Done and Dusted: The Master Bedroom Revealed

I’ve never got to grips with my own DSLR so recently when the situation arose to get some snazzy professional shots of the house, I jumped at the chance.master bedroom fireplace

Adam from Rock My Wedding is a dab hand with his camera. After a week of intense DIY, scrubbing, tidying and ‘editing,’ our cottage was ready for its close up. The result is a mighty fine set up of images courtesy of Mr Crohill.
I’m splitting the images up room by room so that I can devote a post to each room. First up, the Master Bedroom. Upholstered Headboard

I recently shared the inspiration behind this room; a wish to recreate the tranquility and elegance of a White Company brochure.

Firstly we painted the walls in a slick shade of Dulux Trade Super Matt White (not the brilliant white stuff). The result is a flat bright finish without any hint of blue. It looks fab any time of day but especially in the evening sun. Thanks very much to Doris from Diary of an Interior Novice for her suggestion. white walls

Next I layered up the bed with crisp white sheets from BHS and a textured natural throw from TK Maxx. The waffle cushions are from Wilko ( always worth a look – they have some gems) and the beautiful dandelion cushion was handmade by Thread and Ink. The cherry on the top was the bargain headboard from eBay which despite the price is really good quality .Neutral Bedside Table Mis-matched bedside tables flank the bed; one from a shop in Hove and the other inherited when we bought the house. The vintage sconces from Uppingham Antiques add a dash of glamour to the room.
I framed Lexicon cards (picked up from eBay) in inexpensive frames, just in case we forget whose side is whose…
On my side the pretty star dish was picked up from Le Petit Atelier de Paris (a must visit shop if you’re in the Marais area). You can read more about Mr C’s side here. Lexicon card and ring dish We’re lucky not to need wardrobes in this room so furniture is kept to a minimum. I found the little linen cupboard in Homesense and my beautiful Love Tub was a present from Mr C from Oliver Bonas. Even though it’s probably only been sat on about five times it’s one of my absolute favourite possessions! The smashing sparkly sequinned cushion was a gift from my Mum.
Love Tub As you may have noticed, the chimney breast is a little unusual and so wall hangings were a bit of a challenge for this space. Rather than go for anything rectangular I opted for a circular sunburst mirror from Angel at My Table.side view of master bedroom

In the fireplace sit two painted candlesticks, picked up on an early morning jaunt to Battersea Car Boot Sale a few years ago. A very good friend sprayed them white after their previous black gloss incarnation jarred with the room. The mantelpiece is painted very simply with Dulux White Satinwood and I’ve kept it really minimal; framing a hand typed extract from our wedding readings (Union by Robert Fulgham), one of the Eiffel Tower trinkets that adorned our wedding tables and some gorgeous roses in a mason jar.Union Robert Fulgham with Eiffel Tower

Clustered on the linen cupboard is a striking framed love print and a custom Em Dash Paper Co print featuring a few lines from our wedding vows. My Dipytique Baies candle was a very generous present from my in-laws and it smells divine!
I’ve used an Anthropologie hook as an impromptu wardrobe to nonchalantly hang up a linen nightdress.linen cupboard corner with Baies candle

Finally a few wedding photos and framed anniversary cards are dotted around the room too, as well as the stunning Jessica Durrant print, ‘Evening Rapture’. roses and rapture

I love a ‘before and after’ so here’s a before shot (estate agent photo) of how the room looked before we moved in. It was sweet enough but I’m really pleased with the calm and serene sanctuary we’ve created.before and after master bedroom

I’m even more pleased with how the images have worked out! I’m looking forward to sharing more with you very soon x

For more of Adam’s work, be sure to visit the Adam Crohill website.

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Take me to the Barre

Back in May, I mentioned that I helped out with the assistant styling for the Spring/Summer Rock My Boutique Launch. cake stand

It was an amazing experience and for those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll be aware that I’ve been lucky enough to help out on a few more shoots too (including one in my own home!)

The most recent to feature was a very romantic Ballet inspired shoot. This included the most delicious palette of blush and metallics combined with a heavy dose of luxe. One thing I adore about these shoots is the abundance of florals as they arrive by the bucketload! The combination of roses, sweet peas and lithianthus provided by Wild Orchid was simply gorgeous.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the shoot. All by M&J Photos. stool_artwork
Lolly from Rock My Wedding was keen to create two different tablescapes; one more layered luxurious, and the other more rustic and pared back. The result was truly stunning and I was thrilled to get a few of my own plates in there, as well as my Mum’s hot pink side plates!tablescapeWe then got to work tying an abundance of ribbons to the trees to create a stylish backdrop which billowed beautifully in the wind. I think this would make a great photo booth backdrop for my next party. ribbon

If you’d like to see more, head on over to Rock my Wedding x

Found: RE-Found Objects

Hidden down behind a Petrol Station(!) in the stunning Market Town of Corbridge, RE-Found Objects is a must for any treaure trover. Re-Found 2 Hanging Porcelain Decorations £5 | Vintage Antlers – From £26 | Clipboard – £2 | Pressed Glasses – £7

The electic mix of rare, remarkable, recycled and restored is laid out beautifully in an airy workshop featuring a large range of home accessories. Re-Found 1 Eiffel Tower – £6.50 | Stripy String – £2 | Rusty Metal Candle Wings – £5 | Waste Not Table Runner – £17

The pricing can be a little curious; some things seem a little overpriced and others a downright bargain, for example the Kraft Clipboard that I use to keep paint samples together was a third of the price I’ve seen elsewhere.

Luckily for the London folk, there’s a pop-up shop in Liberty where you can choose from a specially curated selection of products. For those who are no-where near the capital or the north-east of England, there’s an online shop too.

Have a little look and let me know what products you’ll be adding to your basket.

Lauren x

Inspiration: A Nursery fit for a Princess

A very dear friend of mine recently announced that she’s expecting a beautiful baby girl in the Autumn. As it’s the year of the Royal birth, I’ve wasted no time whipping up a little inspiration board for Prince George’s future wife. Pink & Gold Baby Girl NurseryImage sources:: Gold Chair | Fawn Gold Foil Print| Pom-Poms White Wooden Crib | Disc garland | Gold Crown Hook | Gold Chevron Pillow | Gold Pouffe | Gold Spot Sheets | Pink Frill Curtains | Gold Tip Mary Janes

I was inspired by a whole lot of pinning that the mummy-to-be had been doing and picked up on a theme of glistening gold, cool white and a hint of blush pink. The result a soft and modern palette that is perfect for any little Princess.

On my search for suitable images across, I can came across this little stunner via Les Enfants du Marais.girls_room I couldn’t help but think that this would be a beautiful progression for a little girl moving from cot to bed and love that it echoes the colour scheme of the inspiration board with a more rustic feel.

It’s lovely to be back! Let me know if you’ve been chatting through decor with any of your friends recently too.

Lauren x