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Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER - Farrow & Ball Peignoir - West Elm mid-century furniture

Soft blush pink bedroom reveal BEFORE + AFTER

It’s finally time to reveal the results of our bedroom makeover. Neglected and in need of a little love, for a while it was a dumping ground while we did up downstairs. We got the things we really needed in – new windows and clean, new carpet – but came to a pause after the builders had left and the chaos of renovating had settled. Before long we were fed up with the luminous, bright blue ‘feature wall’ and the curtains temporarily tacked up with nails. With a fresh lick of paint and new furniture from West Elm, our blush pink, mid-century inspired bedroom has taken shape, transforming what was a cold, bare space into a welcoming, relaxing room. Now, the bedroom is a calm sanctuary to escape to and unwind, its soft textures appealing to the senses and its feminine hues bringing about an element of serenity. Before So let’s remind ourselves of the before (you can see the full before post and my initial ideas for the space here). When we first moved in, the wood floors were stained a bright orange-brown, the windows were cheap PVC, and …

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Soft blush pink bedroom makeover – BEFORE

Since moving in July, the kitchen and living room have seen complete makeovers, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the master bedroom. During the building works for downstairs, when walls were knocked down, chimney breasts removed and the kitchen replaced, this was our sanctuary away from all the dust and destruction in many ways. I don’t know if sanctuary is really the right word, because at times it felt far from peace and quiet… but for some weeks, without a working kitchen and heating, it was the only liveable room in the house. We had everything in that room – two beds, the sofa, three chest of drawers, boxes and boxes, and all our worldly goods. Barely an inch of the floor could be seen and you had to climb over a sea of stuff to get to the bed. We tacked curtains to the window with nails and cooked meals from a small microwave in a strew of clutter for six weeks. It was horrible, but sometimes things have to get worse before …

Reading… MidCentury magazine

I do love magazines – I work for one aside from blogging, and have literally piles and piles of them at home, much to my boyfriends frustration (I just can’t bare to part with them, who knows when I might need that Vogue from 1999 or that Wallpaper from 2004…). The absolute dream would one day to set up my own magazine, which is exactly what Tabitha Teuma did with independent UK-based biannual, MidCentury magazine. MidCentury magazine provides inspiration to those who love Mid Century Modern furniture, interiors and architecture, and equips them with the know-how to buy and collect well – think timeless Scandinavian furniture, Brutalist buildings and retro designs. Inspired by the quest to furnish and renovate her own 1960s London apartment, Tabitha set up MidCentury magazine at the start of 2011, running it from the G Plan dining table at one end of her living room. She says: ‘I’d been working as the editor of an arts journal for a while and had been toying with the idea of starting my own publication. Having been a fan of mid-century design for some …

I wish I lived here: Mid-century modern house tour

This lovely sunny home in Gothenburg, Sweden, features a largely intact white 1930s kitchen, even the gas powered fridge remains (though not in use). The owners have kept the theme of mid-century modern throughout the home, with parquet floors, what looks like Ercol furniture, and other vintage finds. One of my favourite spaces though, is the small balcony, largely because it echoes my own efforts to make my balcony a green retreat (see my previous post on balcony gardening). Images: Stadshem