They've created a personalised poster thingy (here: http://www.vertbaudet.co.uk/page/personalised-posters.htm), where they provide various designs that would fit well with the decor in a child's room, and you add some text to add a personal touch.
There are five designs to choose from: Butterflies, a jungle theme, a blossom tree, cars and tractors and the Eiffel Tower. I picked the vehicle themed one (Rory being worryingly obsessed with all things car related), and as it was his birthday recently, I added some appropriate text.
Here's how it turned out:
At this point, you can print your poster put on any sort of paper you like - bargain. However, for the purposes of the review, they sent me a large A3 version of it and asked me to style it up any way I liked.
Rory's room was in need of a bit of TLC anyway. When we were first thinking about moving him into the big spare room, I have plans to do it up in a kind of log cabin theme complete with wooden flooring, wood panels on the walls and a classic red, white and blue colour scheme. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA is all I can say to that.
What actually happened was that two days before Christmas, we thought "SOD IT" and moved him straight in, crappy carpet and all. It soon became apparent that any sort of colour scheme was going to be pushing it somewhat, so instead, I've worked with what we already had (ALL of the colours, a lot of homemade stuff and a 30 year old rickety wardrobe that was originally bought for my brother's room when he was a baby). To be fair, Rory loves his bedroom, and after putting up a feature picture wall over the weekend, so do I now.
Here's how it looks now. (look out for the Vertbaudet poster):
We already had the Superman canvas, and the other pieces are either art that we bought for his nursery when I was pregnant or bits of fabric, family photos and birthday cards that I framed. To keep costs down, I bought a load of old frames from a charity shop and a few tester pots of paint in colours we liked, painted the frames up with Rory's help and framed everything. Total cost: a tenner.
This got me thinking that for those times when you've run out of money a week before pay day (this is always us) and there's a small child's birthday/Christening/whatever looming, you could print out a Vertbaudet poster and use this technique to frame it: a personalised gift for about £2.00. It's the thought that counts and so forth.
Here's some more of Rory's bedroom, just because:
Clockwise from top left: Chair rescued from my in-laws house when they were about to throw it out, cushions made by me, Les the Meerkat and Superhero Daddy (knitted by Granny), Close-up of photo wall. Tell me you love the Ladybird book art as much as I do? I would happily wallpaper my entire house in it, Stuff on the bookshelf including the big letter R that we made a couple of years ago, Lego on a biblical scale.
And just so that you don't think I've gone all 'home style blogger' on you, here's the horrid, cheap carpet, and the bit where I dropped the iron on it whilst ironing and it melted. Look, just be impressed that I was actually doing some ironing and not dangling upside-down from the sofa, watching 60 Minute Makeover and eating Wotsits as usual, OK. Now, lets never speak of this again.