Home Décor – The Humble Shelf

Shelf – a flat length of wood or rigid material, attached to a wall or forming part of a piece of furniture, that provides a surface for the storage or display of objects… it doesn’t sounds very sexy, does it?… when in fact some shelves can be super sexy, stylish and even breath-taking!

Home Décor – The Humble ShelfLately we found ourselves spending a lot of time thinking of ways to revamp our house as a whole… don’t get me wrong, our house is perfectly fine but we are running (wrong tense I am sure) out of storage space… various sized things seem to be continuously popping through the letter box and/or door and so as we stand at this moment we can’t store much (any) more and the whole issue is compounded by the fact I am an alleged hoarder… end result there are two possibilities, either we need a serious de-cluttering session or we need to re-think and change some of our storage spaces.

Mark and I hardly ever agree on things from the get go but we always end up in agreement but in this instance we both agreed from the start that shelves was the way to go… they allow your room to look far more airy yet still provide valuable storage, which at this point we so desperately need.

I was browsing the net for inspiration and I came across some truly awesome shelving units… as they impressed me so much I’ve decided to share them with you… just in case you have a storage problem too and are stuck for ideas.

Home Décor – The Humble Shelf – Corner shelvesCorner shelves
Looking at our corners most of them present themselves as a dead space… there is nothing there… such a shame… I love these three idea for corner shelving units… not only they will give us a great project but they will also make the house look much more funky 🙂

Home Décor – The Humble Shelf – Understairs ShelvesUnderstairs shelves
This is yet another space is our house which is totally unused at this moment… I really have no idea why we didn’t consider making something with this space earlier… there is so many possibilities!

Home Décor – The Humble Shelf – Wall art shelvesWall art shelves
OMG some of them are so beautiful! My office walls, all but one, are totally bare. Seeing some of these amazing shelves gave me so many ideas on new office look. I can’t wait to for some new super funky arty shelf to appear on my office wall.

Home Décor – The Humble Shelf – Self-standing art shelvesSelf-standing art shelves
Well this is one category of shelves which at this moment we will most likely won’t be able to put in our house as they take too much of our limited floor space, but who knows maybe one day in the future we could use it as a room divider… maybe…

What are your thoughts about the humble shelf?

Do you agree that they are the way to go in order to maximise storage space in the house?

*Pictures Source: Corner: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Understairs: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Wall Art: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Self-standing: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
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Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide – The Power of Red

A change of colour scheme is one of the easiest ways to revamp any place, if you are on a budget … well accessorising is even easier as long as you pick the right pieces. Adding a splash of colour in the form of well thought through items can easily turn your nice looking room into an amazing one.

I love red, I always have and I assume I always will.

Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, strength, power, determination but also with love and passion. Red is a very emotionally intense colour; it’s energising, it excites the emotions and motivates us to take action but it is also strong-willed and can give a confidence boost to those around us who are shy or are lacking in will power.

A few years ago, we decided to accessorise our kitchen in red… it is still a work in progress. We bought a few nice pieces but there is always room for improvement. I have my “wish list” and hopefully one day I will collect them all. If you love red as well and your kitchen might benefit from some sprucing up, have a look at my Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide.

Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide – The Power of Red A change of colour scheme is one of the easiest ways to revamp any place, if you are on a budget … well accessorising is even easier as long as you pick the right pieces. Adding a splash of colour in the form of well thought through items can easily turn your nice looking room into an amazing one. BODUM 10938-294 Brazil Coffee Maker | Bodum Presso Glass Storage Jar | Bugatti Diva Espresso Coffee Machine | Bugatti Vela Blender | Bugatti Vera Kettle 1.75L | Bugatti Vita Juicer | Bugatti Volo Toaster 2 Slice | Falcon 87030 F1092DXDFRD/NM 1092 Deluxe Dual Fuel Cooker in Cherry Red & Brushed Chrome with Matt Pan Supports | Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus | Joseph Joseph Cut & Carve Plus | KitchenAid 5KFP1644BER Artisan Food Processor 4L | KitchenAid 5KHB2571BER Hand Blender | KitchenAid 5KSM6521XBCA Artisan Bowl-Lift 6L Stand Mixer | Mason Cash Strawberry Red Mixing Bowl | Morphy Richards 461000 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker | Morphy Richards 46241 Bread Bin Roll Top | Morphy Richards 46391 Pan Set | Smeg DI6FABR2 60cm Wide Standard Dishwasher | Smeg FAB28QR1 Retro Style Fridge with Ice Box

What do you think?

