Category: Decor

Styling Mole and Frankie’s Playroom

The Playroom: our first point of call when boredom strikes. A handy option to have to break up part of the day. Here is our Playroom journey: My thinking The…

The Playroom: our first point of call when boredom strikes. A handy option to have to break up part of the day.

Here is our Playroom journey:toddler playroom kitchen

My thinking

The style of the whole house is cool-toned neutral with a modern twist. In addition, I still wanted to keep to a modern flow , to be cohesive for the style going on with the rest of the house. However, this room needed to be inviting for the children. Give off an impulse to play and be creative.

 

Scandinavian Style

The Scandinavian style. Renowned for their simplicity, utility, and beauty. Besides, when researching different themes for the room I came across many different ones, from Boho to Classic. Nothing matched my love for minimalism until I saw the Nordic/Scandinavian Style. The love for clean lines, simple art and functionality. But, what pulled my heart in the most was the use of natural materials like wood.

Choosing a colour palette

Choosing the room colour is very important. I knew I wanted top take a risk with this room and ditch the typical neutral toned walls like the rest of the house. My usual motto is to go with neutral walls and add colour and warmth with decor.

The room is a small box room. Therefore, choosing a dark colour for the walls was out of the question. Finally, once I had settled on the intention of a playful environment with colour, I began to look at palette that were suitable for this idea.

Nordic Spa by Dulux was bright, clean and fun. I can not explain to you, how much using this colour on all of the walls changed the openness of the room. It was like we had added an extra window.

The tone worked beautifully with dusky pinks, grey and blue.

Wall Arttoddler wall art

The three posters have been framed with a thick black frame to create the clean defined lines seen in Scandinavian styles.

The background colours on the art add pops of colour and tie in the rest of the colour palette.

I purchased them from Desenio. They were placed in the centre of the wall and a little higher up to allow for a spacious feel, as most of the storage and play toys are at the lower level.

Storage

The key to making a Playroom complete. Storage is essential. I went for large draws that are big enough to throw all sorts of toys in that are usually on the floor making the room look untidy. Most importantly, storage is vital for keeping for children entertained.

How?

Toy rotation. Storage allows toys to be hidden out of sight. Rotating the toys makes them feel like new.

Using natural materials for the storage was necessary. I hate plastic. It is bad for the environment. Plastic takes away the Scandinavian style where the core purpose is to provide functionality with natural materials.nordic playroom

The storage we use is from Flexa.

The Storage Bench 3 in 1

My favourite feature is the cut-out. This ensures that the child will not pinch the fingers when the storage bench is been closed. The sleek, modern design means that the storage bench will look beautiful in any room of the house. Place cushions on top to make the storage area a seating area.

One downside I have with the storage bench is that it is tricky to open the draw on the carpet. It would work better on wooden or tiled floor.

To add to the storage. This toy chest on wheels allows you to decide if you want it as storage or a pull along cart.

Book Storage

Flexa Play Shelf

In addition to the toy storage, to keep the furniture matching, the bookshelf is also from Flexa. Originally, I wanted the bookshelf higher on the wall to create shelving and free up floor space. However, the kids have access to the books when it is on the floor and I did not want to drill holes in the wall to hang the case up on.

Table and Chairstoddler table and chair

Shortly after Mole celebrated her second Birthday, I realised the need for a table and chair set. Allowing her to be creative with arts and crafts or her favourite thing to do is set up a tea party on.

I had spent hours researching table and chair sets that were of good quality. An easy option for me was to go back with the brand Flexa. They have provided quality and the colour scheme their furniture comes in matches the theme of the playroom.

The deep pink serves a contrast with the greys in the room.

Play table Popsicle 

You can mix and match the stools for more pops of colour.

Stool Popsicle

Creating Space

The Playroom is a small box room so, when all of the furniture and storage moved in, the space closed in too. I needed to extend the space without extending the physical footprint of the room. To do this I added a simple play mat.

The play mat has created a new section in the room in fact, we call this section the kitchen area, when I see Mole or Frankie getting bored of the area, it can be changed to a new area.

The style of the mat flows with the rest of the room.

