First Room Finished At Last! Here’s The Reveal

 

 

It’s a while ago that I said I was starting to decorate our two bedrooms, isn’t it? At last, what I call “my room” is now finished. All but one item of furniture that’s not arrived yet.

It’s actually harder than you think too. Oh yes, a lick of paint and some new furniture won’t take long, how wrong was I? A few hiccups along the way, one disaster that I’m to blame for and some re-jigging and I’m happy with how it’s turned out.

I had to really put my thinking cap on for this room because it’s going to serve multi purposes. Somewhere for a guest to sleep. Somewhere to store all my clothes, plus I wanted somewhere light and bright to carry on filming for my Youtube channel. All in a room around ten-foot square!

 

It's a while ago that I said I was starting to decorate our two bedrooms, isn't it? At last, what I call "my room" is now finished. All but one item of furniture that's not arrived yet.

 

 

 

I decided on a white colour scheme for maximum brightness in the room. Before, you may have seen on video how cramped everything was. Add a single bed and wardrobes, there wasn’t much room for anything else.

I’ve ordered a really nifty upholstered box bed but the delivery is five weeks. Yes, five weeks! It’s unbelievable how long everything takes to get delivered.

Without having a bed, so much more space has been created in the room.

I bought a lot of furniture from Ikea. I have always found the tall Pax wardrobes very good for storage. I actually ordered three double wardrobes but only two of them fit! This was down to my poor measurements! They fit, but not up against the blasted pipe that was in the way! A re-gig around was needed. A single and shelves replaced the gap.

 

A multi-function room it all moves about easy

 

 

 

 

The shelving unit (Kallax) from Ikea holds a lot of stuff. I had wheels attached to it so that I can move it around the room. If I ever want a full white backdrop for a photo it’s there. Plus when the new bed is laid out it will fit in the room. I like the idea that you can buy the boxes in so many different colours. Handy if I want to switch up the colour scheme.

One of mums faux orchids sits on the top. Actually, there is a lot of mums bits and pieces in the room and I like that.  My Glossy Box boxes hold lots of fashion jewellery.

 

 

 

 

I bought some voile curtains from TK Maxx  They are DKNY and I’m so pleased with them, an absolute bargain!  I bought them for all over the flat and will add them as each room is finished. Yes, the whole place is being done. I have no idea how long it’s going to take and  I feel I’m a glutton for punishment but it will be worth the suffering in the end. The dress rail. Well, every vlogger has one, don’t they? I find it handy for thinking about putting outfits together too.

 

 

 

I bought a double curtain pole, but I don’t think I’m going to add anything too heavy in the front. The side window doesn’t let in too much light. I swish the curtain around the pole to increase the light, which will be perfect for filming.

 

Someone likes the new rug in the room!

 

 

 

Beau follows me everywhere. I picked up five of her toys before taking these pictures. I’m sure you will see her often on film now.

 

 

 

 

Because of my measurement hiccup, My lovely decorator friend made shelving for the end of the wardrobes. He made them out of one of the wardrobe doors so that the material matched in. I’m really pleased with what he achieved here. Making the most out of every bit of space. This shelf is home to some of my favourite books.

 

 

I just had to have mums old vintage platforms on another shelf. I found them in her loft when I was clearing the house. Just look at the size of them!

 

I’ve thought about every inch of space in the room for storage

 

 

 

 

Lots of sticky hooks have come in handy. I’ve used the reusable Command strips and found them really good. I’m rarely without a pair of sunglasses even in winter!

 

Sticky Hooks. Everywhere!

 

 

 

All of my summer dressing gowns are hung on the doors and I gave up on shoe boxes and bought some hanging shoe storage from Ikea. This has saved an enormous amount of space. I store my flat summer flip flops and sliders in one of the boxes held by the Kallax shelving. Bags are stored all the way along the tops of the wardrobes but my flat clutches are also stored in the Kallax unit

 

 

 

Any bit of space has something hanging from it!

 

 

 

 

I was going to change the light but decided against it. It gives off such good light when needed and mum bought it for me. It’s from The Range and it was cheap in comparison to some that I’ve looked at.

 

I decided on a large chest of drawers over a desk for the room

 

 

 

One of the ideas I had for the bedroom was to use it as an office space too. When it came round to the time of choosing I decided against it. I have written this blog from my dining room table looking out onto the garden since day one. A large mirror for makeup plus the can’t be without the magnifying mirror to add my mascara! and pluck those stray hairs!

 

 

When it boiled down to the idea of moving in there to face a blank white wall I just couldn’t do it. So a large chest of drawers was added instead, I’m really pleased with the Malm drawers from Ikea and I like the added glass top too. Good for light reflection. The poster on the wall was in a goody bag from the first press event I attended.