Would you like to own any of the pieces featured in my gift guide?

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Future proofing the nursery

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHomeAs you might remember way back in March I shared with you our big dilemma regarding which furniture we should pick for the toddlers’ room. After much deliberation we settled on the lovely BearHug toddler collection from HelloHome as seen on the Worlds Apart website.

I’ve already shared with you our views on the BearHug storage stack and My First Ready Bed and today I would like to introduce you to yet another piece from the BearHug collection – the BearHug Desk.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHomeThe desk, like every other piece from the BearHug collection, is designed around a bear theme. It’s made from sturdy MDF and it offers two built in storage pots. It looks wonderful and from the moment we put it together Leo just keep “playing” with it.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHome.The desk is suitable for 18 months+. As you know Leo is just over 12 months old but with a little assistance and the inevitable constant supervision he can already use it during his play time. He is tall enough to keep his little feet firmly on the floor whilst sitting at the desk but he struggles a little bit with getting in and out of the sitting position. I think he just needs a little bit more time to grow into his new desk.

Future proofing our nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug Desk from HelloHomeFuture proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart BearHug DeskFor now he is especially fascinated by the two storage pots. He keeps hiding things in them which seems to bring him a lot of joy.

The desk is very easy to put together and it really doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. A simply wipe down with a damp cloth will keep it nice and clean.

I think that the BearHug desk is the perfect addition for Leo on his journey through toddlerhood. In the months to come it will give him his own little space to play and discover the wonders of the world around him.

The Bear Hug desk can be purchased at Very, Amazon or Littlewoods and price starts from as little as £49. The desk itself looks beautiful but it is worth remembering that it is a part of a much larger collection of toddler furniture which together would create a child friendly and extremely cosy environment for your little one.

What do you think about our new desk?

Do you like it?

*I was provided with BearHug Desk free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Future proofing the nursery

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartWith the time flying by so quickly our nursery is now no longer fully functional. Baby has learnt how to crawl and he is wondering all over the house; to keep him still he needs entertainment and that means a lot of toys to keep him busy… and toys need storage space.

As it ended up we are lacking quite a bit in this department.

But not too worry… just when we were trying to figure out how to resolve this problem and what to buy Worlds Apart came to the rescue.

We were offered pieces for a review from new HelloHome collections:

HelloHome StarBright Toddler CollectionHelloHome BearHug Toddler CollectionBoth collections are truly beautiful, well designed and definitely child friendly, wouldn’t you agree?

We actually struggled with our choice; StarBright will go much better with the rest of the room colour wise, but BearHug is just so adorable that we simply couldn’t resist. Thinking about the future and what we would need to transform the nursery into a toddler room we chose BearHug… and thinking about the present and what we need right now we went for the BearHug storage stack.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartHelloHome BearHug storage stack comes flat packed and it takes literally just a few minutes to put it together. All you have to do is to attach a few screws to poles and you got your stack ready; really simple and totally foolproof, as they say, even I could do it.

HelloHome BearHug Storage StackThe stack itself looks beautiful; the pastel colours make them a suitable addition to any kids’ room and the bear faces just make them extra cute and friendly. We were wondering if the pink / red box will not look out of place too much in a boy’s room, but it doesn’t; it looks really great and it is adding that so much needed warmth into the room.

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartFuture proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart.Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart...A very big plus of this stack is its weight or lack of. The stack is very light which makes it extremely portable and a breeze to move for cleaning. For now our BearHug storage stack has its place on the floor, box next to box, so Baby can reach and simply grab any toy he fancies at the time, but in the future when more toddler furniture’s will start to arrive in the room and floor space will become more of an issue, it will be stacked as it should or even placed on the shelves… as it ended up each box fits perfectly in our built-in unit; it almost like they were meant to be there from the beginning.

