Tips for decorating a caravan | Painting and wallpapering the interior

I regularly receive emails from fellow caravan enthusiasts with questions about Dolly 1 and, more recently, Dolly 2. Very often, they’ve stumbled across my blog posts — or Pinterest pins — and ask for tips on decorating a caravan.

I’m asked what kind of paint we used on the walls and cupboards and what we used to hang the wallpaper.

So finally, I’ve decided to make a little list of tips for decorating a caravan interior.

It’s super simple and the look that can be achieved is fabulous.

I’m going to split the content into various posts — painting and wallpapering the interior, then all the fiddly bits like sinks and fittings, the upholstery and, finally, revamping the exterior.

There’s way too much content for one post — and there’s also a LOT of photos!!

So here goes…

Decorating a Caravan » Part 1

Painting Woodwork and veneer covered walls:

In most older caravans — and even bright shiny new ones — the interior seems to be a sea of brown (or worse, orange) wood.

In some cases it’s real. In a lot of cases it’s chipboard; covered in a plastic wooden-look coating. The doors in both our vans have been solid wood but the surrounds have been constructed from a veneered MDF.

Either way, it can all easily be given a fresh, clean look with paint.

1. Firstly, we always take all of the doors off their hinges. This is not strictly necessary but makes them much easier to paint.

Top Tip: Make a note of which door goes where!

2. Give them a light sanding with medium grade sandpaper.

3. Prime using a cupboard makeover paint undercoat or primer. This is the perfect stuff for giving melamine, MDF, wood, wood veneers and acrylic bath panels a new lease of life.

5. Once you’ve primed with a suitable cupboard makeover undercoat paint, give them a topcoat.

The tins always advise to use the corresponding cupboard makeover paint but I haven’t in all cases. I’ve found that a topcoat in standard eggshell works just as well. Which is great as it means you can get bespoke colours mixed up to suit.

Annie Sloan chalk paint would also probably work well if you were after a flat, matt finish. Especially as it seems to cover most surfaces without the need for priming. That said, although I’ve used it on furniture I’ve not tried it myself on a caravan, so don’t quote me on that!

Painting The Walls and Ceilings:

We used the same cupboard makeover paint on the walls — and ceiling — of Dolly 1.

But for Dolly 2 we decided to try a different approach and although we used the cupboard makeover primer to undercoat the walls and ceiling — we did the second coat in standard white emulsion.

This was a triumph.

It saved us quite a lot of money and looks amazing — especially on the ceiling. It gives a lovely matt finish.

You’d expect it to flake or crack but  a couple of years on and it still looks fabulous. I’m so delighted with the finish.

We painted all the plastic struts with the cupboard makeover paint first then went over the whole lot with the emulsion paint and a roller.

Caravan Chaos

Now, there will be a point — probably when you’re half way though the renovation — that a sense of panic will begin to set in.

Don’t worry!!! This is perfectly normal!!!

Decorating a caravan is fun but can be a bit of a messy job. Particularly as you’ll be working in a very tight space.

Plus it doesn’t help matters if you’re a bit of a chaotic worker (like me) and don’t do things in order. I always start with the very best of intentions but invariably things start to look like a total bombsite; as I don’t work in a logical sequence. It drives Mr D nuts.

Opening the door to chaos can be a bit overwhelming but — trust me — just work through it. Keep painting. It will look amazing eventually.

To give you a little spoiler alert — these are the kind of scenes that you may be faced with when you’re midway through decorating a caravan.

Not pretty.

And definitely alarming.

When you’ve spent a substantial amount of money on purchasing the van in the first place, it’s a slightly scary prospect to see looking like this.

But stick with it.

Give everything a couple of coats of paint and — bit by bit — the sea of orange wood will begin to diminish.

Eventually you’ll have painted every surface. Apart from the ones that you plan to wallpaper (if you’re going down that route).

Wallpapering a Caravan Interior:

We’ve wallpapered both of our vans. Not sure what made me think that wallpapering a caravan was a good idea but it is.