The Tria sits on the top. I’m still using it and I really think it helps with the uplift that it gives my skin. You can read about it here

 

 

A double mirrored wardrobe provides light and makes the room seem so much bigger. Beau is desperate to get her paws on my cosy slippers! I’m offering her favourite ball instead. She likes to lick those mirrors and I’m constantly cleaning them!

 

It's a while ago that I said I was starting to decorate our two bedrooms, isn't it? At last, what I call "my room" is now finished. All but one item of furniture that's not arrived yet.

 

A light rug really brightened the room. My whole flat is floored with Black tiles and I’m looking forward to creating more light everywhere by adding lighter rugs.

All in all, I’m really happy with how the room turned out. I will show you the bed when it arrives. It’s actually the star of the room, so trust it to be delayed.  I will be sharing the main bedroom with you soon too. Nearly there!

 

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54 Comments

  1. March 6, 2019 / 10:12 pm

    Congrats Laurie! Your post is Featured for the MOST CLICKS at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 32 which starts at 9:00 PM CST tonight (Wednesday the 6th)!

  2. March 5, 2019 / 2:15 am

    What a fantastic use of space, Laurie–and your dog is beautiful! Thanks for linking up on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ll share on social media.

  3. March 3, 2019 / 6:39 pm

    Such a good idea to use sticky hooks for belts and glasses. I’m going to try that.

  4. March 2, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    Another Blogging Grandmother here….love the brightness and functionality of this room. I love Ikeas organization pieces, too, and have many.

  5. March 2, 2019 / 4:35 pm

    It turned out great looking. Bet you love to spend time there. Found you on Blogging Grandmothers link party.

  6. March 2, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    Lovely makeover you are so lucky to have a “me” room. Have a great weekend, Kippi

  7. March 2, 2019 / 10:57 am

    Such a bright and modern room Laurie. I know that your mum will love it when she comes to visit and you can also get lots of use out of it. All those storage units from Ikea are really pretty and practical. I’m also glad that Beau has given it her seal of approval.

  8. February 28, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    What a lovely makeover Laurie. Lovely to see your mums platforms on the shelve. I need a sunglasses holder like yours 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂

    • laurie
      Author
      March 2, 2019 / 9:53 am

      Thanks Claire. The sunglasses are just sitting on hooks xx

  9. February 27, 2019 / 12:03 pm

    I wish I had your obvious sense of style. A little in love with the dog too #AnythingGoes

    • laurie
      Author
      March 2, 2019 / 9:55 am

      Aw. thanks Kate. I wasn’t too confident re the decorating to start. You bite your nails hoping it’s all going to turn out ok! Beau is a beautiful dog, everyone loves her! xx

  10. February 26, 2019 / 10:48 pm

    It looks great – IKEA are great for simple, classic storage that’s practical and stylish – and holds a lot! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • laurie
      Author
      February 26, 2019 / 11:13 pm

      Thanks Stephanie xx

  11. February 26, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    Look like a great accomplishment! Love it! I can relate as I’ve spent the winter redecorating as well. I still haven’t finished and my furniture too won’t be delivered until April! 😕

    • laurie
      Author
      March 2, 2019 / 9:55 am

      Thanks so much Amy. Good to see you here xx

  12. February 26, 2019 / 4:35 am

    Beautiful dog! Mine follows me everywhere too. The room came out really nice!

    • laurie
      Author
      February 26, 2019 / 11:17 pm

      Thank you! As for Beau, I love her so much. A right mummy’s girl! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

    • laurie
      Author
      March 2, 2019 / 9:56 am

      Thanks so much Heather! xx

  13. February 25, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    Looks fabulous! Yeah good planning is so important, after all you don’t want to redecorate/paint every other year 🙂 oh and I love Beau, what a beautiful dog! #mixitup

    • laurie
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:44 pm

      Thank you so much! Thanks for stopping by. Beau is the star of the show! xx

  14. Sam
    February 25, 2019 / 8:27 pm

    Looks lovely and airy. I love the layout ypu have done a good job X #mixitup

    • laurie
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      Thanks so much Sam. I’m really pleased with it. Especially how multi-functional it will be. Thanks for stopping by xx

  15. February 25, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    Loving the look. We love kallax units here. so clean lined and perfect storage sollution

    • laurie
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      And not to bad to put together either xx

  16. February 25, 2019 / 2:23 pm

    I love it, so bright and airy with lots of storage, perfect. I’m wondering what the bed will be like now.
    #mixitup

    • laurie
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      Thank you Raisie. I’m still waiting for it to arrive! Seems to be taking forever! I will share once it arrives xx

  17. February 25, 2019 / 1:57 pm

    This looks amazing! Especially love the use of so much white and the mirrors to make the small space pop- definitely something I’ve been trying to do in our smaller bedrooms in our house. #Mixitup

    • laurie
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:47 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie. I just kept it as light as possible xx

  18. February 23, 2019 / 4:08 am

    This is very beautiful room. I used Kallax in my apartment too. I love how you crated perfect display for sunglasses. I’m looking forward to see the another room.

