Calm, grey, white bedroom with navy blue accents
Ikea Chest of Drawers
Other Side
Other Side
Ikea freestanding wardrobes
Just moved in
Just moved in
Bedroom when we moved in to the house
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Finish In Fall | The Update

Author: Lauren Coleman

We’ve been living in our house two years today! So much has happened in those 24 months and I think this time next year we’ll have finished redecorating and renovated the bathrooms. The first bathroom, the main one, is taking slightly longer than hoped but I have a basin now and as yet it hasn’t fallen off the wall. Who would believe that all I really want for Christmas is an installed loo?!

You may remember back in October we launched the Finish in Fall project. The idea was to complete a small area in your home that you may have been procrastinating over. Mine was my spare room/dressing room. The project gave me the kick up the proverbial to finish this room off or at least make some pretty good progress. Apologies that these images were taken in low level light but these short winter days are against us bloggers.

It’s not life changing but a few updates have made this room a far nicer place to get ready in. Here’s what I did:

  • Shortened the chain and hung an M&S mirror over the chest of drawers.
  • Put up a very useful yet beautiful brass shelf from Cox and Cox
  • Added a teeny gallery wall inspired by the Hugo Guinness prints I’d seen on our trip to the Cotswolds. Not sure if two hanging pictures constitutes a gallery wall but it’s a nice way to display the postcards I picked up from Amazon. The square hanging frame was from Tesco.
  • Hung gifted Laura Ashley curtains to give the room some cosiness and privacy for anyone staying in the room.
  • Dragged a rug we had in our downstairs bedroom up into this room. I bought it for £40 from a seconds warehouse near me last year and I think it’s a dead ringer for the much more expensive West Elm one.
  • Found a new laundry basket – this one from The White Company at Bicester village.
  • Arranged a load of odds and sods on the chests of drawers.
  • I would still like to replace the ceiling light in here to something more striking but the budget didn’t permit. I’ll be on the look out for something in the new year and would also like to replace the radiator with a column one too.

    The other bits and pieces in here I already had. The bed frame was a budget one from Argos which was less than £200 for a double. The global inspired cushion was gifted from Monsoon. The shoe racks are spray painted Ikea kitchen rails and the ottoman box is an inexpensive one from Wilko which is great for holding bulky jumpers. It’s no secret I love a bit of texture so the faux sheepskin is from Amazon.
    I’ve included an image in the header that was taken in the summer so you can see the other side of the room with our open wardrobes. You’ll notice a few of the bits make a reappearance there too so they’ve all had new homes as part of the mini makeover.

    Did anyone else tackle a project as part of #FinishInFall? How did you get on?

    • Wilko Large Faux Linen Ottoman Grey
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    • Fox & Ivy Gold Edge Hanging Frame
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    • M&S Brass Mirror
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    • Cox and Cox Slimline Metal Shelf
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    Photography by Adam Crohill.

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    12 thoughts on “Finish In Fall | The Update

    1. It looks lovely. We have that exact mirror for our downstairs loo but can’t decide how to hang it… what did you use?

    2. I’m seriously tempted by the Wilko Ottoman every time I see it. Bed frame looks good too. I’m coveting the Sienna from Feather and Black but I don’t know how I feel about them having just gone into administration. The three year guarantee would effectively be worthless and they aren’t offering any other discounts. I just haven’t seen one I like quite as much. Anyone else bought from MultiYork or F & B recently?

      I’m currently sat between boxes intermittently sobbing. Moving before Christmas was bloody insanity. We got the tree and the wreath is up but Jesus Christ I know where nothing is. I have three trials in January so time off work isn’t an option and the kids don’t know whether they are coming or going.

      To think we might actually know where our knickers are in two years is a great comfort.

      1. Rebecca, I reckon you’ll find your knickers by the end of the day.
        Big, big congrats on the move! Have you got any time off before Christmas or before New Year? A day can make all the difference. You don’t even need a corkscrew these days – just get that prosecco open and toast that you’re actually in. Have a lovely Christmas in your new home.

        1. I finish for Christmas and we’re off to hide out at my parents. We can deal with the boxes when we get back. We will unfortunately have the kids which makes unpacking next to impossible.
          We did have chips.

      2. That’s a shame about Feather and Black. We got our bed from there a couple of years ago and I absolutely love it. Such good quality for the price we paid (we got it in one of the Easter sales they do)

        1. That’s good to know Sarah! I’m tempted to buy it anyway and just get the mattress from somewhere else with a guarantee.

    3. I also took part in this at home and am pleased to say my second bedroom is also now nearly finished and looking much nicer for the guests we will have over Christmas.

      I replaced the curtains (we still had the ones in there from when we moved in!!) which were from John Lewis, got a lamp shade from Ikea – I would like something fancier like you one day but it will do for now – rug from La Redoute, one side table from Ikea and bedside lamp from Aldi, a few odd bits from Home sense to go on top of the chest of drawers. I got quite a few deals in the Black Friday sale so all in all was pretty inexpensive to vamp up and has made such a difference to the room.

      The only thing I haven’t been able to get which was on my list was a new throw and cushion for the bed. I was thinking an “Ochre” colour to brighten the room but haven’t managed to find one I like yet xx

      1. Glad to hear you took part too Sarah. So good to give a room a refresh!
        Ochre is such a gorgeous colour. Hope you track down the perfect cushion soon x

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