Our playmat is in the shade: Moon Grey

Statement Toystoddler wooden toy blocks

Lastly, you need statement toys for defining the playroom from a storage room, moreover, once all of the main toys have been tided up and put away, I leave the following toys out for character and style.

Ooh Noo Wooden Blocks

Mole and Frankie love to stack the blocks and I think they look fantastic spread across the playmat.

Toy Kitchen

This toy kitchen belonged in the living room. I choose this kitchen because it was small enough to fit in the space I had available for it at the time. I didn’t want an overpowering toy kitchen in the area where I like to relax.

The kitchen is made from natural wood.

Soft Play

Frankie’s personal favourite. Soft play blocks with a slide. The soft play has given us so much laughter over the year it is my favourite part of the play room too!

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about the thought process behind creating the playroom. I am always keen to hear your thoughts. Most importantly, advice on what I could add to improve functionality or style. Please leave a comment below.

 

Zoe

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Top 5: Kitchen Decor

We are all staying in our homes more than ever. Previous to lockdown, I never paid much attention to home decor before as i’ve either been out all day working…

We are all staying in our homes more than ever. Previous to lockdown, I never paid much attention to home decor before as i’ve either been out all day working or taking trips with my family.

Earlier this year, I began to realise how little I felt connected to this house. It was time to start paying attention to the house and updating it with my style.

Starting off with the kitchen. The heart of the house where everybody spends the most time…except for my boyfriend. His would be the living room with the PlayStation. But, that is a conversation for another time.

Here are a few of my current favourite kitchen pieces from H&M Home

For the kitchen

Stoneware cake standPink Mole Kitchen decor

Personally, I would use this cake stand instead of a fruit bowl. I would place it in the centre of the island or table and display Lemon and Limes or a small tower of Avocados.

If you wanted to be super fancy go for Artichokes.

 

 

 

Marble Serving TrayMarble serving tray

Is it me or does food look so much better when it is served on a serving tray?

This marble serving tray looks expensive and is very handy to have for families. Throw bread with a balsamic dip and serve whilst the main meal is still cooking.

 

 

 

Large Rectangular Wooden Boxbread box pink mole

Our bread is always left on the side. To be completely honest, I throw it in what should be a wine cooling bucket. Every time I do it I wince.

This wooden box is first on my wish list. Ive never been the biggest fan of bread tins or boxes. I feel like they take a lot of room on the kitchen counter and previous bread bins I have owned the doors have become faulty.

This wooden box is accessible and rustic.

 

Large Wooden TrayLarge wooden tray kitchen

How beautiful does this wooden tray look on the window ledge. I’d style similar with recycled glass vases letting the light from the window reflect through.

The idea of storing fresh produce or herb plants is good too. Plants can begin to look untidy and having a simple storage solution available immediately looks more organised.

 

Bamboo Dishwashing Brush

classic kitchen decor

I dislike it when dishwashing sponge left on the side next to the sink. This eco-friendly bamboo dishwashing brush makes it look part of the kitchen decor whilst also being good for the environment compared to your disposable sponge. A must have when making your kitchen look classic.

 

 

 

 

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Spring Cleaning: How to organise your wardrobe

Every single morning, without fail, I would open up my wardrobe to get dressed and mutter  “I have nothing to wear” to an abundance of clothing staring back at me….

Every single morning, without fail, I would open up my wardrobe to get dressed and mutter  “I have nothing to wear” to an abundance of clothing staring back at me.

After being pregnant for what felt like two years back to back, I needed to be honest with myself. The maternity jeans needed to go and the low cut, crop tops needed to be slung.

It was time to have a spring clean and organise my wardrobe

organising wardrobe tips

Cleaning and organising my wardrobe left my head feeling on cloud 9. As daft as this might sound, I became excited to get up and get dressed, online shopping was no longer a chore and I started to feel more “me”.

Here is how I organised my wardrobe:

The Purge

Go in with a bin bag and be completely ruthless. ANY clothing that makes you feel uncomfortable, does not fit well, is out of your style needs to go. For years, I would save items of clothing in the hope that one day they would fit me. The truth is, every time I saw them, I would just feel low of myself. It is much better to treat yourself to something after you reach your goal than have a dress, two sizes too small, stare at you every morning.

