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Master Bedroom Renovation – The Cheltenham House

Author: Adam Crohill

It’s been a long time coming. For those of you who have been reading Rock My Style for some time now will probably remember a project that I took on with my partner Lizzie back in early 2014. A victorian end of terrace in Cheltenham in need of some TLC!

Walls have been removed, bathrooms have gone in and out and many many hours have been spent getting the perfect white wall colour! I’ll be sharing the full story in coming weeks (who am I trying to kid – months) but today I can share one room that is now nearing completion – the master bedroom.

It was a room that we were keen to get just right, the balance between too masculine or too feminine is a tricky one, especially when designing the look for a bedroom. It’s something Lizzie put a huge amount of care and attention in to so I feel it’s only right for her to pick up the story from here. I hope you like it!

Lizze: Ok, so this is our bedroom, our boudoir, our place of rest and peace and well… Other things.

Adam and I were both in total agreement that we wanted our bedroom to be super minimal, clutter free, light, bright and airy with a big comfy bed and not much else. First of all we painted the entire bedroom with white supermatt from Dulux, we wanted the room to feel warm so we avoided brilliant whites which contain cooler tones. You can read more on choosing this challenging colour in Laurens post, the right white.

We covered the original wooden floor by adding a luxurious cream woollen carpet, its thick and warm on barefeet which was really important for me.

Adding colour was our first big challenge because the rest of our house is rather white. I love colour… Bright and bold or soft and muted. Adam however is more of a 50 shades of grey man and colour needs to be introduced gently otherwise he gets scared.

I created lots and lots and LOTS of mood boards on everyones best interior designer friend, Pinterest and I became rather set on the idea of pale peach – inspired by Lauren Conrad. We decided the bedroom would be white and pale peach which added a feminine feel but we mixed this with darker accents of grey so we didn’t offend adams masculinity too much 😉

I’m sure you’ve noticed we have some very lovely looking Cast Iron Clothes rails which we picked up from Cox & Cox. They were spotted by the Queen of all things stylish – Charlotte O’Shea. After a lot of thought, we made the decision to opt for rails as they give the illusion of space and continued the minimalistic theme that runs through the whole house. The dark grey/blue wall behind the rails is a Crown colour called New York, the dark wall blends with the cast iron frames and make our clothes pop. Having our clothes on display has encouraged us to be more tidy and more selective with our purchases so the rails were a win win purchase, but that’s a whole other post. The tall side table between the rails was a junk shop find and the jar and balls lamp is a Rock My Style DIY special – A DIY Cable & Cotton Bedside Table Lamp.

Although our bed is slightly boring, it has a lovely mattress which works for both of our backs and it’s an Ottoman bed (so the whole thing lifts up like a car bonnet) which provides much needed additional storage. I really wanted to have a bed with some height that I could layer up with throws and blankets and this one from Dreams is perfect. I love our bedspread from Zara home as it is heavy and drapes over our duvet hiding any creases, creating a clean and tidy look. I also wanted to add some pops of colour and fell in love with the Peach Mohair fringe blanket also from Zara home. I am a cushion lover and am forever changing them around and adding to my collection – my favourite places to buy from are Zara, Habitat, BHS Home, Homesense, Feather and Black… The list goes on.

Now, there are a few elements of the bedroom that aren’t quite finished, we are awaiting our ceiling to be re-plastered and until that time comes, we didn’t really want to put new light fittings in so we have just re-used some lamps that we already had and tied them all together with some forest green shades bought from Sainsburys home department for a bargain £2.50 each. The curtains from Ikea are also a temporary solution. Does anyone else find purchasing curtains difficult? I just can’t find the style I want or the style is right but they are the wrong size or the colour is ok but the fabric feels cheap or looks too shiny! I think I may have to employ a fabulous curtain maker to make us something devine but I’ll need to save a few pennies before that day comes. Until then Ikea will have to do, layered with sheer drapes for privacy.

