A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Book Review: Upcycle – 24 Sustainable DIY Projects

Upcycle Book I was sent a copy of Upcycle: 24 Sustainable DIY Projects, by Rebecca Proctor. If like me,  you like to dabble in different crafty projects, without being particularly expert in one, but want impressive results for your energies, then these fairly simple, but striking high end upcycle projects, with step by step instructions will appeal. I love this wine box ottoman above, it can also be made with apple crates.

Some of them are more obvious upcycle projects,  it wouldn’t be an upcycle book without a pallet project for example. But the difference here is in the finish, all of the projects are designed by international product designers, so they wouldn’t look out of place in a modern art gallery.


Upcycle_Pallet window shelf


Another project that appealed was this Morgan Rope Mat, made from sailing rope.


Upcycle sailing rope rug


You can see the step by step instructions, with diagrams are clear. None of the projects have more than two page spreads of instructions.


Upcycle sailing rope rug instructions


Lots of the upcycle projects allow you to simply transfer existing craft skills to a project, this is a great one for cross stitch fans for example.


Upcycle_Cross Stitch Chair


Crochet lovers might enjoy taking their skills to an upcycle project. It’s all double crochet, so not too challenging. The shape is formed by crocheting around the bottle, so again, no complex crocheting instructions to follow.


Upcycle_Crocheted Vase


I wouldn’t attempt everything in the book – woodwork always seems like a lot of work, although I have to say the clear instructions demystify that for me a lot – but there are definitely a few more projects I could have shared here as ‘ones to try’.  I found the presentation, with introductions about the designers and information about each material that was being upcycled inspiring.


Have you enjoyed upcycling anything lately?

House Fantasy: Swiss Family Robinson Style House


Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Disneyland Paris

Who doesn’t fantasise about living in a self build treehouse on a desert island which creatively upcycles the very shipwreck that landed you in paradise? It’s a homemaker’s dream. Well I think so anyway, which is why today I am taking inspiration for a Swiss Family Robinson Style House from Disneyland Paris.

I am a theme park cynic, on a rainy grey day Disneyland looked more like Dismaland when we arrived, but my heart soon warmed to the cleverly realised film sets. Escaping into the Swiss Family Robinson style house feels quite magical; apart from other tourists and a glimpse of the famous castle turrets, you could be deep in the forest.

The Swiss Family Robinson is a children’s novel, by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia. The novel was intended to teach his four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance. All important skills for home owners! In 1960 Disney made it into a film.

I loved the story and so it was magical to climb up the treehouse and imagine the Robinson family. Shipwrecks are somewhat romanticised of course, food seems incredibly plentiful for starters.

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I would love my desk to be in a treehouse, wouldn’t you? I love the ship’s captain feel of the desk, and the nautical touches like the sails as shelter, the ships lanterns and starfish and shells as paperweights.

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Most of all I love the idea of working in a tree, looking at it’s trunk with all my treasures surrounding me. The treasure chests and lanterns give this room an adventurous feel. Don’t tell anyone, but I love the treehouse in High School Musical too…

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I had to smile when I saw this room, they even got the organ (?) into the treehouse. Love the lanterns and the ship’s wheel is even put to use.

Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Disneyland Paris

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The sleeping quarters gave me ideas too. I loved the netting to screen off the rooms, the treasure chests as bedside tables and the patchwork quilts. The net also makes a canopy over the bed, with a ship’s lantern hung over it. I’d quite like this look for our attic bedroom.

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Love this bedside lamp…

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The children’s room used the hammocks, I am guessing from the ship. Love the cheeky hook for grabbing bananas from the top bunk!

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Which just leaves me with the gorgeous task of trying to bring this look to life. I had a rummage in the Wayfair treasure chest, and this is what I found. The desk and some other bits were in the sale when I last looked, so if anything takes your fancy, you might even grab a nautical bargain.

Swiss Family Robinson Style

Fisherman Blanket, Fisherman Lamp, 3 Drawer Sideboard, Bureau DeskStatement Lamp, Gilt Mirror, Recycled Quilt, Map Chest.

