Bedrooms

Dressing Room Blues

In the master bedroom I wanted to create the feeling of a more subtle and calming space than I’d ever had before. Although I now have 4 bedrooms as opposed to one, they are not overly large rooms.

In my old apartment the bedroom was big enough to be functional. I had enough space for one small double wardrobe. Even though I don’t have masses of clothes it wasn’t really enough as I had to keep winter coats in there along with everything else.

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Here, in the new house, I toyed with the idea of a whole room just for wardrobes. A dressing room, read on to hear about my mistake.

The master bedroom isn’t really big enough to have more than one small wardrobe,  because of the way the window and door are, you lose wall space.

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This is how the previous tenants had it set up.  You’ll see more of what I’ve done with the space in a future post.

My intention was to take the smallest room and use it as a dressing room. Wardrobes all around and a dressing table. I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to use a whole room just for this but nothing is permanent, right?!

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My error solved this problem anyway… in my haste to get something into the house for storage so I could at least put some things away (I didn’t bring any furniture with me) I went to Ikea,  with the floor plan from the house and sat down with a planner to order my pax wardrobes. I decided to utilise the corner in the room and ordered a corner wardrobe and one single one. This would fit nicely and leave room for a large chest of drawers or a dressing table.

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It didn’t occur to me to measure the room myself as I had all the measurements on the floor plan the estate agent had produced. Big mistake. When I did measure the room I realised that the wardrobe wouldn’t fit and it had already been delivered. I could of arranged a return but Ikea’s delivery and return charged are not cheap.

It became obvious that the agent had measured the room into the window. Instead of measuring to the wall they had added another few inches onto the room by going right up past the window sill.

Plan B … the only room the wardrobes would fit in was the second largest room which would be used as a guest room.  My plan was to have this as a minimal guest room with a beautiful armchair and a couple of special pieces of furniture.  Not gonna happen..

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The wardrobes consequently ended up in the spare room.  The smaller room was now my work space.  This had been my intention for the third largest bedroom.  Confused yet?

Such a first world problem.

The corner wardrobe is a totally different design to how they used to be. If I’d spent a little more time making this decision. I wouldn’t buy one again. The corner unit is actually one double frame and an extra bit you attach to the side. The double robe has to sit 11cm away from the wall, leaving you dead space behind the unit. It has a cheap rubber strip on the front to close the gap between the double one and the extra add on piece.

Also, you cannot put handles on the doors as they close in together and the handles will clash together. You also have to open the double wardrobe door first as you can’t open the other one whilst this is still closed. My only solution was to use some vintage handles I had and fix them horizontally in the middle of each door.

Ikea have also changed the manufacturers of the Bergsbo doors and they are a slightly different colour white to the Pax frame. Annoying but not too noticeable once you stop staring at it and get used to it. Still, would of been nice to know they didn’t match!

All in all they do the job. My things are away and tidy and there’s plenty of storage in them but I would not have ordered this set up in hindsight. You win some….

Would you sacrifice a bedroom for a dressing room?

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Lights, camera...

Welcome!

Hi, welcome to my first ever blog post.  I hope we can get to know each other and I hope you enjoy it.

I moved house in December 2017, for the first couple of months I couldn’t really sink my teeth into it due to family commitments and Christmas being around the corner but I am making some real progress now.

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So, here she is in all her boring beige glory.  Not the most attractive facade but I think I can cheer it up, some plants and hanging baskets will go a long way.

The house had always been a rental property until the previous owners decided to sell.  I totally understand why someone renting for a while wouldn’t want to spend any money or effort to make changes. As a result it was very magnolia and beige.  My two least favourite colours.

I was originally looking for a period property with bags of character and original features, I was dreaming of cast iron fireplaces and ornate coving,  but after a year of trying to move,  sales falling through and feeling a little impatient I decided to go and view this one.  I added it to my list of viewings as a bit of a red herring but it had that ”home” feeling when I walked through the door.  Total opposite of what I thought I wanted.  It’s only 4 years old and is very energy efficient which also pleased me very much.

I viewed the house and thought, great, just a lick of paint.  Yeah right… Of course I want to change everything!

The main thing that bothered me was the lighting situation.  This is the main focus of this post.  We will get to everything eventually though, I promise!

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As you can see from the various angles, it’s a lovely, big, airy and bright room.  Much bigger than I was used to!

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As you can see we had a bulk head situation going on in the kitchen.  To me it looked like the lights you would find in a Travelodge hallway to lead you to your emergency exit… Not pretty.

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The dining area of the kitchen also had two pendant lights and I was pretty sure I wanted to convert these into one centrally placed light.

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I had been researching lighting options online for months before I moved, so many fixtures had caught my eye and it was a lot of fun decorating my virtual house before i’d moved in! such grand plans 🙂

In the end I fell for some really well priced lights from good old BHS I even managed to get them with a 20% off sale.30002368-01-Kolding-ball-pendant

I bought three of these babies to hang above the breakfast bar/peninsula.

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And two of these to replace the ”industrial” vibe that was going on in the kitchen. All from BHS.

I hired an electrician for this, I have to say, please don’t try to do this yourself.  Unless you’re an electrician 🙂

I also asked him to convert my two pendant lights in the dining area into one.

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Here, I hung a gorgeous brass and frosted glass, 6 light pendant from NEXT

 

The six cables that suspend the glass spheres do not hang level, if you want it to look like the stock NEXT picture above it takes quite some fiddling.  Luckily I was happy to have them looking a little more asymmetrical.

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As you can see I had this job done before I’d even unpacked a box.  Impatient, much…

I did do things a little backwards, It would of been far more sensible to paint everywhere before I started installing new lighting and having furniture delivered but that takes us back to my impatience 🙂 I know if you’re reading this you’ll understand!

I decided to go with all LED lamps in here as the pendants hang quite low and I didn’t want the heat from traditional or halogen bulbs.  Not to mention the savings in the long term on my energy bills, I also like the idea of not having to change them very often. I purchased these ones from B&Q I got the warm white ones to avoid that clinical blue tinge the older LED’s have and they give out a lovely warm glow.  They’re considerably more expensive but the savings in the long term far outweigh the initial outlay.

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This room is pretty finished now, I’ll cover the other areas and decor in future posts but you can see here how the lights turned out. I am thrilled with them.

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If you made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read, please follow me and see what else I have up my sleeve!