HOW tessa and ROB­BIE did it

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‘As soon as we moved in, we fo­cused on do­ing up this room, so we’d have a re­treat while dec­o­rat­ing the rest of the house and Mya’s room. We started by sand­ing and pol­ish­ing the lovely wooden floor over a cou­ple of week­ends and paint­ing the built-in wardrobes off white. We chose a soft grey for three of the walls, to work with the apri­cot­coloured fire­place tiles. One wall was left bare for a state­ment wall­pa­per, which we found on­line for just £12 a roll. It seemed too good to be true, and it took three weeks to ar­rive from China, but it’s great! With wooden floors, I didn’t want a wood bed, too, so I found an up­hol­stered one in a linen-look fab­ric to add tex­ture. The project took three weeks and we did all the work our­selves. We love it in here now and I’m pleased that we’ve kept the orig­i­nal fea­tures.’

stripped FLOOR TESSA AND ROB­BIE SIM­PLY SANDED AND POL­ISHED IT

BE­LOW ‘THE BUILT-IN WARDROBES WERE WELL CON­STRUCTED AND ROOMY,

BUT THE DARK WOOD WAS OVER­WHELM­ING, SO WE PAINTED THEM AND THE MAN­TEL­PIECE WHITE, WHICH MAKES THE FIRE­PLACE TILES STAND OUT MORE,’ SAYS TESSA

Grey and white throw, £10, Ikea. Man­hat­tan patch­work rug, £150, Flair Rugs

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