I also have a Pinterest board I created a while back, for no real reason other than I had spent some time photographing fisherman’s huts in Kent. If you like the shipwreck, sea, treehouse theme then you might like some of the house ideas and inspirations I pinned there too.

Follow Penny Alexander’s board Fisherman’s Huts on Pinterest.


Time for you to confess your most bizarre house fantasy? Has a book or a film inspired a house fantasy for you?

Who will you make peace with today? #peaceday



I still have CND badges collected as a child of the 70s, I still remember watching blue flags with white doves flying in Manchester on peace day in the mid 80s. Peace was always a topic of discussion in my family growing up. I’ve also never forgotten the assembly my old headmaster did for peace day, on chaos theory and the butterfly effect, but more on that in a moment.

September 21st is International Day of Peace and, as the world finally comes to terms with the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it seems like excellent timing to reflect on what a world at peace could look like.


One day makes a big difference

Peace Day has shown what a difference a day can make. The UN reported a 70% reduction in violent incidents in Afghanistan on Peace Day, and 10,000 health workers were able to vaccinate millions of children against Polio due to the ceasefire.

Since 2013 the UN has put a focus onto education, the sustainable way to bring about peace is to educate future generations.


International Day of Peace

The theme of this year’s peace day is co-operation, different groups in society working together for peace:

Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on the people of the world to reaffirm their commitment to living in harmony as members of a single human family…

This year’s commemoration, “Partnerships for Peace — Dignity for All”, highlights the importance of cooperation in silencing the guns and advancing the cause. Without the support of governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and non-governmental organizations, peace will remain elusive…

Let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need…

Together, as “partners for peace”, we can achieve a world of peace, prosperity and dignity for all.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

How can I help create peace?

Awareness of the day makes a huge difference, so here are five simple, but effective things you can do this peace day.

1. Take time to think or talk to others about peace and why it is important. If you have children it is a golden opportunity to talk to them about the idea of peace and to ask them how it might be achieved.

2.Share the news about peace day.

Awareness of peace day creates action, and that action saves lives
Jude Law – Peace One Day Ambassador

3. Find out more about what you can do to help those suffering the impact of violence and conflict.

4. Make peace with someone or something,  peace is about fostering co-operation. Think about it like the butterfly effect. A small change in one small place, can have a much bigger impact in another bigger place.

5. Join the peace thunderclap, make some noise on social media #peaceday




More information via the UN and Peace One Day

Easy Coconut Curry

Easy Coconut Curry

Yesterday a good friend posted a plea on Facebook for something quick to cook that wasn’t the usual family fare. It’s that time of year, kids back at school, Autumn setting in and the challenge to find dishes that will ease you into a cooler spell. I’m not quite ready for heavy Winter food yet, this dish is light, but warming. It’s so good I often find myself dipping a spoon into the pan after tea, while it sits cooling ready to go in the fridge for the next day’s lunch.

I think this curry is a real winner, I’ve made it on the stove, or in the slow cooker.  It’s a dish you can make mild enough for kids, Miss L loves it, and add an extra spoonful of curry paste to the bowl for adults. 6yo Mr G, who is really fussy, just eats some coconut stock soaked rice, a few chick peas, chunks of carrot, apple and if I am lucky, some sweet potato.

I am considering adding some broccoli, baby corn, peas and mange tout to further entice him. It’s a recipe I was given, but it can easily be adapted for your favourite vegetables. I would add green vegetables in later, so they keep their bite and don’t go soggy.


Easy Coconut Curry


2 tbs olive oil/coconut oil

5 cloves of garlic

1 red onion

2-3 tsp red curry paste (Co-op do a veggie one)

1 tsp ground ginger

2 stalks of celery

1/2 head of cabbage – white or red, shredded

2 large carrots

1 large sweet potato diced

2 apples peeled and diced

I can chick peas

700ml/3 cups of vegetable stock


To add once cooked:

1 tin of coconut milk

salt and pepper

fresh lime

chopped coriander


Method  – Slow Cooker

  1. Pour the olive oil into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and spices and stir to coat.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients from the first list.
  4. Stir briefly to mix everything.
  5. Cover and cook on low for six hours, until the cabbage is tender.
  6. 15 minutes before serving add the coconut milk, squeeze of lime and coriander and seasoning.
  7. Cover and heat through for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve spooned over brown rice.


