A month or so ago we painted and recarpeted all the upstairs bedrooms. Truth be told, the other two are going to be painted again as I decided part way through I wanted a different look. As you can imagine this was a very popular decision with my husband… I did however get round to completing the main bedroom.

The room is in the newer extension of the cottage and though it lacks the quirky walls and fireplaces of the other bedrooms, it’s a light, bright space with a really peaceful feel. Currently the room is very minimal but no doubt over the coming months I will fill it with more and more tat and trinkets. For the moment though I find the minimalist space relaxing and calm which is everything a bedroom should be.

Well what did we do? Here goes…

Walls and Floors

First of all we emptied the room and ripped up the laminate flooring which previously graced the floor. James then painted the walls with a few coats of Dulux Trade Supermatt White which is in my opinion the perfect shade of chalky white. After painting the skirting boards and deciding to paint the teeny wooden beams in the room we were ready for the carpet.
We chose the same flooring we had in the living room at our last cottage; Stone Cobble Nordic Berber from Carpetright. The textured weave is great for most areas and the neutral colour goes with anything. As I was desperate for a super luxe feeling underfoot we opted to lay the underlay ourselves ordering tonnes of Cloud Nine underlay via eBay and spent several evenings cutting and stapling in to place. I tell you, there is something extremely satisfying about using a staple gun.


With the walls and carpets done we started to bring in the furniture. Our previous bedrooms had only been large enough for a double so we were slightly giddy at the prospect of a king size. After ordering three lots of fabric samples from Loaf we finally decided on their cobble house material for their Luna Bed. I wanted something simple yet stylish and was a big fan of the streamlined headboard and uncomplicated legs. The mattress was purchased separately from Dreams. I was worried we’d made the wrong choice after making a snap decision during a hungover mattress testing session, however I’m pleased to say we’re both sleeping like babies.
We have a dressing room in one of the other rooms so didn’t need a wardrobe in here. We did however need somewhere to store towels and bedding so rather than bring in a chest of drawers we bought a Hemnes sideboard from Ikea. Even though this product comes in white James painted with Dulux Trade Eggshell (in white, rather than brilliant white) to get a more bespoke piece which looks more like wood than particleboard. I added the gold tipped handles from Home Sense.
For the bedside tables we added beading to two Ikea inexpensive Tarva wooden units, painted them the same Dulux white and added the utterly gorgeous seashorse handles from Anthropologie.
The chair was a last minute addition to fill the empty corner. I hunted for a more rounded basket version but with just a slim gap to fill this Maison Du Monde rocker (which is actually for kids bedrooms) was a far better option and easily slides out if I want to sit in front of the french doors.

The Soft Furnishings

I put out a plea for help regarding window coverings and decided to check out Dunelm for two pairs of floor length curtains. Their Solar Grey Blackout curtains were the perfect grey for the space.
For the bed I went to HomeSense for the waffle duvet cover and I then pinched the grey Bronte throw from the living room. The cushions are all from H&M and the rug over the chair was from Amazon.
I made a somewhat disastrous decision to buy a trendy diamond rug off the internet and found rather than the light champagne and grey colour I was hoping for, I was the very unhappy recipient of a rug which looks like it’s been doused in tea. I won’t name any names but the company I’ve purchased from don’t seem to want to let me return it and it’s been such a palava to try to send it back. For the moment I’m using a H&M floor covering instead to dress up the space at the bottom of the bed.


You may remember my original plan for this room was grey, blush and copper. I got a bit overexcited ordering a glass copper light fitting from Tesco but as the rest of the room came together I found I was far more drawn to the other warmer metals; golds and bronzes. I did try bringing in a few copper accents but preferred the other shades instead. At some point I’ll probably move the copper pendant to another room or maybe spray it grey but it’s fine for the minute.
The pink chalk lamps were also from Tesco and the love neon light was from TK Maxx.

Finishing Touches

It was smashing to unpack a load of boxes and find a few treasures to finish of the room; my salvaged mirror from our old bathroom, the Leigh Viner print from our previous living room and the Sarah & Bendrix love print that used to hang in our summerhouse. After a bit of a tough time last year, the beautiful Becky bought me a Cheryl Rawlings lion quote which now hangs pride of place in line with the bed so it’s the last thing I see before falling to sleep.
For part of the Rock My Wedding book shoot, Gemma Milly created a stunning piece of calligraphy using our wedding vows which was too pretty not to frame.
The belly basket with the plant was picked up in Ikea and the super fun one with pom-poms was bought on a trip to Kilver Court.

After many weeks sleeping in our downstairs bedroom I can’t tell you how great it’s been to move back upstairs and sleep soundly. Have any of you been decorating your bedrooms? What’s your palette?


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