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Having a toddler in the house means that I’m slightly limited when it comes to decorating my living area. It’s the safe room of the house where he plays for hours on end and it’s basically taken over with toys! I try to add little bits here and there where I can to make it more of a ‘homely’ room and give it a cosier feel and today I’m going to talk about the little bits I’ve added to do just that…
I’ll start off with the gallery wall that I’ve added to the room, I’ve wanted a gallery wall for a while now and when Posterlounge gave me the perfect opportunity to create one, I couldn’t have been more excited! Posterlounge are a company who offer a huge range of prints on their website, they are based in Germany but ship all over the world. Each print comes with a selection of materials to choose from depending on how you want it to look on your wall. For my own gallery wall, I knew I wanted a mixture of different prints as I love walls that have that ‘mix-match’ aesthetic. I also love a bit of typography thrown in so the first print I went for was this oh la la print, I got this in the forex material which is a foam board that is really light and easily attaches to the wall. I also selected the fox print and abstract painting with the same material. I thought they would all look really nice together and I was right, they compliment each other so nicely! The other two prints I selected were this palm trees poster and this leaf print. I think greenery always looks lovely when it comes to gallery walls so I really wanted to add some to mine. I got both of these with the wooden material and they come printed on a slab of sycamore wood. I think it’s quite nice actually and something a bit more unique than your average print. I slightly wish I’d kept with the theme of the white foam board so they all matched a little better but I think I like that it adds something different to the selection as a whole. Overall I’m really happy with how they look, and it’s something that Reuben can’t reach so prints are a great way to spruce up a room that’s got to be toddler friendly! I have prints all over my house now and I love how they add character.
Another new addition to my living area is this big beautiful rug that I picked up from La Redoute whilst they were having 40% off. I got it for such a bargain that I couldn’t resist! I got it in black & white and it couldn’t look nicer on my living room floor. I rent my house and the carpet in there is full of marks and isn’t very soft so now that I’ve plonked a lovely big soft rug in the middle of the room it looks and feels so much cosier. Reuben absolutely loves playing on it, although I’m not surprised as it’s much more comfy to sit on than the carpet in there. I also recently got a new TV unit as my old one was a white bookshelf from ikea that ended up looking so tacky due to getting all scratched so I picked a grey unit with a wooden top that blends in nicely with the rest of the grey in the room like the sofa! It’s currently just full of toys and Ru loves putting bits in the cupboard but that’s fine, I only have it to stand the TV on really. I stuck another rug in front of this as Ru tends to sit right in front of the TV and I wanted him to have a comfy little mat to sit on. This is the sheepskin rug from ikea that was about £30 and it’s lovely and soft for him. I also have a really nice wicker basket next to it that I found in homesense and I love that it adds a cosy feel to the room with a blanket draped over the side. Again, it’s just another form of toy storage but yano – at least it helps stop the room looking a mess!
So those are the bits that I’ve added to the room recently that are completely toddler safe yet add a more homely feel without having anything he can get his mitts on and smash. What bits do you add to your house to add a cosier feel?