    Anna

    • laurie
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:48 pm

      Thanks Anna. I’m not used to blogging about interior. But I’ve enjoyed doing this xx

    • laurie
      Author
      February 25, 2019 / 11:49 pm

      Haha! I’ve just purchased a couple of new pairs! xx

  19. February 21, 2019 / 7:54 pm

    What a nice room! Love the silver light fixture! Thanks for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 31

    • laurie
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you! x

  20. February 21, 2019 / 10:32 am

    I love all the light you have introduced. My son once had a summer job assembling kitchens for an ikea display at our local shop so he is quite good with flat packs.

    • laurie
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 11:28 pm

      You need a lot of patience! I admire anyone that can do that for a living! Thanks for stopping by xx

  21. February 21, 2019 / 9:12 am

    You’ve been so clever Laurie! Using the wardrobe doors as shelves and all the clever storage, yet it still looks super glam and tasteful – so you! Lovely to see beautiful Beau and touches of your mum dotted around the room xx

    • laurie
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 11:29 pm

      Thanks, Maria. Wherever I am in the flat Beau is not far away! I’m sure you will be seeing more of her xx

  22. February 21, 2019 / 12:01 am

    It all looks great, Laurie! I think it is so sweet that you have mementoes of your Mum in the room! I understand about your preference for a chest of drawers over a desk. I write my blog from either the couch or a comfy chair in my living room and I can’t myself moving to a desk at this point. Everyone has their own preferences and I’m glad you chose what makes you happiest! Enjoy that view from your dining room table!

    • laurie
      Author
      February 21, 2019 / 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Debbie. I will share pictures of the garden later in the year xx

  23. February 20, 2019 / 9:12 pm

    How good does it look? You must be so thrilled!! It is a big job but you’re coming out the other end now! I love how you have your mum’s bits and pieces here and there, I’m the same and it keeps her close because we always miss them… beautiful photos and love your dear pet, thank you for sharing! Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏 donnadoesdresses.com

    • laurie
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 11:45 pm

      Thank you so much Donna. You understand then, and as you say it feels like your keeping them close xx

  24. February 20, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    Love your special place, Laurie, it’s so you and so useful. I use cubes all over the house, and I have stick on hooks from B&Q inside my wardrobe doors too; I hang pendants and belts, so useful, though mine don’t look as neat as yours! Even your measuring boo boo has ended just beautifully. And I love that you dear mum’s platforms have pride of place in the very personal space you’ve created. Well done!
    Hugs, Mary.
    thepoutingpensioner.blogspot.com

    • laurie
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 11:46 pm

      Glad you like it Mary. I can’t wait to share the second bedroom. Nearly finished xx

  25. February 19, 2019 / 8:00 pm

    Wow, this looks fabulous. I’m very envious my friend, i want a room like this! You’ve got some good ideas, especially the hooks for your sunnies, i keep mine all over the place and am always loosing them! Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 11:47 pm

      Thanks Jacqui. The command hooks are great. You can use them for so many things xx

  26. February 19, 2019 / 7:03 pm

    I love to have a little peek into other bloggers homes. Can’t wait to see more. My wardrobes are also from Ikea. They are huge, as high as the ceiling.

    • laurie
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Nancy. Yes, these reach my ceiling. I thought they weren’t going to fit at one point! They had to be put together standing up xx

  27. February 19, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    It looks really lovely. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into it, especially your storage. I have taken on board your tips – especially shoes and boots storage. I can feel a trip to ikea coming on. We were there quite a bit before Christmas – so can’t say I’m overly excited at the thought.
    Alison
    xx

    • laurie
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 11:50 pm

      Oh. Have you ever had to return something or replace anything? An absolute nightmare Alison! So time-consuming! xx

  28. February 19, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    L it’s lovely and you worked so hard too ! It’s going to be perfect for everything you want to do in it!
    Can’t wait to see it in real life ….

    • laurie
      Author
      February 20, 2019 / 11:52 pm

      Your new room awaits! You just need a bed to sleep in! Your approval means a lot. You know how much I admire your decor skills xx

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