So, it’s been a little while since I began my transformation series where put one room on display and share before and afters. But we’re back and ready to put the master bedroom in the spotlight today.
The room was a very impressive size when we came to view the house, I think it is the room in the house whose sheer size shocks most people as, especially from the outside, you wouldn’t think that you would get a room so big in a terraced property. Of course, it was filled with period features and charm, including the picture rail, floorboards, fireplace with reclaimed Victorian tiles and the window seat. But it was a bit lacking in cohesion and balance, with the Ikea dandelion chandelier overpowering the whole room.
I wanted to draw attention to our gorgeous upholstered headboard and make the bed the main feature in the room, so when I saw this art deco fan inspired wallpaper I knew I had to use it. Even though the house is Victorian I didn’t want to limit myself to drawing inspiration from other time periods, after all a family would’ve lived here during the roaring 20s, so I find it fascinating to think how the house would’ve been decorated and what they would’ve wore! I painted the rest of the walls in Farrow and Ball Cornforth white and replaced the overpowering IKEA chandelier for a more elegant waterfall capiz shell chandelier, which is still a feature but doesn’t overpower the wallpaper.
We rebuilt the window seat panel using MDF and beading. The cushions are a mix from different shops that I had previously used in our old bedroom. The curtains were from Dunelm which, even though they were the biggest size available, were still too short for our Victorian ceilings. I found some door fringing in B&M (the one that you hang in a doorway to separate a space or keep flies out), I trimmed them down and glued them along the bottom of the curtains to make them full length, this made them A LOT cheaper than buying made to measure to get ones long enough.
Mirror – Dunelm | Chair – Gumtree | Wardrobe – Ebay
The wardrobe was something that took a while to find. We needed a large one that had shelving as well and hanging space, and I wanted one that was a bit more ornate, unfortunately these come with a hefty price tag of upwards of £800. I was trawling eBay and found this one for sale in Belgium, however, upon reading I discovered that for £50 they deliver it to your front door the weekend after the auction ended. I won the auction and a few days later it was delivered all the way from Belgium and I saved £100’s! The chair I felt was the perfect fit for the space, with the buttoning detail mimicking the upholstered headboard and the fringing on the bottom matching the curtains and reminiscent of an art deco flappers dress. The ‘Prada Marfa’ (xoxo ;)) print is something I made myself by painting over an old canvas print and simply using a sharpie to draw on the design.
Mirror – The Range | Print – Homesense | Drawer unit – Ebay
I wanted to keep the room as light and airy as I could to make use of the space in the room, so mirrored furniture is an easy option. Yet again though it can be a pricey option but we managed to get these all on a good deal. The bedside tables were from Dunelm that I spotted half price as ex-display on the way out from the shop, I had a quick look at them and they were both in perfect condition so I snapped them up. The 6 drawer unit I found on eBay and fell in love with the ornate shape of it, similar legs to the wardrobe, and managed to find the exact same one for under £200 as a ‘seconds’, however I’m yet to find any fault in it!
There is the bedroom tour! Hope you like the transformation that it’s been through.