Our Gallery Wall

Recently I wrote about the boring bare wall above my sofa and how Sunny and I were arguing over what to do with it.  I had pretty much given up on the whole gallery wall idea that I’d had my heart set on; Sunny likes right angles, straight lines, matching frames and neat corners, so I’d pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it just wasn’t going to happen… or so I thought.  Then out of nowhere he started looking at them on Pinterest and bada-bing bada-boom. Somehow, I’d managed to twist his arm (which is a pretty difficult thing to do) and convince him it was a good idea, and after an Etsy binge, a couple of trips to Homesense and IKEA and then a late night spent command stripping (…not as filthy as it sounds…), tada!  We have a gallery wall!

We’ve got a mix of pictures, photographs and a canvas, along with a mask my brother brought us back from his trip to South Africa, as well as a mix of frames.  And we only used three screws.  Back in our London flat we ruined a couple of walls trying to hang things up on plasterboard, but back then we didn’t have a little something-something called Command Strips, which are a bloody beautiful invention. 🙂

Always photobombing with that face.  *eyeroll*

Some of my favourite prints of colourful street scenes (like this one of London) came from allthewaystosay over on Etsy. Love it!

What d’you think of it? It’s weird walking into the lounge and not seeing a bare wall anymore!

A Year back in Wales

Alright, it’s been a little bit more than a year since that frosty November morning that Sunny and I boxed up the car and drove away from London, but it’s been almost year since we moved into our house (those first couple of months crashing in my Mum and Dad’s dining room seem so far away!).  It’s been a year of DIY and decorating and settling, but we’re finally starting to feel at home.  I’m being a bit cheeky and only showing snaps of the “finished” bits.  The truth us, we’ve still got boxes in the spare room that I’ve been putting off tackling for months (ugh!), and we’re still looking for pictures for the walls, but right now it’s as close to finished as it gets and I love it!

As for Wales, what can I say?  Cardiff is such a different city to the one I left six years ago, it’s small but has a huge personality.  You can’t sniff at living somewhere that’s wedged perfectly between the sea and the mountains.

My spot! 🙂

We bought this wolf print from Illustrate at Cardiff’s Outdoor Market at Christmastime and fell so in love with it that we bought four more – a monkey, elephant, bear and stag – that are all in the same geometric style.  They’ve recently opened up a shop in Morgan Arcade in Cardiff so if you’re in that part of town, check them out 🙂

I love our bed so, so much!  We got it from the Tempur Outlet store in Bridgend and it’s like a massive marshmallow.  Hands down the comfiest bed I’ve ever slept in.  Honestly, it was almost worth catching the flu back in November just so I could spend a full week cosied up in it without anyone raising their eyebrows 😉


The newest little corner of our home.  I’ve wanted a light-up globe for ages and Sunny surprised me with one for Christmas.  It’s now sitting up on a shelf in our study along with a £1 succulent (still alive, somehow!), and an old typewriter that used to belong to Sunny’s grandfather.  🙂

Coffee and TV

Almost a year since we moved in and we’ve finally found a coffee table for the lounge!  It’s funny, I guess coffee tables are one of those pieces of furniture that aren’t particularly big or expensive or showy, but when it all boils down to it they’re a huge part of the home.  Ours is made of wood and glass and Sunny picked it up in the Dunelm sale.  🙂

Our Christmas Decorations

I couldn’t wait to put our Christmas Decorations up this year.  It’s been a couple of years since we last saw them because last Christmas they were all in storage while we crashed at my Mum and Dad’s.  It was so nice to see them again, and in our new home – where we’ve got a little extra space to enjoy them.

Our tree ornaments have been collected over the years from all the places Sunny and I have visited together.  Whenever we go somewhere new we always try and come back with something to put on the tree and so we’ve got decorations from Iceland, Paris, Denmark, Greece, Prague…  Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes you have to be a little inventive about it – like this year, we brought a wooden banana key-chain back from Madeira and turned it into a decoration.  It’s our own little Christmas tradition, and it’s nice to getting the decorations out every year and reminiscing about all the places we’ve been together.   🙂

Sunny’s family are arriving today so Christmas has officially begun in our house – I can’t wait to eat all the food and binge on all the Christmas films (with my hand firmly planted in a tin of Roses).  Nadolig Llawen, everyone!  Merry Christmas!  See you on the other side 😉