Have you discovered my steal the look series yet?  In this series I share really cool, unusual and clever decor ideas that are easy to steal and re-create in your own home.  The last one I shared was a useful and really clever Ikea hack.  Today it’s about thinking outside the box with your lighting.

multi hanging pendant lights

How cool are these pendant lights?  A cluster of different light shades hanging from the ceiling with different coloured cords. How original is that?  Cluster pendent lights are a big trend at the moment but usually you see 3 or 4 of exactly the same light.  Not only does this idea use different (yet complementary) shades but they take it a step further with the colourful cords.  Such a playful and fun idea for a kids room. Even if you played with just two colours, it would be very eye-catching.

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beautiful blue kids rooms

White, soft pastels and light greys are some of the most popular colours for kids rooms and nurseries.  It’s not hard to see why – I mean who doesn’t love those colours and they’re easy to decorate with.  But if you’re after something a bit more unique, more striking or more daring, there is no better colour than blue – lots of it in deep, dark and bold shades (we’re not talking hints of blue or baby blue here!).  I’ve noticed a growing trend in blue kids rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and even kitchens and I’m so drawn to it.  There is something so cool and calming about this colour even in it’s darkest shade and so it’s ideal for any age, any gender and any space.

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Gallery walls are all the rage and they look great.  I’m considering one for my living room but I think they look fab in any room especially a kids room where you can have so much fun creating one.  It’s a great way to update a room that needs a bit of life or to just change the look for a new season.  The most obvious way to create a gallery wall is to have loads of shop bought framed prints but there are other creative ways and the best part is that gallery walls don’t cost much to create.  Things like kids artworks make a great a gallery wall or you don’t even have to use art.  Some of the cutest gallery walls I’ve seen use objects and decorations and even clothes.   Here are some fun and unusual ideas on how to create a gallery wall in a kids bedroom:

how to create a gallery wallI love this monochrome nursery wall.  Lots of fun, quirky, interesting postcards, shapes and more simply taped to the wall with washi tape.  There’s no order here, they’ve just stuck lots on but I love that and because they’ve kept the tones the same it makes it even more striking.  Best of all, there’s lots for the baby to look at.

colorful gallery wall ideas

If monochrome doesn’t float your boat, this bright and colourful gallery wall definitely will.  I love the floor to ceiling effect and bright colours against the white wall.  You could create similar with your kids artwork or mix and match their art with other pieces.  This is of course a much more organised look than the one before but that’s the thing with gallery walls – you can create exactly the look you like.

gallery walls for a kids room

Gallery walls can be as full on or as minimal as you like, just like this one.  It’s very simple with just a couple of kids drawings, some postcards and some fun objects.  Even though there isn’t much on this wall, it still looks so cool especially with the bear and the bird stickers added on.  This wall shows how you can mix and match wall stickers, kids art, decorations and prints to create a wall that is entirely unique and personal to your child.

kids room gallery wall

How stunning does this gallery wall look?  Most gallery walls I’ve come across use small and medium size pictures and maybe the odd large one.  But this one has gone super-size with all the pictures and it looks great.  The choice of images is very interesting too – a mix of playful ones with more grown up ones and even an enlarged photo thrown it.  There’s lots of inspiration on this wall for any room in the house.

gallery wall how to ideas

What a fun wall!  I love the use of large prints with small but I especially love the quirky shelves, mirror and other objects thrown in.  Just shows that you can really create a gallery wall with anything you already have.  Just bring it all together in a fun and funky way.

Are you tempted to create a gallery wall?  Which one is your favourite?

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I promised you big news before the summer and it’s big news I have for you today.  Ebabee is moving hoem and changing it’s name.  We are now called your DIY family.

I wanted to make the blog even more useful and relevant to you, my readers.  Many of you have told me that you like my DIY posts, design and home decor ideas and recipes the most.  That is exactly what your DIY family is all about.  Lets just say we’ve taken all the best bits of ebabee and moved it to a new space with a new name! And true to the new name, there’ll be diy’s and crafts not just from me but from my family too – follow along to find out more.

At the start of this year, I had a nagging feeling that it was time for change and I listened to my instinct.  It feels absolutely right to evolve this blog and move in to a new space.  Thank you all for the amazing support I’ve had for ebabee – it’s made my blogging journey so special and it wouldn’t have been the same without your support and love. Here’s to the next stage of ebabee so see you over at your DIY family.

