Baby prints from Bill & Coo Paper Co.

A long overdue shout-out and thank you to Karla, the Creative Director and master behind Bill & Coo Paper Co. Karla sent me two of the sweetest prints a couple of months ago and unfortunately they were one of those things I looked at every day, said to myself “I really need photograph those“, I’d subsequently forget and be met with a hurricane of guilt the next day where it started all over again. 

Karla sent me two beautiful prints; Dream Big Little One and Forehead Kisses And Tight Embraces. Both prints are A3 in size printed in metallic gold soy based ink on FSC Certified paper, so it’s safe to say there’s a lot of love put into each print. 

I can’t wait to frame these beauts in our nursery. I already have a couple of gold accents for the room so these guys will fit in perfectly. Thank you again, Karla. They’re beautiful. And big time soz for my tardiness. 

When in Rome

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our first date, last week Robert and I ran away to Rome for some sun, warmth, food, lazy aimless wandering and to take in some sights. Did I mention food? So much food. 

There was fantastic weather for the four days we were there [two full days and two half days traveling on either side], the hottest being on our third day where it reached between 25 and 30 degrees. During our first full day we managed to lazily hit all the sites. We walked from our hotel to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, all while stopping for copious amounts of pasta, pizza, gelato, beer and wine in between [ahem, iced tea for me] … 

The following day we went to the Vatican as I’ve always wanted to see the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The chapel itself is not very big at all, but has a towering ceiling that is ridiculously gorgeous. It’s hard to know where to look; other than up. There’s a strict no photos and even no talking rule in the Sistine Chapel. There’s a security guard whose sole job is to enforce both rules by pressing a microphone to his mouth and loudly mumbling both repetitively and breathing heavy at the same time. The no talking rule we especially sniggered at like idiots because he was clearly the loudest person there. 

Oh, for the record, if you tell me to not take a photo of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, I’ma take a photo of it … 

While Rome wasn’t exactly what we expected [we had a lot of interesting encounters], we still had a lovely time in the sun wandering aimlessly. I also managed to sit a funny way on a bus on our first day and my back is still yelling at me for it. I’ve never had problems with my back! KNOCK ON WOOD. I blame all these damn pregnancy hormones. I think the only remedy would be for me to find some gelato in Dublin today … 

Wallpaper Crush Wednesday – Wilful Ink

Without causing any direct offence to butterflies or people who like butterflies, I myself am more of a moth person. I’d say it’s down to growing up in Canada and watching big floofy moths come out at night and hover around our porch lights. It’s also probably because I like darker gothic-style takes on things in general. So as you may imagine, a couple of weeks ago when Emma, the creative genius behind Wilful Ink, got in contact with me about her unusual line of wallpaper, I was full of heart-eye emojis. 
Emma was crazy-kind enough to send me a roll of whichever of her wallpaper I’d like to use in our home. I was incredibly flattered, and at the same time, HELL YES! I searched through Emma’s collection of creature filled wallpapers and immediately fell for her Tangled Hawkmoth wallpaper design. Moths. MOTHS! One of my favourite night time creatures right there in a beautiful print. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive. 

The roll of Tangled Hawkmoth arrived earlier this week and ZOMG MY PICTURES ARE DOING IT ZERO JUSTICE. I excitedly opened it at work and everyone immediately ran over to look at it. It’s such a beautiful design. The soft robin’s egg blue along with antique gold work so well together. When you get right in there you can see the entire pattern is done in pointillism, which adds such a subtly soft undertone to the pattern. The detail on this wallpaper is actually insane. Again, my photos = zero justice.

As a renter, unfortunately we can’t hang wallpaper. Giant ugly crying face. But I do have a sneaky project in mind that would be perfect for it. I can’t tell you just yet what it’s for so you’ll have to wait and see. But I’m SO excited to start on it so fingers crossed it’ll happen sooner rather than later! #StoryOfMyLife
Disclosure – I was sent a roll of Wilful Ink wallpaper free of charge to use in our home. As always, all words and opinions in this post are my own. I only work with companies and artists I like and of course, think that you will too. Thank you for supporting the companies and independent artists that support The Interior DIYer.