Even that top you have worn 20+ times needs to go. It is time for a new one.

Now that you have your huge pile of unwanted clothing, go through and donate good quality items to charity, recycle old clothing or even sell pieces for an extra bit of money.

I sell tonnes of Mole and Frankie’s clothing. It is so rewarding knowing they are washed, ironed, packaged away, off to another baby in need.

Fresh Pair Of Eyes

As soon as you have done your massive closet clear out, stop.

Why?

Look at your wardrobe the next day with a fresh pair of eyes. Go through it again. You may find that there are more clothes to be cleared out. It may feel like you are ending up with no clothing left but, I can assure you having less is more.

Hangers

The first thing I do now is change all the hangers to the same kind. I absolutely despise plastic supermarket hangers. They make clothing look cheap and your wardrobe messy.

Having the same hangers helps you to focus more on the clothing.

Invest in wooden hangers for a chic, expensive look. Shop my favourite wooden hangers

For my daughter’s room, I prefer her to have fun, non slip hangers. Shop Mole’s hangers

Frankie has wooden hangers to match the neutral colour palette in his room. Shop Frankie’s hangers

Bye Bye Shoe Boxes

Have all of your beautiful shoes on show. Then you can see which shoes you have and get inspired for outfits. Use the heel to toe method of pairing shoes next to one another to save space.

Groupies

Grouping your clothing into product type will help you to:

  • Visually see how much you have.
  • Find the clothing you are looking for easier.
  • Become inspired for outfit choices.

I start off by grouping all of my jackets, then jumpers, long sleeve tops, t-shirts, vests, dresses, skirts, shorts, jeans and trousers.

Colourwardrobe organisation tips

Once all of your clothing has been grouped, go in and colour group those items.

For example, all black jackets first, then nude then white and keep going down all of your wardrobe.

You may notice that you have way too many black t-shirts. Get rid of anymore clothing you feel like you have too much of.

Ready To Go Style

Whilst you have been on your closet clear out mission, you may have felt inspired for an outfit. I love to put this outfit together on the hanger and place it at the end of my wardrobe. That way, if i’m in a rush, tired, not feeling inspired, there is a full outfit ready for me.

This method has been a huge help when getting two children ready. For Mole, I get all of her nursery outfits for the month ready (with spares). She can then get ready super quick in the morning.

I hope my top tips have helped you. Now have fun organising that wardrobe!

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Woodland Themed Baby Shower

I can remember being so overwhelmed with ideas for a baby shower I just didn’t know where to start! I narrowed down my ideas to wanting something rustic, natural colours…

I can remember being so overwhelmed with ideas for a baby shower I just didn’t know where to start!

I narrowed down my ideas to wanting something rustic, natural colours with pops of pink but, not too over the top yet, girlie and fun ready to celebrate my beautiful baby girl. Yes thats my version of narrowed down lol.

Things I considered before I started planning

A few other points I needed to be aware of was:

  • Will the theme suitable for all ages?
  • Will the theme fit my budget?
  • Will there be enough decorations and favours to make the theme obvious?
  • Will the decorations I plan to get fit into the space okay?

Choosing a Theme

The Woodland Theme fitted perfectly with this and I knew I had plenty of options for decorations and party favours. I had never planned a party before and this one felt extra special to me because it was for my baby, even though she was in my belly, so it had to be just right 🙂 Plus, whilst you’re pregnant with your first, you seem to have all the time in the world to spend hours looking on Amazon at artificial grass and leaves.

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Location

The Baby Shower took place in my kitchen and I invited a fair amount of guests so I had to be sure whilst there was enough food, favours and games for everyone it wasn’t too crowded in the kitchen.

I’m one of those very lucky girls who has a big island in the middle of the kitchen. I had always dreamed of this. I knew thats where I want the display and all of the guests can crowd around there plus we have extra seating in the kitchen too.

Decorations

Table Cover

I started of planning my theme by looking for a table cloth. Something green or brown to set the tone. I soon realised that I wouldn’t have even got a table cloth to fit the island. Can baby brain start when you’re pregnant? 