It totally works.

I went for a shabby-chic feel for Dolly 1. It has been said (on more than one occasion) that it looked like Cath Kidston had thrown up on her. But I take that as a compliment.

Here’s how she looked before her makeover.

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And after a little bit of elbow grease — a lot of paint — and one roll of wallpaper, she looked like this.

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Traditional or Modern?

I went for a more graphic Orla Keily-esque look with Dolly 2 and used a range by  Layla Faye from Wallpaper Direct.

Pop and have a look at the original post for more info.

Wallpapering a caravan follows the same process as papering anything else to be honest.

I used standard tools — ruler, scalpel, brush, sponge and a papering table. And on both occasions I used a standard wallpaper paste; Polycell Maximum Strength, if memory serves.

The trickiest thing about wallpapering the interior of a caravan is trying to cut around tricky angles. But apart from that it’s no different from wallpapering a room in a house.

I wallpapered the ceiling in one of our bedrooms a couple of year’s ago so it’s something I’m quite confident doing. I also quite like working on small surfaces — as opposed to large rooms — so in some respects I find it easier than wallpapering a house.

 

A few little pointers for you.

Make sure the walls are grease free. Caravan walls can sometimes get a little greasy, due to cooking in such a tiny space, so making sure you give the surfaces a good wash down with sugar soap is always a good idea.

Paste both the wall and the paper; I always hang the paper from the top edge and trim the overhang at the bottom. Make sure you smooth the paper down well and buff out with a dry wallpaper brush to get rid of any bubbles. It can look a little bit alarming when the paper is wet but the bubbles tend to settle down and disappear when the paste is dry.

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

I remember feeling so nervous when I wallpapered Dolly 1.

Would it be a waste of a £30 roll of paper? Will the paper stick? Would it last?

I had visions of the opening her up after the first winter to find the wallpaper hanging off the walls and peeling paint everywhere but that never happened.

We had Dolly 1 for almost 7 years and the paper and paint looked as good when we sold her as the day it was put on.

So there we have it! A few tips on decorating a caravan. Next time I’ll talk about painting the finishing touches — sinks, lights and fittings.

Thanks so much to everyone who’s got in contact about Dolly 1 and Dolly 2. I love receiving your emails and would be thrilled to see how you get on with your own van makeovers.

Please do drop me a line with any before and after photos! Caro xx

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Wallpaper #1 | How to make a circle fan decoration

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When my sister and her husband sold their house recently they couldn’t find anywhere they wanted to buy and — as a stop gap —  they rented a house until one they liked came on the market.

Funnily enough, we did exactly the same when we moved to our village and it reminded me how tricky landlords can be sometimes — and how annoying it is when you’re not allowed to change the wall colour or do very much to make the property really feel like home.

So I’ve been having a little think about the things that we can do, to make a rented house feel homely and completely change the look and feel of a room with wallpaper.

Without actually sticking it to the walls.

This first little tutorial shows how to make a circle fan.

I’ve always used shop bought versions of these — to style my products when I photograph them — but when I was looking at one recently, it struck me how easy they’d be to make and how cool they’d look in various patterns, rather than the block colours that they’re usually sold in.

So here we go — super simple and they look a million dollars!

How to make a circle fan

You will need:
Wallpaper
Scissors or scalpel (whichever you prefer to use)
Ruler and pencil
Glue-gun
Paper-clips
String

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1 — Choose your wallpaper! You can use offcuts for smaller circles or for a larger circle you’ll need a decent length.

I used some gorgeous paper from the Great Little Trading Company — Sorbet Spot and Sprinkles — perfect for a little girl’s bedroom. Or a big girl’s she-shed ;)

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2 — Cut your paper to size.

I used 4 rectangles of wallpaper per circle. One to make up each quarter of my circle fan.

There’s no hard and fast rule with regards to size but, for mine, I worked to the rule of thumb that each fold was 2cm apart — and I had 13 folds in each quarter segment of my circle fan — so the width of each piece of paper was 26cm.

