WAS In­spired by na­ture’

Emily, 27, used botan­i­cal and wildlife im­agery to trans­form her bland bed­room into a wel­com­ing, ho­tel-style haven

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GREAT IDEA 'Get ex­actly what you want, of­ten at half the cost, by mak­ing things your­self’

When my part­ner andy and I bought this house, the bed­room was com­pletely empty,' says emily. 'We had noth­ing to hang at the win­dows and we had no fur­ni­ture at all to fill it.

For a while it felt rather odd sleep­ing in an empty box. But it did give us time to work out what we wanted. The win­dow dress­ing, for ex­am­ple, was im­por­tant as the sun­shine comes stream­ing in, which is lovely dur­ing the week, but not ideal when you’d like to have a lie-in at the week­end!

We knew ev­ery­thing would ben­e­fit from a fresh coat of paint so we used a crisp cream called Fresh Linen on the walls and painted the wood­work glossy white. The car­pet was fairly new so, although not my choice, it seemed silly to change it. So we gave it a good clean and the room was al­ready be­gin­ning to feel more homely.

Tak­ing shape

I wanted a bed with a large up­hol­stered head­board and found this linen-coloured base on ebay. The mat­tress lifts to re­veal a huge space be­low, in a small cot­tage ex­tra stor­age is a bonus so we were very pleased and it’s in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able, too.

Once the bed was in place, we de­cided to fit a run of wardrobes to keep ev­ery­thing neatly tucked away be­hind doors. The Pax sys­tem by Ikea was per­fect, so now Andy and I each have our own wardrobe, as well as draw­ers. I love the neat, sleek de­sign.

Next we tack­led the win­dow. I like the sump­tu­ous lay­ered look of both a blind and cur­tains and found a lovely striped Ro­man blind at Blind­s2go. Andy put it up in no time so we could en­joy a lie-in!

By now, the bed­room was prac­ti­cal but not very stylish. I looked at schemes on Pin­ter­est which had a re­laxed botan­i­cal vibe to see how I could achieve the same. On a trip to Dunelm I was so pleased to find the Re­gen­er­a­tion range with just the as­pects I was look­ing for. The lined fern-pat­terned cur­tains were ideal, as were the bedlinen, cush­ions and gor­geous

vin­tage-style lamps. I treated my­self to a big fluffy sheepskin rug. I also wanted bed­side ta­bles and a dress­ing table, which would fit the quite re­stricted space. At Dunelm I looked at a range that wasn’t dis­played for the bed­room but was per­fect for what I needed. I knew a nest of lamp ta­bles would be great by the bed and a con­sole and stool would work per­fectly as my dress­ing table. With a wooden top and iron legs, it had the rus­tic vibe that I was af­ter. I was so ex­cited be­cause I’d al­most given up on the whole idea. One shop­ping trip re­ally turned the room around.

Crafty touches

I wanted an art­work to hang above the bed but couldn’t find any­thing I liked. While brows­ing Pin­ter­est I saw an idea for mak­ing wooden-plank art so I gave it a go. I bought some cladding at Wickes with planks that slot­ted to­gether to make a panel, and I nailed bat­tens to the back to keep it sturdy. I then painted it white, grey and blue and sanded it for a dis­tressed look. Next I added a meadow-grass de­sign us­ing grey paint and it was ready to hang. As the planks were only £5.25 for five and easy to work with, I made a dis­play shelf unit, too – with hooks for my neck­laces.

I wanted to find cush­ions for the bed with the kinds of im­ages you see in nat­u­ral his­tory books. A friend told me about Tex­tile Ex­press, which sells pre-cut cush­ion pan­els for only £5. I chose but­ter­fly and in­sect de­signs and sewed the cush­ions my­self, it was easy – even for a novice seam­stress like me! I also then made the but­ter­fly ceil­ing lamp­shade from a kit by Dan­nells – I used a fab­ric from Har­lequin and made it in half an hour. What I have loved most about de­sign­ing our bed­room is that we have our very own look.’

‘Look at ALL types of fur­ni­ture, not just bed­room fur­nish­ings,if you have an awk­ward space to fill’

out­door feel. ‘I in­tro­duced lots of soft, nat­u­ral mo­tifs and colours, which makes our room tran­quil and re­lax­ing’

‘We fit­ted a wall of wardrobes so that we didn’t have to buy any other fur­ni­ture to store our clothes’

‘Cre­at­ing your own wall art and cush­ions are de­sign skills that any­one can mas­ter’

‘I added hooks to my DIY dis­play unit to hang my jewellery on’

go lush ‘Hav­ing both blinds and cur­tains gave a soft, lux­u­ri­ous feel’

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