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Room for Improvement: A Memory Picture Wall

There has been a big, empty space on the magnolia wall (that would have been the chimney breast) since we moved into our house last November. The space has been crying out for something beautiful, but I’ve wanted to do something a bit different from hanging a mirror, or a single picture, and alas, have not had the time to do so since giving birth!

I’ve become slightly obsessed with memory walls since looking through thousands on Pinterest, so when MoneySupermarket contacted me and asked whether I’d be interested in taking part in their “Room for Improvement” competition, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! The kind folk at MoneySupermarket gave me 50 English Pounds to improve a room in the house, and I could do anything I liked with the dosh. Unfortunately, with house prices what they are in the South East, we’re renting still, so I couldn’t go out and buy paint, or knock down a wall… but our landlady is fine with us putting pictures etc up, as long as we “make good” when we leave. 

I wanted to create something for our new little family; something that we, and especially Busby, would enjoy looking at. So over the Bank Holiday weekend, Nick and I hammered a fair few nails into the wall, and the memory wall was created! 

What do you think? Every item on the wall has some meaning to our little family; from our love of gin, to one of the first ever photos of Busby

£50 went a surprisingly long way! Although, I already had some of items you can see on the wall, such as the heart mirror and the “H” & “N”.

My wall highlights:
Beach huts
I painted this canvas 4 years ago whilst sitting on Hove Lawns, drinking Brothers toffee apple cider…oh to be 21 again!

Letters 
I already had the “H” & “N” that I bought in a sale two years ago. I found the “B” on eBay for £1.80, and have painted it myself. 

Tea and gin
Two beverages that are very dear to our hearts in this household. The “tea” postcard is from Paperchase (60p) and the “Love and gin” card is from Marks and Spencers (£1.50).

Embroidery Hoops
I’m a bit obsessed with making embroidery hoop wall hangings at the moment (you can find my step-by-step tutorial here). I appliqued the bee in the hoop myself. The chubby robin fabric is from IKEA. The science “Rocket Launch Club” fabric is from Shelly Beana says sew on Folksy. 

Family Hand Canvas 
This was so easy to make, and only slightly messy! It’s our family’s handprint on one canvas – I thought it would be a cute idea. There will be a step-by-step guide on the blog next week. It also looks pretty zombie-esk! 

Postcards
Both postcards are from Paperchase (60p each). I’m from Brighton originally, and now so is Busby, so we needed to get something Brightonian on the wall!

Lil Sonny Sky
I’m in love with Lisa Stubbs’ work, but couldn’t quite afford one of her big prints with the £50. Fortunately, she makes cards too! You can find her Folksy shop here.

Mirror
I come from a very quite a vain household, so mirrors had to make an appearance. Plus they bring a sense of space into a room. I found this one in Next for £10. The heart mirror on the wall is also from Next – and was a Christmas present.


Total spend:
Bird house mirror. £10 Next 
Coloured and gold frames. £1.50-£2 Tiger and Wilkinsons 
Wooden frames. £3.99-£4.99 A lovely little framing shop in Beccles (whilst on holiday!) 
Canvases. £1 each Tiger
Postcards. 60p each Paperchase
Prints (from cards). £2.50-£3.50 Lil Sonny Sky on Folksy
“B”. £1.80 eBay
Embroidery hoops. £1.80-£3 Amazon 
Photos. £2 Snapfish 
Paint for frames/hoops. £1 for 3 tester pots Homebase 
We already had the other items you can see on the wall; they were just waiting for a place in our home!
Total = £60.28 
£10.28 over – but totally worth it for such a fantastic memory wall that we all love!
Hannah


*MoneySupermarket kindly gave me £50 for the “Room for Improvement” makeover challenge*

31 Comments

  1. Lauren

    2nd June 2013 at 8:11 am

    I absolutely love this. The colours are amazing and I love the variety of pieces you’ve chosen.
    Well done! xx

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 8:16 am

      Thank you so much 🙂 xx

  2. Emma Day

    2nd June 2013 at 8:13 am

    Ah that’s a really lovely idea and very pretty too!

