Finally our bedroom. All that's left is Amelia's bedroom and that's it for the upstairs! Here is the after and below I'll show you how it went from a very ordinary rumpus room, to our lovely bedroom.
The rumpus room was situated at the top of the original stairs and was a huge room which you had to pass through to get to all the other bedrooms and the one upstairs bathroom.
The original owners had their bedroom downstairs, but we wanted to be upstairs and therefore needed to convert this space. The window you see above was a nasty rattling aluminium framed slider, so we took it out and replaced it with a smaller timber framed window. Still lets in enough northerly light, but it's not a great view out to our neighbours' roof, so we weren't worried about cutting out the view. Instead we were able to create more wall which became the back end of the walk in robe.
The white wall on the right is where the new door to the ensuite was cut. We stripped off the old timber paneling on the walls, replaced the carpets and repainted everything.
This shows the staircase as it comes up into the room, from below, in what is now the playroom. We moved the staircase to the opposite end of the house near the new front door, so that we could convert the space into a walk in wardrobe.
We moved a few walls and doorways to make more space for the ensuite which we enlarged and to create a better flow of the floor plan. A new stud wall was built for the wall of the WIR.
This is inside the WIR as they are creating a new floor and putting up the gyprock.
You forget all these stages and what a mess the place is. Hard to believe you can ever live in it when you are at this point. Building sites are always such a hazard for kids but a never-ending source of curiosities!
This shows the old windows and below the new one.
The new door to the ensuite, during construction and afterwards below. Amazing what a simple change of wall colour can do too!
I had the bedhead custom made from a design I had seen online and tried to recreate. It's a Jonathan Adler inspired shape. I love the nailhead trim and the fabric of course is Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher.
That's the white bamboo table I picked up on Ebay. Love it and it weighs a tonne. It needs new knobs but haven't really found anything yet. The ottoman was once in Charlie's nursery so is covered in a soft aqua Jane Churchill check and goes perfectly.
Here's one of hubby's antique buys from the UK - one I really like! If you didn't hear about that saga, you can read about it here. But I do love campaign chests and he polished the brass handles for hours to get them to come up like this. Looks lovely now. The divine double gourd lamp you can get from VT Interiors.
Here are some of the beautiful sheets I bought while in New York last year. They are by Matouk bought at Gracious Home, a fabulous must-see homewares store only found in NYC.
These lovely little pieces of silverware are treasures my husband picked up in the UK last year. The cups and measures are golf trophies his Dad won and the others are cigarette cases and a trinket box. So lovely. Now they are some antiques I didn't mind him bringing back!!
The books I bought at a Salvos second hand shop. I picked all the ones in the colours of the room, and got about 20 books for $50.
My Mum is a talented artist and does the most stunning botanical art, as a hobby would you believe. In fact, she's one of those ridiculously creative Mums who can do just about anything with a paintbrush, needle or wooden spoon. She painted this blue hydrangea for my birthday one year, and I treasure it. You should see the detail up close, it's breathtaking.
Above shows the ribbon I added to the plain white lampshade to spruce it up a bit. Actually, truth be told, it's bra-strap elastic from Lincraft, but I had searched for the right shade and width of blue ribbon and couldn't find what I wanted, until I spotted this!
All images by Melinda Hartwright for Georgica Pond.
Finally, the gorgeous Moravian Star light I bought online at Shades of Light in the US.
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