The Master Bedroom : Version 1.0

I’ve realised that I’m very good at telling you all what I’m planning in the house but actually showing the finished article is happening a lot less. That is partly because nothing is yet ‘finished’ – or what I would call finished anyway, as I don’t feel done with a room (actually, am I ever done with a room?) until all the finishing touches are complete too. In the case of our grey bedroom, in some ways it is finished – the decorating is done, we’re back in there and it’s functioning, but in others it is very unfinished. We don’t have a door handle for example (just a small matter,) the walls are pretty bare, the bedding is less than perfect and the walk in wardrobe is still something of a dumping ground with a solitary rail, Billy book case and shoes all over the floor.

However, it’s going to be a bit of a wait before we get it exactly the way I want it and I’ve been asked before how I approach decorating a room so I hope this will give you some insight into my thought processes. Here’s the finished bedroom Version 1.0 🙂

As you can see, we’re sticking with the white bedding, a perennial favourite of mine, but I’m still struggling with the perfect combination of cushions. I’m totally torn between the modern geometric look and the more subdued pink and grey. The problem is that the coral and mint tones in the geometric pattern are just not sitting quite right to my eye with the lilac and slate in the curtains or the perfect pale pink I found at H&M.

There’s also the matter of getting the right size/shape combination going. I can see there might be some re-hashing of the covers I have bought, particularly the cheapo H&M ones. At less than £10 each, I don’t mind taking some scissors to them. They are also on our old bed which we plan to replace, (this one will go in another bedroom elsewhere,) but again are just waiting for the cash to materialise!

This lamp is totally wrong… the base I could live with, but it’s one of a pair so they will probably be utilised elsewhere together. It’s the yellow shade that is throwing a lot of the room off I think, but I haven’t seen a suitable base or shade to replace this one. The plan for bedside lamps is to have wall lamps above the headboard and I’ve seen the ones I want, they’re just not in the budget right now. While we are on lighting, the capiz shade was an old bargain in BHS lighting dept from our old bedroom, but we have plans to replace this with something a bit more ‘design-y’, if that’s even a word.

One thing I am really pleased about is the art in here. I bought Pete the surfers print a couple of years back and went back for the print of Rincon Island off the coast of California just recently as the peachy pink tones were the kinds of accents I wanted to bring into the room. They both remind me of our travels on the West coast and a lovely afternoon we spent in Miami watching surfers on South Beach and I’m really happy with everything about them apart from the fact they are crooked after being put up approximately 2 minutes before I took this photo, by Pete mid-argument, as we were late leaving for something! 😉

I had also been lusting after a Lulie Wallace print but she only releases prints (instead of original artworks) a few times a year and none had come up int he right colour combinations until this spring when this grey pink and peach tones print called ‘Flowers for Hope’ popped up and I snapped it up.

The doors to the walk in wardrobe are bifold and so slide right back allowing plenty of space and I’m really happy we chose them. What’s behind them is not so pretty and whilst I could have tidied it to make it look presentable, I really didn’t have the time or energy so this is as much as you’re seeing!

The curtains were bought before we even moved out of the room. Because of the height of the ceilings and windows, we have to have custom curtains made, but thank goodness, I have been using a place in Southport for curtains for years. If you happen tot be local or around the area, it’s well worth a trip – the fabric is ridiculously cheap (and often John Lewis, Prestige or Sanderson,) and the making up is also cheap. To give you an idea, these were £300 for a 3m wide bay with over a 2m drop. The equivalent in JL, for something in their own range, mid price point fabric, would have cost at least double. They are black out lined which is essential and has been amazing as it’s an East facing room and very sunny in the mornings.

As you can see, we also have the stained glass back in now which was taken away when we replaced the windows and encapsulated or sandwiched into a triple glazed panel. Unfortunately the glazier who did the work was taken ill, hence the 6 month delay but they were worth waiting for.

