Our bedroom and ensuite was renovated from scratch when we moved into our house one and a half years ago, but we are still adding pieces to it to make it ours! I’ve written about what changes we’ve made and my favourite features. Also I wanted to share the lessons I have learnt in the process since it’s the first time we’ve designed our own place. Firstly, a before and after, because I love a before and after shot!
I would like to point out that our bedroom looked nothing like that original photo when we moved in! The actual state of the house was pretty poor and we’ve had to do a lot more to it than we wanted, just to enable us to live a comfortable life. For example, all 3 toilets needed replacing, which we did not expect… we soon came to realise that your house becomes a never ending project!
When we got our keys (yay!) and took a proper look around the house, we realised what we had gotten ourselves into (can you believe that one of the most expensive things you will ever buy is based around a 10 minute look around?! We only visited it once before confirming!). At the same time, it meant that we were able to transform the house how we liked, and it’s been a really fun process, albeit a tiny bit stressful! We ended up ripping out the kitchen, bathroom, downstairs toilet and garden, and fixed up all the rest (all with pretty much zero childcare help!). I will write up about all of these rooms in due course.
Back to the bedroom, we were utterly shocked at the state of the skirting boards… what on earth happened to get them into that state I have no idea. Boards of different heights, bits of board missing, weird cut out plug socket shapes to fit into the existing boards. I did not take a proper photo so below is a screenshot from a video I had taken… a skirting board horror show. Luckily we had found our builders already and they seemed to know the solution to all of our problems! The first thing they did was reposition our plug sockets for us and add on some lovely new skirting boards. We had already painted the wall but it was not a problem to re-paint the exposed parts. We put on temporary plug socket covers and the room instantly felt much better! Lesson learnt: skirting boards are a big deal and totally transform the look and feel of a room!
We decided to go for teal walls and copper accents as these warmed up our ongoing grey theme throughout the house. We are definitely not interior designers and know nothing about it so I won’t pretend to know everything but here are some favourite features I loved choosing for our room!
Jonny made one of these copper lamps using copper pipes and an edison bulb when were in Hong Kong. The guys who fitted in our new boiler kindly gave us some more piping so that we could make a second one to match it. I love them so much!
I love our copper lampshade. It was from IKEA. Our photo frame was from NEXT and features a photo taken during our bump shoot in Hong Kong.
Copper light switch covers and plug sockets really made our room come together with the copper theme. I love them so much and it was so worth the extra cost and search finding it online. We bought ours from a website called TLC (click for the link) and the brand was Varilight.
I love homemade pieces and this quilt was made by my mother-in-law featuring special place names Jonny and I have lived in and family members. It was our moving-in gift and is so special (plus goes perfectly in our room with its bluey features!). Oscar and Felix love playing with the different buttons on it (which were collected from trips around the UK).
The Standout Piece
This light up mirror from LUXFURNI has absolutely transformed our room into something even more special*! I was using a temporary one for ages before which was too small, and I was so happy to find this. As well as finally having a decent sized mirror for doing my makeup, this also doubles up as a lamp in the evenings. There are 4 different brightness levels as well as the ‘temperature’ ranging from cold to warm, powered via USB cable and activated by the touchscreen. You can get an idea of how it works in my video below:
It’s my first Youtube video so I am a bit nervous but would love to do more in the future- suggestions welcome! I love the warm glow option on the lamp and it is a total standout piece. I’m so in love with it and I really think it would make any room stand out! Also I just wanted to add that it only took a few minutes to put up which is perfect for someone like me 🙂 LUXFURNI also have an amazing jewellery organiser mirror in their range but unfortunately I do not own much jewellery! You can find the same mirror I received on Amazon.
How did we live without an ensuite before… we love it! We ripped out everything and started again because everything was very dated and it felt like showering in a hostel…! I love patterned tile floors but you don’t want it in every room. So we opted for this to make our small space a bit more lively. We would also love to get some cool tiles for our hallway one day!
When I showed our builder the tiles that we wanted, he basically said ‘no’ and instead, managed to find tiles the EXACT same colour to the paint in our bedroom. I was so happy! We wanted an in-built shelf because I hate those plastic things attached to the shower or the suction shelves you get. We absolutely love the job they did in here! We could have asked for a bigger shelf but thought this would probably encourage us to have too much out. We really wanted a minimalist look (or basically so we can hide all the junk into cupboards so that it’s not all on show!).
Sometimes I do wish we had invested in a copper radiator, and taps to match the bedroom… but this would also have meant having to have copper finishings in the shower etc and those kinds of personalised touches could soon escalate and make everything out of budget. So we have chrome finishings to match the features in the rest of our house. We also have the same sink and toilet set in our main bathroom now too.
Lessons Learnt from designing our own bedroom and ensuite
- Skirting boards matter! They totally transform a room.
- Light switch and plug socket covers can really finish off a room according to its mood (chrome/ copper/ gold).
- Don’t choose small tiles for your ensuite shower… although I love our shower, I do not love cleaning the grouting in there!
- Lamps and lampshades can make a big difference to the overall effect, especially if you want to go for a simple look for the rest of the room.
Certainly not.. you may have noticed that our drawers got damaged during our move, Our wardrobe, drawers + bedside table set was an inexpensive one from Wayfair and it is terrible quality (took forever to put up due to bad instructions too- we will not be buying from them again). One day we cannot wait to get fitted wardrobes with mirrored fronts and have the matching sets to it! I also would love a new bed that I wouldn’t keep walking into and bruising myself (hubby loves it though!). I will also be putting more plants in there soon (most likely artificial ones as I kept killing the real ones we had in there before)! I will update here if we do manage to get these changed! What are your favourite bedroom vibes? Do you have a ‘calm corner’ like my sister? And is anyone else not a big fan of a TV in the bedroom? Let me know your thoughts!
*I received the LUXFURNI makeup mirror to test as a gift in exchange for my review. All views are my own.