Instead I opted for an artificial grass runner. It was a great idea if I do say so myself. Automatically it set the scene of being outside. It’s also perfect for cutting to size and I liked the width as it didn’t cover too much of the table leaving more room for other decorations.

You can find the Artificial Grass Table Runner here: https://amzn.to/2Pt4fDm  £17.00

As there was still space on the table I used a hanging vine draped over the table, which helped with adding colour and texture.

You can find the hanging vine here: https://amzn.to/2nWdM9o £2.99

I also used bunches of leaves to hang from the TV on the wall so the decorations were not just placed on the table and it tied the whole room together.

You can find the hanging wall vine here: https://amzn.to/2MERC9H £3.99

Alternative Food Placemats

My vision was to have all different tiers of food on logs however, this because pretty pricey. Instead I purchased a few flat log disks to place different food items on. They came in a pack of 20, were rather small but brilliant for holding a mini flapjack or other nibbles!

You can find the Log Disks here: https://amzn.to/2PtD8b1  £3.25

I purchased a natural log slice that was bigger to hold a selection of mini bites on. This looked great and varied the food placing. The natural log effect helped give off the rustic vibe.

You can find the Natural log slice here: https://amzn.to/2wc5hdO  £5.99

For any other food placemats I just used plain old foiled trays that you can get from your local supermarket for pretty cheap!

Table Confetti

One of the biggest decorations for make an impact was the table confetti.

My favourite was the rustic, wooden hearts with “Baby Shower” wrote on them. I sprinkled them all over the artificial grass runner. They also do “Baby Girl” or “Baby Boy” ones too.

You can buy the Wooden Hearts here: https://amzn.to/2MH3Y0W £2.99 for 50.

Other table confetti I used was artificial flowers. I kept the colour scheme of the two flowers white and pink to keep it girlie yet not overdone.

You can find the White Flowers here: https://amzn.to/2N8q21z £0.81

You can find the Pink Flowers here: https://amzn.to/2w3Z8RM £1.79

Finishing Touches

To decorate the nibbles wire toadstools were brilliant. You can bend them to shape in any direction as if they were growing from the ground. The contrasting red colour of the toadstool was very bold compared to the neutral colours of the brownies and flapjacks.

You can find the Wire Toadstools here: https://amzn.to/2ML7IOQ £8.87

Around other food placemats I purchased some Photo Props and mini pine cones. The photo props were great as the pack contained twigs, moss and log slices.

You can find the Photo Prop here: https://amzn.to/2ML5grE £4.59

I found artificial grass animals and they looked really good with the theme! I placed them around the display. When they first arrived I was thinking oh i’m not sure what to do with these but when the display got going they fitted in perfectly.

You can find the Turf Animals here: https://amzn.to/2LgFLcZ   £8.64

Balloons

I filled the floor with pink balloons and had the main balloon attraction was a foiled ballon saying baby hanging from the lights.

You can find the Foiled Baby Balloon here: https://amzn.to/2MHcHjG £2.54

Food

The star of the show was the cake! It bought the whole theme together and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The cake was a total surprise too off my sisters.

I had biscuits from Slattery’s made that were Woodland Themed too!

And Jay’s Mum made the cutest fairy cakes!!

I had hot food on a display elsewhere in the kitchen and kept the sweet food on the display.

The personalised woodland themed chocolates looked great on the display. They tasted great too!

You can find the personalised chocolates here:  https://amzn.to/2ByF0N2 £7.80

Games and Guest Book

My guest book was actually a frame where you signed a cloud and inserted it into the frame. The only problem was that I got Sharpie pens and the ink ran on everyones clouds so I recommend a normal biro pen.

You can find the Guest Frame here:  https://amzn.to/2MIwLC5 £17.99

The Baby Shower games we played were:

  • New mum advice cards
  • How well do you know mum
  • Baby Prediction
  • Pin the dummy on the baby.

Overall the whole day was incredible. I had so much fun planning it for everyone and then putting it all together in the morning with my sister. I couldn’t have asked for a better day and I know my guests had a lovely time too!

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