Here’s the beginning of my gallery wall. I’m hoping to completely cover this bedroom wall in family photos and kid’s artwork.
I’m going for full coverage of the wall – “a more is more” look, so I’ve started in the middle of the room and working outwards.
It’s all held together with blu tack and 3m Command picture hangers ( buy them at the supermarket, no power tools required!)
Sharing this specially for the Inspired Room’s Gallery Wall Party. Go have a look at the rest – lots of great inspiration there!
Oh dear I’m such a slack blogger. Too much time spent reading other people’s fabulous posts and not enough time spent here I’m afraid.
Finally, here’s a picture of the hallstand that we had made for our “Mud Room”. We’re pretty happy with the outcome, it’s very sturdy ( read: heavy !). The littlens are pretty happy about having their own “cubby” to hang bags and hats. Most of the time they will put their boots away in their “boot box” underneath. Well kind of.. about 7 times out of 10 they make it in there. I guess that’s probably a good effort for a 2 and 4 year old don’t you think?
Next project for this area – something interesting for the walls. I’d love to do some grasscloth wallpaper but I’m worried about it getting too beat up with the tricycles etc. Any suggestions?
We seem to be forever tripping over gumboots. I think they may be reproducing in our hallway, there’s more every time I go out there. Time for some tidiness and order.
PS has been chatting with a friend who makes custom furniture. We’re looking at having a cloak stand type piece made.
Trawling the web for ideas, here’s what I found:
This one looks like a built-in version that has all the requirements: a shelf for hats etc, two rows of hooks for coats ( little people can reach the lower ones), a bench to sit on, and space for shoes. I like the idea of having individual cubbies for each person too. Our design will just have enough room for four.
The thing we are having made ( let’s call it a hallstand) will be made of MDF but I’d love to incorporate some timber. We will use a thick piece for the bench like they’ve done here but the stain will be more of a walnut tone.
It will be a freestanding version. Maybe something like this:
Personally I love the black painted finish. Unfortunately PS has an aversion to black furniture, so we have chosen the same colour as the walls. These are the things we do for love eh . It’s probably a good idea anyway as it’s a large item in a small area.
Our ideas have been passed on to the furniture guy and it’s under construction..watch this space for the results.
Our hallway is a big mess. It’s the repository for boots, hats and coats and yes, mud.
While visiting the rellies in Canada last year, we were introduced to the concept of the “Mud Room”. It’s a transistion space between the indoors and outdoors, to get your wet weather gear off and store it. While we are not expecting any snow soon, the idea kind of works for our wet South Australian winters and dry dusty summers too. I love the potential for using ouf hallway as a “drop zone” for car keys, school bags, gumboots and all the other pfaff.
Here are a few examples I’ve found. This one has built in “cubbies” for coats and bags, a shelf for shoes, baskets for bits & pieces and a bench to sit and put your shoes on:
Love the personalised letters on the cubby holes. A clock’s a good idea too.
Autumn is most definitely here! Which brings us to thinking about changing the fireplace in our main living area.
In our combined dining/kitchen/family room, we have a freestanding, wood burning combustion heater. Last winter it gave us a lovely couple of warm Sunday afternoons when we could be bothered to fire it up. Strangely though, it’s in the dining area so we don’t really benefit much from that lovely view of a flickering flame. And the person sitting at the table with their back to it gets well toasted. Ouch!
So we’ve been shopping around for a new version to put in the lounge area. This area is a bit short on wall space, so it calls for something low and wide. Then we can mount the tv above it.
What kind of fuel to use? We have ducted reverse cycle airconditioning, so we don’t really need to heat the house with the new fireplace. We have gas close by for the kitchen, and this seems to be a reasonably eco-friendly heating option too.
So here’s the short list:
Love this option, simple clean long and low. See how they have the tv mounted above. Pebbles sit on a marble slab. You can also have a glass back on it so that you can see through to the room behind.
This is a good size too. It comes with a stainless steel surround as an option. This is a fan-assisted model, it would kick out more heat than the one above. It also has a mesh screen for kid safety – big tick for this.
Or how about one of these? These Ecosmart fires run on denatured ethanol. That means that you can put the fireplace anywhere without needing a flue ( they even have models on wheels!). Kind of makes me wonder where you would go to stock up on denatured ethanol though.
Do you have a fireplace like any of these? Any suggestions?
It’s a bit beige and boring around here. I thought we’d do a bit of a makeover on Miss A’s room. Off we trot to Bunnings and let her loose in the paint department. I’m quite surprised with what she comes back with – her room has been pink since she was born ( her choice ).
“I’m not a little girl anymore Mum!”
Ok, so we do a metallic straie finish in copper. And I like it! She adds a mirrored candelabra, some artwork,a baroque style mirror and some black decals.
It’s a lovely choice, And she’s still my baby
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