Renovation Diaries: the master bedroom

Renovation Diaries: the master bedroom

The second in my rather delayed renovation diaries… the master bedroom. We deliberated over doing this room for far too many months, the problem we have is the front of our house needs some structural work (purely to restore some of the Victorian features nothing serious), but it means whatever we do to the rooms at the front of the house will most likely need to be re-done when we eventually do that structural work. So the idea of spending a lot of money to then have to re-do it is a bit off-putting. But our bedroom was looking very sad with holes in the walls from the previous owners pictures etc, some orange wooden fitted wardrobes and carpet that was so flattened down and stained. It wasn’t a room we loved to relax in at all.

First we hired a decorator (who had done all of the work in the hall and stairs as soon as we moved in), and he stripped the mismatched wallpaper off all of the walls. Pulled up all of the old carpet and took off the skirting boards and old radiator. Next it was time to plaster all the walls and the ceiling. We wanted it to look like a fresh white box. A neutral and calm place to lay our heads every night. Not overly complicated, just simple white walls and some natural warm woods paired with soft linen and textures.

The replastering threw up some issues with our walls but I did think it might be the case as the adjoining wall is the bathroom which we had the same issues with. A few more pounds had to be spent but it was so worth it when it was finished.

Then came the decision on the floor. I was so unsure about whether to get carpet or keep the floorboards. I went for the latter despite a lot of people warning me against it – and I am so glad I did. I love the way it looks so much. The floorboards are beautiful, the natural flaws and patterns of the wood. We have this huge rug under the bed which gives you that cosiness when you first get out of bed in the morning.

We chose a king size storage bed from Love Your Home which is always full to the brim of the opposite seasons clothes and all those pieces you rarely wear like an occasion hat and ski gloves. I fell in love with the boucle fabric, just love the warmth and depth it creates in the room. And found similar cushions from Zara which add to the look.

The bed linen I sourced from Bedfolk and its the softest and washes like a dream. This is the luxury bundle. Then I found a huge statement light with gorgeous tassels that hangs from a chunky gold chain in Anthropologie and had to buy immediately.

The lamps and bedside tables were totally inspired by EyeSwoons beautiful bedroom and I try to keep them clutter free compared to my previous setup where they were piled high with all sorts of rubbish. The tables are Zara and the lights are Wayfair.

I wanted a dressing table that I could use for work too and found this in the sale at La Redoute and snapped up immediately. Then we have a few spare dining chairs downstairs as the children use there Stokke seats – so I brought one up here permanently.

The curtains and curtain pole are from West Elm and they’re black out lined so the room is pitch dark until you’re ready to wake up. Then I changed the handles on the old built in wardrobes which had also been painted white to freshen them up. These are from Anthropolgie.

Its quickly become my favourite room in the house and if I’m home alone you’ll always find me in here either playing around with clothes or beauty bits, or reading/scrolling on the bed. Its just such a calm peaceful room.

Thank you so much for reading… and any questions just shout.

Ashley x


  1. Hannah
    28th January 2020 / 2:25 pm

    Looks so good.

    • The Editing Mother
      28th January 2020 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much x

      • Sarah
        28th January 2020 / 7:10 pm

        Looks stunning! Where is your beautiful gold vanity mirror from on the marble?

        • The Editing Mother
          28th January 2020 / 7:11 pm

          Thank you ….it’s from Zara Home x

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