Well, It’s the weekend, time to sit back and enjoy some down time. And for your viewing pleasure I thought we’d try a What the Wife Likes post at the weekend. So today you can see what came of my bedroom renovations…. Starting with the Before’s.
Like the rest of you, despite having grand plans and big ideas, I’m severely limited by funds and time. I’ve rushed a few ‘house renovations’ in the past and learnt the lesson that it’s better to do it slowly than to waste money buying ‘will do’ purchases that get ditched for ‘must have’s’ further down the line. Pete and I have furnished the whole house in this way after the last flat felt like we were living in Ikea, now everything is considered carefully and if expensive, saved for hard!
A few old Ikea pieces have endured however and it was time to say goodbye…
The TV. I still haven’t decided if this is a plus or minus – I miss watching it late at night with a film or on Saturdays while Pete plays footie in the morning, but it didn’t look pretty and I certainly don’t miss Match of the Day!
The Lamp shades (and my earrings hanging off them – I now have a white gloss jewellery tree!)
The old mirror – a cheap venetian look alike which was a steal from Ikea but I wanted a massive one I could sit or stand in front of and make the focal point of the room.
The soft grey walls.
A tatty old throw on the bed (Ikea again – that shop has a lot to answer for!)
The cushions – made by my Mum from some silk I brought back from Thailand, these just show how mismatched the whole room was. It was a collection of things I loved once and some I still loved, but they didn’t go together and certainly didn’t provide a restful oasis at the end of the day!
Even in grand renovations, some things have to stay out of necessity or choice and my bedroom was the same. Somethings we couldn’t find a suitable replacement and to replace others would have been wasteful. So they stayed…
Ikea White high gloss wardrobes. I love the glossy finish to these and I’m constantly re-inventing the interior with the latest cool storage. They’re a good ‘off the shelf’ fit for the space but they’re wonky and I wish we could get sexy built in replacements. Thats a big expense for a house we’re not staying long in though so they stayed put.
Ikea Bedsides – More cottage than chic which was the eventual look we decided to go for, but these have proved hard to replace. Most options are super expensive and after doing everything else, it’ been a matter of having to wait a little longer. I do have my eye on some very similar to the Graham and Green mirrored ones in BHS for half the price.
Carpet… don’t get me started.
My dressing table – An absolute steal from Dunelm Mill 4 or 5 years ago when mirrored furniture just came into vogue – it became one of the focuses for our scheme, hotel glamour.
White leather coin trays from Crate and Barrel a couple of years back.
The Blinds – A neutral printed silk, they do the job and blend well so seemed unnecessary to replace.
And now for the After’s…
What We Purchased…
The Graham and Green lampshades. These were the starting point for the room – I love Wallpaper and this Osbourne and Little print is so thick it’s almost flocked on a soft white gold back pearlescent ground. It reminds me of deco glamour and palm springs circa 1930′s. Had to have them and we kept the lamp bases which were from BHS again, many years ago.
The Laura Ashley Lille Wallpaper
Plain white bedding, with a contrast grey border trim from The White Company
Cushions, also The White Company. I bought 2 throws to choose between and loved them both but could only keep one so I ended up buying both designs in the cushions for textural variation and the complimentary shades.
I love a bit of Grey which provided the depth to the mainly white scheme. This throw (The White Company again!) is soft as a feather and so bouncy it really added the luxe feel we wanted. Add to that the reversible tones in a pale mink and silvery grey that meant I could fold it to show both and it was perfect.
All the prints came from Rockett St George. The main one was chosen to provide a central focus in the room and we bought a set of six smaller ones for the hall. When they arrived, 2 were so perfectly matched to the colour scheme in the bedroom and the lamps that they were swiftly redeployed to tie the scheme together.
My most searched for item was the Mirror, I stumbled across this in Next after looking high and low for something similar. Everything I found was eye wateringly expensive and I resigned myself to a purchase of the Gatsby mirror from Laura Ashley (it had to be BIG!) with a 30% discount… then they promptly stopped the offer. This one was still half the discounted price and looks beautiful!
What I still have to buy…!
So it’s still really a bit unfinished, but if I had waited for it to be complete I think I would never have shared and I know how much I like nosing around other peoples homes so I hope you enjoyed it.
I’m still looking for the perfect new bedsides, a new light fitting – preferably a chandelier (and there’s now another 30% off in Laura Ashley for me to miss!) and that stool…