Our neutral master bedroom makeover is finished, on time and everything! This last week has been crazy but it all came together, and I love how the 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:
Week 1: Design Plan
Week 2: Art & A Mirror
Week 3: Progress
Week 4: More Progress
Week 5: Refinished Mid-Century Nightstands
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 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.
I found the sweet mid-century nightstands on Etsy and painted them for a two-toned look.
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.
The eucalyptus hung over the bed was an idea I borrowed from Love On Sunday, who did the same in the last round of the One Room Challenge.
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.
I have to talk about the light, too. One of my biggest peeves about this bedroom before was that it had two pendant lights hung in odd places – one over one side of the bed and the other in front of the wardrobes. The ceiling is low and we are tall, and we bashed it daily. My Dad helped me remove one and swag the other so now I just have one glorious beast in the middle. And it’s all easy to put back when we move out.
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 better.
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.
I tend to gravitate towards colourful things, but crave neutral spaces, so this room was an exercise in restraint. I feel like I put a lot more into it that the before and afters really show. It might not the most dramatic transformation, but in person it’s made a huge difference. I love the room now!
Here’s a reminder of the before (taken from the listing, and apparently using a very wide-angle lens):
Storage Bed – John Lewis
Headboard – Feather & Black
Dresser – Pottery Barn
Desk Chair – eBay (similar); recovered in Fabric – John Lewis
Bamboo Chair – Graham & Green (similar)
Side Tables – Newark Antiques on Etsy
Pendant – Marks & Spencer
Glass Lamp – Pier 1 Imports
Bedside Lamp Shades – John Lewis
Bases – Laura Ashley
Desk Lamp – Frontal Factory
Mirrored Tray – Oliver Bonas
Q&A a Day Journal – Anthropologie
Things To Do Notepad – Anthropologie
White Mug as Make Up Pot – H&M
Hobnail Tumbler as Vase – Anthropologie
Brass Mister – Geo Fleur
Gold Planter – Anthropologie
Vanity Mirror – Tiger (similar)
Do go check out the featured designers One Room Challenge Reveals here, and the guest participants here. And a huge thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for organising yet another round of awesome inspiration!
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