We have been living in our house for almost eight years now and over that time we have decorated, refitted, extended, redecorated, extended and decorated some more. To quote my Grandma “you’ll never be done!”
Over the course of this last year or so we’ve been getting more stuff up on the walls – a collection of Sally Langstaff photos in the living room, some framed posters in the playroom and a new photo gallery on the landing (as well as the existing one in the dining room – I take a lot of photos!)
Although in theory I thought I liked quite a minimalist look, it turns out I actually love having loads of things on the walls! I’m particularly keen on grouping prints and pictures together rather than single frames.
Having played a significant role in our extension work a couple of years ago, our hall, stairs and landing was reworked and replastered and has been something of an ongoing project ever since. We quite recently had a new radiator fitted into the recess Dave had created (I’d been worried about kids falling and banging their heads on the radiator for years so I love having it set into the wall now). However, there’s still plenty to do – the walls have been undercoated but not properly painted for two reasons. The first being that the area with the sky light is really tricky to reach safely so Dave hasn’t managed to paint that yet, but the second more significant reason is that we don’t have a banister at the moment and Amy tends to use the walls to stabilise herself as she climbs the stairs. I don’t really want to spend time and money on properly painting the walls until we have addressed the grubby hand prints situation.
The big white space behind the front door has been a bone of contention. Dave felt we should have coat hooks there but I wasn’t keen at all. I felt it would make the already small space look cramped and cluttered but he was all about the practicalities of having the coats near the door. Since we’ve added some extra coat hooks to the cupboard under the stairs we seem to have nicely resolved that issue leaving the hall space lovely and clear.
When Desenio got in touch and offered us some art prints to review, I knew exactly where they were going to go! The website is absolutely packed with prints and posters – hundreds in fact – and at first I felt a little overwhelmed by the choice. I sat down with Dave to look through them and he was immediately taken by the Batman poster which we decided to make a starting point for the collection.
I love a good inspirational quote so working on a monochrome theme, with Batman as the centrepiece, we picked out a range of Desenio prints in various sizes and ordered frames to go with them. Being able to order the prints and frames all in one go makes life so much easier – for a start you know they’re going to be the right size! Desenio offer quite a range of frames but we decided to stick with a simple black wood as the prints were all to be black and white and I do like things to co-ordinate. The prints and frames are really good value – I think our entire order totalled somewhere in the region of around £75, which when you see how much we got for that is really impressive!
The prints and frames arrived together, carefully packaged with the prints rolled safely in a cardboard tube and the frames all individually packed in plenty of bubble wrap. One of the frames had a teeny tiny chip in it but it’s unnoticeable once we got it up on the wall. Dave commented that it was a pain having to frame the prints ourselves but to be honest for that price I don’t really think you can complain about spending ten minutes popping the prints into their frames and it really wasn’t difficult. We were impressed by how sturdy the backboards were and the quality of the hardware – the frames can be hung both portrait and landscape as you would expect. It’s worth noting that the frames are quite deep so we needed to use picture hooks rather than just a tack in the wall – that said this does mean the pictures are slightly more secure in case anyone knocks them coming down the stairs. The metal loops on the back of the smaller frames are flush to the backboard and we had to bend them outwards for the hooks – this was really tricky and involved a screwdriver and a frustrated Dave.
Actually hanging the pictures took no time at all once we’d decided on a lay out. I love the way the prints look together – ordering all the posters online from the same site meant I knew the paper and print quality would be the same as well as the sizings and frames making for a lovely co-ordinated gallery effect.
It turns out that taking photos in an already dark hallway behind the door is quite tricky but I hope you can get the overall effect! Ben thinks the Batman poster is hilarious, Amy particularly likes the cheeky little rabbit face (which I must admit is one of my favourites too). I love that, for a relatively small spend, we have been able to lift an otherwise boring bit of our house.
Overall I’m thrilled by the service and quality of products from Desenio – although we had a few niggles with the frames, for the price I think they represent really good value and I would most definitely look to ordering more prints if we find we have another empty wall to fill!
*Disclaimer – We received the Desenio prints and frames free of charge and I have been compensated for my time in writing this post. All thoughts and opinions remain our own*