Real Rooms: A Yellow Cow Parsley Attic Bedroom

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So… about that guest room I mentioned last week… here we are!

Let’s just take a moment to go back to how it was when we moved in… (I hate ruining good ‘after’ post’s with ‘before’ pictures, but it has to be done…)

We actually lived up here in this room, in this state, for 4 months from December to April this year, while our bedroom was being knocked through into the dressing room. Aside from the awful retro wardrobes and stale carpet, it’s a lovely room with high vaulted ceilings as it’s in the attic. The plan was to create a room for my mum to stay. It’s really a regular guest room right now, but when I go back to work, mum will be looking after Bea 2 days a week and I wanted her to have a proper retreat as she’s doing us such a big favour. The plan is to make a bit of a ‘suite’ with a sitting and TV area (as yet not complete,) along with the bed. The L-shaped room lends itself to being segregated like this but as when we started the project I was about 36 weeks pregnant, we focused on the bedroom side of things.

We stripped out all the fitted wardrobes and shelves, stripped the wallpaper (lovely wood chip and anaglypta,) moved a radiator and some plugs, fitted a new double glazed window and had it replastered. Then we decorated and recarpeted. We chose a white we have used in the past (Sail White by Crown) which is a very slightly warmer shade of white that just avoids looking stark. We use fit in our previous hallway where it was also paired with this Cole and Son Cow Parsley wallpaper. (Click the links in this paragraph for Instagram’s of our progress.)

We papered our old hallway down one side in this wallpaper and happened to have a roll left over. As it’s such a sunny light and bright room, it seemed obvious to use it up here, but unfortunately due to the height of the wall we chose to do we had to buy an extra roll. Still, I’m glad we did.

Furniture wise we were on a serious, totally-out-of-money-doing-up-the-kitchen budget and went to IKEA for the bed. The besides are our old ones (also IKEA but no longer available in this style, from the Hemnes range.) We also added an antique wardrobe that we bought from our house’s previous owners, which my sister and Pete lugged upstairs when I was heavily pregnant and no longer allowed to lift stuff – I’m so happy with it in this room. I think every room should have something old in it, in a house of this age it just makes things look more natural. I stacked my vintage globetrotters on top to finish it off.

The curtains are in Sanderson Home fabric, called Angel Ferns and were a bit of a steal from John Lewis – one of their display curtains I bought and took apart for the old house spare room, they have been re-made again for this room although they still need taking up a little more, as you can see here.

 Lets get back to the bed. You guys know how I like to style a bed and I think that’s really important in a guest room – to make it cosy and inviting. I try to do that by choosing complementary linens, piling the pillows high, making sure the linen is ironed and then adding cushions and throws. The Secret Linen Store came to my rescue here and dressed the bed in their Dotty coffee cream bedding set.

Paired with the tiny stripe coffee cream fitted sheet, it adds to the layered patterns and textures look I was going for. The bedding has a subtle soft sheen and a lovely weight to it and I particularly liked the contrast of the coffee dots on cream in the pillow and reversed pattern of cream on coffee for the duvet. With the 260 thread count, the whole set looks invitingly rich.

For finishing touches, I layered up a cushion made with scraps from the curtains and a textured yellow and linen John Lewis cushion. The lights are from our old room with Graham and Green shades; The drawer handles are Anthropologie, as are the two candles on the left hand bedside. I wanted to layer lots of textures and patterns in this room. It’s a tricky thing to do but I’m pretty pleased with how it has turned out.

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I hope you like it readers. I’m really happy with how it has turned out, particularly as many of the items in the room were pulled together from other rooms and previous projects; The bedding just adds that finishing touch. I can certainly promise you won’t be disappointed if you treat yourself to some of their bed linen to finish off one of your projects.


Disclaimer: The Secret Linen Store provided the Dotty coffee cream bedding set and tiny stripe coffee cream fitted sheet for review. If we didn’t like it, you wouldn’t be hearing about it here!