Method – cooking on the hob

  1. Warm the coconut or vegetable oil, fry the onions, garlic gently until soft.
  2. Add the spices and stir constantly for two minutes.
  3. Add the vegetables and apple and stir.
  4. Add the stock.
  5. Simmer gently until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Before serving add the coconut milk, squeeze of lime and coriander and warm through.
  7. Serve spooned over brown rice.

  Spicy Thai Vegetable Curry


What have you been eating to see you from Summer to Autumn?


Find of the Week: Exciting Lighting

Exciting lighting


I have been staring at the bare lightbulb in the living room too long now. I am also tired of battered bamboo paper shades – they remind me too much of being a student – I fancy something a bit more daring. Here are my top five exciting lighting options, which gets your vote?


Top The Hummingbird drop pendant lampshade is instantly intriguing, a bargain and could work anywhere with its choice of colours.

Middle row Not for the living room, I got distracted, but how cool would this KARE 5 light cascade pendant be in a kitchen?

The Kapow shade has exactly that, Kapow. It also comes in very cool white tubes, if red is too edgy – it is kind of reminiscent of bunsen burner tubes or intestines I reckon?

Bottom row Lighting can be such a great way to add a burst of colour and humour, or a splash of exotic. This Souk 5 Light Crystal Chandelier gets my attention and makes me smile instantly.

I love the colour and the simplicity of this Green Bombay Globe, it comes in other colour ways too.

Why have on lampshade when you can have nine? I love this KARE Cluster pendant of old fashioned lampshades.


While i remember check out KARE if you haven’t already, I have featured two of their designs here and started looking at their whole department at Wayfair. Very cool.

Achieve Living Room Enlightenment – Sensatori Lounge Love

Sensatori Fethiye


Blue is my new favourite colour. Blue is a colour that lets the mind relax and tap into it’s deepest creativity. Today I thought I would let it take me to some living room enlightenment.

Over the weekend I went on a press trip to Turkey with Thompson Holidays to the brand new five star Sensatori resort, Fethiye. Sensatori is a blending of two words, ‘senses’ and the Japanese ‘Satori’ meaning ‘moment of enlightenment’.

What struck me was the way the resort plays on your senses, from the taste of Turkish delight and Turkish apple champagne as you arrive, to the sound of the breeze rusting through the wild grasses and palm trees, to the other worldly scent of the shampoo, to the feel of a shaggy rug under your toes, to the sight of imaginative modern interiors with plenty of dramatic twists. It is living room enlightenment I am on the hunt for today.


pool side grasses at sensatori fethiye


Sensatori Piano Lounge

The piano bar gave me the inspiration for today’s post, I loved the chocolate, teal and stone hues, the use of pebble like shapes for the tables and the richness of the wooden floors. These pendant lights looked stunning and really make the bar area feel like somewhere you want to linger.


Sensatori Fethiye Piano Lounge

Sensatori Fethiye Piano Lounge

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Coastal Inspiration

The tub arm chairs mimic the sea and sand, while the coffee tables are like giant pebbles. Long banks of sofas lend themselves to lazing and chatting, The deep blue cushions and black frames lift the sandy hues and bring a more sophisticated evening feel to the lounge, while remaining strikingly contemporary. Silver light fittings bring glamour and palm trees bring the outside in.


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Sensatori Fethiye Piano Lounge

Sensatori Fethiye Piano Lounge


On holiday I forget everything…

I’ve picked out a few items from Wayfair, inspired by the interiors at Sensatori, but with more of a homely feel; you can absolutely take inspiration from this piano bar area for home interiors, but reaching enlightenment or ‘satori’ at home requires a slightly softer look, and, as we head in a little reluctantly into Autumn, some cosy throws too.


On holiday I forget everything


On holiday I forget everything by penny-alexander on Polyvore

Top rowOn holiday I forget Everything Cushion, Brooklyn blue knitted throw, chocolate cushion.

