Our spare bedroom had become a place to store those things that were sitting in boxes un-used but couldn’t quite get rid of, heaps of books and anything else that didn’t fit in with the rest of the house. The jumble room basically. So when Laura Ashley contacted us about doing up a room for their blog, it was essentially the kick up the bum that we needed – and we are eternally grateful. Because we now have the most relaxing of rooms (yes, this one beats our bedroom in terms of relaxing!) and we are utterly in love (yes, I say that all the time!).
We toyed with the idea of turning it into an office and then a man room (I wasn’t keen on this one) and then somewhere to chill out, and after agreeing that we have guests a fair amount, we decided to keep the bed and make it as relaxing as possible but still practical. Little B really didn’t want another room in the house white (I can’t help it, I like white!) so we agreed on a soft grey tone – keeping it neutral but with the option to add colour.
After much debate, we finally saw the back end of our bookcase and replaced it with this sideboard that we upcycled and are totally in love with! The knobs are from Ebay (there is a huge selection available!) and we’re pretty pleased with the outcome. We’re already painting up some more!
Keeping with the simple theme, we stuck to white bedding and added the grey with this gorgeous throw and cushions (honestly, this throw is literally the cosiest – ask Little R!) and decided instead of putting up photos (partly because we’re so indecisive) we’d make the most of the guest towels and display these. Ooh it makes me feel like a true grown up (and maybe I’m pretending to be a B&B owner..?) but I love the look of them hanging so gently. AND they work perfectly next to my beloved Bell Jar which I picked up for a bargain £8!
Since decorating the spare room, it has become the perfect place to chill out in. I still get that little buzz every time I get to the top of the stairs and see it in the corner of my eye, looking all ready and waiting for guests and of course there is always a fresh bunch of flowers in the room whenever we have people to stay. Because to me, that’s what makes it the most inviting. The final things that we’re planning to add to this room is a small ladder at the end of the bed complete with a bedside lamp and ornaments, and we’re debating a picture wall above the bed. Just to complete the feel of the room. But for now, we’re pleased as punch!