They called it Mellow Yellow

So this morning’s post is giving today the honorary title of Mammoth Monday. Capitalised because this is a beast of a post. I hope you enjoy reading it and I can’t wait to hear what you think of my ideas… here goes!

I’m a pretty ‘snap decision’ type of person. I’m decisive and I know what I like, and todays round up is no exception. I’ve been having a love-affair with yellow in home decor for a while, but I really hadn’t considered it as a wall covering until recently. I was visiting the ultra stylish home of my friend Becky from Blossom and admired her bold choice of wallpaper in the hallway. She then told me a story of her Mum visiting a stately home and telling her how warm and welcoming it felt in a room that had been beautifully decorated in yellow. Now I look back, my favourite house as a child also had a yellow hallway and people who visited always said what a friendly vibe it had. Becky had actually gone to all the trouble of seeking out a yellow wallpaper for that exact purpose… to make visitors feel at home – now that’s the hostess with the mostess right there!

*Images – Yellow Hallway and Yellow and grey wallpaper (like Becky’s)

In actual fact, I think yellow has been somewhat in the desert for a few years as other colours and neutral minimalism have taken its place in the spotlight. (I don’t mind saying that I found some really passé examples of yellow decor when researching this feature.) However, it’s clear to see, Yellow is everywhere…

*Images – Bed and yellow living room.

One of the most contemporary examples is a yellow and grey colour palette and it was this that Becky pulled off beautifully in her contemporary modern hallway, with a grey dresser as an accent piece. Lots of the examples of yellow that I’m seeing are also very contemporary or graphic with black and white, but yellow can also be boho if that’s more your style…

*Images – Wall Art, Boho bedding and eclectic chic.

I love the statement yellow art work against the eclectic collection of bits and pieces in the top left picture here, but I also love the completely eccentric deocr using intricate patterns of yellow and ethnic intricacies with this wall hanging and throw.

*Modern modular yellow sofa, yellow stripes, Quirky yellow chesterfield sofa and murky shades of grey and mustard.

And don’t you just love a yellow sofa? A girl can dream…

One of my absolute favourite styles of decor is seeing colour pop brights artfully mixed and clashed. The yellow doors in this stylish interior literally make my heart sing – Surely you couldn’t fail to be happy with those in your life? Or how about a yellow red and pink combo? Sounds tricky doesn’t it? Or super stylish, with some oversized artwork thrown in and painted wooden furniture.

*Yellow doors and both yellow and brights images.

Or for the boldest-at-heart, how about yellow and teal or turquoise?

(Blue and Yellow) Images here and here

However, I’m getting off topic here. The purpose of the post was to find a round up of yellow wallpapers…

First up are 2 of my favourites. I actually have lampshades in Osbourne and Little’s Pompadour pattern (shown below left) and the out-there florals on this contemporary grey and yellow painterly design are beautiful… imagine them en-masse?

*Geometric Lime-yellow on white gold metallic background – Du Barry from Osbourne and Little’s Pompadour collection and Yellow floral, Ginevra from the Grand Tour papers, O&L.

Cole and Son are probably my favourite wallpaper manufacturers and each roll feels like a work of art, from the quality to the printing – worth every penny and with enough variety to satisfy the post-modernist or the naturalist.

Pompeian and Fan Tree both by Cole and Son.

Lots of yellows lean towards green. Lime, acid or chartreuse, I still love them and zingy shades plus the little humming birds shown here almost make my perfect wallpaper.

*Birds – Grove Garden from the Wallpaper 5 collection, O&L and Tulips Jewel of Spring from Hothouse by O&L

But what have I chosen after all of this searching? I wanted something warm and welcoming, homey but contemporary and suited to the rustic salvage look I so love. So this is the one for me… Cole and Son’s Cow Parsley, a design I have loved forever but didn’t until recently know was available in yellow. Soon to be installed in my hallway 🙂

I’ll share the rest of the make over as soon as it’s done!

Tell me, do you like yellow? Do you still feel it’s dated? Or is it too bold for you? Do you love some of the rooms I’ve shared here and are you feeling inspired?


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