This Sunday in my This Little House series I am showing you around our spare bedroom. This was the last room we decorated and I only got the pictures up on the wall last week. The room serves for a number of uses, for friends that come to stay, storage for my camera equipment and craft supplies and, most importantly, my dressing room where I get ready every morning!
At the bottom of this post I’ve added some pictures of the makeover as it happened so make sure you scroll right down to the bottom to see the transformation. We painted the room from top to bottom in Dulux Natural Hints Nutmeg White and sanded and glossed the woodwork. The wallpaper is from a company called Clarke & Clarke in the pattern Globe Trotter. I spent a long time gathering wallpaper samples to find the right one! It’s a subtle print with outlines of some of the world’s greatest monuments and buildings from the Great Wall Of China to the Eiffel Tower.
This picture frame is from Ikea and, to match the travel themed wallpaper, I’ve filled it with pictures of our travels. I think this frame was around £10 and you can find it in my Ikea Haul.
There’s not much colour in our house, so I wanted to inject a little more fun into this room so added a few mustard yellow and powder blue accessories. The cushions come from a variety of places including Laura Ashley Home and BHS Home.
One of the things I knew I wanted to buy for the house before we even moved in was a floor length mirror. This cream baroque-style mirror came from a small home boutique but Home Sense occasionally stock the same one. It’s one of my favourite things in the house!
This yellow vase is from Wilkinson’s – they have so many great home accessories in store at the moment! I want to find some white silk flowers to put inside but it looks cute just as it is with its ‘Smile & Be Happy’ phrase.
This is a picture of my Mum, she was a professional ballerina and I photocopied this picture from one of her scrapbooks. The smaller picture is of me and her and I found the frame for 50p in Molly’s Den Vintage Warehouse!
The furniture in our spare room came from my old bedroom, the wardrobe was a Gumtree find and I want to change the knobs to match the rest of the units. We bought the bed to match the oak furniture and underneath is crammed with storage boxes!
I get ready every morning in this room, turning on my Roberts radio and doing my makeup and hair. I wanted to keep my makeup storage as minimal as possible to avoid the room looking cluttered so I bought a black glass-bottom tray from TK Maxx to keep it from spilling out across the top of the chest of drawers. The white filigree pot is from Ikea and I use it to store my makeup brushes. The other pots are tealight holders – one holds my concealers, highlighters and primers and the other holds mascaras and eyeliners. My lipsticks, glosses and other bits and bobs fill a box that originally contained an Emma Bridgewater tealight holder. It just goes to show you don’t need to buy expensive makeup storage!
I’m going to leave you with a few pictures of us doing up the room, including a much deserved break with tea and scones!