The height of the paper determines the radius of your circle; more height = a larger circle!

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3 — Mark out the 2cm sections along the length of each piece of paper.

If you wanted your folds to be further apart — or closer together — you can change this measurement to suit.

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4—  Begin to fold the paper— concertina style — every 2cm.

Fold the paper backwards and forwards until you reach the end of the rectangle.

Then do the same with the other three pieces, until you have 4 concertinaed rectangles of paper, of equal size.

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5—  Next stick the four sections together.

Glue down the right hand edge of your first piece of paper and attach it to the left hand edge of one of the other pieces. Repeat this process until all 4 pieces are glued together, to form one long concertinaed rectangle.

Once you have done this, fold along the lines and pinch one end to create a little fan shape.

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6—  Pinching down on the one end very tightly, use the nozzle of the glue gun  to spread glue on to the end of the paper that you’re holding.

Be really careful when you do this, as the glue is very hot!!

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7—  Keep hold of the paper, pinching down tightly for a couple of minutes, until the glue has cooled down. After a little while, you’ll be able to touch it with your fingertip — it should feel tacky (a little like blue tack) — then you can pat it down to form a bond over the end of the paper.

Now when you let go of the paper, you’ll see that the circle fan has formed and is nearly complete!

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8—  To finish off you can use one of two ways, depending on where you’re planning on displaying your circle fan decorations.

If you’re using your circle fans at home you can stick the two edges together with the glue-gun, for a more permanent fix.

But if you’re making them to transport to a wedding or party, for example, you can simply use a paperclip to keep the two sides together. This will ensure that they don’t get bashed or damaged — especially if you’ve made some really large ones.

You can’t see the join from a distance and it means that you can keep them nice and compact, when you’re transporting them.

Simply pinch the two edges together and secure with a paperclip; I used white ones so they’d blend in with the paper.

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The paperclip also acts as a hanger for the string, so even if you’ve glued your paper circle fan, use one to hang it up.

Simply thread the string through the paperclip, to the length you’d like the circle fan to hang and that’s it!

Bob’s your uncle.

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I’ve also made a quick little film tutorial as I sometimes find that it’s easier to watch someone making something rather than reading written instructions.

Pop along and have a look and please give it a thumbs up if you like it :)

I am proud to be a GLTC testing team member this year and was given this lovely wallpaper to create my circle fan tutorial — pop along and have a look at their lovely ranges for even more ideas and inspiration for the home.

Home Etc #54

Morning all! Wednesday again which means it’s time for Home Etc.

This week I’m flying solo as my lovely friend and co-host Jess — Mummy Of Boy and Girl Twins — is off on her holidays with Mark Warner! SO exciting.

We were both lucky enough to have won a competition, earlier in the year to be Mark Warner Mums. Pop and have a look at my entry if you have a spare couple of minutes! :)

Anyway, back to this week and Home Etc!

Home Etc is a weekly link up for bloggers who have written a post that includes interiors (wish lists, room tours or DIY). Garden or allotment ideas plus crafting or up-cycling.

 

If you’re a home-bird and have a post that you’d like to share, Jess and I would be delighted for you to come and link up with us!

Home Etc Favourites

One of last week’s favourite posts came from Katy who blogs at Hot Pink Wellingtons.  I LOVED her bedroom makeover so much!!!

The wallpaper, particularly, is absolutely gorgeous.

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Katy’s beautiful new-look bedroom!

Another favourite came from Gaby over at Life in Eight, who linked up a post featuring a fabulous new look for her spare room/office space.

I loved the combination of white and wood with splashes of bold colour. How could you fail to be productive in such an inspiring, gorgeous room?

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Gaby’s amazing new workspace — look at that gorgeous desk!!!

Well done to both of you! Your names are now in the hat to win this month’s voucher from our lovely sponsor, HomeSense.

