This week running from 5th October until the 11th October it is “National Wallpaper Week” and Graham & Brown have invited me to take part. Every day this week they are promoting a theme, and I have chosen “Inspired” to be my theme.
1.of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.
Creating an aspirational space in your home lets your imagination run wild. With four walls that envelope you in positive vibes, you’ll feel motivated to chase your dreams from an afternoon surrounded by this gorgeous theme.
We moved into this house just before the summer holidays and since then I have been so eager to jump straight in and decorate each room. This house really feels like home, we are so happy here in Somerset near the seaside. Much to my husbands annoyance I do tend to change my mind quite often and I am forever changing our colour schemes. So this time, I am taking things slowly, room by room, planning what I want to achieve with the decor using my own sense of style instead of following the latest trends.
If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen some snapshots of our new home, and if not here are a couple of the finished rooms so far. To see more of my bedroom head over to the Wayfair blog and my kitchen will be on the blog soon, we just need to finish our breakfast bar.
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For my “Inspired” theme, I have chosen to decorate the dining room. It is my favourite room in the house, with its big windows and french doors leading out into the garden. It’s where we spend every day as a family, eating, talking, playing games, but it is also where my desk is. So this room really needs to be inspirational, to help me concentrate and inspire my work here on the blog as well as provide a talking point when we have friends over for dinner.
I like dining rooms to be quite dramatic, so I’ve decided I am going to paint the chimney breast a dark charcoal grey, and I will wallpaper either side in this fantastic skull wallpaper by Barbara Hulanicki from Graham & Brown. Inside the chimney opening I will paint it black, and fill with logs and fairy lights to give the illusion of a fire. The three remaining walls will be painted a pale grey and above the picture rail a chalky white.
A.SKull B.Art Work C.Fairy Lights D.Side Chair E. Chair F.Star Light G.Rug H.Table J.Sideboard
Using white furniture will really make the pattern and colour from the wallpaper stand out, and create a stunning talking feature as soon as you enter the room. I will accessorise with pops of silver colour using candle holders, light fitting and the curtain rail. For the table I will dress with slate placemats, white diner set and a silver candelabra as the centre piece.
Take some time out this week and create a mood board to revamp a room in your house, use Pinterest to find some new inspiration. Leave a comment and let me know which theme from above you would go for? Perhaps the “calm” one if you have a hectic life or “funky” if you prefer a vivid colour palette.
This was a collaboration with Graham & Brown