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Well the Lish household renovations are well under way and finally after completing a lot of work we don’t actually get to see, like rewiring and rendering the outside of our house, we can actually check one room from our very long to do list! The road was long… the room needed replastering, the floorboards sanding and everything needed a fresh coat of paint… but finally we have a nursery!

We decided that Babylish would have the privilege of having the first finished room in the house as a kind of welcome to the family present. Although infact she currently sleeps in our room, we loved making a little sanctuary for her and all her things for when she eventually transitions to her own room. Now as the only completed room in the house it is quite often my little sanctuary and I go in there just to breathe and remind myself how beautiful the house will be when it is finally finished.

Creating a babies nursery is a wonderful project as you can explore many different directions, themes adding loads of fun, sweet elements. Childrens rooms along with playrooms are perhaps some of my favourite rooms to decorate because you can let your imagination run wild and yeah yeah, I’m just a big kid!

After scouring Pinterest for inspiration I decided I wanted to create a serene nursery for our new arrival. There are so many fun, colourful ideas out there but we are lucky enough to have a playroom downstairs in our house for colour explosions and I wanted her to have a calm, peaceful place to sleep and relax in because we all love babies who sleep well at night don’t we?

Before starting an interiors project I always create a brief for myself. So to start out creating a moodboard I take 5 key words for the look and feel of the room and choose 5 images to portray them. My words for Babylish’s room were serene, light, soft, magical and dreamy and here is my final moodboard for inspiration…

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I love the soft greys and pinks and the element of magical woodland that crept in there… and then it was time for the hard graft! We (and by we, I mean he!) sanded and waxed the floors so they have a kind of stripped back old pine effect and settled upon Cornforth white by Farrow and Ball for the walls. This is an extremely popular grey by F&B as it gives a lovely warm, dusky feel to the grey, like you are being hugged by a lovely soft cloud (albeit a slightly rainy one). With the backdrop finalised we added our nursery furniture which was a hand me down from Littlelish and has a lovely antique feel to it. It was then time to start accessorising and adding the cute finishing touches to bring the room together. Keep reading this week for the final reveal!

style-pinkstags-head-1stags-head-3stags-head-2This week I’m rather proud of the fact that I’ve actually acheived a playroom declutter, it was so very long overdue and with a 9 week old baby, quite frankly any chores I actually manage to complete from start to finish, make me very happy! After several months of being totally outfaced at the thought of even attemtping to sort through the hoards of toys, paper, games, glitter, plasticine and creations, I literally couldn’t ignore it anymore.

I only dare to declutter when Littlelish is out of the house. Anyone else have a little girl who is obsessed with keeping everything? I mean everything, from the pencils and paper hat she got at pizza express, the ball she got in a cracker last Christmas to the glitter glue splodge she made on a piece of paper 4 months ago (I’m not even exaggerating!) Oh my goodness she is a nightmare. I’ve promised to show her the videos of those poor hoarders homes that get completely out of control as a warning to her – this is what you life could become if you don’t let me throw away this piece of paper with glitter glued on it!

Babylish in sling, I set to work to slaying the beast! With the playroom finally clear, I thought I’d celebrate by putting up our new light from Iconic lights which I had planned to go over the fireplace. As an ambassador for the brand I was invited to take a look through their latest additions to their online shop. I’ve mentioned before the incredibly quality versus price of Iconic Lights. I love the fact that you can pick up a really cool, statement light for next to nothing.

Much of their latest stock is really fun and playful. There is a real trend for quirky lighting and they definitely have that box ticked. Some of my favourites include the woodcut animal heads ranging from £20 to £40 (stag, rhino and bulldog), the white star lamp which comes in arrow. heart and & shapes too at £15 and the Retro telephone lamp £45.

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We were sent the Vintage Stag’s Head light to review which I thought would make an excellent addition to the playroom. Since moving into our house late last summer (remember the one that needed rennovating?) we’ve not yet tackled the work in the playroom but the plan is to create a colourful, retro room. I love the idea of adding touches of fun and wanted a focal point above the fireplace. I’d obviously never want anything that resembled a real animals head but I do like the wood cuts you can get, I’d never seen one that doubled up as a light too.

The whole thing was easy to put together and pretty fun, like a jigsaw puzzle really. Attaching it to the wall was easy too and within no time we’d added a fun feature to our fireplace. For £40 I’d say that’s a bargain! If I had one point for improvement it would be that I thought it would have been a bit handier if it were battery operated as the lead hanging down slighly detracts from the look and means you have to place it within reach of a plug socket. But all in all another awesome light from Iconic lights, great job guys!

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wild-and-wolf-746-phone-copper-1Bring Bring… remember that lovely sound our phones used to make before we could select what ringtone we wanted? In fact some of us, ah hum, may even remember the phones that had rotary dial! I know I do, although I was a child at the time, I’ve loved them ever since.

We’ve been reviewing the Wild and Wolf 746 retro phone (£49) from Red Candy this week and loving it! With it’s authentic Sixties styling and gorgeous copper finish, we’ve loved having a phone that stands out as a design piece in it’s own right and have received compliments from visitors all week. And that bring bring ringtone is just awesome. It took me by surprise in the beginning, I couldn’t figure out what the noise was… then I realised it was our phone ringing!

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The Wild and Wolf phone is, of course, an updated version of the original rotary 746 phone from 1967 minus the cumbersome rotary dial (remember when you dialled the last number wrong aaarghh!) with modern push buttons, a redial button, earpiece volume control and ringer on/off option. But that gorgeous retro design has stayed the same, stylish and nostalgic yet totally comtemporary too – it’s a real presence in any room.

It plugs in as any normal phone would and it’s actually made the phone ringing quite a fun experience, ok it doesn’t have a display to say who is calling so you can’t catch those pesky cold callers (luckily we hardly ever get any) but that’s actually part of the fun! It’s like going back to a simpler day and I actually rather like that. Littlelish has found it really fun too, whereas she has never ever taken an interest in the old standard handset we used to have. She has asked us all for our mobile phone numbers so she can try it out and has been leaving us little voicemails all week, which have really made me smile!

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Our lounge hasn’t been decorated yet so the phone hasn’t been ‘styled’ into place yet, although it doesn’t really need anything else to make it shine, it does that all on its own! It would look absolutely perfect on a piece of mid century furniture for a bang on trend look. Have a look at these great shots for inspiration!

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The Wild and Wolf 746 phone is available in a variety of colour combinations (from £37) from Red Candy. I think it would make a great gift for design lovers!

Disclosure: I was gifted the Wild and Wolf phone for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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