After all the love for the downstairs of Charlene’s home I appreciate your patience after making you wait for part two. I’ve been in Sardinia for the last week or so but now I’m back I’m ever so excited at revealing the upstairs of Charlene’s pad. Without further ado let’s get up those stairs shall we?
We really wanted to have a real sense of calm in our bedrooms, so decided on the calming palette of Farrow and Ball Cornforth White, Ammonite and Wevet in the three bedrooms.
When we moved in the front bedroom had horrendous fitted wardrobes, wood chip and no fireplace. To make the room feel bigger I liked the idea of having open wardrobes which we sourced from Cox and Cox. The Victorian fireplace I found on eBay for a bargain. The bedding and cushions were from an Australian website called Aura and the bed from Made. The chest of drawers and bedside tables were sourced from Kempton Antiques Fair.
This room originally had a chimney breast on the back wall, fitted wardrobes and a lower ceiling. This made the room feel small and gave it an awkward shape.
As we were going up into the loft we were able to lift the ceiling height by five inches. We knocked down the chimney breast and fitted wardrobes to give the room a more traditional rectangular shape that now makes it a useable double bedroom.
The bed is from John Lewis and the pillows and throw from H&M home. I found the shelf at Holly’s House and bought the curtain from Anthropologie.
The whole room needed a complete makeover as the room had a sloping ceiling leaving only half the space useable.
The original sink was sticking out over the door as you walked in so we lifted the ceiling height and we also made it slightly longer by stealing a couple of feet off the back bedroom. This may seem nothing but it made a huge difference in the space. The floor tiles are from Bert and May, the walltiles from Tons of Tile as and the towels are from H&M.
When designing the loft extension we wanted to maximise the floor space and so we chose to build an ensuite over the back of the house rather than in the loft space. This meant we could build a larger wet room separate from the bedroom by a few steps. We installed a large panel of glass to give it a modern feel and had some storage built in the eaves as well as some wardrobes. Decoration was deliberately kept simple with inspiration coming from small hotels we have stayed in. When I’m in our bedroom I feel like I am escaping it all. It is always so light and bright and it’s a real space of calm with a simple light colour scheme.
Our house is a real mix of old and new. We enjoyed the process of planning the interior design and loved walking around antique fairs, reclamation yards, and seeing what bargains we could find. All the radiators were from Authentic Reclamation near Roberts Bridge. The chest of drawers, bed side tables and dressing tables we’re all sourced from second hand shops in Hastings Old Town or Sudbury Antiques Fair. The limited budget forced us to get creative and spend wisely!
My favourite online home decor stores are Holly’s House, Rockett St George, Nest, Oliver Bonas and Cox and Cox.