Feather & Black blogger challenge phase two…a cracking good time…


I’m sure most would agree that the chosen room for  phase one of the Feather & Black Blogger Challenge needed a bit of order…bit like my head really.

So I decided to do a spot of GSI, (aka Get Someone In), and asked a lovely painter and decorator to kindly pop on over and have a gander at the walls,  with the view that it needed just a basic paint job…

Could I have been more deluded?!!

What I presumed would be quite a lovely challenge to help sort out my home, has turned into an eye-opening issue that needed a serious tackle – I was advised that the mural would have to be plastered over due to the severity of the colours, the light switches needed replacing and the light fitting was dangerous, the cracks needed digging into and made larger so that they could be glued and skimmed (?!), the ceiling had to have some sort of gauze over its cracks so that the whole damn house doesn’t fall down!! OK – last sentence slightly dramatic, but I have a lot on at the moment.

There were a lot of these cracks – all around the edges of the ceiling, all over the walls…all over flippin’ EVERYWHERE!! I had a go previously with that ‘No More Cracks’ stuff, adding hundreds of pounds to a mounting bill as my patient decorators reverse engineered my attempts to assassinate the plaster-work…

Deep breath…(big smile)…next week I will attempt a reveal featuring the new wooden blanket box…I hope, (somehow have to persuade hubby to put up some shelves and I’d planned a spot of upcycling)…hopefully you’ll still watch this space..thank you if you do x

Note - Feather & Black is a leading bedroom furniture retailer with 36 showrooms nationwide, offering a wide selection of exclusively designed products including coordinating bedroom ranges, mattresses, wooden beds and bed linens for both adults and children.

phase one of my Feather & Black blogger challenge make-over…


random pink chaos

For the past few weeks I’ve been feeling that chaos has completely taken over – my everyday is out of control and life is literally flying by the seat of it’s proverbial pants – work/girls/family/social/school/fitness/the house…all of it racing ahead of me while I pant and wheeze trying to keep up, stuffing the days with as much as I think I can cope, forgetting dates and rarely taking notes of any life  ‘moments’ or making the time for what most would call priorities.

This is not good…

So a call came through from a lovely bedroom furniture brand called Feather & Black (the sleep gurus), asking whether I’d like to take up a ‘blogger challenge’. I did what I always do and said ‘yes’! Most would see this as yet another large dollop of work on top of the already overflowing plate of things to do….BUT…I love the brand, and more importantly, I see it as an opportunity to organise one small thing that is part of all the chaos – my home. Namely my  6 year old’s bedroom! OK, it’s not horrific, more like an innocent Tracey Emin!!

This room has been in dire need of a make-over for well over 2 years, and I just added and added to it – I’m a delusional painter – convinced a job can be done by myself, rather than forking out for it to be done properly. So I’m showing you the ‘before’ pics of one part of the chaos that is the room.

The unfinished mural and badly placed book shelves
note the huge crack on the wall
bad shelving, wonky wall stickers and random princess stickers – nice wooden furniture though
poor placing of two beds

It’s fussy, messy and scary – it needs sorting! So over July I will be making-over this little room, hopefully along with your support, as there will be four others who will also be part of said challenge – you can watch all our progress on Feather & Black’s Facebook page, which will also feature the lovely Jess at That’s Yummy Mummy, the fabulous Molly Forbes at Mother’s Always Right, the very stylish Jenny at The Style PA, vintage Bride to Be Abbie Hayden from All About Abbie and finally the inspiring Emma Bradley from Emma and Three – Good Luck girls….I have a feeling my little challenge isn’t little any more!!

Note - Feather & Black is a leading bedroom furniture retailer with 36 showrooms nationwide, offering a wide selection of exclusively designed products including coordinating bedroom ranges, mattresses, wooden beds and bed linens for both adults and children.