‘it’s got a chic in­dus­trial vibe’

Heidi, 37, has trans­formed her wasted loft space into a stylish mas­ter en suite that’s filled with per­son­al­ity

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Fit­ting a mas­ter bed­room and bath­room in the at­tic may sound a tall or­der, but Heidi Stone rose to the chal­lenge

Our three-bed­room semi on a busy road was start­ing to feel a bit cramped, what with our 5-year-old son max run­ning around and an­other baby on the way,’ says Heidi. ‘so my hus­band matt and i started look­ing for a new place and it didn’t take long un­til we found a big­ger house in a much qui­eter street close by.

Al­though it needed quite a bit of work, we de­cided to go for it, know­ing we could do a lot our­selves. As Matt is an electrician, he is very handy at all kinds of DIY, and he has lots of friends in the trades, so they all help each other out. Plus I en­joy dec­o­rat­ing and styling, so I knew I could help, too.

First steps

There was al­ready a fam­ily bath­room on the mid­dle floor and three bed­rooms, one each for the boys and an­other for guests. As well as this, the pre­vi­ous own­ers had con­verted the loft into a fourth bed­room, which we de­cided to ear­mark as our own. For­tu­nately, the ba­sics were all there, so it didn’t need any struc­tural work. It was just the decor that wasn’t to our taste, with deep pur­ple walls and blinds, but I had a strong vi­sion of how I wanted it to look.

The big ques­tion was what to do with the mez­za­nine level that formed the part of the room to the right of the stairs. It made sense for the bed to go against the wall un­der the windows, but the other end was wasted space. We put a dress­ing ta­ble there tem­po­rar­ily, but I be­came more and more con­vinced it should be an open-plan en suite. I’d al­ways wanted a roll-top bath that looked out of the win­dow, and this pro­vided the per­fect op­por­tu­nity.

Bath­room ba­sics

One of Matt’s friends who is a plumber had a look and said there was no rea­son why we couldn’t in­stall a bath­room. Luck­ily, the heat­ing tanks used to be in the loft so the plumb­ing went all the way up to this floor. And as it was go­ing to be open plan, we only wanted to fit a bath and a basin, plus the other bath­room, which is just at the

foot of the stairs, al­ready had a loo and shower. i sourced some lovely fur­nish­ings from the old lon­don range at ul­tra, which fit­ted in with the pe­riod of the prop­erty.

Rus­tic vibes

i wanted to cre­ate a soft in­dus­trial look, and key to this was an ex­posed brick wall. You can recre­ate this by us­ing old ones and you don’t need the whole brick, just part of it – it’s sim­i­lar to cladding. a friend of matt’s had some bricks left over from a job and they were put up over a week­end.

our old bed was a vic­to­rian-style de­sign and needed re­plac­ing, so we splashed out on a metal frame in a bronze fin­ish, along with some new linen bed­ding. i also had a cou­ple of leather vin­tage suit­cases that i’d picked up at an an­tiques mar­kets and had never found the right place for them. they now look great un­der the bed and pro­vide the per­fect stor­age for old pho­tos.

a soft wool car­pet was also an es­sen­tial and some pale grey blinds have re­placed the old mauve ones. then, once matt had made my state­ment ar­row light, i was all set for my first, lux­u­ri­ous bath – bliss!’

‘I fell In love with this retro ar­row – my hus­band jazzed It up a bit and turned It Into a light, so It’s very func­tional’

calm & cosy ‘soft fur­nish­ings and a light, plump car­pet help this space feel invit­ing’

bar­gain buy ‘We’re al­ways find­ing fur­ni­ture at car-boot sales that just needs a coat of paint, such as this bed­side ta­ble’

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