The carpet is the same one we had in the lounge in the last house. We searched high and low for the right pale grey that didn’t look ‘silver’ and it wore really well in the last house too so we just ordered the same again. It also has a subtle fleck of naturals in it which hides a multitude of sins (mainly cat hair,) that a monotone carpet wouldn’t.

So, I think that’s it for now. I hope you like it or if not, at least found the process and sources useful – I have put a comprehensive list at the end of the post for you. I might do another one soon with some finishing ideas that we’re yet to purchase.

Happy Monday readers,


Where did you get that?
Walls: Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball
Woodwork: Brilliant white (eggshell)
Glass Wardrobe door handles: John Lewis
Curtains: The Fabric Shop, Southport (open at weekends but the warehouse is only open Mon-Fri)
Reproduction Eames RAR rocking chair, Redbrick Mill
Geometric Cushions: Conran at M&S
Pink and Grey cushions: H&M Home
Velvet cushion: The White Company (old)
Bedding: Linea at HoF
Mirror: Next
Photographic prints: Ian Baguskas, at 20 x 200
Flower art: Lulie Wallace
Frames: Ikea Ribba (with custom mounts from a local art shop for £5.)

Renovation Ruminations: The Master Bedroom

I’m going to be sharing in the coming weeks a few rooms that I have plans for so far in the new house, talking about what I want to do with them and why or how in some cases. Today I’m kicking off with the master bedroom, our room and one of the rooms pretty high on the priority list.

First of all, here’s a list of what needs doing in this room. Like most of the rooms, you may look at it and think, ‘Well, paint, carpet, decor, not too big a job?’ Here’s the list…

  • Knock through from the bedroom into the office creating a walk in wardrobe and install double doors.
  • Replace the windows with hardwood window frames and encapsulate stained glass
  • Remove the chipboard/anaglypta wallpaper (above the picture rail only – small mercies!)
  • Move the existing radiators
  • Paint the bedroom walls
  • Paper the dressing room
  • Kit out the interior of the dressing room
  • Recarpet
  • Replace the bed with a super king bed and mattress
  • New Curtains
  • New Ceiling light fitting

And before I get too bogged down with the to-do’s, here’s what we’re aiming at…

Le Royal Manceau Hotel, Paris

Of course it’s not as simple as that. We currently have the bed in the third position it has been in(!) and it’s still not perfect.

Because I want to knock double doors through into the wardrobe, (partly for a sense of space and partly for impact,) that wall is largely lost. I initially thought we would put the bed facing towards the window, but to fit in 2 bedsides as well as plenty of room to manouvre around the door was a bit tight and also imbalanced – the window end of the room was empty.

This floor plan isn’t to scale but it’s not far off. Believe it or not the bed is the same size in both – doesn’t it look smaller in option 1? So the look is a lot better in option 2 but isn’t problem free. with the bed against the chimney breast the bedsides need to be deep to function as such – luckily our current el cheapo ikea ones are very deep, but unfortunately they’re not staying and therein lies one problem.

White closet

Inside the wardrobe I think we’re looking at open storage. It wont be messy because we will be able to shut the doors, and I love having visual access to everything I have – otherwise I forget things!. It’s also a practical decision, as the room itself that will become the wardrobe is 1.5m wide. If we were to put standard wardrobe units in (IKEA’s PAX units are 66cm deep,) they would take up a considerably large amount of space. I am however worried that open storage leaves the opportunity for dust to collect and the last thing I need is another area for dust to gather!

Algot storage system, IKEA

The white shelving above has to be the ideal, but in reality, I think we’ll end up with a more practical and cost efficient solution from ikea. I also want to wallpaper in here with something quite out there, either a bold geometric or a really beautiful print. I love the idea of seeing the design through the shelving and behind the rails or drawers

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I love a mirrored finish and to add some glamour to the room and polish, I’d love to find mirrored doors but so far I’m drawing a bit of a blank. They might have to be a DIY effort!

Architectural Digest

Lastly, this room is going to be a sanctuary, so I’d love a seating area in it where I can sit and read perhaps, or just lounge around with rollers in and a glass of champagne in my future glamorous life (Ha!)

