There was a time when my idea of wall art was a mass produced canvas print from Next / Ikea / Dunelm Mill. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of all of the aforementioned stores for their household bits and bobs at affordable prices and on trend accessibility. However, my love for giant photos of misty lakes, sun peeping through Silver Birches, and strategically placed pebbles has diminished along with my ability to hold a drink and be awake past 9pm (often together).
Nowadays, I’m looking for something a little more unique, creative, personal and meaningful. Our wall art consists of local artists paintings, gallery walls of family photos and the odd squiggle by the kids.
When I checked out the site, I was immediately feeling the Bertie & Jack vibe. Simple white cut outs of beautiful birds, butterflies, cats, seahorses and horses…amongst others. The cuts are overlaid onto a wide range of bright colourful prints to fit your vision. Tartan, floral, flags, stars, stripes, patchwork, tweed, dottie, or my favourite, a map can underlay your chosen design to create a statement feature for your home.
The options don’t end there. You can have the finished piece framed or unframed, and even add some annotation text that speaks to you.
So here it is, a thing of Beauty; our family portrait, Bertie & Jack style:
I was immediately drawn to the ‘Happy Feet’ design, four cute penguins holding hands (fins). It probably goes without saying that this represents the four of us. Plus, penguins are pretty feel good creatures all around aren’t they? They definitely represent a family unit who can teach us a thing or two about equality in Parenting.
The map design immediately caught my imagination and I think the ability to take the personalisation one step further adds even more magic. Why Antarctica? Well, it’s my husbands dream destination for one. The last wilderness was his nominated honeymoon destination, which was quickly trumped by my desire to lay on a tropical beach. But Antarctica is also pretty special to me too – my all time hero is the explorer Ernest Shackleton whose leadership saved a team of men on a pretty haphazard expedition to the Antarctic. Plus, our penguins will feel right at home here, especially when hanging in our Antarctica themed bedroom one day. Bertie and Jack went to great lengths to find the perfect print – a vintage map of the South Pole.
I’m insanely cold blooded. Like a lizard, I need sunshine to function and pretty much shut down in cold weather. With (self diagnosed) Raynauds syndrome running heavily along the female line of my family, the phrase ‘Cold hands, warm heart’ was something I grew up hearing and I know my girls will relate to too.
One more detail…
I asked Bertie & Jack to to add one final customisation. No family portrait of ours would be complete without our star, the daughter we lost. A subtle but perfect reminder that she is always in our thoughts, and her memory shines bright over all of us.
Our framed print is far too wonderful to be hidden up in our bedroom, so it’s taken pride of place in our entrance hall, for all to see.
You can find Bertie & Jack on Not on the high street and John Lewis, or on their online store. The girls Becky & Emma have grown their brand from humble beginnings – a play date, being Mum-friends, a market stall. Kudos to them, they have made their dream their Business and it’s not hard to see why…
Disclosure: I was sent a Bertie & Jack print in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.