There are plenty of walls to be filled, but the main focus for February was to really make a go of starting our living room wall. If you follow my Instagram stories, you may have watched my pre-mid-life crisis unfold live on there. Frustrated with the lack of oomph in my previously white walled living room, I drove myself to B&Q, picked up the darkest, most garish shade of green paint I could find and covered up our beautiful (yet boring) textured grey wallpaper. It was a slap dash decision that changed our living room completely, but one that I’ve grown to love. It’s made the room warmer and more homely, but it was standing in stark contrast to the bright wall inset wall it joined with. Which is where our gallery wall has come in.
It’s a rough start. It’s not measured, it’s not ideal and it’s certainly not complete but it has made me fall in love with our living room all over again. I wish I could give you deep and meaningful reasons for the prints we’ve picked up, some beautiful associations or sentiments that explains why we have a gallery wall centred around the image of a highland cow. We don’t. I wanted to find images that brought in the colour of our feature wall, that also had character. I don’t think you’ll ever get more character than a giant highland cow, and I’ll stand by the fact that I’m Scottish and therefore it’s a testament to our heritage. We’ve sandwiched our cow between a waterfall and a lake, and although not directly related, are representing our love for adventure and exploring – extra points given because they match the colour scheme. I didn’t want to lose the white space altogether, so chose some less in-your-face prints to give my eyes a break from the business elsewhere. A little eucalyptus and another highland cow done the trick – although I think I’m well and truly done with animals on the wall. It’s not finished, but we’ve made a start and it’s really starting to tie everything in.
I wasn’t planning going to ham on wall art right now, instead choosing to treat finishing our home as a marathon rather than a sprint. I still couldn’t resist picking up a few bits for my office though. I spend more time in my office than I care to think about, and it’s been feeling more like a creative drain than an inspiring work space. I’ve been wanting to really finish it off for a good while, but I couldn’t get passed the shelf I chose (that I now hate) and my indecisiveness about colour schemes and wall murals. For now, I’m not making any permanent changes, so I settled on four un-offensive prints that fill a blank space. These were part of a Studio Stockholm, a photographic collection produced by the Desenio designers, and one that is absolutely perfect for creative spaces. Understated and muted, but with a nod to travel and beautiful places.
I did originally intend on buying our frames from Desenio in the same order as the prints, but everything adds up very quickly when you get carried away with a gallery wall. We picked up some cheap and cheerful frames from IKEA, but I have the intention of replacing these over time with some more unique designs. It’s not finished and it will probably take us another year before we get to the stage where it just may be, but for now, I am in love with the progress. One year on, and finally our house is starting to feel like a home, and I couldn’t be happier.
If you are tempted by our lovely highland cow – now lovingly named Derek – or failing that just a mini interior update that won’t cost the sun, the moon and the stars – the code “LIFEWITHBOYS” gives 25% off posters* between 20th – 22nd February.