A bedroom makeover
Styling by Sally Tonkin, Photography by Anna Tonkin for Green&Mustard
Earlier this year we were approached by a local couple who had bought a house in Southsea. The house is a victorian two-up, two-down just a short walk from the beach and local high streets. Prepped for sale by the previous owner, the house was a real blank canvas, calling out for some accentuation of it’s character and style. Ben and Giles both have busy jobs and didn’t have time to redecorate. Sally was keen to take the reigns and design a bedroom to suit the couple.
Bedding and Bedside tables Home Sense, Cushions by Charlotte Jade, Roscoe Bed from Made.com, Constance mirrors from Laura Ashley, Terrazzo TRAY custom made by Daniela Rubino , Flowers by Jo McNamara of Winter Road, Southsea, Lights by Eddie and Sons, Gold Telephone by Aldi
The project kicked off with a consultation meeting with the client, discussing likes and dislikes. Sally spent some time with the couple showing them inspiration from our Instagram feed and also from magazines and Pinterest. Once a style and rough colour palette had been agree, it was mood board time for Sally.
Firstly looking at colours, Sally reviewed several paint companies. The room had a large south facing window and an original victorian fireplace on the opposite wall. Approximately 3m x 3m in size, making good use of the space and light was key. Fortunately the room had a built-in cupboard offering storage, negating the need for a space-stealing wardrobe. Sally opted for Farrow and Ball paints to make best use of the light with its powdery finish – guaranteed to create some lovely effects in bright sunlight.
Working with the client, colours were picked. Calamine pink for the ceiling (painted ceilings are totally on trend at the moment!) to create interest in a relatively small space. Inchyra blue for the walls and mouldings, a deep green-blue that will catch the light perfectly and create a cosy feel in a really light, south facing room.
Having discussed likes, dislikes and ideals, Sally started to plan the room layout and select items of furniture to buy that would create the desired style and be on budget. Sally drew out a plan, which was then worked up into a digital mock up.
Keeping to a simple colour scheme, Sally specifically selected a bed, bedding, mirrors, lighting and bedside tables. There was also a budget for accessories which could be agreed later.
Once the design was agreed, Sally got to work. As the room wasn’t too large, Sally decided to paint the room herself, including the ceiling! Some pictures of before and during the painting process are at the bottom of this post.