Room Reveal | Our Bedroom Transformation (Part 2)
Yesterday in part 1 of my bedroom makeover post I showed you what the room looked like when we first moved in and talked through the steps we took to renovate it. Today I'm revealing the finished room, styled and furnished. It's come a long way since we ripped out the 1960s carpet and that hideous red panelling and is now a lovely relaxing space to unwind in when we want to escape the rest of the renovations elsewhere in the house.
We want the bedoom to be fairly minimal so aside from the bed we've kept it pretty free of large items of furniture. One of our next jobs will be to turn the box room into a walk in wardrobe and all our clothes will be kept there so we didn't need to buy any new furniture for the bedroom. The dressing table provides a handy space to store away essentials like my hairdryer, make up and toiletries as well as somewhere nice to sit and get ready for the day. It's by Habitat and it's from a collaboration I did with them a few years ago. The white stool works perfectly with it. A really versatile piece from ByALEX I've used it in lots of different ways - from a side table in the living room to a bedside table - but I think it looks just right here in the new bedroom against the pale wood floor.
The picture was a birthday present from Graham. It's a beautiful etching by Clare Grossman that I chose from a gallery in Aldeburgh when we were in Suffolk recently.
The window in this room is quite wide so I struggled to find pre-made curtains to fit. H&M, Urbanara, La Redoute and Zara all do great linen curtains but they are usually no more than 140cm wide - fine if you have tall Victorian or Georgian windows but not so great for the wider windows of most 1930s houses. In the end I decided to make my own using a light grey prewashed linen I ordered from Ada & Ina. I haven't used a sewing machine in years but I was pretty pleased with how they turned out. I wanted them to have lots of volume so I bought extra wide (280cm) fabric so that I wouldn't need to join two lengths together with a seam in the middle. I also kept them quite long (over a foot longer than the actual drop) so that they would drape in a soft puddle on the floor.
I bought the oak lamp from Kovac Family some time ago. I've always loved the design but I've been waiting for somewhere to use it. I really like it here in the corner used as a bedside lamp.
The main lighting for the room was something that I deliberated over for a long time, eventually opting for this opal glass lantern from Heal's. It's quiet and subtle and doesn't compete for attention with the other things in the room as a more striking statement light might have done.
The Bed and Bed Linen
Graham made the bed and I painted it in Farrow and Ball's All Black. Buoyed by my recent curtain making success, one of my next jobs will be to make a headboard to go with it.
Scooms recently sent me one of their lovely duvets to test out. Made of Hungarian goose down it's an all season one comprised of two separate duvets - a 4.5 tog summer one and a 9 tog autumn one that you can either use alone or join together for extra warmth during the winter months. It contours over your body really nicely and the summer weight has been perfect for the past few weeks but I'll be switching over to the autumn one in a few weeks when the clocks go back.
Texture & colour
There's not a lot going on colour wise in this space but I've thought a lot about texture, adding in wood, stoneware, linen, jute and seagrass. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Strong White. I've always used Farrow and Ball paint and although it definitely isn't the cheapest I always find their colours so easy to live with. It's always nice to introduce a bit of greenery into a space too. I'm hoping the olive tree survives. My outdoor one is thriving but I'm worried that keeping this one going indoors may prove more of a challenge. The seagrass basket is from The White Company.
The braided rug is a nice little textural detail. I'm on the hunt for a similar one in a larger size.
Above all I wanted this room to feel light, soft and tranquil. I may introduce some darker shades to add contrast elsewhere in the house but I deliberately chose to keep the colour palette in this space quite light. With so many of us chasing likes on Instagram it's tempting to focus primarily on how a room looks, using bold colours or eye catching prints to add drama for example, but I've always preferred to focus on how a space feels, and this space now feels really calm and cocooning - a lovely place to lie back and admire all our hard work.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look around. It's so nice to be able to finally share a finished room with you. Next up is my new office so I hope you'll check in with me again soon to see how it's shaping up.
teapot - Steven Will | dark grey mug - Sue Pryke | light grey mug - Jono Smart | tray - Fog Linen | dressing table - Habitat *\ stool - byAlex* | linen curtains - made by me | bedside light - Kovac Family | robe - Soak&Sleep* | seagrass basket - The White Company* | opal glass lantern - Heals | cushions - The White Company* \ blanket - ZigZag Zurich* \ duvet - scooms* \ white bed linen - Christy* | braided jute rug - Snape Maltings \ black chair - Hay
*No part of this content is sponsored but some of the products featured were gifted to me by brands as part of previous collaborations. A huge thank you to all of the brands who've helped me to create this look.