I’m thrilled to be one of 10 bloggers involved in Revamp Restyle Reveal, an interior design blog and social media challenge. The challenge is hosted by three of the UK’s best known interiors writers, designers and influencers, Lisa Dawson, Bianca Hall and Oliver Thomas.
With the hallway officially ‘done’ the revamp of the public spaces in the house is complete (for now….). This has led to a degree of slacking off on the decorating front. Between work and kids, this hasn’t exactly translated to bum-sofa contact obviously. Between the summer holidays and other domestic challenges, there’s been plenty to occupy me lately. However I had started to notice that familiar itch and was wondering what home project to tackle next.
It wasn’t a difficult decision to focus the challenge on my guest bedroom. Even my most devoted readers won’t be familiar with this room. The next image will reveal why….
When we moved into this house, the guest bedroom became the repository for the suite of oak bedroom furniture that didn’t fit anywhere else but was too ‘good’ to part with. The matching wardrobe and bed set were my first proper grown up furniture purchase over a decade ago – before I realised how mad it is to spend mega-bucks on wooden furniture when you can pick up a unique vintage gem for a tiny fraction of the cost. The set is completely size-inappropropriate in my very compact guest bedroom. It overwhelms the space entirely, leaving not even the slimmest of spaces to squeeze in a bedside cabinet or any other surface that would be helpful for guests.
My guest room gets a lot of use. My parents stay with us one night every week and our best pals come down from up north regularly too. It would be brilliant to be able to offer them somewhere to sleep that had a little more ambience than an overfilled furniture stock room. (We’ll need to find another solution for rainy day clothes drying too….)
The rigours of the RRR challenge mean I had to prepare a mood board in advance of the launch date. Fellow sufferers of design indecision will know it’s no mean feat whipping up a room scheme, especially with the pressure of a deadline looming. However, the sponsors websites proved to be a rich source of inspiration.
I chose wallpaper first. Amara stock a beautifully curated range and when I saw the Harlequin Makrana it was love at first sight. The rest of the mood board came together easily from that starting point. I love the contrast of the peacock teal against the peachy blush shade, and the warm gold highlights lend just the right amount of sophisticated bling.
I’m shooting for a practical scheme that gives guests the space and facilities they need to get comfortable but I want it to feel a bit luxurious too. I’m aiming for grown up but still a bit cool. To add to the challenge, I would like to create a work space too; an area for either Mark or I to retreat to if we’re working from home and the house is ‘busy’.
So I’ve got the mood board, some deadlines and an itch to get started. It would be brilliant to have you join in by using the tag #revamprestylereveal to post your interiors pics on Instagram. No need for major overhauls. Even minor room refreshes qualify and you could win some fab prizes from our sponsors. See Revamprestylereveal for details, and to drool over the exceedingly lush mood boards from the other RRR bloggers. Fearless readers might like to see the full horror of my guest room in moving images on the Revamp Restyle Reveal YouTube channel.