I used to be someone that would usually go for the whiter side of the decor spectrum, so this room was quite a jump into the unknown for me! However I was determined that it needed to be blue, as the room parallel was going to be a lighter colour and we needed some contrast in the house. We started this mission with endless patch tests. I think we must have tried at least 12 various blues from many a brand and finally settled on Stifkey blue by Farrow and Ball. This has ended up being one of my favourite rooms in the house, despite being a cool shade, it is extremely cosy and warm and is now very much the go to room to relax, read, watch TV and hang out in. I love the contrast of the white and wood against it and metallic colours also look gorgeous. Since painting this room I have ventured to paint further areas in the house in bolder colours, so our house is now a mix of darker and lighter shades.
As well as painting this room blue, we had new hard wood flooring put down as the below was laminate and the radiators were also moved and replaced with a more in keeping style
This area was literally transformed through simply changing the tiles. It was one of the first things we did when we moved in. The ones that were there were not at all in keeping with the house and had to go!
The doors were painted in Farrow and Ball Railings and Eico Antique white. We put up two gorgeous long silver coat hooks from One.world and a pendant lamp by Jim Lawrence. The basket is John Lewis, boot rack Garden Trading and of course the tiles from Fired Earth. Et voila...
I have always loved the feel of this room, it is very light and airy and I didn't want lose this. So instead of a full on colour change/wallpaper etc, I chose sweet simple decor using accessories and added subtle colour accents, such as wall stickers and the yellow door to create a nursery.
The room before...
We had new wood flooring put down, the marble fireplace was covered in some sort of brown grime, which took a few days of persistent scrubbing to remove. Other than that the decor was pretty straightforward. A lick of paint, some freestanding shelves between the fireplace and wall, furnishing, followed by the fun part, wall stickers and accessorising and of course the yellow door, my favourite!
The Nursery List
Rug- The white Company
Vintage rocking chair - Swedish Interior Design
Cot mobile - Moulin Roti
Blind - Kids Curtain Company
Changing chest - Mamas and Papas
Toy storage chest - GLTC
Basket - John Lewis
Wardrobe - Loaf
Star wall stickers - TweetHeartWallArt Etsy
Elephant wall stickers - Little Chip
Wall paint - Farrow and Ball Strong White
Door paint - Farrow and Ball Babouche
I made this for the party with a view that I can have it around the house for quite a while after. It is made out of real preserved roses, which I have used a lot with www.harpersbloom.co.uk I am always taken aback by how fresh they are in appearance, yet they last of such a long time! This display is now sitting pretty in our lounge for months/years to come!
How time flies... I can't believe she is four already and starting to have a smart answer to everything! She wanted a fairy party with a pony on her cake, so we went for a fairy garden theme with a unicorn on her cake. Thank goodness we were so lucky with the weather!
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