Over Christmas Jared and I decided to redecorate our bedroom. The paintwork was starting to look grubby, the carpet had become stained and worn, and we spotted a two day window of opportunity coming our way. I have a real ‘thing’ about our bedroom being a haven. A place of peace. A place of serenity. One that we love and enjoy being in. A place to light a candle and breathe a sigh of relief at the end of a busy day, and ignore the mayhem elsewhere.
We’re not sure how long we’re going to be staying in our current house – it could be a year, it could be two, it could be three, and for this reason we haven’t gone wild with decor. The first decision we made was to whitewash the room – we removed the wallpaper that felt busy, pulled up the carpet, emptied the room and gave everything a fresh lick of paint. As a result it feels so much fresher, lighter and calmer.
If there is one thing I have learnt about decorating; it is to take things slowly. You cannot rush creating a room that you love. Another thing I’ve learnt is that you cannot persuade your husband to embrace ‘green stuff’ on his bedside table, or to get rid of the projection alarm clock that you hate. The phrase: “It ain’t gonna happen love” (said in a broad Yorkshire accent) springs to mind.
I like to take one thing at a time. Buy one thing, welcome it into the room (sounds rather hippy, I know), and go from there. I’m sure this space will develop a little over time (I’m thinking a print and some cushions), but for now I am loving our pom pom throw, our round mirror, the hanging ceramic vase and our pendant light fitting. I think the light fitting pulls everything together really well, and I am so pleased with it.