Do you remember the first time?

Main mood wall cropped

Buying your very own home for the first time is nerve-wracking but brilliant. Once you’ve got the keys, you can do whatever you like – knock down walls, put psychedelic wallpaper everywhere or paint the whole place pink if the whim takes you – without worrying about losing your deposit because you’ve put a picture up, or didn’t stick to a magnolia colour scheme.

The only problem is, with such a huge blank canvas to put your stamp on, where on earth do you start? Particularly if, like most first timers, you’ve sunk every penny  you own on the deposit.

That was the conundrum given to me and two other interiors bloggers (Caroline from Patchwork Harmony and Carol from Dear Designer) by uber friendly online bank First Direct.  They challenged us to create a 3D moodboard wall to inspire people buying their first ever house or flat. I had a whale of a time sourcing, buying and borrowing props in a rainbow of bright colours; and then spent a fun afternoon creating the wall in an East London warehouse, with the help of the super lovely First Direct team. You can see the results above and below…

Jenny Wood Gallery (2)

The idea behind my mood wall was show that decorating your first home should be fun – and shouldn’t cost a fortune. So, everything I used is available on the high street or online, and has an affordable price tag (it’s all listed below – be warned, it’s a looooong list!). I also wanted to show that you don’t have to play it safe. Even if you go for a background of plain or neutral walls, you can still inject some personality into your scheme with pops of bright colour or by experimenting with an eyecatching feature wallpaper.

Styling the shoot for First Direct

Want to see more? You can see the other bloggers’ efforts on the First Direct Facebook page, and view a video full of tips (including an interview with me – eek) here: And if you’re thinking of investing in bricks and mortar for the first time, you’ll find loads of useful advice from First Direct here.

Good luck!

Where to buy everything…
Kaleidoscope wallpaper by Harlequin, £30 per roll, Wallpaper Direct (
Clock, £10, TK Maxx (
Owl cushion, £14.99 Dunelm Mill (
Purple, green, orange and yellow cushions, £6 each, Matalan (
Grey pouffe, £47, Very (
Micro loop bath mats (on floor), £8 each, Matalan (
Large industrial wirework shelf, £49.95 Live Laugh Love (
Picture frame, £1, Poundland
Hello Sunshine postcard, 60p, Paperchase (
Origami crane light, £8 Cubic (
Owl candle, £3, Matalan (
Teal canister £2, Tiger Stores (
Pencil sharpener desk tidy, £15, Suck UK (
Sharpie markers from a selection,
Solar Queen, £16.99
Melamine bowls find similar at Nettle Green (
Mug from a selection, Achica (
Chinese man pot junk shop find
Russian doll measuring cups, £6.24, Tesco Direct (
Gibraltar highball glasses £2.50 each, HOUSE by John Lewis (
Plastic boxes, from a selection at Paperchase (
Ceramic owl decoration, find similar, £5, from Red Berry Red at
Tea towels, £3 for three, Wilkinson (
Star cookie cutters, £4 for pack of five, Sainsbury’s (
Set of measuring spoons, £2, Tiger Stores (
[ON WALLS] H.O.M.E perspex letters, £6 each, Oh Bother Design at Etsy (
Large picture frame junk shop find, sprayed in Plastikote yellow gloss spray paint £
Bunting, £1 for 10m, Tiger Stores (
Lanterns, £3 each, Tiger Stores (
[ON WHITE BOX] Trimphone telephone, £42, I Love Retro (
Orla Kiely ‘Stem’ salad bowl, £25, Unique & Unity (
Elephant watering can, £8.50
Silicone trivets, £2 each, Matalan (
Soda siphon junk shop find
Queen Duck, £7.99, Just Ducks (
Street sign, made to order, Oh Bother Design at Etsy (
[ON STOOL] Bekvam step stool, £11, Ikea (, sprayed in Plastikote yellow gloss spray paint £
Morphy Richards toaster, £34.99, Dunelm Mill (
Happy Girl yellow Kokeshi doll, £20, The Japanese Shop (
Giant pegs, £3 each, Tiger Stores (
Metal hut tealight holder, £2.50, Matalan (
Plant and pot, from a selection at Homebase (
Elephant creamer jug, £3.25, Rigby & Mac (
[ON FLOOR] Books, from a selection at
Sabichi zigzag throw, £12, Very (
Tenshi Tetsubin cast iron teapot, £30, Exotic Teapot (
Musca table lamp, £19.98, B&Q (

My headshot cropped

1 Comment

  1. December 9, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Love this! Something about eclectic colours… Really nice piece.

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