Second rowBilly Arm Chair in Blue (also in grey), surf coffee table.

Third row – Blue Pearl arm chair ( also in stone), pebble coffee table, Pedro teal arm chair.

Fourth rowPedro arm chair in Natural (also in graphite, teal, plum, olive), Galaxy oval coffee table.

Bottom rowblue cushion, Tunworth wooden box coffee tables, Brooklyn brown throw

Have you achieved living room enlightenment yet?

It’s flying up my list of home projects…


Disclosure I was a guest of Tui News Room for this trip, all editorial and opinions are my own.  Please see Thompson Holidays for more information on the resort.

An Awesome Cocktail Masterclass on Princess Cruises

Issac Cocktail on Princess Cruises


On Saturday I was invited on a Princess Cruise for the day. I had to share my video of the amazing cocktail masterclass we witnessed. These bartenders are totally incredible!



The sun was shining in Southhampton, the sea was glistening, the world was calling to me. After being Carnival Cruise Lines funnest family we fell in love with cruise ships. I wished so much I was setting sail again. It was tough having to leave the ship and come back on land. But at least I’ve found a fabulous use for the Grenadine I bought in France, although apparently you can buy it here now too. We were given an Issac cocktail to drink, and it was really refreshing.




There’s a story behind this cocktail too, the Issac is named after the world’s most famous bar tender, Issac in Love Boat, which Princess Cruises provided the background for.  The rum reminds us of the Caribbean, the red represents Issac’s red bartender uniform. Jen from Britmums and Cathy from Mummy Travels prop up the bar while sipping Issacs beautifully here.




We also got a kitchen tour, which was fascinating. The Executive Head Chef scribbled down a special recipe for me, which I can’t wait to test out and share soon. No pressure!

In the meantime, here’s how to make an Issac.


The Issac

2 oz white rum
2 oz pomegranate syrup
½ oz fresh lime juice
splash of club soda
lime slice(s)
2 pineapple leaf spears
Glass: highball glass

Fill highball glass with 2/3 ice or desired amount of ice. Into a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, pomegranate syrup and lime juice. Shake and strain into highball glass, filling just to the top of the ice.  Top off with club soda and garnish with a fresh lime slice and two pineapple spears.

Get the kit!

Wayfair have the exact glasses you see in my pictures here and here. Check out cocktail kit here.

A Macmillan Coffee Morning with a Kick

Easy Coffee and Chocolate Cake

I’m a big supporter of everything Macmillan do, having experienced their incredible care and support in a Macmillan hospice where my Mum spent her last days and we said our final goodbyes.  I can’t explain the care of Macmillain nurses, it is gentle, subtle, expert and unfailing, it envelops cancer patients and their families when they need it most.

No one should face cancer alone. My Mum was a firm believer in the power of cake and there were many memorable slices over the years,  so Macmillian coffee mornings are events I always try to support. You can find your nearest here.

It is so easy to organise a Macmillan coffee morning and a lovely way to get together with friends and family to support those facing cancer or to remember loved ones.  It could be with colleagues, at a school, club or just at home with friends, family and neighbours. Big or small, it all makes a difference. Macmillan have even put together a brilliant coffee morning pack, tips and resources like stickers, balloons and cake labels to help you organise it.

Easy Coffee and Chocolate Cake

It doesn’t have to be complicated, but I love the idea of turning a coffee morning into something a bit more exotic than Victoria Sponge and tea, I love creating the perfect situation, so I’m thinking of a more exotic theme, so how about this wickedly easy Lavazza chocolate coffee cake, that takes only 25 minutes and forms it’s own coffee cream layer, so no need to ice, served on an elegant Filigree cake stand?


How about some Lavazza roast and ground coffee blends served in this amazing Arabic inspired pattern, Moucharabieh 5 Piece Tin Box and Coffee Cup Set, my friends all invited to gather round on cushions to chat away as spicy scented candles burn and transport us far away, to Arabia, or Morocco perhaps?  I would happily throw a tenner in the charity pot for that experience.


Whatever you do – and it really can be as simple as you want it to be – this cake is so easy to make, and as it requires making a cup of coffee, you can make two and enjoy a coffee while you make it!

