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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.



Feather Your Nest – Find of the Week

Feather Photo Wallpaper by Federkern at WayfairUK

As I type this the dawn chorus is in full flight, with my kids on school holidays I am up with the lark to write, although here in suburban Nottingham it is more often the relentless chattering of a tiding of magpies. If you can’t beat them join them, so inspired by the dawn chorus,  I’ve picked out some stylish feather interiors.

Let your interiors fly with these feathery friends. Pictured above is Federkern Photo Wallpaper an imaginative way to create a feathery feature wall in your home.

Below lots more feather interiors pictures, wall art, cushions, mugs and rugs guaranteed to help your home take flight. I have my beady eye on the peacock feather rug. You?

What birds do you have in your garden?

Feathered Home Accessories

1. Graham and Brown Feathered Friends Photo Frame  2. Artist Lane Feather Shield by Ayarti Wall Art

3. Feathers Cushion Cover  4. Birds of a Feather Bird Stickers by The Binary

5. Buttercup of London Scandi 10cm Fine Bone China Feathers Mug  6. Safavieh Gregory Peacock Feather Hand Tufted Rug  7. Esprit Home Feather Beige Green Novelty Rug (also available in rich red and silver).

Travel: Vintage Seaside Wall Art

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I smiled when I found some Blackpool vintage seaside wall art over at Wayfair UK. We had an amazing time in Blackpool recently, it has changed and been modernised so much since I visited as a child, but you can still catch so many glimpses of all the eras that went before.

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The beaches are all blue flag, and so clean, the Pleasure Beach is much more organised with lots of new rides, there are amazing sculptures and art installations along the promenade.

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The comedy carpet on the seafront is an amazing piece of interactive public art.

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You can still see the traces of Blackpool’s past, the tower was constructed in 1894 and has stunning vintage tiles which remind me of the Edwardian tiles in the bathroom of my old flat in London, so when I saw these vintage Blackpool posters and wall art I had to share them.

Blackpool Vintage Wall Art from Wayfair UK

The 50s style lady in the red costume really encapsulates everything we loved about our visit, the cheeky, slightly dated,  kiss me quick, never ending thrills of Blackpool, you can see it all here, my favourite bit is when Mr G meets Vera Duckworth…

We were guests of Visit Blackpool and The Cliffs Hotel, you can find out all about the amazing attractions we visited and using a Resort Pass to save money here, and The Cliffs family friendly hotel here.

Which quote describes your home?


I Like This Place… wall art by Bookishly at WayfairUK.

I like to think that home inspiration can come from all kinds of places, books, films, clothes, nature and travel, I think a house becomes a home when it has things that tell the story of its inhabitants. But I also know feeling at home is a very personal thing and that for some, having a space free of clutter and belongings is what makes you feel at home.

Since I started to blog more about homes, I started looking for quotes about homes and homemaking as inspiration. The same ones seem to crop up over and again, and they can be a bit didactic, so it was refreshing to find this one.

Good old William Shakespeare. I wonder what he would have made of my house? The quote is from As you Like It, a title which in itself arguably sums up exactly how a home should be. I love that it is down to earth and practical, but has wit, fun and frivolity. That’s exactly how I picture my home.

Bookishly has a huge range of wonderful quotes about home and much more, their wall art is inspired by literature, from The Great Gatsby, to Sherlock Holmes, to The Wizard of Oz, to Little Women, there are lots of beautifully presented quotes to choose from.

This is a classic, so much so I had forgotten it was a quote from The Wizard of Oz.


There’s No Place Like Home, from The Wizard of Oz

I love this wall art featuring William Morris, and I try to abide by it, but generally fail, so I am not sure I want it on my wall, but maybe I need it!


Have Nothing in your Home, wall art by Bookishly at WayfairUK

Alice in Wonderland might be more fitting, depending on your household’s sense of humour.


We’re All Mad Here, from Alice in Wonderland

But for the ultimate in romantic homefelt sentiment, you can’t beat this quote from Jane Eyre. Sadly I remember reading Jane Eyre in my summer holiday to Tunisia, with an ex boyfriend, while preparing for my second year doing English at University – funny how memories stick to things – so I am going to stick with Shakespeare’s wise words for my home.

