Re­treat’

It was a chal­lenge, but Tracey, 35, con­verted her spa­cious garage into a stylish place in which to sleep

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I’ve lived in the New­bury area all of my life and love the coun­try­side, so when a con­verted barn came up for sale, my hus­band James and I were quick to snap it up,’ says Tracey. ‘I’d al­ways dreamt of liv­ing in a barn and this one was just what we wanted. Our bed­room, how­ever, was quite small so we de­cided to con­vert the garage and cre­ate a gor­geous new mas­ter suite.

The build

‘This house was orig­i­nally a nar­row old barn, so we were able to take ad­van­tage of this and cre­ate a dual-as­pect bed­room out of the garage. As we didn’t need plan­ning per­mis­sion, we con­tacted a lo­cal build­ing com­pany that could com­plete the project fairly quickly. My only prob­lem was clear­ing out all our junk! Within four weeks, the garage door was re­moved and blocked up, new win­dows were cut out and fit­ted, and the walls plas­tered.

Prob­lem solv­ing

The project quickly pro­gressed to the painting stage, but af­ter speak­ing with a lo­cal carpenter we de­cided to add built-in ceil­ing-height wardrobes, as the house lacked stor­age. The re­sult is amaz­ing!

Ini­tially we painted all the walls white and got used to the space for a few months, see­ing where the light fell in the room be­fore we chose any paint colours. I knew that I wanted a calm­ing, neu­tral feel, and James was in­sis­tent it wasn’t too girly. Luck­ily, I'd found some wall­pa­per that I just knew would be the start­ing point for the look I wanted to achieve.

Get­ting to work

Even though the walls were brand new, I still sanded and prepped the area be­hind the bed so it was ready to wall­pa­per. I or­dered the paper from an ar­ti­san de­signer, and painted the room a match­ing blue.

For the win­dows, I chose white slat­ted blinds as I wanted to keep ev­ery­thing very nat­u­ral and light. We also gave the wardrobes a lick of bril­liant white sat­in­wood paint to en­sure they

‘I based the colour scheme around a Print I’d brought from a dan­ish artist – It now takes Pride of Place In the bed­room’

wouldn’t chip or get damaged with con­stant use. We didn’t have to choose a car­pet as the builders fit­ted a soft, neu­tral one, which worked well.

Fur­nish­ing the room

Once we’d fin­ished painting, it was time to think about ad­di­tional fur­ni­ture, so I looked on­line and found a chest of draw­ers from Swoon Edi­tions where ev­ery­thing is hand­crafted. I went for dark wood, which sits well against the blue. I also picked up an old pair of steps, which I sanded down and painted in a com­ple­men­tary colour – they make per­fect bed­side ta­bles.

I en­joyed search­ing for a mix­ture of bar­gains and lux­ury buys to get the style I wanted. There’s noth­ing more invit­ing than gor­geous bedlinen and I chose a colour scheme of muted grey tones with hints of pink here and there. Glass and con­crete ac­ces­sories and rus­tic flow­ers picked from the gar­den fin­ish the look. The room now has the nat­u­ral, calm­ing ef­fect I was af­ter – thank­fully, James loves it, too.’

‘Use pretty wall­pa­per, fab­ric or bedlinen as a start­ing point then cre­ate a look from there'

‘the chest of draw­ers was a great buy from swoon edi­tions, and i love the fact that it looks like lots of dif­fer­ent draw­ers rather than just three’

‘my quirky bed­side table is ideal for books and a night light’

‘i just had to have this lamp – even if it was a lit­tle pricey!’

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