It’s been a while since I got married now and whilst some peoples attention turns to having babies post-wedding… mine turned to the house and holidays. My two loves in life, it took some time for finances to get back on an even keel, but now it’s fairly safe to say I’ve been on a one-woman mission to revamp (actually, just ahem, finish) the house for some months.
We moved into our first home almost four years ago now, – it had been gutted by a developer, painted and carpeted in neutral tones throughout, with a new kitchen and bathroom. Completely live-able, but not my personal taste. It worked for us at the time though as we had other financial pressures and had stretched ourselves to get on the property ladder at all. Little by little we furnished the place and then started to put our personal stamp on the rooms, then it all came to a grinding halt a year later when we got engaged! The majority of the downstairs was done and thats the way it stayed until a few months ago when I decided it was time to finish the house!
Around about the time I got involved with Rock My Wedding we did the spare room, then a few months ago I decided the bedroom needed attention, not to mention the room which had become RMW HQ.
Not so long ago Charlotte shared her own personal sense of style with you all when she gave you a sneak peek into the O’Shea residence. So I thought I might share a little sneak peek into my renovations with you all too.
First up? The Bedroom.
All things bright and beautiful
So you’d think I would know what I want when I decide I need to re-decorate, right? Erm, nope. Ever the contradiction, I was completely torn between two completely different styles, both influenced by one key piece of inspiration.
Having not long been to The Scarlet hotel, I was all about the neutral back drop and bright accents. I’m a huge fan of colour and fell in love with the works of an artist called Yvonne Coomber there which became integral to my planning, whichever way the coin landed. So I set about making an inspiration board for a bright and beautiful bedroom, versus white on white on white, influenced by my other single choice, of a broad stripe wallpaper in white pearlescent and matt, from Laura Ashley.
The Brights I Lusted after…
Pink turned base Lamp, Heals
African small stool, Plumo
Artwork in mixed media, Yvonne Coomber
Wallpaper, Laura Ashley
Paradise Quilt set, Graham and Green
Pumpkin footstool and turquoise oriental bedside, Plumo
Kimono Robe, Pretty Plum Sugar
Green floral Quilt, Graham and Green
French Style Green Painted three drawer chest, Graham and Green
Pompadour drum light shade, Graham and Green.
LOVE pillow cases, Cox and Cox
The White Stuff
I’ve always loved a white on white look, it’s my alternative to magnolia and beige neutrals, forever glamorous, glossy and gorgeous, just like I choose navy over black for my wardrobe. Living Etc’s annual White Issue has only fuelled my obsession, along with The White Company. Best of all, it works with any style, which suits me as I get to blend a mish mash of my favourite glam metallics with battered steel and deco aluminum and pull it all together with touches of grey, making use of layered luxe fabrics.
The Whites I LOVE…
Kartell Bourgie Lamp in white with gold foil inner shade, Graham and Green
50’s style mirrored bedside, Graham and Green
Wallpaper, as before, Laura Ashley
Artwork, as before, Yvonne Coomber
Aluminum side table, Graham and Green
Butterfly print, Rockett St George
Rococco Frame mirror, Laura Ashley
White Bedding (Both) The White Company
Faux Fur throw, Cox and Cox
Tolix small steel stool, Graham and Green
Grey Turkey cushion, John Lewis
So it’s time for you to give me your opinions and share any finds you might have for my little project, before I show you the before and afters