Some of the products featuring in this post were gifted by Beautify, but all views are my own.
It took us almost three years, but finally, our master bedroom is complete! We decided when moving in to keep what was supposed to be the master bedroom with the en-suite as our guest bedroom. The main reason was that we loved the idea of waking up to views of our courtyard and were happy to sacrifice direct access to a bathroom for garden views.
My objective for this bedroom was to create a relaxing cloud-inspired sanctuary. And I love the view out to our courtyard in this master bedroom. It reminds me of a hotel or the atriums you can find in Southern Europe house. One can dream…
The main challenge for this room was to find the right shade of grey. It is north facing which means 95% of the testers I got looked either green or blue. 11 samples later, I eventually found the perfect dove grey – Crown Paint in Cloud Burst*. It has hints of pink which bring the right amount of warmth to the room, making it feel cosy rather than cold.
I painted the walls the week we moved in and, 3 years later, I am still very happy with it.
The first thing you see when entering the room is my dressing table. This mid-century modern-inspired number is from La Redoute. Our bedroom is rather compact and this is the perfect dressing table for small bedrooms. I got the wood and hairpin legs stool from Cult Furniture.
My main challenge with the dressing table is keeping it tidy as it is the first thing you see in the room, and it got a tendency to turn into a chairobe. So when Beautify got in touch and offered me to try some of their products I couldn’t be more excited!
Beautify Illuminating mirror not only provides storage for my little bits and bobs. It is also a great makeup assistant to get ready in the morning in our north-facing bedroom. Indeed the luminosity can be low and cold at 7am so the light really helps to make sure both sides of my face are painted the same.
Above the mirror, I have a couple of motivational Paperchase cards providing me with emotional support on Monday mornings.
I store my makeup brushes in old Diptyque candle holders, a multipurpose product and a great excuse to justify spending that much money on candles!
And anything extra is in the bottom one.
I wanted a modern dark grey upholstered bed frame and found it on Time4Sleep (old – similar here). It is a king size and has a lot of storage under it, essential in London houses.
The bedding I had on that day was a combination of M&S and Debenhams finds. But the real luxury hides under the sheets, we invested in a Tempur mattress and it is literally like sleeping on a cloud. Andrew can be tossing and turning on his side all night and I wouldn’t be moving an inch. It is very expensive but my god does it worth it!
The painting above our bed is a creation of mine. We knew we wanted something abstract with pops of colour but couldn’t find anything we liked. Plus we had the challenge of proportions with the bed head being fairly high and wide. So I eventually dusted off my brushes and palette and created a 100×50 cm masterpiece perfectly fitting above the bed.
On each side of our bed, we have Ikea Hemnes side tables. They came with us from our previous place. I wouldn’t say I am in love with them but they do the job.
Mine is home to my night skincare routine, an Aspinal of London tissues box (old), an Oliver Bonas box and tray (both old). I also have a pile of books (currently reading The Perfect Friend* which is pretty good) and a felt box found at TK Maxx full of beauty products for me to try (because #beautyblogger).
Andrew’s side is a bit less busy with only a picture of our wedding, a Kindle* and a few books.
Our bedside lamps are from Habitat. They are nothing exceptional but I really like how you turn them on and dim them off by touching the base.
Facing the bed we have one of our DIY radiator shelves. On it are a few trinkets brought back from trips to South Africa and Jordan, as well as a planter from Anthropologie (old, similar here) and a small Diptyque candle.
We had to get wardrobes fitted in the bedroom as one of the walls is slightly at an angle. We got ours made by Sharps. We both only have a rather small section which forced us to minimalise a bit the number of clothes we own and buy. A lifestyle change for the best.
However, I would not recommend Sharps at all. The wardrobes cost a fortune and we had a very bad experience with the fitting process. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” is where I will leave it at.
I am really happy with how our master bedroom turned up. We optimised a small space, fitted in a king-size bed and made it our little piece of tranquil heaven in the middle of the big city.
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