I really love thinking about what a space will be used for and making it as ergonomic as possible. I did consider having a dressing table but because I’m usually up and out of the door by 05:45 it seemed better for me to build my beauty requirements into the bathroom storage rather than waking up a certain someone whilst I apply my face. We have storage for our hair products and styling tools in a little chest under the Ikea mirror and we used Ikea Ribba picture ledges above to hold our scents and smells, an idea that is a firm favourite of the Rock My Style team, you can see them in Charlottes small master bedroom makeover as well as in Adam’s old 1930’s duplex flat in Birmingham.

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It’s crazy looking back at those before and after pictures! Taking on a project where every room needed attention (not to mention the garden and the building exterior) has really proved to be a challenge. You may notice from the “before” pictures that we actually took out an original fireplace and had the chimney wall widened to become a headboard… It’s a tricky decision to remove period features and it’s a move I am sure many of you will have strong opinions about but for us getting rid of the fireplace really opened up the rooms layout options…

We have no regrets!

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Photography by Adam Crohill | Words by Lizzie Camp

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36 thoughts on “Master Bedroom Renovation – The Cheltenham House

  1. Looks lovely Lizzie! love the peach especially, if only I could persuade James that we need some peach in our lives…or maybe a ahem, blush accent wall?!

    The rails are super, very jealous of those (kudos for keeping them so tidy, I’m not sure I could) x

  2. Loving the peach and the rope lamp and Lizzie’s bedside table and all of the Commes des Garcons (I’m a big fan of Blue Santal).

  3. Such a beautiful room! Am I the only person though who looks at gorgeous minimalist rooms like this and thinks ‘but where would you keep your pants’?!

    1. Ha ha… Point taken Fran. You basically have two options… The first option might leave you a bit chilly in the winter months… The second option is to utilise storage wherever you can.

      Our Ottoman bed provides a huge amount of storage and due to it’s clever design it’s storage that is actually really easily accessible. More so than built in bed drawers or under bed boxes certainly. I understand though that you don’t want to be rummaging around under the bed for your undies every day… We’ve actually bought new bedside tables since I shot the room… Similar in style to the blue one you can see in the pictures above but larger with two deep drawers in each one. Drawers perfect for your drawers.

  4. This looks so gorgeous – a great space to relax in. I don’t think I could keep the rails this tidy either but the minimalist look is well worth the effort.

    I could go on about curtains…. I mean it’s not too bad if you want floral or shiny curtains – or even better – shiny floral curtains! It’s also where pinterest isn’t my best interior design friend as it appears that curtains on the other side of the Atlantic are so much more exciting. Next cotton curtains actually look rather nice and don’t break the bank either but their prints aren’t great. On a more positive note I’ve discovered that plain curtains in a nice colour can look pretty good too…

    1. Hi Kat – thank you for the nice words and it’s not just Lizzie that is having issues with the curtains… I’d love to get shutters made but that is cost prohibitive, especially as this in not our “forever” house. The only nice curtains we found were cotton actually, the issue was they were to thin and just let the light through. ARGH.

      1. Adam, I had the same issue with the curtains I got so fitted a blackout blind underneath inside the window which you barely notice. Voila!

    1. Hi Amy – yes it does… Its a big bed but its a huge bedspread so you can cover the bed from top to tail and there is still enough fabric to hang nicely and cover the mattress sides. It really does help to make the bed look tidy (unless for some reason you are a fan of ironing bedspreads)

  5. LOVE! Well done Lizzy on persuading on the peach. It looks fab! I hate buying curtains, biggest nightmare ever. I normally end up making mine as can never find the material I like. I now want to redecorate as this is just too fabulous (although could never get Edd to keep clothes that tidy, ever!) x

    1. hmmm… Lizzie… We might just have found our “fabulous curtain maker”

      Cakes and soft furnishings.. Lottie your talents are endless 🙂

      P.S my clothes have only ever been that tidy once

      1. This is going to sound mad but pop into your nearest B&Q. They do surprisingly good muted coloured thick curtains (lined) in colours like pale grey, chocolate, blackand duck egg. They don’t look cheap either.

    2. Yes lottie, the were only that tidy once! Ha!
      Defo going to have to discuss curtains next time I see you x

  6. Love this room!

    I try so hard to de clutter but fail every time. Feeling motivated to sort my bedroom this weekend 🙂

  7. Great work guys! I can’t wait for our bedroom to be done, we thought we were starting with the easiest room but grossly underestimated the amount of prep work we would need to do!

