I remember having my bedroom decorated by my mum when i was about 12 or 13 and i went for purple walls with a green painted border made from a roller that my mum cut chunks out of. I then stuck 'say no to drugs' postcards all over the walls, they were given out at the local youth group (full of drugged up kids) and had funny (and very inappropriate) images on them. Then there were Tupac posters (embarrassing), magazine centrefolds of half naked male models (typical teenager moment right there!) and a few cardboard boxes from Gateway (remember Gateway?! It became Somerfield which recently was bought up by the co-op) covered in kids wrapping paper with jungle animals on it and then nailed into the walls!
I found an old plank of wood and hammered nails in the sides, wrapped some cord from gift bag handles around the nails and hung it up as a shelf under my mirror.
I had some big cable reels which i painted pink and used to display my cuddly childhood toys, it was the 90's so there were blow up cushions in there too. I had loads of toiletries all from Boots Natural Collection (those body sprays take me straight back to my early teenage years, vanilla, dewberry and strawberry all spring to mind as being mine and my friends favourites.)
We lived in a housing association house in a newly built cul-de-sac especially for single mums, alcoholic or drug addicted parents, and families on the child protection register. (We just had a single mum). There were some rough characters on that street, we even had a warden on the street at all times (she lived in the biggest house) who kept an eye on things. Some drunk guy tried to barge into our house and apologised a few days later with a Winnie the Pooh picture for me (with a price tag of £70) which he'd nicked from somewhere, so that went on my wall too.
We moved house when i was about 15 and i can remember actually choosing, buying and doing all of the painting in my bedroom. I went for two white walls, a cerise pink wall and a lilac wall.
I ripped out the carpet and painted the floorboards turquoise blue. I framed some magazine pages (of colourful nail varnishes and eye shadows) and stuck up photos with postage stamp borders.
I had shelves on the wall which i covered with cow print faux fur and made a cerise pink kidney shaped desk from mdf. I can remember buying lots of my bedroom stuff from 'Au naturel' which was an interiors store, i don't know if it still exists.
I made a cover for an old blow up pouffe from the 60s, i wish i still had it, and i painted miniature chests of draws or boxes to match my bedroom.
I had this old chest of draws (made by my great grandfather) which my mum reluctantly let me paint and cover with wrapping paper. I threw the actual draws in the bin (i know?!) and then put fairy lights inside covered with voile which looked lovely in the evenings.
Can you see the glass brick with a light bulb in it? I paid a small fortune for that, i definitely wish i still had it! i think i sold it on eBay. And look at those high heeled black shoes with the clear sole and heel, i loved those but would never wear them now!!
When i was 18 i moved away to uni and took almost every one of my possessions with me in a big van. I could never understand how my friends left everything at home and came to uni with just clothes and carrier bag of stuff randomly picked up from their bedroom. For me my student home was my proper home. I didn't do much decorating at that house as my room was small and i had so much stuff that there wasn't much wall left. We put up shelves and i put my collectible teddies on them, and i framed wrapping paper from Paperchase (i loved wrapping paper as you can tell!) for the walls and covered the bottom half of my windows with it too. My best friend did the Tupac poster thing in her uni room, by then i was way past that stage!
My next student room was much bigger but i was there for just a year so stuck with the same theme.
Mine and my husbands first home came next. I went for burgundy, golds and dark wood in the living room (very much inspired by my mums living room) and pastel colours everywhere else. I didn't do much of the handmade stuff there as i was too preoccupied being a wifey.
(These photos are from a photography project i was involved in - i don't normally have someone taking photos of me like this!)
And so we move onto this house. I'm definitely into pastels now, no more bright colours apart from a tiny bit here and there. I have so many plans now that we are decorating - patchworked walls, greens and yellows, cushions and more patchwork curtain's, maps and 50s wallpaper, Cath Kidston and a whole wall of shelves, new rugs and new stairs carpet, a clean white bathroom, and new pictures on the walls. I'm so excited about it all, we've been here for 2 years now but i just know I'm finally gonna fall in love with this home of ours insha'Allah.