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Wallpaper Part One

WallpaperI’ve been toying with the idea of wallpapering or repainting my bedroom for some time now. Having lived with bright white walls for over a year I think the time has come to add more colour and pattern.

When it comes to  choosing the right wallpaper or paint colour it can take time. Being visual is brilliant, but it can sometimes be a hindrance when it comes to making decisions…

As I am pretty sure I’m not alone in this ridiculousness, I thought I would share my solution to mocking up wallpapers / paint colours of choice to SEE what works best. It was super easy to do if you have access to photoshop (if not search for free photo editing software online).

I found my wallpaper choices online, saved the images and then pasted multiple images behind a photo of my bedroom to see what colours and patterns would look like.

So many choices, but here are some of the highlights:

I also quite like to the idea of painting a stripe, thick or thin, bright or pale yellow, on the walls, inspired by my fellow blogger, Lucy Tiffney‘s studio wall as seen below, with its beautiful pale pink popping stripes.

So far so good, I love being able to see my choices come to life, but now here’s the tricky part, actually making a decision…

Pallet Shelf

Pallet Shelf

Got to love a bit of pallet recycling and this reclaimed pallet shelf fits perfectly into my home studio, creating a special place for all my ‘essentials’. Made by one Louise Bellaers as a gift.

Bowie Pot

Bowie Pot

I love David Bowie ALOT. And in the spirit of all things Bowie, I decided to paint an old white pot (from Ikea) as a little kitsch tribute to the man himself, inspired by one of my Bowie Pinterest board pins (follow me here!). And now I shall use my Bowie Pot in my studio not only to inspire me, but also to keep stuff in his little lightning bolt face.

Studio ShelfOn a separate note I used Posca Pens to do the painted detail of the highlights and eyes and they really are JUST SO GOOD. I love them a little too much. There are all sorts of things you can do with Posca and ceramics to which I will dedicate another post completely as they are too awesome not to share.

Photoshoot Outtakes

PhotoshootWe had our first photoshoot this week in preparation for launching the blog onto the world and I have to say, it was quite a lot of fun despite the fact that both of us hate having our photo taken…

The end result for our About page was well worth all the antics and I thought it was worth sharing the shots that didn’t make the final cut as they turned out pretty well.

The photos were all taken in Lucy’s lovely studio which is pretty darn perfect as far as locations go, more of that to come.

Creative Spaces

Studio WallIn stark contrast to my uber-organised (read: anal) pegboard, my other studio wall has a lot to answer for.

I absolutely love having a giant moodboard in my work space (although my studio mates Studio Can Can and Cult Zeros might not be as keen…!). I use it to paste up postcards, ripped out pictures from magazines and as many pictures of David Bowie and Blondie as humanly possible.

Every so often I try to colour co-ordinate the mishmash to give it a more pleasing look and feel, but less often, in the spirit of Edwyn Collins, I rip it up and start again. And therein lies the beauty of my constantly evolving studio wall.

Pegboard Part II

Pegboard full widthThe pegboard is up and adorned and I have to admit, it’s probably one of the most fun things I have done in a while (apologies to loved ones, family and friends – I do enjoy spending time with you!). There was something just lovely about spending some time organising bits and bobs for my studio. Things which had been languishing in a box up until that point when i set them free to climb up to their tiny new hanging pegboard homes in the sky.

With my new found appreciation of golf tees as hanging instruments married with things I found scrambling round the flat (paint brushes, bamboo crochet hooks, kebab skewers etc.) I managed to have enough hooks and sticks to make it work. These combined with bulldog clips attached with screws and the odd bit of double sided tape meant that I didn’t need to buy specialist pegboard hooks which for some reason are ridiculously expensive on ebay.

SticksI also found that a budget bath shelves (£3 – ditch the suction cups) and a soap dish (£1) from that well known department store, Wilko’s, helped me out no end with larger items that needed a home too.

I will no doubt rearrange the board as time goes on and new storage solutions become apparent but for now it makes me happy every time I see it or hang something new on it.



Pegboard (& other stories)

pegboardIt’s only in the past week or so that I have finally got my pegboard up on my studio wall. It’s taken a while… waiting for postage, waiting for my Dad to help me construct a frame for the back of the board and of course waiting for the right amount of time to actually have the mental headspace to do something about it all.

So anyway, it’s up and I can safely attest that it’s going to be brilliant, let me stress the ‘going to be’ bit of the above statement as at the moment it’s a work in progress (as all great things are, non?).

I have yet to lay out all the lovely handy little hooky, shelvey type things that will eventually furnish its holey face but for now here’s what I have learned so far…

1) Don’t use a paint brush to paint pegboard. I did and all the paint decided to worm its way into the holes, blocking them up good and proper, resulting in me having to re-hole the holes (if that’s a term?) I then used a roller – and hallelujah, it worked so much better.

2) Golf tees. Yes I may be stating the obvious but golf tees work as pegs in pegboard and of course they come in a myriad of colors (and a couple of different shapes) and so there’s no need to buy custom pegboard hooks from ebay which seem to be ludicrously expensive. And guess what? They look good too (yes those are weird looking golf tees in the photo and cost about £2 from ebay).

3) Install the pegboard away from the wall. Again, slightly obvious to most (and eventually to me) but I am not always completely practical about these things, but eventually I got it installed (with help from my Dad) with a frame behind the edge about 1.5 cm away from the wall, thus allowing pegs to have room to, er, peg (as it were).

These are just the lessons I have learnt so far, it’s been mildly epic already let alone without the layout which I am unnecessarily over-excited about and will post some pictures as soon as the beast is done.