And don’t worry, we’ve taken all your favourite posts from this blog which you’ll now find over at your DIY family. For all the other posts, ebabee will remain online for the foreseeable future.  And if you’ve subscribed to our ebabee newsletter, you will automatically get transferred to the your DIY family newsletter.

For now, it’s goodbye from ebabee and a big hello from your DIY family – see you there!

time for change

Do you ever get the nagging feel that you need a big change?  Do you listen to that feeling, that instinct? Recently I’ve been feeling this a lot and I knew it had to do with my blog.  I’ve spent a long time thinking about it and finally I have listened to my instinct and have decided to make some BIG changes to this blog. And when I say big, I mean big!

I’ll be taking the summer off to work on my blog.  I am very excited about what is to come but also nervous as I’m really shaking things up.  Since I started blogging, I’ve never made a change this big but this feels so right at this moment in time.  I can’t say much more right now but I can’t wait to share it all with you in September.

Once I had made the decision to make this change, I stumbled upon a podcast called Happier with Gretchen Ruben.  Gretchen and her sister chat on the podcast and share little tips to live a happier life. One of the episodes that caught my attention was ‘design your summer‘.  The idea is to to change things up over the summer – this could be a simple change in routine or trying a new project or making a weekly lunch date with friends or planning a weekly adventure with your kids or learning a new instrument.  It really could be anything that makes your summer memorable, different and enriches your life.

This idea of ‘designing your summer’ and spending the time with intention rather than letting the days drift by really resonated with me.  And inspired me even more to pursue my big change.  My summer will end up looking very different to my previous summer’s and I’m excited about that.  Listen to the episode and it might inspire you to switch things up for your summer.

For now, it’s farewell from me for the summer and I will see you back here in early September with some very, very exciting new stuff.  And remember if your instinct is telling you that you need a change, go for it – maybe even this summer.  Have a wonderful season whatever you do and I can’t wait to see you back here in September.  Make sure to sign up to my email list so that you will be the first to know when we are back – just enter your email address in the box on the left or in the popup.  

develop positive body image daughters

Hands up, who has daughters?

Why is it that when we meet a little girl we often comment on her hair, her dress or how she looks?  But when we meet a little boy, we almost never talk about appearance.  Instead, we will maybe ask them what sports they play, what their hobbies are or something along those lines.  For way too long, a woman’s appearance has mattered way too much and it’s ingrained in us.  I mean, how often do we still look in the mirror and criticise what we see?

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homemade Chinese crispy duck

Who doesn’t love a good Chinese crispy duck?  We’ve been making our own homemade version for ages and I thought it was about time to share the recipe here.  This homemade version of crispy duck is far healthier than the restaurant version as it isn’t deep fried.  But it’s just as delicious.  And unbelievably easy to make.

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easy DIY Cake toppers

If you’re anything like me and can’t decorate a cake to save your life then keep reading.  I marvel at some of the incredible cakes out there but I can’t even begin to dream of creating anything that looks even vaguely attractive.  Give me a piping tube or an icing gun and you can be sure that I will end up with a cake that looks something like this.  

If you can relate to epic cake fails, I have good news for you.  While we may never be able to create a cake that looks like some exotic animal from a faraway land, there are lots of easy and fail proof ways to decorate a cake yourself.  You could even get a supermarket cake and give it your own touch with some easy DIY cake toppers ideas.  

So here are 6 of my favourite easy DIY cake toppers that anybody can do.  Yes anybody:

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play area in a living room

Wouldn’t it be great if we all lived in extra large homes where we could turn one whole room in to a play room? Just imagine never having to see those toys strewn all over the living room.  Maybe some of you are lucky enough to have a dedicated playroom for your kids but for most of us the reality is that we share spaces as a family.  Living rooms and kitchens often double up as play spaces as well as homework spaces as well as entertaining spaces and so much more.  And actually, I love that.

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kids clothes sale

This is your last chance to buy from the Ebabee shop with (up to) a whopping 70% off.  But everything is at least 50% off!  As many of my regular readers will know, I am closing down the shop.  So now is your last chance to get some gorgeous clothes at huge bargain prices.  

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