Our neutral master bedroom makeover is finished, on time and everything! This last week has been rather crazy but it all came together, and I love how this room turned out.
To recap, we rent a little three story house in London, and our bedroom is on the top floor. It’s a lovely light-filled space, and I wanted to keep it bright and neutral but bring in lots of layers and texture.
You can check out all the progress posts here:
We already had some nice furniture – the storage bed, upholstered headboard and dresser. It was all a bit more traditional than I am, though. I wanted to balance it out with more modern and natural elements.
The built-ins came with the bedroom, and seemed the perfect base for a big-ass desk/vanity area (that’s a technical term). That involved sourcing wood with a waney/live edge, the width of the room, and laying it on top of the cabinets. Sounds so simple, right? It wasn’t. I’ll post separately about that, but for now, let’s just say it was a bit of a fiasco. I really wasn’t sure I’d pull it off. But I did, with some considerable help, and I freaking love it.
I’ve got it set up as half office (on the left), half vanity (on the right). It’s a lovely place to work from – I’ve got a view now, and the radiator under there keeps my toes toasty!
I feel like I should explain why there’s a hat on the wall, because it’s not just that I really like that hat (although I do).
The hat is sitting on a little hook, which is there to hang outfits on, so I can plan what to wear ahead of time. Admittedly, the hat is there more often than anything else, but at least I have the option of being organised!
The pillow is a DIY. I ended up not using the gorgeous green shibori I’d ordered for this, and instead added the grey shibori and some trim to a store-bought cushion.
The rug was the starting point for the whole bedroom design. I bought it on our trip to Morocco
over summer. It’s massive, and fills the room perfectly.
I kept the bedding simple but textured. I’m on a KonMarie kick, and a pile of cushions on the floor every night – however pretty they may be – does not spark joy.
Also, I freaking LOVE this pendant. I wanted to capitalise that whole sentence, but I restrained myself (you’re welcome). It’s big and beautiful and organic, and it casts amazing shadows when it’s turned on. It’s like instant wallpaper for the whole room. I initially hung a smaller shade here, which was nice enough, but bigger is definitely
I talked about the painting a lot in my progress posts. It’s an original, and I love it. I was going to pair it with a photo in the big gold frame, but it felt heavy. Instead, I went with a print from Ikea that cost all of two quid. The little lino print (and also the one on the desk) are from my grandparents.
Here’s a reminder of the before (taken from the listing, and apparently using a very wide-angle lens):
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