Sunday, 4 January 2015

Come to Bed With Me (A Bedroom Review)

For many years my bedroom has been a hole for me to exist in. As a teenager living at home I spent as much time in my bedroom as possible to avoid my family (who were most likely "ruining my life") and then I moved to University in Reading, Berkshire, and lived in student halls which essentially means that the bedroom is the only space that is actually yours. In student halls you end up storing your favourite mug, your damp towels, your takeaway remnants from the night before and your entire wardrobe all within a metre reach from you.

After I graduated I lived in a few small flats and, again, it was difficult to get out of the habit of spending the weekend locked in my bedroom watching films and reading. Now that I am a home owner (that still sounds weird out loud) I have decided to make more of an effort to make my bedroom a sanctum of calm. I don't have much space to work with, but I think it's a good start!

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At the moment I am totally in love with white & I figure I might as well make the most of this whilst I have no children to worry about (except my cat baby, Teddy, a little fat Bengal).

I bought some artificial pink dahlias and roses from Amazon. They did cost me around £50 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N2OM46E/ref=pe_385721_51767431_TE_dp_1) but they look lovely and the quality is amazing; they definitely look real. They're made by a company called Peony and I already have my eye on some lilies.

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The next thing I purchased were some small white foam rose fairylights. I also got these from Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00I4XUPYQ/ref=pe_385721_37038051_TE_3p_dp_1) and again they have been such a good investment. I paid £15 for the lights; they are hard-wearing (not delicate at all), soft (not plastic that would hurt your head) and the light is a really warm soft glow rather than a bright white light.

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The bedroom furniture I chose is all hardwood oak. The reason I chose oak is because it's sturdy and it's warm (I think wood such as beech can be cold and more suited to a kitchen or bathroom) and because it looks more expensive than it actually is. The range is from Bensons for Beds (UK furniture store) and comes from the "Hip Hop Range" (vile name, VILE name). I salvaged a large bevel-edged mirror mounted onto a wooden panel from an old wardrobe and I've decided to lean it against my current wardrobe at an angle because I'm super cool and trendy like that.

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I paired these items with a big white bedspread and some white walls (the walls will soon be a warm pink and mink theme and I'm going to invest in a big fur bedspread but everything else will stay white). The room is nowhere near finished, I'll post some updates when the next phase is done...
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