half way through and starting another.
My hope is that once I have my home office space I can keep on top of tasks and get into the flow of working a little faster. At the moment life is simply too distracting.
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Does anyone else just love ‘redesigning’ their children’s bedroom in their heads? I’m constantly daydreaming different ideas of what I could do to give the boys their dream bedroom. First of all, they’d have a bedroom each, but as they are sharing I’d have to come up with a theme they’d both love.
And who doesn’t love Disney?!
A question I ask my other half a lot when we talk about redecorating is if we can add a feature wall somewhere.
I’m a creative person and I definitely have the confidence in choosing a vibrant or bold wallpaper and making it work. Not because I have the best taste, but because it would suit my personally to have something a bit ‘out there’ in my house. I’d love something like a black and white striped wallpaper or maybe even a zig zag!
He’s not so keen. His worry is once we have a wallpaper, we’ll be stuck with it. But if I had my own way, we’d be looking for something contemporary and quirky. To convince him to look at feature walls, I’ve asked some of my blogging buddies to share their feature walls from their own homes and why they love them.
“We have this as a feature wall in Freddie’s London themed room. The rest of the walls are white so it’s a nice bright room and curtains are blue. I am never, ever bold like this but I absolutely love it! It works so well and is such a talking point” https://
We have this in my daughter’s bedroom. I love the metallic rose gold finish, but it’s also quite retro. www.aslummymummy.com
As we’ve lived in 3 rented properties in the last five years we’ve always made use of feature walls, whether that be with statement paper, vinyls or paint. I think it’s a great way to bring a bit of your own personality to a property. Also it’s really inexpensive so you can change it on a whim. Http://hibabyblog.co.uk
I’ve two really quirky walls in our house. I love being creative and making our house a bit quirky. I always think if it doesn’t work, we can always redecorate. – ourfairytaleadventure.com
We have this in our spare room. I really like feature walls, especially if there is a colour that’s easy to match accessories with. www.digitalmotherhood.com
We have this in our bedroom. It’s a bit crazy but it gives us colour ‘options’ for duvet covers and accessories! www.packthepjs.com
I’ve got this wallpaper in our bedroom. It was actually given to me by my mum after she changed her mind about it. I’d never thought to have a feature wall before, but I’m so glad I did as it’s completely changed the look of the room, and was the starting point for styling the rest of the room! www.dovecottageblog.com
We have this feature wall in our living room in our 1970s house. Everyone that comes in comments on the wallpaper! Www.maidenheadmum.co.uk
We have a feature wall in our bedroom. We are moving soon and I wish we could take it with us! www.allaboutamummy.co.uk
Our feature wall is up our stairs and I love it! It has quite a shiny quality to it which I think brightens the room up nicely! www.ablondeandababy.com
I love our bedroom feature wall – the room is so dark we were limited to having white on the walls, so it was a great way to add interest and personality to the room. I get so many compliments on the pattern! www.hotpinkwellingtons.co.uk
We have a big feature wall in our living room. It was purple which was a bit imposing so this time we scaled it back to lighter colours and it opened up the room. www.nomipalony.com
I have this as a feature wall in my bedroom….well worth the money spent on it! www.allthebeautifulthings.co.uk this ticked all my boxes.
Hmm, not so much wallpaper but i love a gallery wall which is technically a feature wall, right? Having a gallery wall allowed us to have frames filled with family photos but also some art and other beautiful things. I think its a different dimension to the room having more than just flat frames on a wall. www.theunlikelydad.com
I have to say, I’m loving these feature walls. There’s a couple I would LOVE in my bedroom. The rose gold retro triangles is totally my taste, and I love the birds much more than I thought I would.
Do you have a feature wall in your house?
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