When we move into our house five years ago, I placed my big dolls house on top of this little cupboard alcove in the dining room whilst i decided where to put it. As the days grew, i kind of liked the dolls house there. Elle loved standing on a chair and playing with the furniture and people inside and everytime i looked over, there was my lovely dolls house.
Father Christmas was extra lovely last year and left me this lovely old fashioned style record player under the tree. I knew i wanted to display it and make a little bit of a feature with the player and all my collected records and the only place i could think of was this alcove. I took the dolls house down and placed the player there. For weeks and weeks, i had just the player as i wasn't quite sure how to decorate this space. I am normally quite good at creating a feature space but i really struggled here. I had my heart set on having my woodland creature pictures up on the back wall but we have some lights half way down the wall and my husband didn't want me to take the lights down, so i was very limited in what i could do. Because i had my heart set on having those pictures up, i left the walls blank until i had found the perfect pieces to put up.
The first thing i purchased was the most beautiful print by Becky Filip (from the band the honeytrees). I actually ordered it for Elle's wall but when it arrived, i knew i had to put it on the back wall here. I then found a lovely basket that i filled with all my "Mollie Makes" magazines with the country living "Modern rustic" magazine at the front. The records needed a place to be. I would love to find an old wire basket to put them in but, for now, i have just left them loose. For my birthday this year, my best friend Hannah bought me the most perfect little compartment shelf. I knew it needed to be with the record player and i filled it with birds eggs the girls had found and other little trinkets i had. The gold glitter bunting was also made my Hannah and she had wrapped my christmas presents up with using it. The final piece was the key. Hannah and her husband, Lee, got married last month and our favour on the table was this old key with our names on it. I have it pride of place on the wall and it has finished the wall off perfectly (for now).
I love this area and we have the player on a lot when we are crafting or the girls are doing some school work or learning at the table. I will always be changing little things around but, for now, i love how this corner has worked out. It has taken 10 months to finish and for me to be happy with and i love that is it the first thing that you see when you walk from our hallway into the open living room/dining room.