A couple of weeks ago, I was so incredibly lucky to be invited to join the Great Little Trading Co. testing team for 2016. It means that, as a family, we're going to be putting some of our favourite GLTC products to the test and also showing you how you could use them in your own home. I think that's one of the great values of sharing furniture and accessories on a blog ... you get to see what things look like in an average house and how they fit in to daily life as opposed to in a showroom or in a simple image or two online. I know that I've dismissed certain items when I've been doing a bit of window shopping on my laptop only to see them in a friend's living room and been amazed at how completely different they look in real life. Hopefully, I can help bridge the gap between what you see on a website and not knowing whether it would really work in your home, and being able to picture how you could and would use it.
One of the reasons why I wanted to work with Great Little Trading Co. was because of their focus on designing and making quality products which fit seamlessly in to family life. I much prefer to buy pieces of furniture which I know will have a longer shelf life than, say, 'the baby years' or the 'Postman Pat phase'. Ideally, I want products which can be used for years and years, in any room of the house, by any member of the family. And GLTC provide just that.
The first item I want to share with you will come as no surprise as my pegboard obsession has been well documented. I love them. They're the cool sibling of the pinboard and look great in a child's room, fantastic in a kitchen and pretty perfect in a home office. Children love them for storing their treasures, they can help with organising the most chaotic of families, or you can use them to display lots and lots of lovely things ... almost like a piece of art upon your wall.
The Great Little Trading Co. pegboard wall organiser is one of the best pegboards that I've come across. It's sturdy, sizeable, has a slick finish and comes with so many accessories that you can swap and change - a corkboard, a blackboard, a pen pot, a shelf, a stationery shelf, and thirteen pegs, in total.
I was a little bit worried when I first ordered it as I saw a couple of semi-negative reviews on the website ... and you know what it's like when you read a negative review ... you can scroll through hundreds of positive comments, be completely assured of your decision but it's those one or two gripes which stand out and almost make you change your mind.
I'm pleased to report that neither of the issues stated applied to me ... 1. The board comes with more than enough pegs, and 2. The quality is amazing and the pegs stay firmly put and are in no danger of dropping out. Everyone is absolutely entitled to their opinion ... no one wants to be disappointed with a purchase. However, the issues mentioned on the website are not ones which I've experienced so please don't let them put you off.
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that both of my boys have been let loose on the pegboard (here and here) but before I completely hand it over to them (mainly my littlest as it's destined for his bedroom), I wanted to have a bit of a play with it myself and style it as if it were on the wall in my home office.
Here are the results. And now ... I really do want to keep if for myself.
I didn't use the blackboard because I wanted the extra space to hang my tea cup and notelets but you can see that it's the perfect board for having the things which you use on a daily basis to hand (yes, I'm talking about jars of mini eggs) and also being ideal for a creative space. My fabric and paint samples are there as well as Creativity magazine which some of my crafts have been featured in. There's space for trinkets, a picture frame and even a little tea light holder. I'm particularly proud of the plastic test tube vase. I wrapped some double sided tape around the top of the tube, tied some string around it and then looped it over the peg. It worked a treat, and being Welsh, it's the law to have daffodils on every surface in your home in the run up to St. David's Day on March 1st. True story!
Here are some closeup shots ...
The Great Little Trading Co. pegboard wall organiser is priced at £75 (there's currently 15 percent off all orders of £50 but it's worth following GLTC on Facebook as they regularly have other flash offers if you miss this one). I warn you, though. If you buy one for your child, you are most definitely going to want a second for yourself!
We were provided with the pegboard wall organiser free of charge for the purpose of this post and to support our role on the Great Little Trading Co. testing team. All opinions are completely honest. GLTC have encouraged the testing team to share the good, the bad, and the ugly ... a sure sign of how committed they are to providing the very best products to their customers.