Picture the scene.
It was approximately 6.03am in a sleepy North Wales village. A bleary-eye mother had been woken from a deep slumber, probably dreaming of a night in the wilds of New Zealand with Aragorn son of Arathorn, by her excited 4 year old waving some sort of comic in her face.
'Mama, can we paint mountains?'
'I want to paint mountains like these?'
'Aragorn, is that you?'
'Mountains. Grey mountains'
'You want to go to the The Grey Mountains? In Middle Earth?'
'Okay. Yes, we can paint mountains, today. Let me get dressed and I'll find the paper and paints.'
However, it wasn't a comic he'd been waving in my face. No. It was Style at Home magazine. And it wasn't a quick watercolour of some superhero lair located in a misty mountain range that he wanted to attempt. Nope. On the contrary, Neena's end-of-terrace property in Hove had caught his eye (page 44 in the July 2017 edition) and he rather fancied recreating her dining room mountain scene in his bedroom. And unknowingly, I had agreed to lead this spontaneous transformation.
But, I'm always up for an interiors challenge providing it doesn't require me to hang wallpaper, and we had no plans for the day, so I thought why not? Let's give it a go!
We opted to paint our mountain range on the only free wall in his room (there's a door, window and fitted wardrobes on the others). But with it being the longest one, we had lots of space for various heights and sizes, so it was probably the best one for the job anyway.
I used Frog Tape to section off the mountains. I did this by eye and without any plan. I think random works best with this kind of design. You don't need to be too finicky about it but you can always reposition the tape if you step back and don't think it looks quite right.
The colour we chose was Laura Ashley Powder Grey. It looks almost white in the tin but is a lovely soft grey on the wall. One coat would have been fine on our white walls but we opted to do two for extra definition. For the whole wall, I used about a quarter of a 2.5L tin and each coat took around 40 minutes. It really is a transformation that you can complete in a morning ... even with a four year old assistant dressed in an elf costume.
For two hours worth of work (with two hours drying time for the first coat of paint), my little one got his mountains and his room was transformed. I loved the huge white wall because it was a brilliant background to his colourful toys and accessories, but I have to admit, even though grey is not my favourite colour, the mountains look brilliant. They make his room more interesting and more fun.
As there are a fair few lovely, quirky things dotted along the wall and I often get asked about them on Instagram, I thought I'd share all of the details in this post, too.
The Rosa Rabbit and Mr Bear prints are from Great Little Trading Co. I wasn't actually intending to keep them up (they're stuck on with command strips) but my little one loved them so much that they've been there ever since the beginning of March and he's adamant that they're staying. They are super cute, though. Rosa Rabbit is one of my favourite ever GLTC designs.
I've featured the Moebe pinch clip from Desenio in a few posts and it continues to be one of my go-to ways of displaying prints, photos and to do lists around the house. The clip is both stylish and versatile, and at £8.95, an absolute bargain.
I feel incredibly privileged to be sharing this beautiful star shelf with you as it has only just gone in to production and the company, Little Grey Cells, doesn't formally launch until Monday (July 17). Focusing on children's furniture with simple but stylish designs and a retro feel, I'm so excited to see the full range in a few days time.
The star shelf couldn't be more perfect for my four year old's room. It sits so well above his mountains, shining in the sky. The shelf is big enough for a radio, a small light, a plant or even a beside drink and the two hooks are perfect to keep dressing gowns and a satchel packed with treasures (shells, normally) within easy reach.
Follow Little Grey Cells on Instagram for more updates as they launch.
Children's Desk & Desk Accessories
We used to have a full sized adult's desk in here. It was a great desk but it took up so much room. And space is very important when you need to construct a whole city out of Lego on your bedroom floor.
We recently traded it in for a smaller version, the Star Bright Desk from GLTC. Size-wise, it's great for a child's bedroom but is still really practical. I've sat and worked at it while the boys play and there's more than enough space for a laptop, notepad, a multitude of coloured pens and a cup of tea or two - see for yourself in this post. Not planned, but don't the star cut outs on the two drawers look amazing sitting below the star shelf? A happy coincidence!
The cute desk accessories are also from GLTC. I bought them for my eldest son's bedroom (yep, I'm not just on the GLTC testing team, I'm a genuine customer ... I love their products) but they seem to have made their way in to his brother's room.
The grey star desk tidy keeps all of his pens, pencils and bits of paper together and is a reminder of a similar (but horrid plastic) version I had as a child. I loved that desk tidy at the time, though. Anyone else remember the circular plastic version popular in the early 80s?
The perpetual calendar is just brilliant. Not only is it lovely and colourful but it's helping the boys to learn days and months of the year. The rain cloud has made far too many appearances lately, though. It was very nice to see the sunshine on Saturday.
Toy Block Tape
I spotted toy block tape (I assume they can't call it Lego tape for trademark reasons although it really is tape for Lego pieces) over on Gill's blog, A Baby On Board, and quickly bought both black and white strips. I didn't have a plan for it but as soon as we painted the mountains on the wall, it was the ideal opportunity to use it.
I used the white as snowy peaks for the mountains and the black as a sort of ski lift/cable car track. The tape is easy to cut and has a sticky back so you can apply it anywhere. I've yet to test whether it will peel off without damaging the paint, though. It's turned the mountains from being merely decoration to a place to play which is wonderful. It's added an extra dimension to the Lego worlds that the boys like to create.
That's possibly the longest post I've ever written, I'm sorry, but I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. If there's anything that I haven't covered that you'd like to know, let me know in the comments.