I mentioned a bit how last year we did a few bits and pieces of decorating and switching up a few rooms. I wanted to start by sharing the bedroom makeover reveal for our master bedroom. Mainly because it’s probably one of my favourite rooms in the house. It’s also one of the only ones with an actual colour on the walls as in all honestly we’ve played it pretty safe overall with a white and grey background colour palette for most rooms. Then adding colour on top. But for the bedroom I knew I wanted a wall of colour, not too intense – but something.
So we settled pink. I say we, it was me. Ollie would never have decided on a pink wall for the bedroom and in fact it did take some persuading on my part. The process of choosing the exact pink I had in mind wasn’t as easy as you would think. I got a load of samples. Painted them on the wall and obsessed over them for ages. I wanted the perfect ‘dirty baby pink’. Not Barbie pink. Not peachy-pink. Not even really millenial pink. Getting the shade right was really key and we actually got it wrong first time. It was actually down to our ace painter/decorator who did in fact paint our original pink choice on the wall… but his gut feeling was it wasn’t *quite* what we were after so called me to check and he was right. It was WAY too Barbie/little girl’s room pink. So we had a very quick turnaround on a change of shade and in the end went with Farrow & Ball Calamine Pink and it was perfect.
I think it was almost my original reluctance to go with a Farrow & Ball colour that made me avoid them. It felt a bit too blogger cliche in a way?! But the shade was perfect so I had to admit defeat. Farrow & Ball – totally worth the hype and as good as everyone says.
Before the make-over the room wasn’t wildly different. The walls were a very ‘meh’ magnolia. With white ceilings. We had the simple spotlight lighting that was there when we moved in and the carpet was a pinky beige one that was the same through the whole house.
Originally we had the bed we moved from out flat in Angel with. Which was a storage divan that we chose mainly for practicality over style. We now have that in the spare room and replaced our bedroom one with the one shown here. It’s a king size one from John Lewis and I love it. It’s from the John Lewis Design Project Collection and is still available. The white-washed wooden base and grey toned headboard meant we get the best of both worlds between a wooden bed frame and a fabric headboard (I couldn’t decide which look I preferred). We could have it with or without the fabric headboard to change the look up easily. Great if you’re indecisive on style!
The bedside tables are from Loaf (they’re the Sandie style: Loaf Bedside Tables) and we have had them for a year and I’ve wanted to blog them sooner but had to wait for the overall room make-over so it wasn’t just a slightly random post about just bed side tables?! They each have a single drawer. Plus a pull out drinks shelf. Again the wood has a white-washed tone to it that I love. Plus they’re the amazing quality that Loaf are known for. One of those brands you just know you can trust to deliver good stuff.
The other pieces of furniture in the room are a mixture of Made.com and Urban Outfitters. The wardrobe and chest of drawers we bought as part of the redecoration as the room was pretty bare before. We actually used to store our own clothes in each of the spare rooms, but with baby on the way have narrowed this down so my clothes are in our room and Ollie keeps his in the spare room (a bonus when he has to leave early for work and I don’t want to have to get up yet).
I also have two matching units from Urban Outfitters that I use to store the beauty stash. I have a lot kept in the office but the drawers in the bedroom are filled with the products that make it into my regular daily use selection. I have one mini six-drawer unit that sits with my new fluffy pouffe thing from Urban Outfitters and has become my make-up station. Then the other larger unit is a sort of dresser stand with mirror over it that looks lovely but is a bit of a dark corner so doesn’t end up actually being used in the way it looks as it should.
The finishing touch for the bedroom makeover reveal are a trio of prints from Desenio. I’ve lost count how many people I’ve recommended Desenio to but they’re such a great place to pick up affordable artwork/prints to give a room a little dash of something extra. My favourite thing about Desnio is how you can search for so many different elements to get something that matches the style you have in your head or what you’re trying to achieve – narrowing down by size, colour, theme and then you can match the piece you choose with a Desenio frame that matches the size. No hunting around for a frame that fits – the frame sizes all fit the sizes of print available. So it just becomes a case of what material (wood, metallic or other styles all available) and what combination of prints you want. I was going for a style of calm and pulling out the colours of the agate print in the middle as that one I just love. Then contrasted with some black and white prints to keep it all simple.
The three prints we have here are (left to right) Cotton Plant, Light Agate and Moon Phase. All in the 50×70 size. Each one paired with a 50x70cm oak wooden frame. We also picked a frame and print for the baby’s room that I’ll feature separately.
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The trio I chose for the bedroom really do tie the room together. The one in the middle was the first choice for me as I just loved the colours and how they would pick out the pink shade of the wall. Plus the tones pick up the blues I have in the bedding. The bedding is another of my favourite things about the room – the bedding set is reversible from Bluebellgray – which is one of my all time favourite home wear brands and one I have pieces from dotted through the house. The brand is perfect if you love bright colours and modern takes on florals. For me, it’s all about the colour prints. But this bedding is the most amazingly soft fabric, washes like a dream (which might be the most adult thing I’ve ever written) and is just lovely to crawl into at night. I have other sheet options, so tend switch these out with an all-cotton soft grey set I have from H&M home. So all sticking with a similar colour theme. But I love the way the Bluebellgray brings some blue to the room where it would be a grey/pink palette. The blue feels like it gives it a bit of a twist that’s maybe not quite as predictable?
Last but by no means least is the dreamy feather lampshade. This was from Laura Ashley (shade only, the pendant was a basic one from a lighting shop. Ollie thinks this is ridiculous, but I love how it’s a bit like a fluffy cloud. Sure, it’s probably gather dust but who cares. It’s fun and gives a soft look that I think is perfect for the bedroom.
The code “beautyjunkie” gives 25% off posters* between 20th – 22nd February.
*Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frames.
Prints & frames gifted by Desenio.
p.s. You get extra points if you can spot the bottle of Gaviscon in my bedside table… pregnancy essential right there!
*Photography by www.bangonstyleblog.com