Bedside inspiration

I am still searching for bedside tables but am struggling to find something I like and that is affordable. Anything that comes within price range seems far too flimsy for my liking.

So I thought you might like to see some alternative bedside options….

I like this can option – and you could paint it if you’re not into the industrial look. Of course, you only have the top of the can for storage which might not be enough. Image courtesy of decorativebedroom.com

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An old step ladder provides much more space and can be a stylish option. Image courtesy of paperblog.com.

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I’ve seen a few bar carts styled for the bedside which could be good. The cart here is not entirely me but I like the idea…image courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com who found it at Boston Magazine Design Home.

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But imagine the Norman Copenhagen trolley….image courtesy of architonic.com

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Do you have an alternative bedside table? Or have any ideas? Please share by tagging @prettyfourwalls on Instagram or twitter!

The coveted list: September

Oh dearie me, September’s nearly over and I’m only just getting around to this m onth’s coveted list.

Well, we’re not getting much sleep in the PFW household. Little one seems to want to come into our bed all the time! I don’t know how many times I’ve done sleep training?!

Anyway, I’m popping the violins away and on to THE LIST.

I’ve been drooling over lots of beautiful bedding lately. I blogged not long ago about how I’m drawn to a lot of Australian brands. Well, In Bed With Fred is yet another. They make beautiful children’s bedding and muslin wraps.

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If you’ve come across any baby bedding in the UK that’s worth sharing, please do! Anyway, bedding’s not really my priority at the moment (we were given some of the Little Bird range from Mothercare that’s still going strong) but I am considering whether a night light might help us get a better night’s sleep.

I really don’t know if it would make a difference but I do like these options from This Modern Life. The rabbit’s £4.95, baby lapin’s £60 and the sleepy star is £85.

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If only I had more need of this, also from This Modern Life, £2.85…..now that would be a fine thing!

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Rebelling against monochrome nurseries

Don’t get me wrong, I do love the idea of monochrome. See my earlier posts here and here..

BUT I am not entirely sure I could:

A) carry it off
B) actually live with a room dominated by black and white

Now, I know monochrome nurseries are IN. With the odd pop of colour. But I can’t help wondering – do the kids like it? Especially babies who, we are told, love gaudy colours – you don’t see many Early Learning Centre play gyms in black and white now do you?

So in my little rebellion against monochrome nurseries and in defence of COLOUR FOR BABIES (yes, capital letters – I am visualising the campaign posters), here are some of my favourite rooms. What I love most is that they look real, achievable, homely – and not at all like a catalogue.

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I spotted this on a Pinterest trawl and it’s taken from Baby Elements. It’s the combination of that blue oval rug and the yellow chair that just does it for me. It’s a colour combo I’ve gone for in my living room.

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I like the pops of red in these options which have been taken from the Wonder Wren website. Ok, so it’s not a word. But I like its achievability. If you took a quick snap on Instagram, who would notice a discarded Ella’s Kitchen pouch on the shelf? Or a tub of Sudocrem out of place?

And it feels as if little items and possessions have been lovingly gathered over the years which work together, rather than buying items just because they fit into a scheme.

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This is taken from http://www.nietylkodzieciaki.pl/tag/rice. I love the chest papered in retro patterns. Doesn’t it add a comforting feel to the room?

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If you prefer pastels and more white in your scheme, this is a nice look. I love these headboards and the yellow bedspread. And a good example that a room for two doesn’t have to be all matchy matchy. Again, source for this image is http://www.nietylkodzieciaki.pl/tag/rice.

Autumn/Winter Lookbook 2014

There’s one phrase that is guaranteed to make me click right now – Autumn/Winter lookbook 2014.

I am so ready for Autumn and The Hambledon emailed me this week with theirs which they describe as “a little bit WI, a little bit tea party and a little bit village fete.” Cute.

So I thought I’d share some of the pictures to see what you think.

I love these window vases (especially with the touches of mint, blue and yellow – and is that a touch of blush pink I can spy?) piled on top of the piano. Of course, you wouldn’t have anywhere near the impact with just one or two. But an odd number would look good on a mantel piece or bookcase.

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I love old, faded books. It reminds me of all the Enid Blytons at my Mum and Dad’s house. There’s another picture (which I’ve tried to include here but have failed miserably to upload) of a few books piled on top of each other. I’ve done something similar in my spare room. It’s a handy way to style a chest of drawers or bedside table with possessions that may otherwise just gather dust.

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The final picture I’m including is, in my opinion, a bit more suited to spring than autumn. The Hambledon admit it’s a touch pale too. But I do love milk glass.

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The store is available online here but there’s also a bricks and mortar shop in Winchester. I would love to pay a visit sometime.

Decorating with blues, greens and yellows

My living room was recently de-childproofed for a small drinks thing with the neighbours. So I decided to seize the opportunity and take a couple of snaps while we were shot of the fireguard.

I love decorating with blues and greens with added shots of zesty colours thrown in. I thought you might like to have a look and I’ve also added in where I’ve bought the products.

You’ll see that it is almost all from the high street.

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Couple of tips:

Don’t rule out stores like Matalan – I found some great finds there when we first moved here in 2012. Super cheap too.

If you have picture rails, buy white picture rail hooks (or spray paint like we did) and hang your frames with transparent
fishing wire. You can buy different strengths so it’s pretty reliable (for really heavy frames, try two picture rail hooks)

Buy white frames from Wilko’s. They are very inexpensive, simple, fuss free and come with a mount.

Don’t be afraid of going with a coloured sofa. It can really help to pull a colour scheme together.

My mantel piece is still a work in progress. Not happy with it yet but I do like to take time to find just the right items. I’m a fussy little thing. If you have any styling tips, please do share. I’ll pop the best ones up on the blog – complete with your name and blog credits.