Work­shop Turn your hum­ble master bed­room into a pent­house suite

Take a break from the bus­tle of a busy home and cre­ate a ho­tel-style re­treat in your very own bed­room

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.

Do you ever wish your bed­room could feel like a stylish, pris­tine ho­tel room where you can es­cape from it all? Now you can achieve the ho­tel vibe in your home by cre­at­ing your very own lux­ury suite. Be warned: you may never want to leave your room again!


A luxe bed­room makeover starts at ground level. A thick-pile car­pet with a good un­der­lay will in­stantly change the look and feel of your room, giv­ing it that su­per-silent, vel­vety qual­ity. Walk­ing on it will make you feel like you’ve stepped into your very own pent­house suite.


The cen­tre­piece of a bed­room is al­ways the bed but, in a ho­tel bed­room, the bed should be taken to the next level on ev­ery front – size, snug­gli­ness and lux­ury. Go for the big­gest bed you can fit (ideally a king or su­per king) but even if a dou­ble is all you can man­age, there’s a lot you can do to make it feel lav­ish.

A but­toned vel­vet head­board will cre­ate a luxe fo­cal point in your bed­room and is the per­fect back­drop for lay­ered bed­ding and cush­ions. We’ve used a steel-grey style but you could take it up a notch with a more vivid vel­vet, if your heart de­sires.


You will never see mis­matched fur­ni­ture in ho­tels – these spa­ces are al­ways co­or­di­nated and fur­nish­ings feel solid and sub­stan­tial. In this room we have two black oak cab­i­nets which are the per­fect height for reach­ing from a re­clin­ing po­si­tion in bed. There is also a vel­vet bench seat at the foot of the bed which not only fin­ishes off the look, but is also a great spot to re­move shoes or sit down for a mo­ment. To give the bench an ex­tra dose of lux­ury we added a faux sheep­skin.

While most bed­rooms have a wardrobe, a sim­ple coat rack is a great al­ter­na­tive and is very handy for or­gan­is­ing the day’s out­fit. A chest of draw­ers is a must-have for stor­ing smaller cloth­ing items such as un­der­wear, socks, T-shirts and so on. Keep the top of the dress­ing ta­ble pared-back and sim­ple with just a tray and jew­ellery box.


Some­times it’s nice to take your­self away from it all and curl up in your room with a magazine and a cuppa. For this rea­son, a read­ing nook with a chair and side ta­ble can be a use­ful in­clu­sion if you have the space. Re­mem­ber to add a floor or ta­ble lamp for ex­tra task light­ing.


Noth­ing cre­ates a ho­tel­style sense of calm and lux­ury bet­ter than crisp white bedlinen. If you are un­sure where to start with bed­ding, just re­mem­ber to al­ways go for 100 per­cent cot­ton (Egyp­tian cot­ton is best) and a thread count of at least 200.

A sim­ple white bed skirt or valance is a must for dress­ing a luxe ho­tel bed. Once the bed skirt is in place and the sheets are on, it’s time to add a sim­ple white du­vet cover and play with pil­lows and cush­ions. Most ho­tels will even tuck the du­vet in, but that’s up to you!


For a chic, tai­lored look, you can’t go past stacked cush­ions.

Start with euro pil­lows at the back against the head­board, then add two sets of stan­dard pil­lows and fin­ish off with some cush­ions. Keep pil­low covers sim­ple with min­i­mal or no pat­tern.

If you like your pil­lows to meet in the mid­dle, try ex­tra-long lodge pil­lows to avoid leav­ing gaps in the mid­dle or at the edges of the bed.

Fin­ish your bed styling by drap­ing a quilt or blan­ket over the foot of the bed. En­sure it is long enough to hang down ei­ther side with­out touch­ing the floor.


Keep ac­ces­sories to a min­i­mum in the room and al­ways have match­ing bed­side lamps. The clas­sic lamps we’ve used are typ­i­cal of the style you might see in a lot of ho­tel rooms and aren’t too big or too small. A small vase with a few blooms ar­ranged in it is a nice touch but don’t go too big with flow­ers – keep it sim­ple.


A room spray, can­dle or reed dif­fuser are all good op­tions to con­sider for your bed­room. Not only do they add a lovely scent to the room, they are also a great way to tie your theme to­gether.

Hamp­ton linen cur­tains, from $149.99, from


Hugo vel­vet arm­chair, $1695, from Me & My Trend.

Daw­son brass floor lamp, $189,

from Free­dom.

OP­PO­SITE Jovi brass side ta­ble, $399, from Free­dom. Black vase, $8 for set of 3, from Kmart. Cafe cup with gold han­dle, $29.90, from Citta.

Gold vel­vet deco cush­ion, $160, from Forma. BELOW Vel­vet bench, $49, Gigi rug, $20, both from Kmart. Max bed­side ta­ble in black oak, $1095, from Bauhaus. Burke brass lamp, $69.95, from Free­dom. See page 110 for bed cred­its. Walls painted in Re­sene ‘Al­abaster’. Ur­ban car­pet in damask, $58 a square me­tre, from Car­pet Court. Other items stylist’s own.

1 Sevil­lian neroli can­dle, $84.95, from Maraca.

2 Pe­ony room spray, $37, from Ge­orge & Edi.

3 Ara­bian Nights can­dle by Glasshouse, $54.95, from Red­cur­rent. 4 Set of mot­tled gold side ta­bles, $795, from Me & My Trend. 5 Jewel box, $269, from Citta.

6 Break­fast vel­vet but­ton cush­ion, $8, from Kmart.

In­te­rior de­signer/stylist


BELOW Sully brass bowl, $34.90, from Coun­try Road. Jacket and shoes stylist’s own. OP­PO­SITE Poller small cof­fee ta­ble, $2495, from Bauhaus. Blos­som & Gilt waxed per­fume can­dle, $49.95, from Ash­ley & Co. Black and brass metal trays, $12, from Kmart.

Abbey Rose room spray, $30, from


Left Set of nest­ing tray ta­bles, $865, from Me & My Trend.

Left At­ti­cus brass ta­ble lamp, $199, from Shut The Front Door. Below Noir can­dle, $75, from Abbey Rose Can­dles.

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