Thanks so much everyone, for linking in. Jess and I really, really enjoy reading all your posts!

All we ask is that you follow these 3 little rules:

1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

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2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POSTS which will always be the first two entries in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries or @soot1978 — with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Jess or I will always retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

Finally, Jess and I will pick one favourite post each week then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our fabulous sponsor!

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Psst… as well as HomeSense the voucher can also be spent in TK Maxx!

Thanks so much for linking up all your lovely posts. We look forward to reading more of the same this week! The linky portal is open until 11.58pm on Saturday, so lots of time to join in.

#HomeEtc the hashtag

Finally, Jess and I are thrilled that some of you lovely folk are using the #HomeEtc hashtag on Instagram! Please do join in – we would love you to use it too! 

Whenever you are on Instagram and posting anything home, interiors, DIY, craft & garden related please do use the #HomeEtc hashtag. We would love to see your Instagram photographs and give them some love! 

Lots of love,

Caro (& Jess who’s currently sunning herself in scorchio Rhodes!) x


#HomeEtc 23 — Home and Garden Inspired Blog Hop

I can’t believe that in a couple of months time we’ll be gearing up for Christmas!

I’ll bet that the theme of our #HomeEtc posts will definitely start to take on more of a festive flavour over the next few weeks. Love it — or loathe it —it’s just around the corner! ;)

Last week we had some decidedly autumnal posts — a Halloween inspired table from Lisa (Into The Glade) and some gorgeous homegrown from Sammy (Sieze Each Day

But my favourite post came from Hayley who writes at the blog Hayley From Home.

Not autumnal in the slightest but a gorgeous glimpse into her lovely home and family with her picture ledge refresh.

Picture ledges have really taken off and I love seeing how other people style them.

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Hayley’s lovely collection of frames on her picture ledge | Image courtesy of Hayley From Home

I’m also super chuffed that she’d printed my ‘Home’ print! So lovely to see it there — and it looks lovely sitting next to the other one.

If you’d like your own, you can down load a high-res printable from here.

Jess’ favourite came from Toni (Gym Bunny Mummy). We both agree that the transformation is fabulous!

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Such a fab transformation | Image courtesy of Gym Bunny Mummy

I’m a huge fan of wallpaper. I wrote about our caravan makeover just yesterday — a little bit of wallpaper has transformed it from eye-sore to eye-candy!

I love what Toni has done with her her stairs and landing. It’s totally lifted the space and made it look so homely.

Well done ladies! You’re now in the running to win a voucher from HomeSense, our generous sponsor. The winner of the next prize will be announced in a fortnight’s time,

Thanks so much for linking up with Jess and me — we love reading your posts and are so happy to be hosting this home and garden inspired blog hop.

All we ask is that you follow these 3 little rules:

1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

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2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POSTS which will always be the first two entries in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries  — with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Jess or I will always retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

Finally, Jess and I will pick one favourite post each week then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our fabulous sponsor!

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Psst… as well as HomeSense the voucher can also be spent in TK Maxx!

Thanks so much for linking up all your lovely home and garden inspired posts. We look forward to reading more of the same this week! The linky portal is open until 11.58pm on Saturday, so lots of time to join in.

Lots of love,

Caro & Jess x


136 weeks and 6 days | A Caravan Makeover with Wallpaper Direct

Last month, I mentioned that we’d traded our beloved caravan — Dolly — in for a ‘new’, larger model.

I use the term ‘new’ very loosely. The new van may have preceded her chronologically but certainly not in any other areas.

If Dolly needed a bit of updating when we first bought her, this new van needed an entire facelift.

Pretty she aint.

A caravan makeover was definitely in order!

**grim interiors warning — the following shots are not for the faint hearted**

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Attractive, red stained carpet. Nice.
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Dark and dated kitchen area…
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…and wooden walls and panelling as far as the eye could see

I have got LOTS more ‘before’ photographs that I could show you but I’ve always tried to maintain my blog as a happy place — a collection of beautiful things — and the pre-makeover photographs set my teeth on edge (and make me feel a little bit queasy) so  I think I’ll leave it there.

