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When I moved into my house, this was how my bedroom looked… a random piece of wallpaper missing from the wall (wasn’t like that when I viewed the house!), handmade wicker ‘built-in’ wardrobes and a hideous chandelier. Not exactly my style…

I used the furniture from my old house in here until the loft bedroom was complete and then I moved up there while my bedroom was under renovation.

I knew what I wanted to create (with the help of my family, obviously) but it look a lot longer than expected to make it happen. My dad had to build in a fake chimney breast and add in steels to the ceiling as it dropped a massive 3cm in the middle so definitely needed some structural support.

So here it is (you might have already seen it on my instagram, but hopefully these photos give you a better idea of the space and how everything works together).


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I’m so so so pleased with the end result – it took a while to get some of the finer details sorted, and I’m still deciding on a rug, but it’s pretty much there!

The wall paint colour is Egyptian Cotton by Dulux – it took a fair few tester pots to reach this point, I wanted a greige kind of colour, something a bit more sophisticated than just a plain grey but not a boring beige colour. One of the main things I’m struggling with in this renovation is paint colour – there are so many options and until you find the right one, it’s a bit of a minefield!

I got mine from B&Q as it’s £20 for a 5L tub – an absolute bargain as I actually only needed 1 so I could return the other. The paint is so thick that I only really needed 1 full coat and some touch ups, we were really impressed with the quality!

The ceiling light took a long time to find (the other thing I’m really struggling with!) but I saw this one on @thefrugality Instagram and knew it would be perfect. It’s the Tangle 3 light Chandelier from Made and is currently in their sale for £85 rather than £99, so if you like the look of it, hurry! I knew I wanted a black fitting as I wanted to match my bedside table lights that I got from Aldi about a year ago. I have black fittings on all the doors and wanted to tie it all in together.

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Because of the fake chimney breast, it meant that I didn’t have any room for actual bedside tables at either side of the bed so I had an idea to make some little floating boxes, which my Dad kindly made up from some MDF. They were custom made to fit my bedside lights on the top and they’re the perfect solution for bedtime storage (mainly my glasses and some skincare).

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My dressing table was a very kind gift from the lovely people at La Redoute when they saw that the original one I’d ordered from Wayfair arrived broken and had subsequently sold out so couldn’t replace. It’s the Jimi 2-drawer desk and is the perfect size for the space. It has 2 big drawers, one for my skincare and miscellaneous bits and the other has my day-to-day make up in.

The chair is from IKEA – funny story… I had to order it from where you get the wardrobes from as it wasn’t stocked in the warehouse… the ‘sales’ woman said… “ooh I don’t like that!..”… yeah.. I 100% didn’t ask for your opinion… I love it!

When it comes to choosing skirting boards have a really great selection to choose from, no matter the style or aesthetic of your house. They have over 100 MDF and Pine styles to choose from, everything from modern and sleek to a more ornate, period silhouettes. I live in a Victorian terrace but unfortunately my bedroom has no surviving original features, so I didn’t have to match any other details in the room when I was adding skirting and architrave back in after the demo. But, I still did want to give a nod to the era of the house so I went for a style very similar to the 324 MDF. In my living room (which thankfully has a few original features still remaining, I went for something taller and more fitting to the Victorian era (similar to the Anglo MDF) which just helps to enhance the original mouldings and picture rail.

Construction times are all over the place at the moment but luckily Skirting World offer free standard delivery and super fast delivery (1-2 days) which is really handy if your builder (or in my place, Dad) happens to finish a job quicker than expected and can start your renovation/decorating earlier than planned – without the panic of trying to source materials in time!

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You might recognise the large circular mirror from my old living room, it’s from JTF and was absolute steal at £24 but unfortunately I’ve never been able to find it online.

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My bed is one of my favourite things and was a bit of a ‘from me, to me’ splurge. I’ve only ever bought beds from IKEA, but knew I wanted to make a bit more of an investment when it came to decorating this house. It’s the Besley from Made in shade Aegean Blue and I LOVE it. It’s almost like a denim effect fabric which I’m finding very hard to colour match on my hunt for matching throw for the end of the bed!

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The rest of the furniture in the room is from IKEA, but I’ve moved on from the MALM range and decided to go for this 3 drawer HEMNES. I like that the black knobs match the rest of the black features in the room.

The mirror hopefully won’t be a permanent resident of the room, I’m hopefully getting the larger version and will be attaching it to the wall so it clears up the floor space.

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We (most of the time I say ‘we’, I mean my Dad with some direction from me..) built in these tall IKEA pax wardrobes so there wasn’t dead space at the top gathering dust. I went for these doors and these handles. 

The flooring, I think, is the showstopper of the room. I really wanted parquet flooring but knew it wasn’t at all budget friendly… I came across this Alessano faux parquet laminate from B&Q for £18 a square meter and fell in love. I had to track it down as it was completely sold out online and in their Leeds store – read more about it here.

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I picked up these 2 prints from Desenio (left, right) and framed them in some cheap black frames from IKEA. Desenio currently have 30% off posters so if you’re on the hunt for some affordable prints, get yourself over there!

I love how the prints help to blend the navy and the dark camel coloured cushions from H&M Home together.

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So there it is, my bedroom makeover… what do you think?!


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13 December 2018
3 January 2019



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    4 January 2019

    So hands down you win the “most changed home” award. You have done a brilliant job in this room, who would have thought that those two extra cushions would make the room feel so designer-y. well done!

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      4 January 2019

      I’m so glad all of the hard work is paying off! Thank you!

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    19 December 2018

    WOW! All your hard work has definitely paid off and I love your style.

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      20 December 2018

      Thank you so much! I’m so pleased with how it turned out x