Great Brownings Master Bedroom

Updated 2 June 2019

I’ve somehow resisted the temptation to fill the master bedroom with clutter, just adding this Flensted mobile (“Turning Leaves”) to the corner of the room as a finishing touch.

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I also picked up this rather natty duvet set for £20 from the new Överallt range at Ikea, a series of items covered in a colourful abstract print of people and animals.

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The en-suite bathroom remains a crusty pink mess.

Updated 18 February 2019

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One of the more difficult rooms to redecorate (thanks to the wall-to-wall built-in wardrobes which needed a lot of attention inside and out) and furnish (due to the fact that there’s only one wall to put furniture against), I’m quite pleased with how the master bedroom has turned out – it’s basically a blend of the three bedrooms pictured below that I stole inspiration from.

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The best thing about this room is its outlook onto Great Brownings though I think most of this view will be obscured when the trees start to sprout leaves again.

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The door to the en-suite bathroom is closed in these photos because it remains a hot mess.

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Although it looks alright, the room doesn’t feel quite finished yet. I’d like to hang more artwork – (potentially something above the Boby trolley on the left of the bed?) and source some kind of rug to go in front of the bed (a bit like this).  Further update to come when I’ve filled the room with a bit more clutter.

12 November 2018

The master bedroom is at the front of the house with a wall of built-in wardrobes, dusty rose wallpaper and an equally pink en-suite bathroom, which will warrant its own blog entry when we turn our attention to it.

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Rather than come up with any original design ideas of our own, we will be aping other rooms we’ve seen in other houses or online again.

The first bedroom that sprang to mind as something we could copy was from a flat in Grenville Court that I narrowly missed out on buying a couple of years ago: it had white walls, textured grey carpet and was simply furnished in a similar style to my existing flat. It wasn’t earth-shatteringly unique but it was calming and achievable with the resources we have available.

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Another potential source of inspiration was the bedroom in one of those Norman Starrett houses featured in Mid Century Magazine. This bedroom was a bit more high-end, furnished entirely with mid century rosewood pieces with a fine, short tufted, almost velvet-like grey carpet. I managed to find a synthetic carpet with a similar look and feel (something called Smart Vienna) but I wasn’t sure how it would look with our non-antique, slightly more modern furniture.

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The final bedroom I thought we should copy was from a recently restored flat on the Parkleys estate in Ham. A more playful take on mid-century modern, I liked the use of colour against the grey rubber floor. I also loved the bed so much that I immediately did an online trawl of furniture shops and happily found it on Habitat for about £300 in the sale.

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Entry to be updated once master bedroom starts taking shape.

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1. Stag mid century chest of drawers recycled from my current flat

2. Fake Tablo three-legged table recycled from my current flat

3. Slightly broken Habitat Flap clock recycled from my current flat

4. Yellow Boby Trolley recycled from my current flat

5. Lucia bedframe from Habitat

6. Textured Kersaint Cobb carpet in Morning Frost – we’re carpeting the whole of the upper floor in this as I couldn’t risk the velvety Smart Vienna looking weird

7. Marimekko bedding recycled from my current flat

8. Fake George Nelson bubble lamp recycled from my current flat

9. Poster Ladder by Marie-Aurore Stiker-Metral recycled from my current flat

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