Last week Jess was away on a school trip for a few days and I decided this was the perfect time to give a her room a bit of a makeover. I’d already discussed loads of ideas with her and she’d chosen all the colours and the theme before she went away. It took us all week, but I love how the room came out.

jesss-room-weird-is-a-side-effect-of-awesome-plaqueI didn’t take any before pictures, but the room used to be pink with floral wallpaper and was much more vintage themed. I wanted the new room to be more of a reflection of Jessica, than my taste and I’m so glad I gave her the freedom to choose.

jesss-room-check-meowtWe wanted to create a restful space, where she could be relaxed but also creative. She’s 10 now, but will be going into high school next year and I wanted a theme that wouldn’t be too young for her as she gets a bit older.

jesss-room-wood-wallpaper-wallThe colour scheme we chose was grey, mint and peach. We have walls painted in each of those colours as well as a wall with beachy timber wallpaper. I absolutely love the combination of colours. We used the relaxing mint shade on the wall with her desk and the peach on the side where she keeps her toys.

jesss-room-primark-wall-plaquesJess has been collecting these cute wall plaques for a while, I have loads more which I haven’t put up yet as well. These all come from Primark and the plan is to keep filling the wall with them. I’ve hung them on coats hooks so she can change them around when ever she wants.

jesss-room-primark-home-accessoriesHer desk is also a new addition, she originally had an up cycled 1930s dressing table, but this had really started to wear out. We picked up this simple white one from Ikea and I think it works much better this the new theme.

jesss-room-desk-and-wall-plaquesJess chose the pictures above her desk, which are also from Ikea. I’ve put them in some simple black frames, which I may spray paint a different colour at some point.

jesss-room-ikea-printsIt was important that Jess could get to all her toys, so I’ve not tried to hide them away and they’re all easy for her to access and play with. The big tubs at the tops are from Tesco and the grey boxes containing her smaller toys are from Ikea.

jesss-room-grey-and-mint-primark-beddingHer new bedding is from Primark, who have so many amazing home accessories in at the moment.

jesss-room-makeoverI haven’t quite finished the room and there’s a lot I’d like to add to it. But I’m really happy with the progress so far. Watch this space for an update in a few weeks.

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I’ve been really enjoying putting together home posts, these last few weeks. I feel really inspired and I’ve enjoyed sharing some of the pictures I’ve taken at press days. I’ve already talked about tropical inspired interiors and old Hollywood glamour. Today’s look is from last years Laura Ashley press day. I chose this theme because I love the retro look of the leather sofa, mixed with lovely feminine shades of green, pink and purple. Laura Ashley Restful retro InteriorThe room has a lovely restful feel, while being really elegant and sophisticated. I love the additions of dark wood and bronze accessories, alongside shades of green and teal for the perfect grown up living room. The room is all about beautiful relaxing colours and a mixture of textures.

Laura Ashley Leather and VelvetAlthough all the furniture is from Laura Ashley and is brand new, the room as a perfect mix and match feel. It’s as if all the pieces have been picked up from antiques and vintage markets and perfectly placed together.

Laura Ashley Leather SofaThe leather sofa is my favourite piece from this look. It has a strong mid-century feel to it and I love the slightly aged look of the leather. Usually I think this would be quite a masculine piece, however it works perfectly accessorised with softer coloured cushions and floral accents in the rug and wallpaper. Putting it in the same room as the teal velvet sofa, really gives it that salvaged feel, which I absolutely adore.

Laura Ashley Leather Sofa and CushionsWhen we think of retro interiors we often associate them with the warm colours of the sixties and seventies, but this look goes to show that you can use a typically retro looking piece of furniture and soften the look with more luxuriously and classic colours and textiles.

Laura Ashley Home AccessoriesThe accessories have a lovely mis-matched feel, again they look like charming flea market finds. I really like the use of peacock feathers in vases, rather than flowers. To create this look choose 3 or 4 key colours and textures and find a variety of items that compliment each other.

Laura Ashley Coffee Table and HydrangeasHydrangeas are one of my favourite flowers and I love the way they have been used in this oversized vase. They hake a big impact and act as the perfect focal point in the middle of the room.

Laura Ashley Rug 2As you can see in the top pictures, two rugs have been layered up, which creates a lovely cosy feel to the seating area. Even if they are not layered up, using several rugs around the room can be a great way to bring the colours of your theme together.

Laura Ashley Pineapple Candle HoldersLike everyone else, I’m a bit obsessed with all things pineapple at the moment. Laura Ashley has absolutely loads of pineapple themed decor in stock. These candle holders are fabulous and pay homage to all the fabulous vintage pineapple pieces, that can be found if you look hard enough. These of course are far more affordable than the real thing.

I’ve picked out a few key pieces from the look, which are all currently available on the Laura Ashley website…

Laura Ashley Home Collage

Get the look: 1. Milford wallpaper now £18 – 2. Jewellery Box now £25.20 – 3. Peacock Cushion now £27 – 4. Scented Candle now £7.20 – 5. Lewes Rug from £119.70 – 6. Green Jug now £17.64 – 7. Rabbit Ornament £20 – 8. Round Cushion sold out – 9. Hurricane Lamp now £23.94 – 10. Lamp Stand now £81 – 11. Pineapple Candle Holder now £13.86 12. Coffee Table now £409.50 – 13. Milford Rug now £180 – 14. Whitworth Sofa from £1215 – *some items are currently reduced, so prices are correct at time of posting but may change.

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I’ve been wanting to brighten up my living room for a while now, and the best place to start is with some new cushions. I absolutely love the bright quirky prints of these cushion covers from H&M. They are all under £10 so really affordable too.

I love the idea of mixing up the designs and textures to create a mis-matched look. It’s also nice to move away from vintage themed interiors a little bit, as it’s something I’ve used a lot of in my home and i’m missing bright colours and modern designs a little.

I’m definitely going to be picking a few of these up as soon as possible. Which is your favourite design?

Being a stay at home mum of two with a slight interior design obsession, I am always on the look out for budget items for the house. I’ve always had a love for the old-fashioned styles and I’m currently loving Matalan’s beautiful Faded Grandeur range.

I love anything with roses or birds on it as well as mirrors and glass items so this range was pretty much made for me.

I have a slight ulterior motive for this post, with my birthday coming up in under a month this is also a cheeky birthday list! (hint hint!!!)

Everything in the range is priced between £4 and £25 so all very affordable! You can take a look for yourself here