I absolutely LOVE our first before & after peek inside Amy's amazing new house! It's inspired me to want to sort out our mish-mash of a spare room soon. I love what they've done with this space, so calm and stylish. Over to Amy...
The room we decided to make our guest room had previously been the master bedroom. It's got a lovely river view and great inbuilt storage but is on the corner with the road so we decided it was better for occasional rather than regular use.
|The final result|
You can't really tell from the before photos but the whole room, including the ceiling, was covered in woodchip, which was a real effort to remove! And after we had removed it we were pretty scared the ceiling was going to fall in as it was covered in large cracks. All of the plasterwork is lathe and plaster so it would have been a massive and very messy job to redo the ceiling so instead we elected to fill the cracks and paper it. One piece of advice for you all - papering ceilings is bloody hard work and WILL lead to arguments.
We decided to go nautical in this room but we wanted it to maintain a high end look and not feel tacky or themey. There were a few bits from our old flat we'd originally intended to go in here but have decided they don't quite fit. James found this AMAZING Cole & Son wallpaper and that really set the tone for the rest of the room. It's an original wallpaper pattern from the 1900's and is based on Hokusai's Great Wave which I'd studied at uni so it was perfect in lots of ways. We decided to tie that through with other nods and added the Hokusai print and book. We also decided to have a bit of fun with our ceiling ordeal and frame this vintage Puffin postcard.
We've still got a few bits still to do - I'm looking for a mirror for above the fireplace (I'd seen a lovely white wooden round one in The Range but it was too small) and once we've found one we will hang the frames currently on the mantle on the opposite wall. My uncle has also given us a lovely curvy old wooden chair that will go in the corner by the door and I'm trying to find a nice fabric to reupholster the seat pads that will go well with the wallpaper in a complementary clashing sort of way. Overall though we are so pleased with this room and it has turned out exactly how we wanted it to, which makes all the blood sweat and tears worth it!
Where we shopped:
- The chest was left for us by the previous owners and we think was home made.
- The fireplace and floorboards were both original features that we uncovered.
- The blue wall is painted in B&Q Valspar Sea Swirl, the white is just Crown trade matt brilliant white, and the gloss is Wilkos own brand one coat brilliant white (which is ace!)
- The bedside tables were from ebay and also we added brass knobs from The Range to those and the cupboard doors which were just painted white.
- The bedside lamps and the glass ombre lightshade were both from Dunelm.
- The white frames are from Poundland and the wooden ones were BHS.
- The bedspread was from Homescapes and the cushions are John Lewis and Primark.
- The bed is our old one from John Lewis bought in the sale a few years ago but with an ebay headboard.
- The wallpaper is Great Wave from Cole & Son.