Last year, one of the collaborators and sponsors, Sudo, held a cash giveaway competition. I remember filling out the entry form, thinking 'I never win anything. Can't see I'll win this'. And whaddya know, I did! I was so surprised! But the whole event was just such a blessed time. Put a bunch of creatives together and watch the sparks fly! Anyway, the point of this post, is that there is another giveaway this year. Run by West Elm, where the Friday Night partay is happening (ticket holders only, no gatecrashers please!). The prize is £2k of West Elm gorgeousness to furnish a dream makeover for one room in your home.
The next dilemma is one that has caused a bit of heartache here in the Mallard household. I desperately want a second child but hubby desperately doesn't! It is true what they say that your urge for more children is like a light that will stay switched on until your urges are satisfied. That when you're done, you'll know. As simply as the light switching off. This piece of advice was actually given from a fellow Blogtacular attendee, Adele, of www.nestanddressed.co.uk. At the time I was so unsure on this decision. To the point I was anxious I'd make the wrong one!
If it isn't going to be a child's room, then of course I would deck it out for my craft room. So, in light of the big decision, I'm going to choose furniture that will be useful for a child's room and a craft room!
I am a bit of a perfectionist so I thought I'd get a bit technical and do a plan of the room. There's no point choosing furniture without measuring! To then find out later that it won't fit! As is true to my airy fairy creative nature, I am pretty rubbish at the technical stuff! So I had to enlist the hubby to re-educate me in terms of scale and ratios. He kindly measured the room and explained what a ratio of 4:1 meant. (Every 4cm on the plan is 1m in real life!). And it looks like this:
The very good bit of advice came from Daniel. Which was to cut out the pieces of furniture so you can move them around your plan. Rather than having to draw and rub out a million times! This was a very handy tip. With the room being so small, it's quite limited. So I did have to move things around a few times before settling on the final layout.
So I opted for a bed, a desk and a shelving unit. I figured I could put a tv on the wall next to the boiler. And with the bed pushed against the wall, it could double up as a sofa. In which you could watch Netflix etc from the laptop placed on the desk. All angles covered! The old wardrobes would have to stay in here. I have so many clothes, I currently fill about 3 wardrobes dotted around the house! 1 in every bedroom including my three year old's room! I plan to upcycle these Ikea ones by filling in the perspex panels with some pretty fabric. (I'm imagining attaching the pretty fabric to some foam padding and slotting it into the panels).
2. Bottom left picture is the Industrial Modular 84cm Open and Closed Storage unit. £899. http://www.westelm.co.uk/rustic-modular-32-open-closed-storage-h965
3. Bottom right picture is the Linden Mid-Century wall desk. £799. http://www.westelm.co.uk/all-office-furniture-we-uk
I think it was pretty obvious I would blow the budget! So if I win, I'll have to whittle my choices down! As I'd love some curtains and a few accessories! My favourite curtains are the Dusty Blush Cotton Lustre Velvet with blackout curtain. They look thick and luxurious! When I moved into my first home, my parents went all out in treating me to do it all up. Including some plush chocolate brown curtains from an independent interior designer. These dusty pink curtains remind me of that luxury! £99. http://www.westelm.co.uk/luster-velvet-curtain-dusty-blush-t1802?quantity=1&attribute_1=213%20cm
I've just double checked the plan and I think I could just about squeeze in a small side table such as the Audrey bedside table. £399 http://www.westelm.co.uk/geo-lacquered-nightstand-h2031
Lighting, I really love the Capiz Orb Ceiling lamps. £209 for a medium one http://www.westelm.co.uk/capiz-orb-pendants-w872?quantity=1&attribute_1=Medium
All photos of furniture, lighting, curtains etc are taken from the West Elm website.