Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Photowall, but the views are my own and are not influenced by the company.
Just in time for the year to end on a high, I just had to scratch out one of the Blogmas posts and slot this one in. This has been a very trying year, but there have also been some interesting blessings which we need to recognize. We’ve moaned, we’ve complained, we’ve cried. But as we draw closer to the end of the year, it’s time we found a silver lining. So with this in mind, I thought I’d share one of mine.
was meant to be is a big one for many reasons including that my husband and I are finally moving into our first home. CoVID-19 definitely pushed plans out, that’s a given. However, it also allowed for more thought to go into the process. In this process, one of the biggest things I was unsure about was how to decorate the pyjama lounge. The dilemma was to find a wall colour that would be fun for our toddler but not too childish. Modern is the vibe we went with everywhere else, so a gigantic Pepper Pig on the wall wouldn’t quite work. My husband also wasn’t too happy with a few of the feminine options I had given him.
The budget – Photowall
Also on my mind was the idea of a budget. Just how much was I willing to put into a room that wouldn’t be seen by anyone but us? Would a simple paint colour do the trick or would I go with wallpaper? And when deciding on the wallpaper, would I go with a premium material that can be cleaned with products since the little missus touches everything with dirty hands? But that same ‘premium’ comes at a premium. Anyone who has gotten their first home would know that when it comes to budget, there is literally nothing left for the decor. At best, use an old tin as a chair and a suitcase for a table. As for the walls, as long as they are upright, you’re good to go.
After months of letting my ‘multiple personalities’ debate the issue, I finally decided on wallpaper. Well, Santa must’ve peaked at my Wishlist and decided to bring my gift early! Just a few weeks ago, Photowall reached out to me to test any product on their site. Of course, I went with the wallpaper. For anyone who doesn’t know Photowall, they are a Swedish company that specializes in wall art. This ranges from canvases and posters to wallpaper and wall murals. Although the head office is based in Sweden, they do have several branches in different parts of the world and also ship to non-presence countries.
The Photowall search
Remember the part when I mentioned multiple personalities? Well put them behind a computer screen and tell them to choose from tens of thousands of options. Ha! Having several options to choose from, the thought of picking out the perfect wallpaper for the pajama lounge initially felt very daunting. This quickly faded away when I saw how easily the options were displayed and just how fast the web pages loaded. If you are a blogger, you know just how important internet speed is in the user experience!
What also made this experience less stressful was the well-crafted search function. After going through 4,000+ options of wallpaper, I finally tapped into my logic and searched by colour and design. Thereafter, it was pretty simple to narrow down the options. They also had very well detailed pictures that showed just how the wallpaper would fit in different rooms. Despite being a writer, I needed help visualizing the look so I truly appreciated the pictures.
If anyone knows me, you know that I do not make decisions. Ever! Well, this was a pretty simple process and the decision wasn’t too hard to make. I selected my wallpaper, chose the measurements, and set my clock to see how long it would take. Surprisingly, from the time I selected the option to the time, it was delivered, not even one week passed! And as promised, the wallpaper had a very premium finish.
The decor experience
I am by no means a handy girl, so putting up the wallpaper wasn’t something I was looking forward to. I did get a bit of help from my husband, and together we were fine with the application. Since the product came with the application tools, everything went surprisingly well!
My thoughts on Photowall
This DIY project wasn’t the easiest, but since the package came with instructions and tools, my husband and I were able to do it alone. There were a few things we learned through this experience like not to cut the wallpaper on the wall freehand or to align your edges before you smooth the wallpaper down. That’s on us though because the instructional videos did cover all of the basics.
Overall, I was really happy with my Photowall experience from start to finish. Their support team was very helpful, the product was impeccable and my PJ lounge looks epic. If you would like to purchase some artwork for your home/office, I would highly recommend you try Photowall.
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