Let me remind you what our spare bedroom looked like the day we moved into our house. "Amazing" 60s/70s carpet, floral wallpaper and two-tone green painted wood-chip walls that looked a bit like mould.
|before - eek! - the day we moved in|
|discovering a secret doorway|
We had the room replastered, replaced the skirting boards and window architrave, and then we painted the walls a pretty duck egg blue (Mr Q took a lot of convincing about this colour).
The next job was to have a quieter carpet fitted, and move the furniture in. A super-comfy bed from Ikea, a fantastic antique pine wardrobe I found on eBay and a wicker chair that I've owned for more than 20 years (I originally carried it home from Habitat on Tottenham Court Road in London on the Northern Line of the Underground - when people looked at me like I was mad I explained that it was often hard to get a seat on the Tube).
The painting is by David Goodwin. I bought it at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre with some birthday money. It's something else that I brought home by public transport. The Orla Kiely bedlinen was a steal at TKMaxx, and I made the curtains and cushion covers.
I have a selection of objects that I love on top of the chest of drawers... a lino print by Shelagh Dwyer, a wooden bird sculpture by Michael Griffin, a tiny metal house and tree sculpture, and a ceramic bird dish from PrinceDesignUK.
|after - a study in tranquility|