A short while back, Fenetic Wellbeing who have a range of rise and recliner chairs got in touch to ask if I'd like to take part in their #RiseToTheChallenge campaign. The idea being to spruce up an older family members living room as a surprise in order to give something back to someone who's helped you along the way. Straight away I knew I wanted to do this for my mum. My parents recently downsized into a bungalow, after deciding they weren't getting the most our of our four bedroom family home anymore. Since they've moved, they've pretty much been living in a breeze block frame with all their old furniture as they're having walls knocked down and built elsewhere - a real renovation project, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to help brighten up their lounge. 

I instantly picked out the mustard retro phone, my mum had bought us a grey & orange version for our first Christmas in our own home, and I know she's been eyeing it up ever since. From there I decided to spend another big chunk of the budget on an Orla Kiely pot to match, the mustard colour really helps to bring a pop of colour to the room, and I think the simple bird design is extremely cute & playful without being tacky.

Once I'd picked out my big hitters I started to think about what makes my own home feel like a home. We love nothing more than getting home and lighting a candle on a cold rainy day, or putting a huge bunch of flowers in the window so I had good browse around homesense to pick out some new pieces. I thought this candle really complimented the colour scheme I'd already picked, but without being overly matchy-matchy plus it smells divine. For the flowers I actually picked out a grey glass cut lantern that I thought would make a really sweet vase, sometimes you've just got to use your imagination to find individual stand out pieces right? I also thought a nice frame would be the finishing touch, and a great way to throw in some personality too, so I picked up this double oak frame, and chose my favourite graduation photos with my mum & dad, to act as a thank you for getting me where I am today.

My mum was really happy with her surprise makeover, and super excited seeing her new decorations being unveiled. If I could do it again I definitely would! If you're in the position of helping out an older relative, I'd definitely recommend it, it's nice to see how happy you can make someone from such a simple gesture.

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