24 April 2015

Light switch moustache

A few years ago I got a pack of stickers that were intended for brightening up items around the home with eyes, glasses, moustaches and more. I stuck a moustache on the light switch in my bedroom, and it's been there ever since. When I decorated my bedroom I decided the sticker looked a bit tatty around the edges, but I still liked the idea. So I made my own!

I cut the moustache shape from grey felt, and attached it to the light switch with foam adhesive. so it would have a bit of dimension.

And, yes, I know there's some paint needing scraped off the edges of the light switch, but life's too short, and I don't mind a bit of imperfection, so just call it Wabi Sabi!

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23 April 2015

Half and half mirror

I had a small mirror in my bedroom that I needed to tie in with the new style of the room.

I started by painting it white, but realised that I wanted to give it a bit more interest, so I then taped off part of the mirror diagonally, and spray-painted it gold.

Unfortunately the spray paint didn't agree terribly well with the still-tacky gloss paint - it went a bit bubbly in places! But my parents admired the mirror when they came to visit, so it couldn't have been too noticeable!

22 April 2015

Himmeli light fitting

Himmeli sculptures began in Finland as Christmas ornaments, but recently I've been admiring them used in decor as light fittings and terraria. Many of these are mass-produced or made from copper or brass tubes, but I also saw many ornaments that were made from spray-painted straws. I really wanted to try this, and searched to make sure that other people had already done so for a light fitting, so that I would be sure it would not melt!
1. Decide on your design and cut the straws to length. I cut various lengths, starting by cutting the flexible end off, and making shorter lengths from this.
2. Thread some thin wire through each straw, leaving at least an inch at each end. Bend the ends over so the wire does not fall out.
3. Twist the wire together at the corners to form the structure. I started with a triangle of half-straws at the top, then from each corner of the triangle I had two whole straws, then formed triangles at the bottom. Experiment with regular or irregular shapes. Make sure that the top shape will fit on your light fitting.
4. Cut the wire ends shorter, and tuck them inside the straws.

5. Add a blob of hot glue at each corner to strengthen the structure.
6. Spray paint from all directions until it is completely covered.

21 April 2015

Spring displays

When the weather began to get warmer and sunnier, I started to think about making some little spring displays around my home.

I started with a little display on a hexagonal tray in my living room, with a spring/Easter theme. I hung some small egg ornaments on my Ikea tree, put a plant in the middle, and surrounded these with some ornaments. The Wemyss cat has snowdrops painted on it, and was a present from my parents, and the Wemyss bunny has bees on it and was a present from my brother and sister-in-law. The glass chicken, chicken egg cup, and china egg have all been Easter presents from my parents. The tiny Wade Whimsy bunny at the front is one of my collection of "Easter animals", so called because my parents began buying them for me one Easter when the shops had run out of Easter eggs!
 After this, I decided I needed even more spring decor, so I started on my mantelpiece (radiator cover really) in the hall. Here I placed the roses my parents had got me for my birthday, my kodomo-no-hi fish, a beautiful vintage tin that contains my greatest treasures, and some dolls and books in spring colours.

20 April 2015

My bedroom makeover

My bedroom is finished at last! This has been a very long project, from the original idea at the end of January, starting work at the beginning of February, many weeks of painting on Saturdays (and taking Sundays to recover!), to the finishing touches at the end of March.
I started planning my bedroom makeover when I saw photos of Emma Chapman's bedroom, and immediately created a Pinterest board to gather my ideas. Certain themes came up time and time again on the images I was pinning - a mixture of light and dark woods, mid-century touches, triangles (especially on cushions), gallery walls, bold wall art, miniatures shelves, mixed textures, wooden stools, vintage items, small splashes of colour, and lots of white paint!
To begin with the walls were cream at the top, and mint green at the bottom. The first thing was to cover the walls and dado rail with a few coats of white emulsion. This sounds like a quick, easy job, but it took weeks! Meanwhile I was sewing my patchwork cushion, ordering a few items that I needed, and working on all the other little projects for the room.
The room has come together on quite a limited budget, not because I couldn't afford any more, but because I'm naturally thrifty and prefer finding creative solutions than buying something new. And I really mean this is a budget makeover, unlike some of the "budget" makeovers you see in magazines that actually cost thousands (I suppose that is a budget, but it's not mine!). Here's what I spent.

Paint:                   £40
Bedding:              £50
Faux sheepskins: 2 x £10

Vintage mirror:    £5
Triangle shelf:      £3
Miniatures house: £2

Total:                    £120

Everything else I already had in the room or elsewhere in the house, or I made using materials that I had. I made over a lot of things in the room, including my make-up case, the miniatures shelf, and a small mirror, and I made my finials, cushion, map chest, triangle prints, and light fitting, and painted the triangle art on the cupboard door. I added some storage under the bed using drawers from a vintage desk.

The triangle shelf ties in with something I'm trying to do all around my house - create areas where I can have ever-changing displays of some of my favourite things. At the moment I've got my two vintage Lotus Pottery pieces and three from my collection of Dala horses there.

I gave the bookshelves a good declutter, and dressed them with some things that I love: vintage jewellery boxes and tins, cherry blossom perfume bottles, favourite old and new books, vintage spools of thread, beads and ornaments.

On the little vintage stool are some family photo albums and a vintage camera I borrowed ages ago from my parents' collection! It took me a whole evening to arrange all these little items to my satisfaction!

I've decided to make more use of plants in my house, so at the moment in the bedroom there's a tray of plants, another plant on the shelves, and some yellow roses on the bedside table.

I kept the layout of the room almost the same, the only change being moving the bed about a foot out from the window (and tucking one of the bookcases in the corner). This makes it so much easier for me to make the bed, and open and close the curtains, without taking away much space from the rest of the room. It also makes the radiator more effective, means I can sit at the radiator if I want some warmth, and can use it for drying the odd pair of socks! And it makes the peg rack near the wardrobe more useful, as I can hang clothes on all the pegs rather than just half of them!

I've added splashes of yellow and turquoise throughout the room.

I'm delighted with how the room has turned out, it's exactly what I had in mind and it feels like a peaceful sanctuary with so much light flooding in. And I feel that I've created a room that's full of meaning to me, with items that are particular favourites or that I've made myself. The bedroom feels a lot less cluttered now that it's all one colour, but it's filled with quirky touches that make me really happy!

I've got a few projects from the bedroom makeover coming up on the blog this week, and I'll be rounding them all up in my end of month post.