Lavazza Chocolate Coffee Cake

Easy Coffee and Chocolate Cake

Lavazza has been Italy’s favourite coffee for over 120 years. This gloriously easy chocolate coffee cake with a real coffee kick, is taken from the Lavazza website, which has lots more ideas for cooking with coffee.  It is a little daunting throwing a cup of coffee on the cake batter but it forms the most gorgeous creamy coffee layer at the bottom. It is is grown up cake, best enjoyed with good friends and coffee.

Preparation time:
25 minutes
Cook time:
35 minutes

For six large or eight small servings:
100 g (3.5 oz) of self raising flour
120 g (4.2 oz) butter
100 g (3.5 oz) caster sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 large cup of coffee with a little sugar (cooled)

Put the butter in the mixer at room temperature and add the sugar (keep 1 tablespoon of sugar) and blend at low speed until the mixture is frothy. Add the lightly beaten eggs, flour, 2 level spoons of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Add 2 spoons of milk.

Easy Coffee and Chocolate Cake
Pour the mixture into a buttered oven dish, sprinkle uniformly with a mixture obtained by mixing 1 spoonful of cocoa and 1 of sugar.

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Finish off by quickly pouring in the cooled coffee. I used  an American cup to measure, but it is pretty similar to an English mug of coffee.

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Place in the oven at 180°C (355°F) for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven.

You can cook the mixture in single-portion moulds or a muffin tin, to make cocoa and coffee cake muffins. In this case reduce the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

Sprinkle with icing sugar or use a cake duster, like this fab one you get in the Macmillan kit.

Easy Coffee and Chocolate Cake

Serve the cake cut into slices, completing the dish with the coffee cream formed on the bottom of the oven dish.

Easy Coffee and Chocolate Cake


Coffee and Chocolate Cake

Giveaway CLOSED

I have a selection of Lavazza roast and ground coffee blends to giveaway, this stunning Moucharabieh 5 Piece Tin Box and Coffee Cup Set  and this Filigree cake stand.

With the recipe, everything you need to create a perfectly themed coffee morning.


To enter, just follow the rafflecopter

Do check out my slow cooker giveaway too.

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My top reasons to eat organic, and a slow cooker giveaway

vegetarian stew

There’s been a chill in the air this weekend and on the way home from camping at the amazing Blogstock festival, with all it’s blogging and foodies delights, all I could think about was making a big pot of healthy stew and dumplings. Last week I was missing summer, and I can’t wait to recreate some summer moments, but I am secretly happy to embrace Autumn, and some of my favourite vegetables. I feel like I know where I am with Autumn cooking.

We try and eat organic when we can, over the years I have built up lots of reasons for trying to, so here are my top reasons to eat organic. The most important fruit and veg to eat organic are the dirty dozen plus, the foods with the most pesticide residues.

The Dirty Dozen Plus, foods to eat organic

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes


Boost your Vitamins

The Soil association calculated that organic veg can boost your Vitamin C intake by 27%, so if you are trying to up your 5 a day, it is also worth thinking about turning to organic fruit and veg.


Better for Animals

Organic farmers have higher standards of animal welfare, giving animals space and fresh air to thrive and organic farmers are helping to protect nature on their farms.


Better for nature

Organic farming doesn’t uses pesticides, organic farms protect and encourages wildlife.


Better tasting

To me organic food tastes loads better and so I enjoy it more.


Support Farmers Directly

When I buy organic veg from a box scheme,  I really love hearing stories from the farmers who produced the contents via the newsletter, it’s great to know exactly where your food came from and that you are supporting farmers directly, rather than them being forced to sell at unfair prices to supermarkets.


Avoid the chemicals

Food labelled organic isn’t just grown organically, free from chemicals, it is never combined with ingredients which could be dangerous, or GMO ingredients.


Support the future

Organic is a powerful way to support not just our own health, but the future, of nature, wildlife, animals, our children and our planet.


