What CBeebies Land Taught Me About Interiors

What CBeebies Land Taught Me About Interiors

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Not long before Christmas, December in fact, we took a weekend away with my husband’s family. We had my little girl in tow, and her best friend/partner in crime/cousin for a Santa’s Sleepover event at Alton Towers Resort.

I’ve not been to the hotel before, but our trip included a stayover, food, pantomime, swimming park, and access to the open theme parks – on this occasion CBeebies Land. You can imagine for two excited toddlers it was a winner all around and we loved it so much that we’re likely going to book again.

For me though, as usual when we step away from home, I was looking for inspiration – and I never ever thought I’d find it at CBeebies Land.

After a bit of reflection, I thought I’d shared some of my favourite non-family snaps, alongside some of the reminders that this particular trip gave me about interiors, which you shouldn’t forget either…

Sod the rules

If you want a themed house or room – go for it. Forget that it’s not currently on trend, or that your in-laws might not like it, or that it might deter any future buyers. Forget all of that bollocks. Decorate for YOU. I’m going for a Memphis inspired room for Luna’s new bedroom (still a work in progress). I don’t particularly think the 80s is a very popular era, but it’s always been my fave and I won’t have anyone tell me otherwise, because it’s my personal style.

Start decorating for those who live in your home, and for no-one else. Not for your Instagram followers or to keep up with the Joneses.

At the end of a hard day at work, what kind of environment will make you relax and put a smile on your face? Is it a pirate-ship/around the world in 80 days themed stairway like the one at the Alton Towers hotel? Then you get it done.

Interiors is a creative field, and you don’t need to be a professional stylist to know what makes you happiest. My mum is decorating at the moment and she often asks me for advice, but instead I ask her if she likes it – because that’s all that matters.

Alton Towers Hotel

Alton Towers Hotel

Decorating isn’t limited to your four internal walls. Get outside too!

Okay so there is a reason that CBeebies Land is outrageously OTT and predominantly primary in its colour selections. Kids like bold colours. It’s really that simple.

I wonder when we grew out of it? When is it that we start associating the bright and the bold with immaturity and inexperience? Why are muted pastels and neutral beiges taken more seriously? (Legit question BTW, if any colour psychologists are reading, comments welcome!)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a big fan of dark walls, and on the odd occasion I will really warm to a monochromatic scheme. My house is mostly getting darker each month when it comes to the decor because it just suits our house, but outdoors it’s a different story. We have been adding lilac to our garden furniture and we went with a sky blue front fence – doesn’t seem like much, but when you live in Manchester, painting anything either red or blue is usually a big deal. (For the record, football-free home over here)

So often, I’ll see the beautiful colourful houses of Notting Hill pop up on my Instagram feed. In fact, most of them are London when I think about it. Why are they so few and far between elsewhere? The main reason we, as a nation, don’t paint the outside of our homes a bright yellow, for example, is because of our neighbours, isn’t it? But what if we’re ALL dying to paint our house a pastel pink and no-one has the guts to speak out? You could be living on an Edward Scissorhands street you guys! Go talk to your neighbours. They might be bloody nice people.

Don’t be afraid of colour. Start off sparingly (these deck chairs are ace examples) and if you like it, keep on going. Front doors are a great way to add colour without going bonkers.

CBeebiesLand

CBeebiesLand

CBeebiesLand

There is no difference between “kids interiors” and regular old adult interiors

I’ve tried, ever since Luna was born, to keep the house tidy. Truth be told, I’m absolutely terrible at it. But more as time goes on, I’ve just learned to accept the chaos and learn to find ways which makes it feel like the wash of toys were always meant to be there. Kids come with a lot of stuff and a lot of toys, if you’re lucky – and Luna has been incredibly lucky and wants for nothing. Can I really be bothered hiding away EVERY possession of hers every day for it to be turfed out again the next morning?

Do I really want an “adult only” space where I’m scared to let her wander? No thanks.

Yes toys should be tidied away safely, and storage for us has been absolutely key when it comes to adapting to a family home, but I’d hate to think that our home looks like she doesn’t even live here. That’s not how it should be in my books. If you’re worried that your guests are going to care one bit about there being a chalkboard in the lounge or a play kitchen in your actual kitchen, then get rid of that negativity and go out to a coffee shop next time.

Embrace the chaos in your home. It’s what makes it your own.

 

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Alton Towers Entrance

So what do you think? Too much? I’d love to hear your thoughts on colourful houses and toddler’s interiors.

How will you be putting the “family” back into “family home” this year?

AND, most important, please tell me I’m not the only one who goes on holiday and takes pictures of the decor? It’s getting bad you guys. Even my 2 year old has started ‘pretending’ to take pictures of her feet on pretty floors… Oops.

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  • Bec

    Great post! I’d never really thought about it but having a themed room is such a good idea. I’d definitely love to do something inspired by the pink tones of the Disneyland Hotel in Paris

    Bec x | http://www.blvsh.com

    • Thanks! Ooo brilliant idea. Disney castles are DEFINITELY good for interiors inspo. Can you imagine having that library from Beauty and the Beast? Amazing!

  • JESSICA BROWNE

    AMAZING! i love this <3

  • I love this post and such great advice. I love colour too! 🙂 #bloggershomes

  • Stephanie

    I agree, you have to do it because you love the look. I am thinking that my twins bedroom needs brightening up!!

    • Absolutely! After all, if it doesn’t make you happy, what’s the point? 🙂

  • Rachel Newcombe

    So true! It’s definitely important to decorate for you, and what you like.

  • I love this post, it definitely make you think, why should we be confined to convention? Although I probably wouldn’t ever do it myself, I am really intrigued when I see a themed home, be it a 1940s timewarp or a futuristic space station design!

    • Thanks lovey! Ohhh I would so love to see that!

  • Stacey Sheppard

    Some brilliant advice in this post. If I’m honest I’m really struggling with the enormous amounts of toddler stuff I have to accommodate in my livingroom. I so badly want to regain a sense of control again. I have no room for extra storage so I’m simply throwing out all our stuff so we can fill our existing ffurrniiture with toys

    • OH I feel your pain. We have toys EVERYWHERE. Storage has been totally invaluable, and we do have regular clearouts to help, but sometimes you just can’t hide a caterpillar rocking horse so might as well give him a job – official holder of couch throws! haha

  • Great post! I’m always a bit wary with colour but should be a bit braver. love that your 2 year old has started taking shoefies!

    • haha she’s out of control! I’m scared she’s going to ask for a DSLR by the time she’s 3!

  • Geraldine

    All I can say is there should be more colourful houses. I think you’re right, people may not want to be the first one to suggest. I love children’s decor and it features in the way I decorate too. x

  • I love this and totally agree. Decorate for you. I am currently in design for having a Hello Kitty cloakroom as I love her. So why not.

  • This is the best post on interior design I’ve EVER read.