Jane Eyre

Whereever you are is my home, wall art from Jane Eyre

There’s a lovely story behind the production of Bookishly wall art too, each piece is unique as the background page is randomly picked from Shakespeare’s Complete Works. The team at Bookishly hunt down lovely old yellow papered books in second hand book dealers and charity shops. The frame is handmade in England by a local family business and has no glass so you can feel the lovely old page. The frame hangs flush to the wall or can stand on its own, making it perfect for a bookshelf.

Which quote best sums up your home? Do you have a mantra for your house?

I’ve gathered a few more I like over on Pinterest too.

Follow Penny Alexander’s board Home Quotes on Pinterest.

Through the Keyhole – South Carolina Gullah Art Home Inspiration


I don’t know about you but I love to look around people’s homes. This has inspired a new feature on A Residence, Through the Keyhole. The lovely thing about being a blogger is making new friends online, but you don’t always get to meet or do the simple things like pop over for coffee.

Through the Keyhole gives you a chance to do just that, have a sneaky peak inside someone else’s home. I’m not going to tell you who’s home this is, except to say she is a great writer, her blog like her wall art is full of colour and love and that she no longer lives in the UK, but I will take you though the keyhole to her blog later if you can’t guess, or if you’re curious, which I am sure after reading this you will be.


American Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of each November. For seven of the eight years that my husband and I have been together, we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving in the States. We’ve flown with our young son from the UK to South Carolina – a full day of travel – to spend time with some of our closest friends.

South Carolina is a wonderful place. We gather on a small island, accessible only to homeowners and holidaymakers renting one of the seafront houses. Deer roam freely, dolphins swim off the beach, and large alligators in the marshes keep the golfers on their toes. We fill our fridges with beer, fill our bellies with fresh shrimp and oysters, and fill our hearts with music, laughter and love. It is my favourite holiday.


Last year, for the first time, we couldn’t make the trip. We had just moved from the UK to Australia. My husband was settling into his new job, our son was starting at a new school, and I was busy getting all our boxes unpacked. It just wasn’t possible. So we had to celebrate Thanksgiving with just the three of us, alone in a new land.

Luckily, wherever we go in the world, we take some reminders of South Carolina with us. Every time we have been there, we have picked up a new piece of art at a wonderful place called the Red Piano Gallery.


Red Piano stocks only Gullah Art – paintings, drawings, sculptures and woven sweetgrass baskets made by the descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia.


Gullah culture is bright and beautiful. When you draw up outside the Red Piano you park by a metal tree covered in blue glass bottles – a way of wardingoff ‘haints’ or evil spirits. Inside, the works of art are infused just as deeply with colour and meaning. Many of them are painted on pieces of reclaimed wood or corrugated iron, and the subject matter often reflects some of the main focuses of Gullah life such as food or music.


Some people might look at our Gullah art and turn their nose up at it. They may think the pictures are too naïve or roughly executed. But every single one of them has helped turn our new Aussie house into a home. The purple watermelon that hangs in our kitchen, the blue crab that sits in my office, and Benny the Blues harmonica player, who greets you when you walk in our front door… We love them all.



I am not sure when we will next be back in South Carolina, but I am so happy that we have brought a little part of that sweet place with us. It always makes me smile.


I love that today’s Through the Keyhole mixes treasures from this families travels into their home decorating, to make a home from home wherever they travel.

Have you guessed whose house this is yet? Do you want to go through the keyhole and find out more?

Okay, time to put you out of your misery, *puts on best Loyd Grossman voice* Who would live in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole …just click it.


To take part in Through the Keyhole, please contact me using the links in the sidebar or in my About Me page.

As regular readers will know A Residence is now part of Wayfair, the homes and interiors online store, for more wall art inspiration, check out all Wayfair’s wall art, and some unusual wall art inspirations.

Keyhole picture credit

Who said romance was dead?

My next Kodak Big App wall art project…
Forget the kids, who said romance is dead?
This one’s for my husband.