I know that in the future we will need even more storage to help keep all toys neatly in order but for this moment our BearHug storage stack is ideal and just what we need. I think it is a great starting piece for transforming a baby room into a toddler one. Next piece on the shopping list is the BearHug toy box; we just need Baby to start walking so he can reach into the box 🙂

Future proofing the nursery with Worlds Apart. Future proofing the nursery with Worlds ApartWhat’s your storage idea to help keep all those toys tidy?

Do you like the look of our new BearHug storage stack?

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery

Creating a perfect nursery isn’t an easy task. Once you have picked your ideal theme, which is a huge task in itself, you are left with all the buying to do in order to create your perfect space. We settled on a marine theme room or so we like to call it 🙂

Home Decor – Our Marine Theme Nursery

We kept to a white, blue and red colour scheme for most items, we have very carefully picked pieces that create a lovely space, yet it became too sterile and not very child friendly 🙁 We were missing something… we were missing that something special to bring it all together and give it the finished look. Then along came Witty Doodle

Witty Doodle is an exciting and dynamic company, founded by two young mothers, looking to inspire their young babies with nursery art that is playful, creative, stimulating and fun.

Contrary to popular belief, they found in their research that soft pastels are not especially soothing, attractive or interesting to babies and toddlers, and therefore not suitable for developing growing minds. So they came up with the idea to create aesthetically pleasing products that would truly enhance their babies’ environment. With that innovative spark, Witty Doodle, stimulating art for babies and toddlers was born.

Witty Doodle offered us a nursery sticker for review. I have been offered wall stickers for review before but I always end up refusing politely. I am not quite sure why; it wasn’t because I didn’t like them necessarily or that I didn’t really have space for them… I am really unsure as to why, maybe I just didn’t get how good stickers can be… but then, once I had seen the Witty Doodle range of products, I just knew we should have them, I just knew that these Witty Doodle stickers where the missing piece for our nursery… They are like nothing else I’ve seen before – extremely bright with funky shapes and smiley faces.

We obviously picked an underwater sticker to go with the rest of the room, and what a good choice it did turn out to be.

Witty Doodle wall stickers are shipped in a secure tube; there is no chance of any damage in normal transit. The website states: estimated delivery time – up to 7 days, yet ours arrived within just 2 days. The stickers come in a form of a 1mx1m square piece.

Home Decor - Marine Theme Nursery

Features of Witty Doodle Nursery Wall Stickers (as stated on the website):

  • created in consultation with an expert in child development;
  • designed to be use in stages according to the growth and development of your baby;
  • attractive and visually stimulating for babies and toddlers;
  • designed to encourage your baby’s brain and overall social and emotional development;
  • fully removable and repositionable;
  • made from non-toxic material of the highest quality.

The quality of it is really outstanding!

Home Decor – Marine Theme Nursery with Witty Doodle

The square shape wasn’t ideal for us; so we cut it into smaller pieces in order to create our perfect layout. The sticker is a pleasure to work with. It sticks to the wall with ease; it can be removed without any damage to the wall and repositioned if needed. Its matt finish looks really amazing and reduces the glare most stickers suffer from due to the highly polished finish. The colours are bright and seem to be coming out of the wall. We are extremely happy with them and with our finished nursery! The Witty Doodle wall sticker, not surprisingly, has made a huge difference to the nursery and has finally given the room that super child friendly feeling that we worried was missing.

Witty Doodle wall stickers are priced at £55, which is more expensive than most stickers around but you also get more… You not only get a piece of decor, you get a tool which will help your child to develop, which will be stimulating and encouraging.

In addition to wall stickers, Witty Doodle also offers nursery canvases and nursery prints with the same bold designs, bright colours and smiley faces. And for older children you can download a selection of free printables.

Home Decor -Marine Theme Nursery with Witty Doodle

Will you be getting yours Witty Doodle?

Do you like the idea of bright, bold colours for a nursery?