Little by little over the summer months — with the help of Wallpaper Direct — my boy and I transformed the very ugly little tin box, you see in the snaps above, into something rather lovely.

No mean feat when you have twin toddlers in tow, I can tell you ;)

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HOURS of work condensed into a little grid of nine pictures!
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Doing a little bit of touching up
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Ta-daaah!
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So much cleaner and fresher :)
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Gorgeous cheery colour and pattern

We wanted something a little different from our first van; which was a vision in Cath Kidston. For her successor, we wanted something bright and fresh and a little more graphic.

Wallpaper Direct have literally got the best choice available. Whatever your taste — or style — they’ve definitely got something to suit. I was absolutely spoilt for choice and felt like a kid in the proverbial sweetshop.

Initially, I was thinking along the lines of Orla Keily but ended up being swayed by the gorgeous designs of Verity Wilkinson’s Layla Faye range.

For the living quarters of the van, we chose ‘Daisy Chain Small‘, a gorgeous yellow and white graphic print with a retro edge. We’ve also chosen a coordinating print for the bathroom area but I’ll keep that under my hat until we’ve finished those renovations! One thing at a time — that may be a job for the spring ;)

We’ve no curtains, blinds or proper cushions yet but — those things aside — this little van is well on the way to becoming a perfect little home from home, for us to enjoy camping trips and festivals.

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Brightening up the kitchen area with cheerful accessories and lovely patterns
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The seating area
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Even my little Home print got an airing!

It just goes to show that wallpaper is so versatile. It really shouldn’t just be restricted to the walls of a house — it can be used on furniture, ceilings — even an ugly little caravan can benefit from a little bit of pattern and colour!

There’s still a LOT to do though.

Lots more finishing off inside — plus I have some very ambitious plans for the outside of this funny little box on wheels. Bear with me, as I can foresee there may be a fair few ‘caravan related’ posts coming up over the next few months ;)

And for anyone wondering what we’ve christened this little van?

Well, initially she was Lionel (don’t ask).

Then she was Wendy (Wendy-House — on wheels).

But for two little boys — who have only ever understood  that a caravan is called ‘Dolly’ — it was very, very difficult to persuade them that this new van had any other name.

So everyone, please be upstanding for…

‘Dolly Too’.

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Huge thanks to the lovely folk at Wallpaper Direct who collaborated — very patiently — with me on this caravan makeover! :)

All photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.

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#HomeEtc 22 — Home and Garden Inspired Blog Hop

Firstly, an apology.

I’m so sorry I didn’t comment on any posts last week. I had fully intended to host Home Etc, as ever, with my lovely friend Jess — mummyofboygirltwins — but blog duties (well and truly) slipped, due to my little trip away in Portugal.

Sometimes, instead of trying to juggle an impossible amount, it’s often just worth sticking up our hand to say we can’t cope.

Which I did.

So firstly an apology and secondly a HUGE thanks to Jess for covering my back and hosting single-handedly and a big fat thank you to everyone that linked up too.

I promise to do better in future ;)

In my absence, Jess picked two fab posts from last week’s linkers.

First was Poppy from A Sunny Island with her home flashback.

It’s so interesting to think how our homes have evolved over the years and, in this instance, we can actually see for ourselves!

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The changing faces of Poppy’s home — Photo courtesy of A Sunny Island

It’s so lovely to ring the changes! The dining room is my favourite transformation! Plus I love the pink tiles in the kitchen too :)

Second fave post came from Beth, who writes over at Betty and the Bumps.

Her fab blog shows how she’s updated her daughter Gwenn’s room using some fabulous wallpaper from Graham and Brown.

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Gwenn’s new ‘big-girl’ bedroom. Photo courtesy of Betty and the Bumps.

Such a difference!! It looks gorgeous doesn’t it?

