9 Things This Woman Craves From Her Bedroom

So I got married and moved into my house 22 years ago (almost to the day, actually – 4th July was our 22nd wedding anniversary). It’s a 1920’s semi, which was decorated in a very neat and very uninspired early 90’s fashion – woodchip on the ceilings, with plain and painted textured wallpaper all round.

The first thing we decorated in our excitingly lovely new house was our bedroom – and we were totally inspired. We couldn’t afford to change the blue carpet and curtains, but we stripped the woodchip off the ceiling and went for  a really nice blue wallpaper and a fabulous floral border around where the picture rail might have gone. Our parents loved it – not surprisingly, as it looked like it had been chosen by them.

So; move along 22 years, and what does our bedroom look like now? Erm… it has this horrible 22-yr-old plain blue wallpaper, and a pretty hideous old floral border around the top…

No, really, I mean it.

In 22 years we’ve extended the house to double its size, had a new kitchen (twice), a new bathroom, replaced the conservatory, redecorated the children’s bedrooms at least twice each… but our room? We just never seem to get round to it. I mean, it’s just where we sleep, right? The other rooms always seem to be a little more important. And after all it’s perfectly serviceable – it’s warm and dry and holds the bed and our clothes. Every year we think it’ll do for another year. And another. and another…

So now I’m having a lot of fun with the planning – and maybe it’ll be the prompt I need to get the paint out. The temptation may well become all too much…

So. What do I crave from my bedroom? If it were ever to be anything other than 90’s blue and floral, obviously.
Once I started pinning (you can see the Grown Up Bedroom Inspiration Board here) it became clear quite quickly that I already have a strong idea of what I’m looking for.

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I started off with a room theme much like this:

Cool, Calm and white. A heavenly soothing shower for the eyes after the 20-year-old blues. Ours isn’t a big bedroom, so I need to maximise light and space. I am lucky in that I have a huge double opening window which when flung wide creates a massive space in the bedroom wall, looking out across stunning Dorset countryside. I don’t want to detract from that, or make the room feel smaller or darker, so the basic palette was simple then: White walls, and the fabulous original 1920’s floorboards stripped and either oiled or painted white too. I’ll decide for sure once I see them stripped if that’s okay with you?

But of course it’s all in the detail.  So here’s the nine things I ended up deciding I simply couldn’t live without:

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half-poster bed
The bed. The feature of the room, it has to be a good one, doesn’t it? And this one’s a beauty (though only for a dream budget…) – it’s the Heritage Half-Poster, found on Martin & MacArthur. At a smidge under $14,000 I didn’t bother to check if they ship to the UK – for that money they can bring it on their private jet.
1930s_walnut_wardrobe_dresser
and for the other big furniture I simply can’t resist a 1930’s walnut bedroom suite. Look at the wood – it’s glorious! I found this one on an auction site – I couldn’t believe it when I saw the two pieces together went for the princely sum of £80. Just EIGHTY POUNDS! What a shocker. I want them. Did I mention the wood? *swoons*
next up is the light
The next feature I scoured the interwebs for was the light fitting. There were a few that caught my eye, but all sites led me back to this. I know it’ll be a marmite light, and some will hate it – but I LOVE it! It’s the Capri Hanging Light, which I found on Lighting Majestic for a bargainous £1,260… (look, it’s a Dream Room, okay; I’ll spend however many cyber pounds as I choose)
To warm our early morning toes
To warm our early morning toes on those (plain or painted) floorboards I spotted this fabulous Skye Monet Blue Cascade rug at Overstock.com. They do a whole range of Monet-inspired rugs, but this is the one for me, and at just under £96 it is genuinely a decent price too.
for bedding
For delicious white bedding I went straight to The White Company.  The 100% cotton Coleridge bed linen is cool, simple and with just a touch of pretty to stop it being too plain. I can feel the fresh softness of it already, straight off the line… (One king size duvet cover, two pillowcases and a flat sheet come to £366. And that’s in the sale. *faints a little* )
spectacular jewelled curtains
I soon realised that amid all that white and delicious walnut wood I would need a splash of colour – too much cool elegance really isn’t me. And when I saw this curtain fabric it was love at first “oooh!”. Isn’t it spectacular? The slubbed linen is in an array of jewelled colours, exactly what I was looking for. Spotted on Ebay of all places, the Slubbed Linen Mardi Gras curtains would be custom-made in the US. for a little over £300.
I do
I admit it – I have a bit of a thing for original Herbert Terry anglepoise lamps. None of your cheap imitations, mind – it has to be the real deal. And the stripped metallic ones I spotted on the Luke J. Arnold Antiques site (Original Herbert Terry Anglepoise lamps fully restored, stripped and polished, just under £300) will sit beautifully with the rest of the room. And it would also make me very happy.
1930s_french_alarm_clock
And my final touch? How about this adorable vintage 1930’s alarm clock? I spotted this one on ebay for just under £60, but feel free to find your own… ;)

So – that’s my Dream Bedroom. What d’you think? Now I’ve got that far, I can’t wait to get started for real. I *need* that room in my house! My cyber-spend came to £10,500… but £8,000 of that was that properly magnificent bed. It’s the first time I’ve actually pulled all the elements of a room together before I lifted a paintbrush, and it was so much fun – and I know that the next stages from here will be much easier with such a definite plan in mind.
I ended up with a really strong visual of a pretty perfect bedroom for me. Certainly a room I could sleep sweet dreams in ;)

So – this is me, handing the Dream Rooms baton on to all of my blogger friends. Tell me about your perfect bedroom. Get cyber-shopping my friends, it’s incredibly liberating to dream shop with no budget ;)

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Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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  1. ;) Oh yes, I can believe the wardrobe and dressing table went for £80… you might want to check out the freebie section on Gumtree, and Freecycle. :D

    I once went to pick up a small table, and was offered what looks like the exact same bedroom furniture as sold for £80 – for free! Although I was completely in-love with the wardrobes (there was two!), I simply had no room for them… I do hope they found a good home though, otherwise she was gonna skip them. :(

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    • I had no idea they could be picked up *that* cheaply – will definitely keep my eyes peeled now. I am determined to own some of my very own!

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  2. Thanks Sam – I literally let out an audible “Oooh!” when I saw it.
    And you’re right, 22 years IS a long time. I have a sneaky feeling it won’t be much longer though… ;)

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