Typing typing as fast as I can…. It’s final reveal time everyone! Oh how I love a final reveal. Especially when it’s as awesomesauce as this one. Eeeee!!
(If you’d like to catch up on this project, pop back a few posts to this one.)
First, it’s time for before pics.
A large master bedroom which was to become a guest bedroom. But not just any old guest bedroom, oh no siree.
The weird recessed/built in wardrobes were going and an ensuite was coming. This is how the room looked when I started working with the homeowners:
The entire house had been chopped up over time, converted into flats at some point, and then back again into a house. The walls and doors were in the strangest of places and it was time to breathe life back into this beautiful Edwardian home, and put those walls back where they were originally built over 100 years ago.
This was back in January. Want to see what it looks like now?
It’s completely unrecognisable isn’t it? In fact, if that fireplace wasn’t there, I don’t think i’d believe this was the same room.
Before (and during…as you can see the ensuite starting to take shape here too)
I’ve got to admit, the room feels truly magical to be in. I was pretty emotional finishing this project, taking the photos, getting home and seeing them load up onto my Mac. Holy moly. This room is part of my portfolio.
The transformation of this room in four months is quite unbelievable and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work put in by the homeowners. They don’t mess about. As soon as the overall design and product list is confirmed, they are all over it. I love working with them.
Ok, let me talk you through everything that’s gone into this room.
As this is a guest room (I know) we didn’t need lots of furniture. In fact, if we had, the Upper Brook Street wallpaper by Little Greene, would have been a complete waste. The reason is works as stunningly well as it does, is that it’s framed by lots of clean, black lines. Not blocks of furniture.
The Agama Hanging Rail with Brass Coat Hangers provides guests a perfect space for luggage and coats and what not.
Along with the wallpaper of course, the four poster Goa bed from Maisons Du Monde is one of my favourite pieces. It’s large, grand in fact, but again has so much negative space, the clean black lines allow the beautiful wallpaper to shine.
The Jack Black skirting, picture rail and cornicing pick up on this linear theme, interacting with the bed frame to create this cool, ever changing matrix.
The Charleston bedspread from Made.com in grey and coral was a no-brainer for dressing the bed, along with charcoal and coral cushions, adding those all-important layers a proper posh bedroom needs.
The large Vita Eos Feather shade floats like a cloud above the wallpaper treetops, hanging from a bespoke pendant light set, both from Dowsing & Reynolds.
The stunning curtains were made by a family member after the homeowners picked up a roll of charcoal velvet fabric on eBay for a ridiculously good price. After being quoted well over £1k for having some made in one of those proper curtain shop places **shudders**, we managed to dress the windows for around £250. Result.
Instead of carpeting the room (which would have cost the best part of £1k), the floorboards were painted black. And they rock. And I
want love them.
… along with the Hemnes bedside tables. To stop them from looking too “Ikea”, we updated the bedsides with Futurist brass knobs from Dowsing & Reynolds. Their hardware range is definitely worth a look at the moment. D&R are bringing out some cracking in-house designs.
The Rita lamp from Made.com, with black marble and brass detail keeping in line with the rest of the room detail.
As do the Frame armchairs in cotton velvet, also from Made.com. **swoon**
These were the last piece of the puzzle to arrive. I was really careful to get the shade of green just right. I didn’t want emerald green or anything jewel coloured. It had to be a lighter, yellow-based green to compliment the leaves and grasses in the wallpaper.
These were just right. In fact, i’d say we’re almost bang on for Pantone’s colour of the year, ‘Greenery’.
And so, onto the ensuite.
I wasn’t responsible for the design of this space, the homeowners had this one under control. However, they did need help with the finishing; wall colours, accessories, artwork those small details used to connect everything together.
Little Greene’s ‘Shallows’ continued into the bathroom with the door being painted in Little Greene’s ‘Air Force Blue‘, picking up on the beautiful floor tiles.
These colours worked really well with the marble and patterned tiling, but the room needed something just that little bit extra special to make the ensuite feel part of the bedroom. It’s always important to think how two spaces work together once a door is opened.
Cue a bespoke art commission by Andy Welland. I’d spotted his latest work on Instagram a couple of months ago
This design was perfect for these guys, but the colours weren’t quite right for this project. So, it was time to see if Andy fancied trying something a little different.
“Hey Andy, please can you do us one of your Chanels, but, this time, colour match Little Greene’s Shallows, Air Force Blue, Coral with black detail? Thanks ever so”
Turns out Andy was up for experimenting. And the result is awesome. And i’m jealous. And do you know what? It wasn’t even that expensive. Not for a bespoke one off giclee print.
How good does it look next to the little pops of coral around the door frame and petrol blue in the accessories?
(from left to right) Homebase, H&M and House Doctor. All the H’s!
An original leaded glass window was uncovered, originally hidden by the fitted wardrobes. Pffft!
And a black metal framed mirror I sourced from Primrose. It’s actually an outdoor, garden mirror but it was the exact size we were looking for and was half the price of some others I was looking at.
So that. Is. That.
I really hope my photos go someway towards doing this room justice. It’s hard to capture the feeling of a room with a camera. But it does feel really special in here. Do you like it? Anything you would change? Add? Would love to hear what you all think.
Will just leave you with that before and after again. Because… it makes me smile a lot.
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