A great little style off

The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories

There's a bit of a Great Little Trading Co. and styling theme to my blog, at the moment, isn't there? But that's no bad thing, right? I was actually hoping to head outside and share some outdoor adventures, this week. But then the snow happened. And hail, and rain, and a little bit of sunshine, closely followed by gale force winds, more rain, and then a touch more snow. We're not a particularly fair-weathered family; we're just somewhat confused! As I'm typing this, the sun is shining gloriously in the sky but I've checked the forecast and an almighty storm is due to roll in in a matter of minutes. So I'm turning my attentions indoors, once more, and I have a bit of a fun 'style off' to share with you.

I know I wax lyrical about Great Little Trading Co. and the quality of their products, but trust me, it's with good reason. Today, I want to show you what's probably my favourite GLTC piece ... the pigeonhole wall shelf and hooks (£85). This is one seriously versatile shelf. It's great for games, for children, for adults, and for any room in the house. It absolutely epitomises what GLTC stands for - great design and functionality and oh so perfect for a modern, family home. We were sent one to review as part of our role on the testing team but this will definitely be a product which we personally order more of because I can find so many uses and places for it.

I don't know about you, but when I was younger, I was the child who had to give up their bedroom when family and friends came to stay. I didn't mind so much because I quite liked bunking down with my brothers and pestering them in to the early hours (something I'm still quite happy to do now, actually). As the boys have had to vacate their beds (not that my littlest sleeps in his all that often) recently for the same reason, it got me thinking about easy ways to transfer a room to quickly turn it from the ultimate child's bedroom to a welcoming guest room.

So, my eldest dude and I set to work, styling the shelf my way (the pretty guest room way) and his way (the awesome dude's room way). 

I opted to keep the colours quite muted and display two prints (both are from Desenio who have a brilliant selection of posters at quite possibly the cheapest prices on the internet - ampersand and fern) some vases of flowers, alongside a few things which guests might need - cups, cloths, soap, and stationery. And also a couple of little tin pots for storage - they're the perfect size for change, wallets, keys or toothbrushes. It also got me thinking about how amazing this shelf would be in a kitchen as a spice/storage rack with really cute china mugs hanging off the hooks. I need to create some space to realise this dream!!

The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories
The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories
The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories
The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories
The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories

In contrast, my little dude went all out in terms of colour and fun. The pigeon holes are stuffed with his treasures (balls, pine cones, scarves, and a bow tie) and his favourite characters take pride of place on top. Costumes are hanging on the hooks below along with a sword and bow and arrow for catching baddies (he's always catching baddies, also known as his little brother). To be fair, this is not really 'styled' as such, this is how he keeps his shelf on a day to day basis. Only the treasures in the pigeon holes change. I love sneaking in to his room when he's at school to have a peek at his collections ... a few plectrums have made their way in to one of the pigeon holes, this week.

The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories
The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories
The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories
The Ordinary Lovely: Versatile children's furniture and accessories

Not that I'd advise trying this at home, but it terms of how sturdy the shelf is, I found my littlest hanging off the hooks yesterday. While he might be little, he's not all that light in weight, and the shelf stayed perfectly in tact, although I was quite fearful of him pulling it off the wall (he didn't). It also got me thinking that it would be a great product for high traffic areas like a hallway. We could all have a hook and pigeon hole each and I could place sweet-smelling flowers on top of it, and candles, in an attempt to drown out the sports kit/boy smells. Good thinking, right?

So who wins the style off in your eyes? I think my little dude just nudges it, doesn't he?

Huge thanks to GLTC for letting us test the most amazing things and making our home a happy one.