    This is going to sound like such a dullard question, but where was the carpet purchased from? We still need to choose and buy one for ours and I’m totally lost!

    1. Oh and just to add to the dull factor – how does it hoover? You guys have a cat right? Does pet hair come up easily with the vac? This is an important factor as we’re hopefully getting a puppy in Oct/Nov and don’t want to lovely new carpet that is no good or gets trashed too quickly!

      1. Speaking from experience if you can wait to get a new carpet until your puppy has settled in and is toilet trained hold on as long as you can. Mine and my neighbours carpets were ruined by each of our dogs when they were pups.

        1. sounds sensible… I would also add that cream carpets are really really hard to maintain and keep looking nice. The bedroom is a no shoe “clean” zone but anywhere else in the house it would have already been ruined… puppies or no puppies.

          1. Thanks Adam! I don’t think we will go for cream but currently the carpet is brown and all the fluff and my own hairs from my forever malting head stick to it! I’m not a fan of the colour, was was hoping for something more natural, not too dark and not too light! It really is a minefield… All 4 walls up to picture rail are going to be F&B Cornforth and then ceiling and above picture rails are Dulux brilliant white.

        2. Thanks for the advice! We’re planning not to let puppy upstairs at all until it’s settled and toilet trained as downstairs we have wood and tile flooring which is easily cleaned up. Our stairs are also quite steep and narrow (old house) and would worry about them falling and injuring themselves until they’re bigger! I’m also considering making our bedroom a dog free zone full stop but will have to see how practical that is when the time comes!

      2. Hi Kitty – no such thing as a dull question. Right how does it hoover? I’ll have to ask Lizzie… 😉

        Nah, only joking – it’s ok. I say ok because initially a lot of fuzz built up and hoovering only made it worse… It was the actual carpet “molting” and we had to get the company out to give it a shear after a few weeks. No Joke! It appears to have settled down now though. It was purchased from a local “factory” outlet, it was an off cut so we don;t know too much about it… other than it is mega soft and nice to walk about on bare footed.

        Regarding the pet hair – we have a super pet hair Dyson (probably a whole other post here) which is great if you keep it serviced and empty it often. It also cleverly copes with thick carpet and wooden floors (which we have downstairs) without having to switch attachments.

        1. Haha, am glad you are also familiar with the vacuum! Do you love how whether a carpet vacuums well is super important to me but Al only cares if it feels nice under his feet! We have a mini Dyson ball at the moment (from when we only had a tiny 1 bed flat) but I seriously want to upgrade to the full size animal. I wouldn’t cope without my Dyson!

  8. Gorgeous!
    Love the colours and the minimalist style.
    We had rails for quite a while in our last place, but not once did they look this tidy (and poor Dave only really got half of 1 of the rails for his clothes!) – so kudos to you both for keeping yours looking so tidy!

    Also, loving how you’ve made the mix & match bedside tables work really well. We have 2 very different table and I always worry they look a bit naff but maybe I just need to get some bedside lamps to bring them together!

    Also, curtains are a nightmare – especially when renting! Last place we had to get some and ended up with shiny Dunelm Mill ones, mainly because they were the cheapest I could get that weren’t a hideous pattern!

    Fab work Lizzie & Adam, look forward to seeing more from your lovely home xx

    1. Poor Dave! Although to be honest, I have stolen a lot of adams drawers! In my dream home I will have a huge walk in wardrobe or even better, a dressing room full of amazing storage and all things Chanel. I quite like a little mix and match, it adds character and certainly paired with similar lamp shades can help tie it together. I’m glad I’m not the only one with curtain issues 🙂

  9. Thanks everyone for your comments, it’s been such a treat to read them all. Sorry for my lack of reply. I’m currently enjoying the Aqua Sana at Longleat with my Mum. Bliss. I look forward to our next post…:-)

  10. I love this! I really like the dark coloured wall, definitely need some of that in my life after our own renovation.

    On that note, the mention of ‘ceiling still to be plastered’ had me a bit worried – I hope you have a way of protecting that lovely carpet and some more paint to go over the tops of the walls!? My dad is a plasterer so I know it’s not the cleanest of trades!!

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