My Bedroom Makeover - Completed!

Well this post has been a long time coming! Thank you for following my bedroom makeover journey, these things always take far longer than you imagine, but it was so worth it!

If you missed the first posts in this series you can check them out below:

Part 1: Our Old Bed
Part 2: The Plan
Part 3: The Update

Here is a reminder of the rather boring 'before' bedroom. Actually it was even worse than this initially because we had a 4 poster bed in there! Yes I think I'm a princess, but not being able to actually walk around the bed was becoming a problem...

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I love the traditional bones of older homes but our home was built in the 1980's - more dated than classic. So to add some character to the room I had Nathan from Top Stop Gibstopping put up plaster cove (the fancy bit between the ceiling and the wall!) with the same profile I would later use for the dado rail and the floating shelves. We have the same cove throughout our house, all put up by Nathan, if you need a plasterer on Auckland's North Shore, he's your man! It makes the ceilings look higher and gives that much needed character throughout. 

I am a huge fan of Canadian interior designer Sarah Richardson, and she often uses a dado rail to create a divide in her rooms, wallpapering above or below it as a design feature. This sounds easier to pull off than it really is! I found gorgeous printed navy and grey wallpaper online and was all set to put it up (after our darling friend Eddie painted the room white for us) but when we tacked it to the wall I hated it. It looked like one of those houses from a 60 minute home makeover show hosted by Peter Andre. A bit like 1996 exploded on my walls...

So we ditched it, and then I tore my hair out trying to figure out what colour to use that wouldn't take over the whole room - little did I realise that's exactly what we needed! Resene sell big A2 pieces of card you can use to paint your test pots on and it's so helpful! After a LOT of test pots, we chose the colour 'Cello', a deep dark blue by Resene.

The window seat is probably my favourite feature in the room and the most useful! We knew it would cost thousands to get a window seat built in, so we had solid wood custom made drawers made instead and they are so beautiful! We used Woodpia Furniture and would definitely use them again, such a high quality piece for an incredible price (we paid about $700) and we can take it with us if we move. We then got foam from Para Rubber for the cushions and had it covered in navy blue velvet from Spotlight. The long pink round cushion makes the seat feel finished as do all of the cute cushions!

The cushions are a mix of Kmart and Redcurrent, very cheap and very expensive! Life is all about balance right?! 

I wanted to create an eclectic feeling on the wall above our bed and find a way to tie in memories that are special to James and I in our space. The wall display between the shelves is a combo of new and old. The mirror is from Bed Bath N' Table, the plates were my Nan's. The picture at the top says "Love is Spoken Here" (a great reminder to speak to each other kindly!) that James gave to me on one of our anniversaries. The picture that looks like a painting is actually a cut out from a piece of canvas I bought at Kmart! I loved the colours so I put a piece in a frame (it looks so much more finished that on the canvas block) and I used another piece as James' lamp shade - his grey shade was awful! Thanks hot glue gun. My lamp came from Kmart, but just had a boring white shade, I used masking tape and silver spray paint to add metallic stripes, I think it came out pretty well! 

On James' shelves are a mix of some of our favourite books, my new flamingo jug from bed Bath and Table, his award from when he was 'Musician of the Year' a couple of years ago and some other fun momentos. My shelves house my ceramic swan (Kmart!) my favourite home decor books (Sarah Richardson again) my jewellery box and my custom made Yvonne Bennetti shoes that I wore for my wedding.  

This bedroom is largely inspired by the incredible bedding given to me by Foxtrot Home. Foxtrot home is a NZ company run by sisters Katie and Prue, who are passionate about luxurious high quality bedding and homeware. Their linen bedding is imported from France and I have never felt anything like it. I am not overstating it to say their sheets have changed my life! I chose the stripy sheets (just gorgeous!) to add some texture to the bed, but what is so special about them is that because linen is a natural fibre, the sheets feel heavy, but their breathability prevents you getting hot. Amazing. I can't sleep in Summer with just sheets, they don't feel substantial enough, but I will be able to now!

The finishing touches in our room were all about linking the colours/textures together. The bright pink flowers in the swan vase match the velvet pink cushion in the window seat, the stripy lampshade references the sheets. These small touches are the things that make your room look 'put together' as much as the items that contain memories make it feel like home.

While I was at it I gave my wardrobe a good tidy! If you want a wardrobe like mine (full of beautiful things that you are in love with and that actually FIT!) you can book a wardrobe edit or come shopping with me! SO MUCH FUN!

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So what do you think of my new room!? It just feels like 'us' and James and I love relaxing in there now. 

xxx

Monique 

The photos for this blog post were taken by Nykie Grove-Eades and it was sponsored by Foxtrot Home. Please support the brands that support this blog. 

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