After six long months my new bedroom is finally complete and now, for the first time in my adult life, I have a room I REALLY love. One of the reasons the room revamp took so long is because we did it all ourselves, around caring for two young children. As anyone with young children knows, kids and DIY do not mix.
Anyway, I want to take you on a little tour of the new room today, along with some photos to show you what it looked like before.
Are you ready?
The most obvious change is the colour on the two walls. We decided to really make a statement with colour and painted the wall, woodwork and mantelpiece on two of the walls in Annie Sloan’s Aubusson Blue. I’d love to say it was a considered decision, after months of looking at paint samples and fabric swatches but, actually, I made an impulse buy when I saw the wall paint on offer for half price at a local interiors boutique.
I knew I wanted an inky dark colour in the room, partly because I’m a sucker for a trend (I blame Abigail Ahern and her championing of murky, dark colours) and partly because I wanted this room to have a very distinct, different feel to the rest of the house.
In an ideal world we’d have lost all the woodchip on the wall but the reality is this is a HUGE job that encompasses the whole house, and something we simply don’t have the budget or energy for at the moment. Still, even with the woodchip intact, I love the feel of the new room.
In the rest of the house we’ve gone for bright pops of colour, with plenty of pink, turquoise and yellow downstairs. Our bedroom couldn’t feel more different. The dark blue and gold give it a luxe vibe, with the beautiful wooden blinds from Clover and Thorne adding to that grown-up feel.
I’ve been hankering after wooden blinds ever since our stay in the beautiful Hermitage on the Isle of Wight, and when I saw the Kaleidoscope collection by Clover and Thorne I knew we’d found our ideal blind. The Kaleidoscope collection comes in a range of colours, so you can use the blind to add a contrasting hit of hue to a room, or (as we have) to create a statement and continue the seamless colour along the wall.
We swapped our old, battered dressing table (complete with toddler scrawl marks) for a shelf from IKEA that we hacked to turn into a wall dressing area. This instantly gave us more floor space, meant our toddler could no longer get at all my makeup, and created an opportunity to pick out the gold accent colour and create a feature on the plain white wall.
We replaced the chest of drawers with a new wardrobe we (or, I mean, my husband and dad) built to match the existing one on the other side of the mantelpiece.
The pair of gold prints from Desenio complete the look, mirroring the collection of framed objects and newspaper clippings we have on the opposite wall above the mantelpiece.
There’s a story behind everything we have on the walls. In the glass hanging frames from Cox and Cox I have a selection of photos (of my daughters) and newspaper clippings.
The clippings were found in a second hand book my friend was showing me on a recent visit. When the page fell open and the newspaper page fell out, all weathered and yellow, I gasped. It was an old page from a newspaper years and years ago, advertising places around where we now live or have visited. I used to live really near the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth when I was doing my Postgrad degree, and we visited the Bedruthan Hotel as a family last year.
In the gold frame I put a Valentine’s Day card I bought my husband earlier this year – a design by the talented Katie who blogs at Hurrah for Gin (she has a book out soon by the way!) and sells cards through her online business Gin Bunny Prints. It’s so deliciously unromantic it makes me smile.
The logs in the fireplace were another really quick DIY job to add some colour to the fireplace and pick up that gold accent shade again.
Above the bed we’ve hung a print that I found after hours of trawling through the internet. It’s from Canadian Etsy shop MapsAsArt and is a map of Havana, where we spent our honeymoon. Top tip: if you’re ordering from here don’t forget to add the UK import tax to your final figure (like I did!). Oh, and check the size of the print before ordering a frame. Better still, get it framed professionally.
The final pieces of the bedroom puzzle are a gilt-framed mirror I picked up for a bargainous £40 on Gumtree (serious bargain – it’s almost identical to one I’d seen new online that cost £350!) and this beautiful Luxe Berber Rug from John Lewis.
If you’re interested in recreating this look in your own home then I’ve put together some gorgeous accessories from the Roost Shop here. You can buy them all directly from this post – just add your picks to your cart and check out. There’s a full list of stockists detailing the items in this room at the bottom of this post too.
PAINT: Aubusson Blue wall paint and chalk paint, Annie Sloan
BLINDS: Kaleidoscope Real Blue High Gloss Wooden Venetian Blind, c/o Clover and Thorne
BEDDING: Easy Care Polycotton plain white bedding, John Lewis
RUG: Luxe Berber Rug, John Lewis
STORAGE: Gold polka dot storage basket, HEMA (similar here)
MIRROR: Gold framed mirror, vintage, via Gumtree
VASE: Upcycled jar with gold washi tape
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