Don’t forget the Twitter party Wednesday 23rd Nov 1-2pm, get some great printer Christmas gift ideas and, if you tweet #printerprojects, with a tip, craft, idea or example of a Kodak Big App picture, you’ll be entered to win:

  • a 7.1 Hero All-in-One printer with 4 packs of A4 photo paper and 5 cartridges each of black and colour in
  • 1 x M5370 Digital Camera
Terms and conditions apply, see here for more information. This is a sponsored post in association with Britmums and Kodak.
NaBloPoMo 2011

Last chance to enter the Kodak Big App challenge

The Kodak Big App challenge continues, with a chance to win a Kodak printer or camera.  If you haven’t got on board yet, here’s a run down on how to turn your photographs into art, and maybe even prizes.  And if like me you need to see some before you get inspired, I have collated some great ideas too.

In a nutshell
Take one cool snap, give it the Big app treatment via the free Big App on the Kodak site.  The App will turn it into a PDF dividing the image into as many A4 sheets as you choose.  Print the PDF, then either fix it to the wall directly, or frame your creation. Kodak ink is more affordable than other inks so you can go as big and as colourful as you want. It’s also great quality and highly smudge resistant, so perfect for little fingers.

My projects
So far I have used the Big App to remind myself to keep practising the skills I learnt on my photography course, by turning this picture into a collage above my desk.  Here’s me looking pleased with it:

I blew up this photo of my daughter shell hunting on the beach in Wales for her bedroom wall.

And I captured my son in the midst of his favourite activity, pirating! A little Jack Sparrow appearing out of the bushes. His collage was bigger than his sisters, she wasn’t impressed.  He loved it though.

Then my husband wanted to know where his photo was. So the next one’s for him.  And I need to raise the stakes on my daughter’s image.  I have some ideas. And I will remember to lose the margins when I print to make this one seamless, and stick it up straight, and perhaps even frame it to give it an even bigger wow factor.
Challenge entries
Still looking for inspiration for your entry? You have until Tuesday 22nd November. Let me share some ideas I really like from the entries so far, it was impossible narrowing it down, but here goes.
I love Kate of WitWitWoo’s Skimming Stones, moments like this encapsulate so much about the parent child bond, about growing up and learning.  They totally deserve to take over a whole wall.
Again, this shot is just pure magic, and it took Rebecca of Here Come the Girls hours of manipulation to achieve (pop over and find out how she did it).  I can imagine it looking absolutely amazing blown up, and Rebecca’s talking a whole 24 A4 sheets.  She would easily get this many sheets, and many more, out of £10 Kodak colour cartridge.  Bargain.  You can’t beat fairies for capturing small people’s hearts and minds.

Mamsaurus is going to put this in her dining room.  For me it is a million times better than any plaster cast or handprint kit of your baby’s hands, and so much cheaper to achieve too. Plus the colours are just awesome and it’s going to inspire more fabulous art, whilst looking every inch a piece of modern art in itself.

Although I am rubbish at minimalism in my interior design life, I can dream.  I can dream of clean white flowers, blue cloudless skies and a very different, and beautifully relaxing approach from Gadget Mum.  I love the way it changes my perspective, literally and mentally.

So that’s what we did with the big app, what would you do?
All the information on the Big App Challenge you need is here.
This is a sponsored post in association with Britmums and Kodak

Turn your photos into art and prizes with the Kodak Big App

I’m very excited to announce Part One of my promised November secrets. I have finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a Blue Peter presenter. Well, as good as. Britmums and Kodak asked me to be a Big App Ambassador. Which means I get to demonstrate printer wall art projects, on screen. Not a scrap of sticky back plastic in sight. But even better news, you get a chance to win great prizes, just for selecting one of your photos.

The Kodak Big App is a rather marvellous and highly addictive free, internet based app.  Kirstie Allsopp was on telly the other night, refering to machine embroidery as the ‘crack cocaine of the craft world’.  Well Kirstie, you haven’t tested the Big App. Here, have a bit of this, it will blow your mind, you’ll never look at your photos the same way again.

I really hope you are going to join me on the challenge.  I may have bags of enthusiasm after my day with the photographer Jon Cruttenden but I reckon you probably have a much better eye, and therefore a much better chance of actually winning.  There are some great prizes, a camera or printer, just for linking up a picture you would give the Kodak Big App treatment to.  Competition entry details here. Check out the Britmums Big App site.

All you need is an image…

This is a sponsored post in association with Britmums and Kodak.