Hello, I’m back!!
Where has November gone?! You may have noticed I have fallen behind with regularly updating the blog lately, however I haven’t been too far away, working on some writing and product styling jobs as well as working on the house, of course! (Does it ever end?! .. No, thought as much!)
If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I have been finishing off the kitchen/living area that we have been redecorating as a main priority since moving house back in the Spring, with new curtains now finally in place at our patio doors! I am just awaiting some dark blue roller blinds to be delivered for the other kitchen windows, which (fingers crossed!) should be here before Christmas… then I will do a second blog reveal for all you lovely people of how things are looking.
The other thing I have been considering recently has been wall art … not just in the kitchen, but around the living space downstairs, too. We really could do with injecting a little more interest and, dare I say it, personality, in the form of wall art and even some framed photos that we all seem to plan to do but never actually make a priority. That was why I was delighted to be given the opportunity by the lovely folk over at Posterlounge to review a selection of their art posters in my own home environment.
Posterlounge is an online shop selling posters, art prints and other wall pictures printed on a variety of materials, with over 300,000 images to choose from. There is certainly something to suit everyone’s taste, with prints across a multitude of art styles, from classical to modern, be it paintings, illustrations, typography or photography.
To be honest, I was initially overwhelmed at the thought of trawling through thousands of wall art images, however the web site was really clearly laid out and easy to navigate, allowing me to search for suitable prints by room, preferred art style or subject, as well as within an inspiration area, where I could read about the latest trends.
I love illustrative work for its punchy graphics, pops of colour and quirkiness, so spent a very pleasurable couple of hours looking at the fantastic range of posters on offer! Once I had selected my posters and relevant sizes/finishes (you can also have your choice printed onto other materials such as wood or canvas), I didn’t have to wait very long before my order arrived on my doorstep, everything neatly rolled and protectively packaged.
I’m dying to show you what I chose for the house, but before I do, can I just say that this would make a GREAT Christmas or birthday present idea for someone arty or perhaps for a teenager who’s difficult to buy for, you could give them a voucher for them to choose their own posters for their room? (Because you never ever know what a teenager will pick, do you – and don’t even try to guess, because trust me, you’ll get it wrong!) And a final point before you start browsing the Posterlounge site – I used an array of picture frames from IKEA for my posters – if possible, do try to have a rough idea which picture frame(s) you are considering using when ordering your print sizes online – trust me, it will make the whole process quicker and easier and you won’t be left with a stack of gorgeous prints and a stack of useless frames!
On that final note, here is what I chose for the various nooks and crannies of my house…
First off, the kitchen snug! I needed something on the wall here to lift the space a little – with the neutral colours and splashes of dark blue elsewhere in the room, I felt it needed a pop of colour and a touch of Scandi, hence the ‘Love’ print and stylised hearts, which I framed inside bright pink for a bit of fun. I had the pink frame anyway, but it would look equally good framed simply in black or even a metallic gold. I love the idea of using a picture ledge as it’s easy to constantly update the look with your mood or even the season. Mine is the trusty IKEA Ribba ledge, which has since been updated to this one.
To the right of the sofa in the snug is a blank space of wall which I thought was ideal for this cute illustration known as ‘Fancy Mountains’. And they are pretty fancy, aren’t they? I chose a wood frame to warm this up a little and to tie in with the other wooden accents in the room. Love the steely greys, blues and soft yellows together – perfect for this time of year.
Next onto the playroom/office (this room has a multitude of uses!), where I chose a fun print illustration from Alice in Wonderland, as it’s a book the children have enjoyed having read to them over the years and this particular quote encapsulates family life here perfectly!! The fireplace in this room needed something above it to fill the blank space, but I wanted to keep the overall look kind of eclectic and informal. I’ll probably keep playing about with the mantelpiece in here… and those brown tiles need SERIOUS updating but that’s on the radar, don’t worry!!!
You’ll notice the lovely, bright cactus print above; here it is on the wall opposite the fireplace where I think it’s really cheerful looking! It is quite aptly named ‘Happy Cactus‘. The black frame sets it off beautifully (I used this one).
Onto the drawing room where I’m still deciding what looks best in there, however for the meantime I played about with propping some wall art up on top of the piano – it’s an easy way to dress a piano as I always think they need something on there! Actually I feel a blog post coming on about piano styling now…
This is the Writer’s Feathers print – it would look perfect in a monochromatic, Scandi style room.
The other print I ordered up was a fun one that, as a cat lover, I just had to have. The only problem is that my ten year old daughter has decided to steal it for her bedroom, so here it is in situ. (It’s this one if you want to see it online.)
I do urge you to pop over to see the range on offer at Posterlounge and there’s still plenty of time should you wish to order up in time for Christmas. The posters are of a very good quality and as a ’90s teen, it did make me reminisce about shopping for posters in Athena! Anyone else with me on this???
It’s good to see you again – back soon with something a little ‘festive’…
** This post was written in collaboration with Posterlounge, however all views and opinions are my own.**
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