    My “Room For Improvement” is not imaginative like yours. It’s also not finished… Best get back to it! X

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 8:16 am

      Thanks Emma 🙂

      Can’t wait to see yours! xx

  3. Sophie Bradley

    2nd June 2013 at 9:41 am

    I adore this. Such a cute idea and some really lovely bits in there!

    Sophs x

    http://www.laviesophie.com

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Sophie 🙂 Thanks so much! xx

  4. Franki

    2nd June 2013 at 11:28 am

    Ohh I really like it and I’m always looking for ideas to make our rented flat more like our own. I have quite a few photos walls but I love this idea with the postcards and letters. P.S I have the bunny jumper! 🙂 x

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 6:37 pm

      It’s all about the bunny jumper 🙂 It’s two sizes too big as bought it whilst pregnant, but I love it!

      Thank you 🙂 It’s nice to make rented accommodation feel like ones own, even though it technically isn’t!! xx

  5. orangemush

    2nd June 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Love this. Have been meaning do one for about year, when i found out I was pregnant with no 2 I felt bad doing it with no pictures of her to go up…procrastination queen!
    You have inspired me to get a move on!

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Haha 🙂 Thank you! I seem to be your muse at the moment 😉 xx

  6. Lyndsay FizzyPeaches

    2nd June 2013 at 2:51 pm

    This is such a lovely idea! I love what you have done!!! 🙂 Very homely and meaningful 🙂

    Lyndsay xx
    http://www.fizzypeaches.com

  7. Jennifer Louise

    2nd June 2013 at 4:12 pm

    This is so gorgeous! Like a design out of a magazine 🙂 Great work

    Much love,
    Jennifer x

    artstylelove.com
    @JLouiseArtist

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much Jennifer 🙂 I’m now following on BlogLovin’ xx

  8. Liz Burton

    2nd June 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve never heard of a memory wall before – I know, where have i been?!

    Looks brilliant, I love how everything has special meaning to you all.

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Seriously?? You need to check out Pinterest 😉

      Thank you so much 🙂 xx

  9. Amanda

    2nd June 2013 at 6:49 pm

    The wall looks great, love the idea of using postcards as wall decorations, I’ve used some vintage Eastbourne cards!

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I’ve just been looking at your post – I love the photo tree! Great idea 🙂 xx

      ps Of course you have 😉

  10. greatbritishfamily

    2nd June 2013 at 8:27 pm

    What a lovely idea for improving your room.

    1. Hannah

      2nd June 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂 xx

  11. nommonster.co.uk

    2nd June 2013 at 9:35 pm

    What a lovely idea. I especially love the hand print.

  12. Laura Huggins

    2nd June 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I absolutely love this! Looks fantastic!

    Thank you for linking up with The Weekend Blog Hop

    Hope to see you again next weekend

    Laura x x x

    1. Hannah

      3rd June 2013 at 8:28 am

      Hi Laura – thanks so much 🙂

      My pleasure 🙂 xxx

  13. Victoria

    3rd June 2013 at 11:04 am

    I love it! My family have something similar in what we call our “club house” a shed in the garden with my sisters musical instruments etc and of course a pub made by dad. We have flags from where parents/grandparents are from, photos etc. Will see if I can do a post on it.
    I just love love your idea for the family hand print!! Might have to steal/use that idea. Trying to create something similar in Bertie’s room.
    Once again a fab post!! Xxx

    1. Hannah

      3rd June 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks Victoria 🙂 I’m doing a step-by-step for the handprint on Wednesday so keep an eye out xxx

  14. Victoria

    3rd June 2013 at 11:05 am

    I love it! My family have something similar in what we call our “club house” a shed in the garden with my sisters musical instruments etc and of course a pub made by dad. We have flags from where parents/grandparents are from, photos etc. Will see if I can do a post on it.
    I just love love your idea for the family hand print!! Might have to steal/use that idea. Trying to create something similar in Bertie’s room.
    Once again a fab post!! Xxx

  15. The Handmade Mum

    3rd June 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I love this, thinking of doing something similar in our lounge with mainly photos, but seeing this I might add other bits too (when I have the spare cash) anyway! xx

    1. Hannah

      3rd June 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Dani 🙂 Postcards were only 60p from Paperchase 🙂 xx

  16. KARA

    3rd June 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This is such a fab idea, I have a similar one and it is one of my fave places in the house x

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