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Childwood wallpaper

I have hankered for some time after Cole and Son’s ‘Woods’ wallpaper. So when I noticed on a local buying/selling site that someone had over-ordered some for her project, I snapped the excess up. I didn’t have a room in mind for it, but the chance and price were too good to pass up. Nevertheless, it sat around for more than a year while we procrastinated about what room to put it in. 

We finally got around to hanging it on the walls of our toddler’s bedroom last month. 

I loved it, but thought we could kiddie it up a bit by adding a few little friends. My two youngest boys and I released some squirrels to frolick in the trees…
Some nattering rabbits…

…and a family of hedgehogs out for a stroll. 

The woodland animal wall decals are by Lauren Moriarty & Co. from Not on the High Street. You can buy them individually or as a pack of three and choose your animal and colour combinations. They are so easy to put up that my toddler managed it!

I like to think we’ve added a bit of fun and haven’t defaced this iconic wallpaper. What do you think? 

We’ve got a little wallpaper left over and I’m dying to recreate this downstairs-toilet-come-forest

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Wild Wallpaper

Last week I showed you Lisa Bliss’s dog scarves, she also has an Etsy shop with beautiful cat scarves but Lisa doesn’t just do scarves. She does wallpaper too featuring wild animals.

The amazing The Bear wallpaper towers in at a massive 6ft tall and originally took three months to draw. For the standard size he’s £95 but he can be made to fit your wall if you ask nicely.

Bear Wallpaper by Lisa Bliss - Graduate Collection

I would love this work of art in our house. He would be great on a landing or on a wall around a corner to give your guests a bit of a fright.

The hand drawn faces on this stag head wallpaper are so full of character. It’s £125 per roll, also available with a plum background, in a smaller repeat design, as a cushion in plum or teal or in mugs of various colours.

Stag head wallpaper in teal by Lisa Bliss - Graduate Collection

Lisa also has a fox head design on wallpaper, cushions and scarves. They are all available from Graduate Collection.

With my stampeding cow wallpaper and beastly handles and rabbit obsession my house could resemble a wildlife park pretty soon. What animal decor do you hanker after?

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Studio Nommo

Whilst I was searching for wallpaper last week I stumbled upon Studio Nommo. They are a Turkish wallpaper company with some really beautiful designs across three wallpaper options.

Choose from their Pattern Collection which are hand-drawn by illustrators from around the world, my favourites are Sedat Girgin’s Typewriters (wouldn’t this be great in a home office?) and Ashley Alexander’s Foxy.

Typewriters by Sedat Girgin - Studio Nommo

Foxy - Ashley Alexander - Studio Nommo

Alternatively, choose a design from their Bespoke Collection and have it made to fit your wall at €65 per m2. My love of typography made me choose this Letters design.

Letters - Studio Nommo

I like the simplicity of This For Bees and the slightly clashy colours.

This For Bees - Studio Nommo

If you just can’t find the wallpaper that you have in your head then Make Your Own with Studio Nommo’s third option.

What would you put on your self-designed wallpaper?

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Sequinned Walls

The magpie in me loves sequins but on clothes they can be hard to carry off. What about sequins on the walls?

Sequin wallpaper - SurfacePhilia

This wallpaper by SurfacePhilia (what a great name!) is beautiful. The sequins are illustrations of oversized gold, black and silver sequins layered over each other to create a busy but beautiful design. Here’s the close up.

Sequin wallpaper close up - SurfacePhilia

I think this is a really glamorous design that would look stunning in a hall or bedroom. I might be tempted to stick the occasional real sequin on but at £175 a roll I’d probably leave well alone.

Do you like it?

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Swallows & Bees

I have some long-held hankerings about wallpaper. I’ve told you about my Florence Broadhurst wallpaper hankering which is yet to be realised. Here are another two designs I first saw about seven years ago and am still hankering after.

‘Swallows’ has circles of a repeat design of falling leaves which become birds and then become swallows as they reach the edge of the circle. I’m still torn between the black on white and the red on white versions but it also comes in the more subtle lacquer on blue and lacquer on cream. I love the chaotic feeling of this design but have just never had the right place to put it.

Swallows Red from Places and Spaces

‘Bees’ is a similar design with honeycomb in the centre of the circle which turns into bees and butterflies, a more orderly and feminine design which comes in aqua on mole, mole on aqua or my favourite black on pink. I saw the black on pink version in the ladies toilets of a pub in Battersea call The Duchess, they had decorated with gloss black bevelled-edge metro tiles and Venetian mirrors and it looked fantastic. In the flesh this one has a hand-stamped feel to it.

Bees Wallpaper from Places & Spaces

Both wallpapers were exclusively designed for Places and Spaces by Absolute Zero Degrees, are £60 per roll and available from Places and Spaces online or at their shop in Clapham, London.

Which would you choose?

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Animals Stampede

Our spare bedroom was in need of some love. The brown and yellow patterned carpet had seen better days, the peach vertical office blinds were a) peach and b) not in an office and there was scary 1970s doll wallpaper in one corner where we had taken out the built-in wardrobe to make more space. It needed to be de-uglyed.

We currently use it as a spare room but at some point in the future we might want to put a little person in there. Given that decorating makes me quite angry (a case of big ideas coupled with inadequate decorating skills) I didn’t want to decorate it twice, so wanted something that would work as a spare bedroom or as a nursery.

I have been hankering after the Florence Broadhurst wallpaper design ‘Horses Stampede’ from Places & Spaces for about eight years now.

Stampeding Horses by Florence Broadhurst

It comes in quite a few different colour ways and coordinating fabric (John Lewis sells cushions) but when I saw the £220 price tag I realised I’ll probably still be hankering after it in another eight years.

Instead we settled on stampeding cows.

Iltavilli wallpaper by Brewers

This wallpaper from Brewers Marimekko 2 collection is still not cheap but we only needed one roll as it’s a wider width than normal. It’s good quality and thick enough that the edges don’t tear when wet with paste. My dad is a Wallpapering Master but even with his help we took some time lining up the design as it’s so busy, but it was worth it as you can’t see any of the joins. Each cow is slightly different and the hand-drawn feeling is really nice. It also comes with a bright background in either pink or green if you’re feeling bold.

Once the cows were on the wall I felt the urge to paint some of the cow’s noses pale pink to add a bit of colour, but instead of ruining the new wallpaper bought a bright yellow throw in the sale and added some bright cushions.

Our Spare Bedroom

To save some money we decided I’d try my hand at fitting the carpet. A carpet offcut cost us £50 from our local carpet shop and after some You Tube tutorials I got stuck in. It was much easier than I expected. Considering this was a first attempt and I did it on my own, although not perfect, I am quite proud! It probaly saved us around £100, which paid for the wallpaper, paste and tools.

We just need some curtains now…

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