I wallpapered the ceiling in our guest-bedroom earlier in the year with a sky inspired paper — not clouds but little blue-birds. Amazing what a difference some patterned paper can make to a room.

Well done girls! You’re now in the running to win a voucher from HomeSense, our generous sponsor. The winner of the next prize will be announced in 3 weeks time,

Thanks so much for linking up with Jess and me — we love reading your posts and are so happy to be hosting this home and garden inspired blog hop.

All we ask is that you follow these 3 little rules:

1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

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2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POSTS which will always be the first two entries in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries or @soot1978 — with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Jess or I will always retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

Finally, Jess and I will pick one favourite post each week then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our fabulous sponsor!

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Psst… as well as HomeSense the voucher can also be spent in TK Maxx!

Thanks so much for linking up all your lovely home and garden inspired posts. We look forward to reading more of the same this week! The linky portal is open until 11.58pm on Saturday, so lots of time to join in.

Lots of love,

Caro & Jess x

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Home Etc #16 — Home and Garden Inspired Blog Hop

September is here, summer is ‘officially’ over (sobs) and very soon the little members of our tribes will be heading back to school and everything will get back to normal.

For a couple of months anyway until the festive season gets underway ;)

I feel sad to be waving goodbye to summer. I’ve only just got into the swing of things and it’s over already. Weirdly it feels as though it was shorter this year. I’ve no idea why.

Happily, I have #HomeEtc to cheer me up! I absolutely love this little community of interiors obsessed bloggers! Reading through the posts that link up every week is a real treat— it’s so lovely to see everyone’s ideas :)

Last week we had some lovely blogs linking in but my favourite post came from my very own co-host Jess, from the blog mummy of boy girl twins!!

Her post on the wallpaper she’d chosen from Laura Ashley, for the twins’ rooms was so lovely. I love the designs she’s chosen — particularly the one for Harry’s room. My tractor-mad little sons would absolutely adore it!

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Jess’ gorgeous wallpaper choice for her son’s room — my boys would love this!

Jess’ favourite post was written by the lovely Sammy who blogs over at Seize Each Day.

She wrote about her greenhouse — something I’ve always had a hankering for  — and included lots of pics too, so readers can really get a feel for it. I love the fact that it’s not just for growing things; Sammy’s really put her mark on it and personalised the space.

It’s full of lots of eclectic bits and pieces, like these gorgeous painted stones.

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Painted pebbles in Sammy’s — Seize Each Day — lovely greenhouse!

Well done both :) You’re now in the running to win a shiny new voucher from our fabulous sponsor — HomeSense — which we’ll announce in four weeks time .

Thanks so much for linking up with Jess and me — we love seeing your posts every week!

All we ask is that you follow these 3 little rules:

1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

The Twinkle Diaries

 

2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POSTS which will always be the first two entries in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries or @soot1978 — with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Jess or I will always retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

Finally, Jess and I will pick one favourite post each week then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our fabulous sponsor!

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Psst… as well as HomeSense the voucher can also be spent in TK Maxx!

Thanks so much for linking up all your lovely home and garden inspired posts. We look forward to reading more of the same this week! The linky portal is open until 11.58pm on Saturday, so lots of time to join in.

Lots of love,

Caro & Jess x

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Our Happy Home | A Bedroom makeover & wallpapering a ceiling

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that we live in a wonky old house.

It was built in the 17th century — is Grade 2 listed — has warm stone walls and a tin roof.

There is thatch underneath the tin but, in the war, the thatch was covered in a layer of corrugated metal, in order to stop the incendiary devices setting fire to it.

Consequently it’s now part of the listing and weirdly, it’s one of the things I like best.

I love our little house with it’s quirks and character but sometimes ‘character’ comes with it’s own set of problems too. Restricted head height in some areas and steeply pitched ceilings are just a couple of the issues that we face but, I guess, that’s the trade off for living in a period property.

One of the rooms that has a really sloped ceiling is one of the guest bedrooms on the 2nd floor of the house.