Getting round the cost of organic food

I have found that less really is more, I find I have to plan more carefully and treat organic veg with more respect, so it goes further. People often over estimate what they need food wise and it results in waste, so organic food can be a great mindset. Small swaps over time are easier to budget for and slow down your cooking habits for, rather than changing to organic overnight. Plus it tastes better, so less really is more for your money.

I once read that in the UK we spend a lot less on food than the French – it really changed my perspective, I would rather have good food than other supposed luxuries, eating well is so central to my mood, health and ability to function, as well as all all I believe in for the rest of the world.

The Soil Association have 30 great tips to help here, I’m really interested in swapping in more organic beauty products next.


Organic recipes from Fab Food Bloggers

Helen, from the The Crazy Kitchen who shared those fab Strawberry and Cream Dessert pots last week,  has a veggie chilli, which sounds incredible. Aly from Bug Bird And Bee is a real expert on vegetable dishes in a slow cooker, I love that she made slow cooker lasagne. And if you are looking for pud, try Cass from the Frugal Family’s Slow Cooker Tea Cup Chocolate Cupcakes, you actually bake them in the tea cups!



I have one Chef-O-Matic Multifunction Cooker slow cooker to giveaway to a lucky reader this month.

The incredible 12-in-1, multifunction, compact countertop cooking machine that roasts, sears, grills, bakes, fondue’s, sauté’s, poaches, steams, boils, deep fries, warms and re-heats… all in just one machine. Making homemade healthy and delicious meals has never been easier. Just dial in the cooking temperature, set the time and that’s it. Chef-O-Matic heats up in half the time of a fan assisted oven and cost 50% less to run. Flash fry an amazing sea food stir fry or slow cook all day while you’re away, and then come home to meals that are hot and ready to serve.

Just fill in the rafflecopter and tell me your favourite organic product or slow cooker recipe! And do check out the coffee morning giveaway too.

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What are your top reasons to eat organic?


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Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Wayfair and A Residence.
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Optional entry methods are to follow on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and tweet on Twitter.
The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries
The winner will be informed within 1 week of the closing date and will need to respond with a postal address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen
The winner’s name will be available on request
This is a joint promotion between Wayfair and A Residence.
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Superhero Bedroom Update

superhero bedroom


Ah the sleep of the summer holidays! Just two more to go…

Mr G’s room was in need of a bit of an update this summer. It’s a mammoth task as he hasn’t got to the stage where he can rationalise or part with stuff easily – his sister seemed to suddenly do it around 6/7 – so his room is a real explosion of treasures, lego, toys and random finds.

The main thing was to replace the traffic themed wall stickers he had had since he was tiny.  We went for a superhero bedroom update, with a twist. We ordered an army net of the the internet, an Incredible hulk lamp and some wall art from Wayfair. The Hulk Tales to Astonish Plaque looks great next to this Hulk nightlight. Wayfair’s range of Hulk wall art is pretty incredible!

Mr G chose the wall art himself, but we did try and lead him towards wall art that would last him a long time – choices that will still be cool when he is a teenager. The Batman Wanted wall art looks great above his desk, next to a little Batman canvas he already had. There is a huge choice of cool Batman wall art at Wayfair.


Superhero Children's Bedroom Ideas

As you can see, his room is generally a bit of a mess, he’s a 6yo boy and I really don’t believe in overstyling kids’ rooms for makeover pieces, I like to keep it real. But what you see is that the camo net, incredible hulk light and wall art creates a focal point and pulls your eye away from the mess on the floor.

Now when I walk past I think ‘cool’ instead of ‘really must tidy up’.

Superhero Children's Bedroom Ideas

We’ve also added more shelves, including a printer’s block for tiny treasures, a big shelf we took out of the hallway, which is perfect for his lego, and a large book shelf Mr A wasn’t using in his office. The extra storage is really helping to reduce the amount of stuff on the floor too.

Next step is to replace his bedding and get some curtains. I am looking to find something that isn’t all out cheesy superhero.  I want something, like the wall art, that he can grow up for a good few years with and that won’t clash with what is already there. Any ideas on colours? Let me know if you’ve spotted anything.

I spotted this Comic Book Strip Cushion while browsing, great for a superhero bedroom update, new in at Wayfair, and there are lots more to choose from.



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