So, finally I am in this post revealing my new look spare bedroom!
I feel like this post has been a long time coming, but as I finally put up that amazing customized wallpaper from wallpapered last week, and all the other elements are now in place I am now ready to show you all.
If you want to see the room as it was before, you can see it here, along with my concept board for the room design.
I must warn you, this is yet another of my picture heavy posts.
And before we start, I would like to thank wallpapered for working with me to create that amazing feature wall , Not on the high street for sponsoring me with that beautiful round brass mirror and last, but not least, Lighting Majestic for giving me that super cool floorlamp to finish off the look...
Pictures and reviews further down the post.
So the first thing I did was paint the room.
Gone is that uninspiring lilac color on the walls.
I opted for the same pale grey as I used in Mia's room, Crown seldom seen....partly because it seemed a good color match, if not a little lighter, to the top of the wallpaper, and partly because I had an almost full tin of paint leftover and I'm a
cheapskate frugal sort of girl...
I used to find the old look room quite oppressing, so I wanted to make the space seem more bright and airy.
To help achieve this I used an interior trick to blur the outlines of the room:
I painted the walls and the woodwork AND the ceiling in the same color...
...and I think it has really worked: As the eye is travelling around the room, the boundary's of the space is not so apparent, making it seem larger.
Another thing I did to make the space seem lighter, was to paint those hideously yellowing floorboards white.
I did a tutorial on how to paint previously waxed floorboards (the right way ) when I painted the master bedroom floor earlier in the year, if this is something you're considering doing.....and they are holding up beautifully!
Painting the floorboards white is great for lightening up a space, but I also find them easier to keep clean.
Next up I turned my attention to lighting.
One of my favorite interior designers, Abigail Ahern stated earlier this year, when she came up with her design ometer, that every room should have at least 8 lighting sources to get a balanced look.
Now, this may, in my opinion, be slightly excessive in small spaces like my spare room, but never the less, the importance of good, level lighting is paramount to a good room design...
So when Majestic Lighting got in touch and asked if I wanted to pick out a light from their extensive range, I was thrilled, as I wanted another light in addition to the ones I already had.
I literally spent days perusing their huge selection of lights....When I came across the Blyton range by DAR , I fell in love, and the Blyton floor lamp was the perfect choice for my new-look spare room:
The pale wood, with the unusual tree-like design and the "old- fisherman's-metal-pendant-style" shades instantly struck a chord with me.
I love the little details, like the different shaped, powder coated enamel vintage-y style shades and the tree like wooden stem....it is unusual and striking, but in a subtle way.....and it perfectly compliments my room design and adds a Scandinavian flavor.
The old dresser had to stay, as this is where we store Mia's clothes, as her room is so small...
...but I've also added these Muuto"The dots" coat hooks I picked up on my recent trip to Copenhagen...and I am already thinking of adding some more, as not only do they provide useful storage, but they also look quite arty in an abstract way..
I dug out and dusted off this old wall light from the loft:
I'd actually forgotten I had this, but it fits in perfectly here in the new look spare room, don't you think?
Bought at Camden market more than 15 years ago, it is made out of pieces of broken, recycled glass, held together with wire...
...it is the perfect accompaniment to my big recycled bottles, filled with Mia's wabi sabi-like collection of sticks and stones...
Of course I've also introduced some plants into the space as I believe they help liven up any interior and adds an interest and personal touch.
I love using baskets as plant pot covers, as I like the natural look and texture next to the greens of the plants...
If you like my DIY " I will survive" basket , below , you can find the "how to" and download the stencil pattern for free in this post to make your own
Anywayyyyy: whilst I was waiting for that wallpaper I designed in collaboration with Wallpapered, I busied myself working out some of the subtle details I wanted to incorporate in the room.
I was after a simple, yet beautiful wall mirror for hanging above the fireplace, so
I was thrilled when one of my favorite online shops , Not on the highstreet, got in touch and said I could pick something out from their extensive eclectic range for a product review:
I chose this simple , yet opulent brass round house doctor mirror:
I love it's simplicity, and the brass finish.
The chain detail for hanging also adds to that easygoing vibe I'm going for in this room.
And it makes a perfect little porthole , through which you can spy my waves wallpaper on the opposite wall.
After much deliberation I decided to change the original layout of the room and moved the day bed underneath the window instead of having it along the wall, so as to not obscure that wonderful feature wall more than necessary.
I love this new layout as it has freed up a lot of floor space, and helps make the room seem even bigger.
I really wanted a string shelf in the corner space above the bed, but as my budget wouldn't stretch that far I got these wall shelving units from IKEA, and simply cut up a plank of wood from my local hardware store to make the shelves.
I am actually very happy with how these look, as the wooden shelves match the other little wooden touches in the room.
Such as the natural bamboo roller blinds. These were a bargain at just £6,50 from Wilko and adds to the casual and airy feel in here.
The curtains are actually a couple of table runners from H&M , now on sale for just £3 ;)
And the concrete diamond paper weight is from my own collection of home accessories available from An Artful Life. The very cool wooden clock is from Dunelm Mills.
I love the way these shelves are so open and airy that they don't obscure that lovely custom wallpaper...
Up close the wallpaper looks like abstract art with those pixel squares in different shades of greens and greys...
But take a step back , or squint, and that wonderful image, originally shot by my photographer friend Kristine Scott on the coast of Norway, reveals itself....
That lovely little vintage stool from An Artful Life has finally found a nice spot in my home, functioning as a bedside table
I think I am actually in love with my wallpaper!!
If you've got an amazing photograph you'd like to have made into wallpaper, you can do it here
And the DIY light shade I made from a bed sheet (??) also works perfectly in this space, in keeping with the lightness of the rest of the room..
It has that same warm glow that paper shades have when lit...which I love....
And it also adds some subtle texture into the room.
If you'd like to see how I made it check out my tutorial here.
Of course there are other textural elements in this room, such as the wood and powder-coated metal, present on both my new floor lamp and the old daybed....
As well as the soft furnishings, of course.
I have always wanted a shelf where I can display my ever growing collection of floor rugs and blankets, and now that I've converted that old boiler cabinet in the corner to open shelving, using cut to shape pieces of plywood. I've finally have somewhere I can store them with pride.
,,,along with a few bits and bobs....and of course a basket to keep odds and sods in. (I love a good basket!!)
I've even installed some strip lighting in the top shelving space, to add another light source to the room and illuminate that corner...
I have to admit: The daybed is a remnant from my shabby chic period (*hangs head in shame*) and although very handy when we have guests staying with us, it is NOT exactly my favorite piece of furniture....
But until it starts raining money around here, it'll have to do!
In my dreams I'd have something like this in here.
But the plus side of having something you don't really care for, is that it doesn't matter if your daughter decides to use it as a trampoline....LOL!
So that's it...
What do you think?
Do you like the effect of painting the walls and ceilings the same color?
Do you love that wallpaper as much as I do?
Would you consider using table runners for curtains?
I know I do....because I just did!! LOL
Until next week,