It seems inconceivable that just five years after moving into our rambling, creaking old house we could be decorating a room for the second time.
Harry’s then-nursery was the first room we did anything to on our list of priorities (a list pages-long, that still sits tacked to a noticeboard somewhere in the hallway, the paper curled at the edges now, with a faltering list of ticks and crossings-out). We wanted a room that felt, to him, exactly like the one he had left behind; a cocoon and a place for dreaming and comfort. We picked the smallest room in the house, and used Cole & Sons ‘Woods’ wallpaper for a magical night-time feel.
Then within a couple of years, Harry graduated to a bigger room; one with enough space for books and toys and a bunkbed; for den-building and story-telling. I slowly took over the old nursery as a room to store clothes and handbags, but it looked very much like a room with an identity crisis…
…so last week I funally took it in hand and gave it a makeover to be a proper dressing room.
I used Piet Hein Eeek wallpaper on two of the walls for a Scandinavian, cabin-like feel; the room gets a weak, Northern light so the cool, bleached look of the plank-wood wallpaper suits it perfectly;
The eagle-eyed may remember that I used the same wallpaper, hung horizontally, on a chimney-breast in the main bedroom;
I added simple peg rails made of unfinished timber and shaker pegs, painted with a single coat of chalk paint to blend in with the walls (I left the pegs in their natural state). It echoes the guest room with its wall-to-wall peg rail.
I borrowed a comfy chair from the kitchen which has rapidly become a place where discarded clothes accumulate daily. I hasten to add, having looked at this picture (below) more closely, that I don’t wear these cut-off shorts and heels together. Channelling Pretty Women is never a good idea.
I moved an old chest of drawers down from the loft (*I lie; I had nothing to do with its journey down from the loft. That took lots of effort and cursing from two grown men and I made myself scarce as soon as the difficulty of the situation became apparent). I painted the knobs silver – after purchasing the wallpaper, new knobs seemed like a luxury too far – and from a distance they could be mistaken for pewter. A distance, okay?
This matronly mannequin has moved from the spare room and now houses bits and pieces of jewellery, pinned to her ample bosom;
And one of my favourite new additions; Ikea cabinets make the most of the super-high ceilings and provide a home for my handbags. The only problem? I can’t yet fill them all. What a nice problem to have. (On the other side of the room and not shown; Ikea ‘PAX’ tall mirrored wardrobes which bounce the little available light around and are crammed full of everything else…)
it’s an unashamedly girly room, and as such, I have it completely to myself in this house of men; the mysteries of women being very much a fontier not to be breached.
Now, to the handbag-cabinet-filling opportunity…