Although the room sees lots of visitors — as we regularly have friends and family coming to stay — we’d never really done much to it since we moved in.

Sporting plain white walls and accessories that were donkey’s years old, it was comfortable but ‘tired’ I think it would be fair to say.

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Before — Plain white walls and accessories that we’ve had for 10 years or more!
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Before — The ceiling over the bed is really sloped but had been left plain.
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Before — The only colour injected into the room came from the accessories.

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It was high time for a makeover.

Factoring in the shape of the room was tricky to begin with but — as with everything in life — it’s sometimes better to work with what you have, than work against it so, instead of trying to cover it up and tone it down, I decided to make a feature out of it.

I found the most perfect wallpaper — white scattered with swallows — from Laura Ashley.

What could be nicer than lying in bed and looking at a ceiling full of little blue birds?

Wallpapering a ceiling is a little trickier than it sounds — particularly when the plaster is uneven and the walls are not straight! But I’m SO pleased with the end result.

It has set the theme for the whole room and I chose a dove grey knitted throw for the end of the bed and a beautiful glass lamp base to replace the old one.

The room looked so dull beforehand — the addition of a little wallpaper has made such a difference. It’s given the room a fresh coastal feel — nice when you couldn’t be any further from the sea!!

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After — A ceiling full of little birds
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After — A fabulous new lamp that you can display your treasures in the glass base.
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After — The sloped ceiling over the bed has been given a new lease of life with the wallpaper.
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After — Wallpapering a ceiling has made the entire room looks so much fresher and brighter!
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After — Although the wallpaper on the ceiling is patterned it doesn’t look too busy or fussy.
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After — The grey throw softens the look and is perfect for chilly nights.
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After — Duck-egg striped cushions from John Lewis tie in really well with the throw and the wallpaper.
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After — Even my old Union Flag collage looks fresher and brighter since the room has had a makeover!
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After — The lampbase is so clever — it has a detachable glass dome for you to display your possessions.
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After — My guests can count blue-birds as they’re nodding off, instead of sheep :)

I’m so happy with our new look guest bedroom.

The addition of the wallpaper has totally transformed the space. It’s gone from looking tired — and a bit basic — and to fresh and welcoming.

And it just goes to show that wallpaper can be used on more than just the walls! It can turn awkward space into a beautiful feature.

Wallpapering a ceiling may not be the obvious choice for a bedroom makeover but sometimes a little blue-sky thinking — or in this case ‘blue-bird’ thinking — can make the world of difference to making something look really special.

I was generously gifted a roll of wallpaper, a woollen throw and a lamp base to complete my guest bedroom makeover. Laura Ashley have  so many lovely products to choose from — pop along and grab some inspiration from their website.

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All photos, thoughts and words are entirely my own.

110 weeks and 6 days | Cool kids wallpaper

On Saturday, when I was at BlogCamp in Birmingham, the venue that it was being held at had a feature wall that was covered in wallpaper that could be coloured in!

A couple of the girls I was with commented how this would be great wallpaper for a kid’s room so I thought I’d have a look for it and see what other cool kids wallpaper is on the market at the moment.

Here’s my top 5 round-up.

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1. Magnetic Wallpaper — Sian Zeng
2. Frames Wallpaper — Taylor & Wood
3. Periodic Table Wallpaper — Mr Perswall
4. Colour-In-Wallpaper — Burgerdoodles
5. Quentin’s ABC Wallpaper — Osborne & Little

When I was pregnant with The Twinkles, as we didn’t know the sex of the babies, I opted for something unisex.

I was so happy with how the twin’s nursery turned out  — and I absolutely love the wallpaper that we chose. Roll on a couple of years and their room is still relevant for their age group. It’s not too ‘babyish’ and still looks fresh.

But it’s so exciting thinking about how we’ll decorate when they’re a little bit older! So many cool kids wallpaper options around now — who knows what will be available by the time we get round to it?