I suppose some of you might be thinking that the dressing room area might have made a nice en suite. I’m actually not that bothered about en suites (humidity in the vicinity of my hairstyling area? No!) so it was an easy choice for us, plus the bedroom is right next to the bathroom anyway. We also would have struggled to get the waste pipe out as the room is at the front of the house and nobody wants a poo pipe decorating the front of their house!

Decor wise, I’m thinking a very muted pinky grey with more similar toning shades of pale grey, silver, white and I know some pattern with creep in there somewhere – Maybe in the curtains, an ottoman or chair?

I can’t wait to start this room, but as you can see, it’s no small task, nor is it a cheap job and part of me doesn’t want to move out again already into another room – I should just be grateful we have an alternative I know!

So what do you think readers? Any words of wisdom or thoughts?


The Forever House Wish List

Although Pete and I love our house and have been very happy there for what would be 7 years this Christmas, I still have a forever house wishlist. I always think it’s interesting to hear what people would like in their dream house and I thought it would be fun to have a bit of a daydream today. Here are the things my dream forever house has – I’d love to hear about yours…

Kitchen with windows // Pale green tiles // Bar stools

A huge white kitchen dining room, full of light and space to cook and entertain all in one. In my minds eye it is across the back of the house, with Kitchen units along one wall then an island, then a wall of french doors, like an orangery leading out into the garden. It has a nice flat floor and I see our future children in a high chair next to the family dining table, and another madly tricycling around the table and island.

Skandi dining room

A utility room with access to the garden, where I can put the washing machine and maybe even a tumble dryer (I don’t have one now…) then dry the clothes on an airing rack hung from the ceiling. I’ll be able to wash my hands there after being in the garden and iron (who am I kidding?!) but best of all, shut the door on the mess!

Dressing Room

A Master suite. My bedroom is my sanctuary and whilst I don’t go to bed early and sit in bed (preferring to go straight to sleep,) I love lounging in bed at the weekend with a magazine, making lists or catching up on blog reads and I love getting ready to go out for an evening too. In a perfect world, I’d have a bedroom that lead into a dressing room and then through that into a big bathroom and a freestanding tub. If we had guests or children I could escape here and enjoy some solitude before rejoining the world again! (The SATC2 movie is solely responsible for this element of my dream house – I loved Carrie and Big’s apartment.)

Map headboard // Eclectic bedroom

Lots of spare rooms. Because Pete has 2 siblings and we’re almost equidistant from both parents, family get togethers are often cramped and somebody is always driving. I’d love us all to be able to have Christmas together without anyone driving home or sleeping on the floor.


A big hall. One of my biggest bug bears about our current house is the hall. As it’s a terrace, the hall is only as wide as the stairs, which go straight up in front of you after a door to the right which leads into our lounge/dining room. It was always annoying when friends came to visit and goodbyes entailed a dance around each other to reach everyone within the confines of the hall. Now lots of them have push chairs or car seats too, I long for a hall that is big enough to stand in and dump all those things too!


South facing garden. This is one of this things our current house has, (well, it is SW facing,) that has made me determined to keep in future too. We get precious little sunshine as it is and the ability to eat outside in the summer or sit in the garden scores high on my quality of life scale, so it’s a must for me that the next garden we have gets the sun in the evenings at the very least.

Yellow bath

A family bathroom. Our bathroom now is almost as big (or should that be small) as the hall and operates on a one in, one out policy. I grew up in a house where you couldn’t have a bath without someone coming in for a chat (poor mum!) and tooth brushing time was a family affair. As a result I crave a bathroom that has space in it for kids to be dumped in the bath and al the family to join in without a military planing exercise on how to negotiate opening the door and leaving or entering the room.

Kitchen Diner

That’s not much to ask is it?!

Pete’s list is funny in comparison to mine. All he wants is a garage and a driveway!

So, now it’s your turn. What’s on your dream house, or maybe even just your next house wish list? I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming of…


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